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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Choose your own adventure

When you choose DSU, you’re choosing to embark on an academic journey that will enrich your professional career. Our four colleges host a variety of degrees, so you can gain and improve knowledge in your chosen field, learn from experts, and encounter real-world experience.

We integrate technology into all of our programs, so you’ll be prepared for modern careers and beyond. We offer associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. We also offer certificates, minors, and pre-professional programs that allow you to customize your plan of study even more.


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Select one of more than 23 majors. Build market-ready skills with one of six associate degrees or 32 certificate programs. Advance your career with one of our stellar graduate programs.

DSU designs each program to prepare you for a dynamic, global marketplace. As South Dakota's designated information technology university, we're not just teaching you to use today's software. We integrate technology into every major.  But we also equip you with the skills to take on or create whatever is next.

Learn how to better communicate ideas, work with people from diverse backgrounds, and learn more about the world around us.

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Online @ DSU

It's your education. Take it at your own pace.

Our convenient, affordable online programs are a way to earn a degree while balancing the demands of work and family. 

At DSU, every student has access to the same high-quality education, regardless of the format. You'll learn from the same professors who teach on campus.

Plus, we offer customized support no matter where you are. Writing Center assistance, library services, academic advising, counseling, and IT help: you've got it.

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Pre-professional programs

Seeking a professional role in law or health care? We offer a number of paths to prepare you for future study. Find specialized degree paths for nursing, occupational and physical therapy, Allied Health, medical, and legal professions.

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“Even though we never got to meet in real life, thanks to technology and the efforts of the instructors, I feel like I had an opportunity to develop relationships with them.”

Molly Kuxhaus, Elementary Education (BSE) - '19


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Jakob Kaiser (right) is researching hotel safes, with faculty mentor Andrew Kramer. This is one of eleven undergraduate Student Research Initiative grant projects funded this academic year.

Differentiating Research Skills

Undergraduate research provides unique and differentiating skills for students. Dakota State encourages this experience by offering Student Research Initiative grants. Jakob Kaiser, a junior Cyber Operations major, is researching hotel safes with his project.

Mi Scusi and 3 O clock Horror are available for download and play.

DSU students add their games to Steam website

There are currently two different games on the online gaming platform Steam that have been designed by Dakota State University game design students. Mi Scusi and 3 O’clock Horror are available for download and play.

Dr. Andrew Sathoff advises his research students to make a little progress every day. That momentum builds into publishable work.

Students benefit from publication process

With daily progress researching Aphanomyces (or root rot) in alfalfa over two summers, Dakota State University students Jennifer Giles and Conner Tordsen have gathered enough data and information to submit an article to the journal “Plant Disease.”

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