Dsu Graduate Application Personal Statement

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The Master of Science in Educational Technology program has its own unique application timelines and admissions requirements, in addition to the overall graduate admissions requirements.

Admission requirements for MSET

We admit students into our MSET program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

To apply, you need to have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree. Your degree does not need to be in education.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • A basic knowledge of computers and their applications for educational purposes. You should be able to demonstrate this knowledge with a technology endorsement from an accredited university or an in-service position as a full- or part-time technology coordinator in a public school.
  • A personal statement of technological competency. The statement should be no more than two pages, and should come with supporting documentation or URLs.
  • Satisfactory GRE scores on a test taken within the last five years.

You do not need a teaching certification to apply to this program.

Application deadline

Make sure you send in your application by:

  • June 15 for admission for the following fall semester. 
  • November 15 for admission for the following spring semester. 
  • April 15 for admission for the following summer semester. 

Please be aware that the application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. It’s why we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

If you are applying for an assistantship, please send in your assistantship form at the same time as your application.

Graduation requirements

Our MSET program requires a total of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. This includes:

  • Successful completion of all courses listed on your MSET Plan of Study within the 5-year time limit
  • Achievement of a GPA of at least 3.0 (a "B" average), with no more than 6 credit hours of a "C" grade and no grade below a "C" in the courses on your Plan of Study
  • Satisfaction of Regental standards for residency, which include no more than seven credits transferred from other universities
  • 15 credit hours of common courses, taken at both DSU and USD
  • 8 hours of required DSU courses
  • 7 hours of electives, which you can use to fulfill your specialization, if you wish
  • A web-based exit portfolio

For more information, you can view our courses or contact us.

MSET teacher certification

You don’t need an a teacher certification or an undergraduate degree in education to enter our MSET program. 

However, if this is the case, please be aware that the MSET does not lead to teacher certification in South Dakota in educational technology unless you hold (or are eligible for) a basic elementary, secondary, or K-12 teaching certification.

Our MSET grads may be eligible for DSU recommendation for certification or endorsement in states outside of South Dakota, but because teaching certification and licensure requirements vary from state to state, please know that we cannot guarantee certification in a particular state.

Program completion

You are welcome to complete your MSET on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can usually complete the program in two years, though of course this depends on the number of credit hours you take per semester. 

All students must complete the MSET program within five years of the semester of the first course taken.

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Everything you need to make an informed decision.

Our prospective graduate students tend to have a lot of questions: 

  • “How much will it cost to get my graduate degree?”
  • “How do I apply to your graduate program?”
  • “Will I be able to get an assistantship?”
  • “Is your process any different for international grad students?”

And that’s awesome. It’s why we have a dedicated Graduate Admissions team in place—to make sure you have all of the information you need to make a smart decision about your future.

So let us know what we can do to help. 

General graduate admissions requirements.

Are you a good fit for our graduate programs? We’re looking for smart, motivated people who meet the following requirements: 

Baccalaureate degree

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher learning with full regional accreditation for that degree.

GRE scores

Some programs may have different requirements as it pertains to the GRE.  You should also refer to the specific program for additional information.

Either GRE or GMAT scores may be accepted for the MBA program.

You must have received satisfactory scores on your GRE, and have taken it 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 U.S.
  • Official admission into and demonstrated success in a regionally accredited graduate program in the U.S. Demonstrated success is defined as grades of A or B in at least 9 hours of graduate work.
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college/university in the U.S. at least 15 years ago or more.

Other program-specific admissions requirements

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