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Timelines & Requirements

Dakota State University seeks highly motivated individuals with education and professional credentials that will enable them to be successful doctoral students. Students must have a bachelors or master’s degree in computer science to apply. The PhD in Cyber Operations program admits students for the fall semester only, though classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Admission requirements

To apply, you need to have:

  • Master’s degree from an institution of higher education with full regional accreditation for that degree. Students must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science

  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on an alternative grading system)

  • Satisfactory scores on the GRE. The test must have been taken within the last five years. The 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 US
    • Official admission into and demonstrated success in a regionally accredited graduate program in the US Demonstrated success is defined as grades of A or B in at least nine hours of graduate work 
    • Graduation from a regionally accredited college/university in the US at least 15 years ago or more

Application deadline

All application materials must be received by May 1 for admission for the following fall semester.

Entry Semesters: Students enter the program in the Fall semester only.

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