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Relentless minds.
Next-level facilities.
Dynamic partners.
All united by one revolutionary vision.

That’s how Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, is accelerating the future of cyber everywhere.

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DSU’S Cyber Mission

DSU is a special focus STEM university with an emphasis in computing information technologies and cybersecurity. Through our close-knit learning community, we’ve established ourselves as a national leader in innovative higher education.

The next chapter for us is even bigger. New projects funded and in process include the extension of DSU’s Applied Research Corporation (ARC) to a new facility in Sioux Falls, expansion of the number of graduates from The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, and the launch of the statewide Governors Cyber Academy, a 9-12 cyber education program.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

We’re making waves and making it happen, measuring our wins by the success of our students and faculty. These are just a few of the biggest things Trojans are doing.

DSU, ARMYCYBER SIGN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

The partnership will promote joint research programs and projects to help define future cyber career paths and protect our nation.

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NSA CENTER OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN CYBER DEFENSE, RESEARCH & CYBER OPERATIONS

DSU is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO), Center of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R), and Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).

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DSU SECURES $90M PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR CYBERSECURITY (2022)

The new initiative includes a new cybersecurity research center in Sioux Falls and a push to expand their role as a key contributor to national security and defense.

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US CYBER TEAM TAKES 3RD AT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

The U.S. Cyber Team – featuring three Dakota State University Trojans – won third place in the first-ever International Cybersecurity Challenge.

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PRESIDENT GRIFFITHS ONE OF 50 INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN AI

Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths has been named to the InspiredMinds! Community’s top 50 most influential women in 2022. These women represent businesses, government agencies, and academia from across the world.

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DSU ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH NSA (2023)

In 2023, Dakota State University announced a partnership with the National Security Agency to enhance the resources and collaboration with both parties.

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DR. ASHLEY PODHRADSKY FEATURED AT Smithsonian

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky was one of 120 women featured at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., for Women’s History Month in 2022. The exhibit honors women making an impact in STEM fields.

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Facilities

Cutting-edge classrooms. Next-level research labs. We’ve invested in dynamic spaces for learning and growth. Now, we’re growing our footprint and setting our sights on the next big thing.

The Beacom Institute of Technology at Dakota State University

THE BEACOM INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MADISON)

Opened in 2017, the Beacom Institute of Technology is DSU’s home for all things cyber. This 31,300-square-foot building is the engine for DSU’s 88.5% placement rate among The Beacom College of Computer & Cyber Science graduates. Here, students and faculty work in state-of-the-art facilities, exceptional classrooms, labs, and collaborative spaces designed specifically for the needs of cybersecurity and other tech-intensive programs. Counting both undergraduate and graduate students, The Beacom College has more than 1,300 students.

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DSU Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs) facility

DSU MADISON CYBER LABS (MADISON)

Madison Cyber Labs (MadLabs®) is an advanced hub for research, development, and economic opportunity at DSU. This 40,000-square-foot building is one of few buildings in the country that combines all facets of cybersecurity research on a university campus. With cybersecurity and cyber operations in mind, MadLabs® contains a secure lab, 15 labs, and 2 institutes allowing students and faculty researchers to pursue work that's critical to the growth of the cyber universe.

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Applied Research Lab, resource for private and public cybersecurity contractors

APPLIED RESEARCH LAB (SIOUX FALLS)

Set to open in 2026, the Applied Research Lab will be a national resource for private and public cybersecurity contractors.  The highly specialized facility will be home to 400+ full-time jobs. Its home is Sioux Falls, one of the fastest growing metros in the Midwest, and the #1 city in the country for young professionals.

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WORKING ON THE CUTTING EDGE

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Dynamic minds united by a passion for learning and teaching: that’s what makes us revolutionary. Our faculty work in a close-knit, collaborative environment where thoughts and passions are easily shared. We’re small enough where your ideas can be heard, with enough resources to do great things with them.

97
FULL-TIME FACULTY
11.29
AVERAGE YEARS OF SERVICE
41.6
%
TENURED FACULTY
3
DESIGNATIONS AS A CENTER OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
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Pat Engebretson / Beacom Liaison for Rising II Initiatives and Program Coordinator for the Ph.D. in Cyber Operations
DR. ASHLEY PODHRADSKY / VP FOR RESEARCH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ANDREW KRAMER / The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

LEADERSHIP, PROFESSORS & FACULTY

When you work at Dakota State, you become part of our Trojan family. We are caring, family-oriented, united, and inclusive. From training sessions to benefit packages, we strive to ensure our employees have what they need to succeed in their career – and their personal lives. In our dynamic, driven community, you’ll have optimal chances to excel in your career.

