The South Dakota Board of Regents has announced approval of a new joint degree in computer science to be offered at Dakota State University in Madison and South Dakota State University in Brookings.  The doctorate is the first of its kind in computer science in the state.

Each university will offer distinct specializations and/or electives to allow students to specialize and tailor their program of study to meet their career goals as professionals in the field. 

DSU will leverage its expertise with applied machine learning, analytics and information management in areas such as cybersecurity.  The SDSU program will emphasize expertise in areas such as precision agriculture solutions, employing machine learning and data analytics.

Pat Engebretson, DSU’s dean of The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, said that the joint program between DSU and SDSU is an excellent opportunity to collaborate, learn and share ideas between the two institutions.  He said that both institutions have a rich history of providing educational excellence and this program will further cement that legacy.  Engebretson said that by working together, they will be able to reduce the overall cost of delivery while simultaneously increasing their capacity.  

With the coursework already in place, applications will be accepted in the spring for students to begin in the program in fall of 2021.