International Admissions

This is your chance to study in the USA.

DSU is an affordable, accredited, and flexible place for international students to learn on-campus. 

We are excited to have you apply to our graduate program!

How to apply.

Applying as an international student is easy. Begin by filling out an application to the program you wish to enter.  Once completed, you must also submit a Certificate of Financial Responsibility (PDF) in order to recieve an I-20 which is required to apply for an F-1 Student Visa.

The following programs do not meet F-1 student visa regulations, and/or are offered exclusively online.

  • Master of Science in Educational Technology
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Cyber Operations

Admission requirements for international graduate students.

In order to take graduate classes at DSU, you need to meet the following requirements:

Bachelor’s degree:

You need to have a baccalaureate degree that is equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S. We reserve the right to ask for an evaluation of foreign transcripts by a DSU-recognized transcript evaluation agency.


You need to have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent on an alternative grading system).


You must have taken the GRE within the last five years. The GRE test can be waived if one of the following conditions is met: 

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Official admission into and demonstrated success in a regionally accredited graduate program in the U.S. Demonstrated success is defined as grades of A or B in at least 9 hours of graduate work.
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college/university in the U.S. at least 15 years ago or more.

English Proficiency:

You must demonstrate proof of English proficiency by one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL iBT: 76
  • TOEFL PBT: 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 (with no sub score less than 5.5)
  • PTE Academic: 53
  • Completion of ELS Level 112

Verification that you are financially self-sustaining:

We need you to be able to show that you have financial support for at least two years. This is why we ask that you fill out the Certificate of Financial Responsibility form (PDF).

I-20 form:

The International Programs Office is responsible for the issue of I-20’s.  When a student is notified of their admission into one of our programs they will be asked to verify their address and phone number with the Graduate Office.  This information is also passed along to the International Programs Office who then completes the I-20 and mails it, along with the formal admission letter to the new student.

Please note that there will be a delay in the mailing of your I-20 if you have not submitted your Certification of Financial Responsibility form, bank information showing proof of finances and proof of two MMR immunizations. These items are required before your I-20 will be mailed.

Graduate student health insurance:

As a foreign national student, BOR Policy 3.14 requires that you will be required to have credible health insurance as determined by the SD Board of Regents. You will be responsible for purchasing health insurance coverage that meets BOR Policy 3.14 requirements, any federal visa requirements, and IRS regulations.

The South Dakota Board of Regents has chosen two GeoBlue plans for you: the Basic plan and the Enhanced plan. You will be required to provide proof of coverage to the International Programs Office. If you do not provide proof of insurance, you will not be able to enroll in any SD Board of Regents university.

Proof of coverage is required by the add/drop date, as specified by the academic calendar, and should be provided to the International Programs Office. If you do not provide proof of coverage you will be withdrawn from DSU.

Insurance Carrier


Inside the U.S. call 1-844-268-2686

Outside the U.S. call +1-610-263-2847

Register for the Basic Plan Access Code: PCS-44605

Register for the Enhanced Plan Access Code PCX-44607


Fill out our form to request more information or simply call us at 1-800-378-9988.

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