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Dakota State University is a public institution situated in Madison, South Dakota. The surrounding location of Madison is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

123 Master's Degrees
16 Doctor's Degrees

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Dakota State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Dakota State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Information Technology Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Medical Illustration & Informatics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Information Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Value Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#151 Best Value Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Dakota State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Schools College Factual
#5 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#20 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#101 Best Allied Health Professions Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#140 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#158 Best Health Professions Associate Degree Schools College Factual

Where Is Dakota State University?


Contact details for Dakota State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 820 N Washington Ave, Madison, SD 57042-1799
Phone: 605-256-5111

Dakota State University Graduate Student Diversity

446 Graduate Students
24% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gender Diversity

Of the 446 graduate students at Dakota State, 76% are male and 24% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Dakota State University graduate students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 34
Black or African American 39
Hispanic or Latino 21
White 269
International Students 55
Other Races/Ethnicities 28

Geographic Diversity

South Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Dakota State University. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 25 countries are represented at Dakota State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Nepal, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Dakota State University

1,756 Took All Classes Online
2,440 Took At Least One Class Online
6.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 13 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at Dakota State. In 2019-2020, 2,440 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Dakota State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 4th most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Dakota State

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Dakota State University was $9,116 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $15,917. The following table shows how Dakota State is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Medical Illustration & Informatics #1 #4
Information Technology #10 #41
Computer Information Systems #22 #47
Information Science #22 #28

Online Growth Rankings of Dakota State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Dakota State University was 6.6%. This is the #391 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Dakota State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Dakota State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 61%
Business, Management & Marketing 81%
Computer & Information Sciences 77%
Computer Information Systems 72%
Education 91%
Health Professions 87%
Information Science 42%
Information Technology 88%
Instructional Media Design 63%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Dakota State ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Dakota State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Mathematics #17
Medical Illustration & Informatics #20
Mathematics & Statistics #36
Information Science #70
Computer Information Systems #91
Information Technology #116
Instructional Media Design #132
Computer & Information Sciences #214
Education #422
Business Administration & Management #441
Health Professions #445

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Dakota State University Graduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Information Systems 0 60 0 60
Information Science 21 13 7 41
Information Technology 0 28 9 37
Instructional Media Design 0 16 0 16
Business Administration & Management 0 3 0 3
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 3 0 3
Mathematics 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 21 123 16 160


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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