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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.

Majors & Degrees

Cyber Corps Scholarship

The CyberCorps Scholarship Program awards high-achieving, driven students in security degree programs following their sophomore year at DSU. The program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation with around 10 new students awarded per year.

Recipients in this program can, by application, become part of the 4+1 program, which allows you to graduate with your bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years. If you are interested in Cyber Operations, Network and Security Administration or Computer Science degree programs at the undergraduate level, you may be eligible for this exclusive scholarship. Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Science in Computer Science and the Master of Science in Cyber Defense degree programs are also eligible. 

Our CyberCorps graduates go on to secure some pretty impressive careers at National Security Agency (NSA), The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL), Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), Sandia National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, State of South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) and various universities.

Once awarded, recipients receive (annually):

  • 100% tuition and fees covered - up to 30 credits undergrad and 24 credits graduate
  • $25,000 (undergraduate) to $34,000 (graduate) stipend
  • $6,000 for professional development and books
  • Paid summer internship
  • Guaranteed job security following graduation in federal, state, local or tribal government.

You may also renew this scholarship for up to three years.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • United States Citizen
  • Full-time on-campus student at the time of application
  • Maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Desire to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees at DSU
  • Complete a summer internship at a government agency
  • After graduation, work for an agency one year for every year in the DSU Cyber Corps
    • Ex: Years in the DSU Cyber Corps = 3, work for government agency 3 years
    • Preferred placement in executive government agencies

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