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Cost and Aid

"Investment in knowledge pays the best interest." – Benjamin Franklin

With a graduate degree from DSU, you're investing in yourself. Change or advance your career with the confidence that your education will pay you dividends for a lifetime.

We're committed to making our grad programs affordable through a number of perks for SD and MN residents, National Guard members, certified teachers, and students who receive graduate assistantships.

Residency requirements

Are you a South Dakota resident? For the following tuition rates, you must be one of the following:

  • A bona fide emancipated resident of South Dakota for at least 12 months; or
  • A spouse or minor dependent of an emancipated person who has moved to South Dakota for employment; or
  • The spouse of a bona fide resident of South Dakota

If you want to become a resident of South Dakota for tuition purposes, you can apply at our Enrollment Services Office.

Tuition by credit hour

At DSU, we're always transparent about tuition and fees.

We do everything we can to help you reduce or finance those costs, from graduate assistantships to scholarships.

Here is the breakdown by residency status. For a more detailed listing, see our rate schedule.

South Dakota residents:

  • Madison main campus: $370.00 per credit hour
    • State employees: $205.00 per credit hour
    • Teacher certification: $205.00 per credit hour
  • The Community College for Sioux Falls: $465.80 per credit hour
    • State employees: $300.85 per credit hour
  • Online courses: $465.80 per credit hour
  • LT (MSET courses) prefix* courses : $370.00 per credit hour
  • Graduate Assistant:
    • Madison main campus: $214.95 per credit hour
    • Online: $310.70 per credit hour

Minnesota residents:

  • Madison main campus: $511.75 per credit hout
  • The Community College for Sioux Falls: $465.80 per credit hour
  • Online courses: $465.80 per credit hour
  • LT (MSET courses) prefix* courses : $511.75 per credit hour
  • Graduate Assistant:
    • Madison main campus: $214.95 per credit hour
    • Online: $310.780 per credit hour

Non-SD residents (including international students):

  • Madison campus: $656.05 per credit hour
  • The Community College for Sioux Falls: $465.80 per credit hour
  • Online courses: $465.80 per credit hour
  • LT (MSET) prefix* courses: $656.05 per credit hour
  • Graduate Assistant:
    • Madison main campus: $214.95 per credit hour
    • Online: $310.70 per credit hour

* “LT prefix” refers to courses in the MSET program with an LT prefix, e.g., LT731. All LT prefix courses are billed at the on-campus rate only.

Other costs to consider

Books, fees, and additional course materials are not included in the per-credit-hour rates. These may vary by course and term.

If you plan to live on campus, take a look at housing and meal plan costs. These rates are the same for graduates and undergraduates.

You've got questions ... we've got answers

What if I’m taking undergraduate courses?

If you are a graduate student taking undergraduate courses, you’ll just pay the undergraduate tuition rate for those courses.

Do I still have to pay if I don’t go to class?

Yes. Failure to attend class will not cancel your financial obligation to the University.

How do I apply to become a graduate assistant?

You’ll be able to apply for a graduate assistantship within the main graduate program application. Learn more about assistantship eligibility and requirements.