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José-Marie Griffiths

President

Mary Bell

Dean, Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Pat Engebretson

Beacom Liaison for Rising II Initiatives and Program Coordinator for the Ph.D. in Cyber Operations

Ashley Podhradsky

VP for Research & Economic Development

Joel Wohnoutka

Executive Director of Applied Research Lab

Farhad Akhbardeh

Assistant Professor

Kyle Cronin

Associate Professor

Kathy Engbrecht

Instructor

Tyler Flaagan

Assistant Professor

Scott Graham

Instructor

Tom Halverson

Associate Dean of The Beacom Undergraduate Programs

Michael Ham

Associate Professor

Andrew Kramer

Assistant Professor

Stephen Krebsbach

Professor / Coordinator for Ph.D. in Computer Science Program

Jason Mixon

Instructor

Kanthi Narukonda

Instructor

Austin O’Brien

Associate Professor/Coordinator for M.S. in Computer Science

Robert Richardson

Instructor

Bhaskar Rimal

Assistant Professor

Mark Spanier

Associate Professor

Jennifer Schulte

Instructor

Varghese Vaidyan

Assistant Professor

Yong Wang

Professor / Associate Dean of The Beacom Graduate Programs

Cody Welu

Assistant Professor

Shawn Zwach

Assistant Professor

Peter Hoesing

Associate Vice President for Research & Economic Development

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ASSISTANT / ASSOCIATE / FULL PROFESSOR - INFORMATION SYSTEMS
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INSTRUCTOR - Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Services
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ASSISTANT / ASSOCIATE / FULL PROFESSOR OF CYBER DEFENSE
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Instructional Designer for the Governors Cyber Academy
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CREATING YOUR CYBER FUTURE

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Here, it’s not just about what you learn. It’s the environment you learn in. Hear from two DSU students about why they chose Madison. First, Ann Scripture, a cyber operations student, shares the story of what led her to DSU, and how a welcoming community makes a world of difference. Followed by Janessa Palmeri, a SFS CyberCorps Scholar, explains how she’s found opportunities she never thought possible.  

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JANESSA PALMERI

FActs & Stats

In 2022, we conducted a survey of Trojan alums, gathering information about salary, job satisfaction and more insights into the professional world of cyber. Here are the highlights, along with more facts about DSU.  

98.5%
PLACEMENT RATE FOR THE BEACOM COLLEGE OF COMPUTER & CYBER SCIENCES GRADUATES
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DEGREES IN
COMPUTER &
CYBER SCIENCES
18:1
STUDENT
TO
FACULTY RATIO
$9,861
AVERAGE FINANCIAL
AID AWARDED
(2021)
81%
GRADUATES EITHER
LIKE OR LOVE
THEIR CURRENT JOB
48%
SAID DSU HELPED THEM
GET A JOB IN THEIR
FIELD OF CHOICE
45%
SAID DSU HELPED
THEM FURTHER
THEIR EXPERTISE
45%
SAID DSU HELPED
THEM EARN
A HIGHER WAGE
#4
MOST AFFORDABLE 
ONLINE BACHELOR'S IN CYBERSECURITY
#2
MOST AFFORDABLE ONLINE CYBERSECURITY PHD PROGRAM

How satisfied are you with the education you received AT DSU?

88%
SATISFIED
3%
NEUTRAL
9%
UNSATISFIED

How likely are you to recommend a program from DSU to a colleague, friend or family member?

87%
Likely
4%
Unsure
9%
Not Likely

A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Helping You Reach the Next Level

What’s the DSU difference? Next-level access to cutting edge technologies, all in a close-knit learning community. When you join the Trojans, you either online or on campus, you’ll shape tomorrow with today’s latest tech.  That’s why 99% of our grads find a job or go on to post-graduate education – we prepare them for what’s next.

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Campus at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota
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DSU student participating in Cyber Games, an inter-collegiate competition

Helping You Reach the Next Level

What’s the DSU difference? Next-level access to cutting edge technologies, all in a close-knit learning community. When you become a Trojans, either online or on campus, you’ll shape tomorrow with today’s latest tech.  That’s why 99% of our grads find a job or go on to post-graduate education – we prepare them for what’s next.

PROGRAMS
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B.S. in artificial intelligence

In our new AI program, you’ll explore the different types of artificial intelligence from reactive to theory of mind, investigate applications that make AI possible, and learn to ethically utilize it through a variety of operations.

Program details

Helping You Reach the Next Level

What’s the DSU difference? Next-level access to cutting edge technologies, all in a close-knit learning community. When you become a Trojans, either online or on campus, you’ll shape tomorrow with today’s latest tech.  That’s why 99% of our grads find a job or go on to post-graduate education – we prepare them for what’s next.

PROGRAMS
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B.S. in computer science

Our curriculum is dynamic, covering topics from programming language to data structures and algorithms to operating systems. You'll also analyze computer foundations from the beginning to the latest tools and applications.

Program details

Helping You Reach the Next Level

What’s the DSU difference? Next-level access to cutting edge technologies, all in a close-knit learning community. When you become a Trojans, either online or on campus, you’ll shape tomorrow with today’s latest tech.  That’s why 99% of our grads find a job or go on to post-graduate education – we prepare them for what’s next.

