Complete your education your way.

Our online courses let you take the courses entirely online, from anywhere. You'll use a variety of resources like our course management system, Desire2Learn, to get assignments, lecture notes, and exams. You’ll be able to set your own schedule and work with your classmates in a virtual classroom. View a list of our online program offerings.

How much does a distance or online education cost?

Our tuition rates are billed per credit hour. You can see current rates in Tuition and Payments.


Contact us if you have any questions about distance and online education at DSU. Our Online Learning Staff are here to help.

Student Verification Statement

Federal law requires that universities verify the identity of students when course materials and/or course assessment activities are conducted either partially or entirely online. A student’s Desire2Learn (D2L) login and password are intended to provide the student with secure access to course materials and are also intended to help the university meet this federal mandate. Some DSU Faculty also require the use of a face-to-face proctor for exams in distance-delivered (Internet) courses and this requirement provides a second level of student identity verification. Students will be responsible for any proctoring fees, if applicable. Finally, an instructor who uses web conferencing technology may require students to use a webcam during exams, as another means of student identity verification through voice and visual recognition.

What Students Say

"I chose Dakota State University Online because I wanted to pursue my dream of getting a college education while still being able to stay home with my four children. Specifically, I chose Dakota State for their Elementary and Special Education degree. That degree was something I thought I would never be able to pursue without being physically on a college campus. I am so grateful to have found this program online so that I can better myself for not only me but my children as well! "

Alysha Langstraat
Major: Online Student - Elementary Education/Special Education