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Is DSU the right fit for you?

Our website can tell you only so much about our beautiful campus and innovative programs. The best way to find out if DSU is right for you is to see for yourself!

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Complete your education your way

Take your DSU classes online, anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace. Use a variety of resources like our course management system, Desire2Learn (D2L), to get assignments, lecture notes, and exams. Set your own schedule and work with your classmates in a virtual classroom.

DSU’s online classes help everyone succeed

DSU’s online classes are convenient, low-cost, and reputable. They let you learn—without sacrificing the quality of your education or your other commitments at home.

Unlike a lot of other online universities, DSU has a physical campus location that has been around since 1881. As an online student, you can learn from the same professors that also teach on campus. All DSU students receive the same high-quality education, regardless of the format.

How much does a distance or online education cost?

Our tuition rates are billed per credit hour. You can see current rates on our Online Admissions Cost and Aid page.

Online Programs @ DSU

How to Apply

“I chose Dakota State University Online because I wanted to pursue my dream of getting a college education while still being able to stay home with my four children. Specifically, I chose Dakota State for their Elementary and Special Education degree. That degree was something I thought I would never be able to pursue without being physically on a college campus. I am so grateful to have found this program online so that I can better myself for not only me but my children as well! ”

Alysha Langstraat Major: Online Student - Elementary Education/Special Education

Student verification statement

Federal law requires that universities verify the identity of students when course materials and/or course assessment activities are conducted either partially or entirely online. A student’s Desire2Learn (D2L) login and password are intended to provide the student with secure access to course materials and are also intended to help the university meet this federal mandate. Some DSU faculty also require the use of a face-to-face proctor for exams in distance-delivered (Internet) courses and this requirement provides a second level of student identity verification. Students will be responsible for any proctoring fees, if applicable. Finally, an instructor who uses web conferencing technology may require students to use a webcam during exams, as another means of student identity verification through voice and visual recognition.


Please contact the College of Education Office regarding licensure certification outside of South Dakota at 605-256-5177.
Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, DSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.

Questions? We've got answers.

Contact us if you have any questions about distance and online education at DSU. Our Online Learning Staff are here to help.

Office of Online Education
(605) 256-5049
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