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Majors & Degrees

Cyber Operators Cyber Operations Articulation

Because data breaches, malware infections, and software vulnerabilities are so common in today’s technology world, it is critical to fully understand how these attacks occur. As a participant in the Cyber Operators Cyber Operations Articulation program, you will dig deep to understand the mentality, motivations, and techniques of the hackers that execute these types of attacks.

You already have a strong foundation in programming, math, and networking. The Cyber Operators Cyber Operations Articulation program will expand and then apply that knowledge to the most technical areas of cybersecurity. At the core of the Cyber Operations degree, you learn about reverse engineering, malware analysis, and software exploitation. You will better understand the hacker mindset and be able to discover vulnerabilities in widespread computer systems.


Military transfer credit

Veteran's Affairs staff helping a perspective DSU student with the application process
Veteran's Affairs staff helping a prospective DSU student with the application process.

Veteran's Affairs staff helping a prospective DSU student with the application process.’

You may be interested in earning a Cyber Operations degree but haven't taken the courses articulated in the Cyber Operators Cyber Operations Articulation agreement. Maybe your interests are in another computer science-related field, and you want to apply what you already know to a different degree.

If you're a service member, we evaluate your work experience and military background, determine course credit equivalencies, and potentially apply the credit toward the right DSU degree for you. This is best aligned with students seeking Cyber Operations, Computer Science, or Network and Security Administration degrees.

Dakota State University and the National Cryptologic University of the National Security Agency (NSA) have an education partnership. This agreement allows military and civilian employees at NSA to transfer in National Cryptologic University course credits to DSU’s bachelor's and master's degree programs.

National Cryptologic University students who have completed JCAC, CYBR3420, or CYBR3422 program requirements can transfer up to 45 credit hours towards the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Operations degree.

National Cryptologic University students are also eligible for up to 12 graduate credits towards the Master of Computer Science, Master of Computer Science with specialization in Cyber Operations, or Master of Cyber Defense – Technical Track degree programs. Graduate credits will be granted to enrollees who have completed the National Cryptologic University CYBR3420 or CYBR3422 course; alternatively, three graduate credits will be awarded for each 80 contact hours of NSA-sponsored coursework.

Contact our Registrar's Office if you would like other training through National Cryptologic University to be evaluated and potentially mapped.


B.S. Cyber Operations - accept up to 45 credits towards major content requirements

  • 30 general elective credits required
  • 45 additional major content credits required
  • (75 total remaining)

Cyber Operations (BS)

M.S. Computer Science (including Cyber Operations Specializations) - accept up to 12 credit hours

  • 3 credits of core classes
  • 9 credits of cyber operations specialization courses
  • (18 total remaining)


M.S. Cyber Defense (Technical Track) - accept up to 12 credit hours

  • 6 credits in the technical track
  • 6 credits of approved electives
  • (18 total remaining)


  1. To participate in the articulation agreement, you can simply apply to DSU through the normal application process.
  1. Applicants may seek credit for certain service-based coursework as outlined in each specific articulation agreement. Send your National Cryptological University transcript and/or Joint Services Transcript (JST), and any other post-secondary transcripts to the DSU Admission office:

DSU Admissions Office
820 N. Washington Ave.
Madison, SD 57042

  1. Your transcript will be attached to your application and processed. Our Registrar’s office will prepare an evaluation based on your transcripts and the articulation agreement.
    1. Any relevant service-based coursework that does not immediately align with the articulation will also be evaluated for additional course equivalencies at DSU.
  2. We’ll keep in touch with you along the way!


To have your National Cryptologic University credits accepted by Dakota State University, you may request a transcript by mailing a request to this address:

National Cryptologic University, ATTN: Transcripts
9800 Savage Road Suite 6801
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6801


Email: transcript_requests@nsa.gov

Undergrad DSU/NSA

Graduate DSU/NSA

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