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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

Timelines & Requirements

Admission requirements

We admit Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) students in the fall, spring, and summer. Before you apply, you must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Transcripts that show completion of courses in key areas such as programming principles, database design and programming (including familiarity with SQL), and statistical principles

If you don’t fully meet these requirements, you might be required to take additional foundational courses to cover any gaps.

If you’re an international student, you must have a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

International students that have graduated from a U.S. institution with full regional accreditation will NOT be required to take the GRE.

For other students, we require that you show satisfactory GRE scores on a test taken within the last five years. The GRE requirement can be waived for applicants with a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.25 or other waiver criteria as listed in the general admission requirements.

Application deadline

Please be sure to send in your application by:

  • August 15 for admission for the following Fall semester
  • November 15 for admission for the following Spring semester
  • April 15 for admission for the following Summer semester

The application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

If you’re applying for an assistantship, be sure to send in your assistantship form with your application.

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Graduation requirements

Our MSA program requires a total of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. This includes:

  • Successful completion of all courses listed on your MSA Plan of Study within the five-year time limit
  • Achievement of a GPA of at least 3.0 (a "B" average), with no more than 6 credit hours of a "C" grade and no grade below a "C" in the courses on your Plan of Study
  • Satisfaction of Regental standards for residency, this is satisfied by completing all but a maximum of nine credit hours of your coursework at DSU (distance courses count as "at DSU")
  • 18 credit hours of core courses
  • Six credit hours of required courses
  • Six credit hours of electives
  • A comprehensive exam

Contact Us

Office of Graduate Studies and Research
(605) 256-5799

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