What will I learn?

If you want to create software and web applications, DSU’s associate degree in software development is a great place to start. On campus or online, you’ll learn the basics of how to develop, design, test, and deliver a software program or web app, and you’ll be ready for entry-level into a profession that just keeps growing. If you decide you want to continue your education with a bachelor of science in network and security administration, cyber operations, or computer science, all your associate’s degree courses will count toward your bachelor’s degree.

Possible Job Titles

  • Software developer
  • Application developer
  • Database programmer
  • Programmer
  • Programmer analyst
  • Software engineer

Which department am I in?

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$11,812.00 per year
Cost per credit hour: USD $393.75; Tuition and fees: USD $5,906.25 (Per semester)
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

Dakota State University

820 N Washington Avenue,

MADISON,

South Dakota,

57042, United States

Online/Distance (Minimum of 30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $351.25 per credit hour
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must meet at least one of these requirements: Have an above-average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" (2.60 on a 4.00 GPA scale), Be in the top 60% of your class, Get an ACT composite score of 18 or above, or get a sub score on the SAT Reasoning Test Math and Critical Reading of 870 or above. English Language Requirements: TOEFL iBT: 79; TOEFL PBT: 550; IELTS: 6.5; PTE Academic: 53; SAT: Minimum sub-score of 500 on both Critical Reading and Writing; ACT: Minimum sub-score of 22 on the Writing/English; Completion of ELS Level 112.

For international students

Applicants must completion of their final year of secondary school.
Have an above-average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" (2.60 on a 4.00 GPA scale).
Be in the top 60% of your class.
Get an ACT composite score of 18 or above, or get a sub score on the SAT Reasoning Test Math and Critical Reading of 870 or above

you must demonstrate proficiency in English with one of the following exams and the indicated minimum score:

TOEFL BT: 71
TOEFL PBT: 525
IELTS: 6.0 (with no sub score less than 5.5)
PTE Academic: 50
SAT: Minimum sub-score of 450 on both Critical Reading and Writing, Math 480
ACT: Minimum sub-score of 20 on the Writing/English
Completion of ELS Level 111
GTEC - CBT: 1150

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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