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B.S. IN cyber operations

DSU's Cyber Operations program shows you how to discover and investigate attacks like data breaches, malware infections, and software vulnerabilities. This degree is also part of our 4+1 Program, which means you can complete your BS in Cyber Operations and your MS in Computer Science in just five years.

Program details

Helping You Reach the Next Level

What’s the DSU difference? Next-level access to cutting edge technologies, all in a close-knit learning community. When you become a Trojans, either online or on campus, you’ll shape tomorrow with today’s latest tech.  That’s why 99% of our grads find a job or go on to post-graduate education – we prepare them for what’s next.

PROGRAMS
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ADMISSIONS

M.S. in computer science

Other programs emphasize theoretical aspects of computer systems and computability. Our program builds upon these foundations with a focus on career outcomes: pragmatic, market-based applications of computer science, like cyber security.

Program details

Helping You Reach the Next Level

What’s the DSU difference? Next-level access to cutting edge technologies, all in a close-knit learning community. When you become a Trojans, either online or on campus, you’ll shape tomorrow with today’s latest tech.  That’s why 99% of our grads find a job or go on to post-graduate education – we prepare them for what’s next.

PROGRAMS
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ADMISSIONS

PH.D. IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

Invent and design new approaches to the computer science field while obtaining your PhD degree in Computer Science. You can be part of a field that continuously discovers innovative ways to use technology. This doctorate is available on-campus only.

Program details

Helping You Reach the Next Level

What’s the DSU difference? Next-level access to cutting edge technologies, all in a close-knit learning community. When you become a Trojans, either online or on campus, you’ll shape tomorrow with today’s latest tech.  That’s why 99% of our grads find a job or go on to post-graduate education – we prepare them for what’s next.

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PH.D. IN CYBER OPERATIONS

Gain a foundation in cyber operations while specializing in data collection, software exploitation, analysis of malicious code, and reverse engineering. Our PhD in Cyber Operations is a technical program grounded in computer science with an emphasis in cyber security.

Program details

2022 CYBER GAMES

In 2022, four DSU Trojans represented the US Cyber Team in the first-ever International Cybersecurity Competition, with three making the trip to Athens, Greece. For two days, they competed with teams from around the world, representing the United States on the highest stage.

the winning mindset

Inter-collegiate competitions are just one way our students shine. Here’s a sample of the hardware Trojans have brought home in the past few years.

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  • 1st Hivestorm 2020

  • 1st MetaCTFs’s CyberGames 2020

  • 1st CUCTF 2020

  • 1st MetaCTF’s CyberGames 2019

  • 2nd National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition 2022

  • 2nd Place eSentinal North American Open 2021

  • 3rd National Cyber League 2020

  • 3rd CAE in Cybersecurity Outreach Competition 2021

YOUR CYBER PARTNER

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Outside partners come to DSU because of our graduates. The breadth of our students’ training – across six programs related to computer science, cyber operations and artificial intelligence – means our grads hit the ground running. That’s why we work closely with the Department of Homeland Security, US National Science Foundation, and a regional health care leader, among others. By creating more jobs in South Dakota, we’re able to keep our grads closer to home.

EVOLVING HIGHER EDUCATION

President Griffiths shares her vision for public-private partnerships, and how cyber isn’t an industry unto itself, but a vital tool across across every industry.

Partner Highlights

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National Security Agency

Dakota State University partners with the National Security Agency through an Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA). According to Dr. Pat Engebretson, Beacom Liaison for Rising II Initiatives and Program Coordinator for the Ph.D. inCyber Operations, “An EPA is an agreement between NSA and an education institution to transfer or enhance technology and provide technical assistance to the institution.”

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Army Cyber

ARMYCYBER

In June of 2023, DSU and ArmyCyber (ARCYBER) reached an agreement to promote joint research, collaboration and additional educational programs between the two organizations.  

"We are proud and excited to broaden our relationship with Dakota State University," said Lt. Gen Maria Barrett, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Cyber Command. "DSU's students and faculty have proven to be innovative, skilled, and forward-thinking — just the kind of talented, focused, and driven young minds our nation needs in its cyber workforce…”

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Sanford Health

Brad Reimer, Chief Information Officer at Sanford Health, on the organizations’ strategic alignment: “DSU educates some of the most in-demand students for national security agencies and large tech companies around the world. Sanford Health’s robust investments in healthcare technology, research and innovation offer an ideal platform for the partnership.

Initially, our alliance will focus on Sanford Health’s and DSU’s well-matched present needs and interests, including talent acquisition, development and retention.”

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WHY SOUTH DAKOTA MAKES SENSE

Forward-thinking strategies and a friendly tax climate are just two reasons South Dakota is good for business. See how we slash red tape for more opportunity, and how the right incentives make it easier to start.

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