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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.

Majors & Degrees


You’re going to do great things

A degree can open doors and help you make your dreams a reality. Lucky for you, we’ve made the application process easy. Just check out our admissions requirements, fill out the right application below, and you’re on your way.

These applications are for students seeking undergraduate degrees or certificates.

Undergraduate Application

How does this whole admissions process work?

We've crafted a handy checklist (PDF) for you to follow. It includes all the major steps of applying, from visiting campus to applying for scholarships.

Is there an application fee?

There is a $20 application fee.

Is there an application deadline?

Unlike many other universities, there is no deadline to apply to DSU. That being said, we don't really recommend waiting until the day before classes begin to apply, since we'll need time to process the documents you send in.

Are there any special conditions for international students?

Yes. If you don't live in the USA, please read our admissions requirements for international students.

Where do I apply for a graduate degree?

Apply to one of our fine graduate programs in the graduate section.

*Please note, you can apply for all MS graduate programs for the summer and fall. But we accept applications for Ph.D. programs for fall entry only.

I have more questions that aren't answered here

If you still don't see your question answered there, we have a dedicated admissions team in place that will make sure you have all of the information you need to make a smart decision about your future.

Admissions Office


This application is for individuals looking to apply for our master's or doctoral programs.


 *Please note, you can apply for most MS graduate programs for the spring, summer and fall semesters with the exception of our MS in Information Systems which is only spring and fall. We accept applications for Ph.D. programs for fall entry only.

Is there an application fee?

There is a $35 application fee. 

Is there application deadlines?

Yes. Each program has a deadline date. Please check the specific program page under "Timelines and Requirements" for the specific date.

Are there any special conditions for international students?

Yes. If you do not live in the USA please read the admission requirements for International Graduate Students.

Are there specific requirements that need to be met to apply to Graduate school?

Yes. Please read our Graduate Admissions requirements.

Can I apply for a PhD program in the spring?

For our PhD programs we only admit for Fall each year. Unfortunately you cannot apply for Spring admission for those programs.


This application is for students who want to take a few classes and are NOT looking to complete a degree or certificate. For example, a student seeking to take one or two classes. 

Non-Degree / Student Exchange Application

Undergraduate non-degree seeking studies

 *Undergraduate courses typically have a course numbering of 499 or less. 

Graduate non-degree seeking studies

 *Graduate courses typically have a course numbering of 500 or higher. 


These applications are for high school students interested in applying for High School Dual Credit Courses (HSDC) through DSU.  The Govenors Cyber Academy credentials can also be earned through HSDC courses.

First-Time Dual Credit Students

First-time students should create an account with a personal email address (to avoid firewalls that could potentially cause issues with K-12 student email accounts).

Apply Here

Create an Account

Continuing Dual Credit Students

Students who have taken prior dual credit coursework with a BOR university will log in with their university-provided email address and password.

Apply Here

If you have any issues with the new application as your students complete it, you can submit a support ticket here, or contact the SDBOR at 605-773-3455.

What is the Governors Cyber Academy?

The Governors Cyber Academy expands awareness of and access to cyber education and career pathways to students throughout the state of South Dakota and beyond through transferrable, university-level dual credit cyber coursework; credit-bearing summer enrichment opportunities; and K-12 and out-of-school cyber education programming. 

Govenors Cyber Academy Information

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