Dickinson State University is more than just a regional North Dakota school. It has progressed since its creation in 1918 (when it still had no buildings and had to have first classes meet in the local high school) to become one of the premier schools in the Upper Great Plains, educating on a much broader scale than the teacher’s college it was originally intended to be. This public, four year university now offers not only Bachelor degrees, but pre-professional and 2 year certifications.
DSU’s commitment to not only “promoting excellence in teaching and learning” as well as their efforts to provide “high-quality, accessible programs” have led not only to distance learning opportunities at the college, but have encouraged a North Dakota University System best 18% of graduates to go on to further education after leaving. In order to take advantage of students looking to further their education, DSU was granted full university status in 1987 and has started to offer an MBA in finance, international business, and accounting to name a few, with the majority of work being done online.
Most online degree programs are offered asynchronously, utilizing Accudemia to monitor attendance and deliver course materials, but there is a wealth of them to be had. Dickinson State’s Office of Extended Learning offer Associate or Bachelor degrees in a number of programs, with allowances for concentrations and minors.
Not all degrees are earned primarily online, as DSU utilizes the campuses of the surrounding Dakota area, offering classes out of Bismarck, Williston, as well as evening classes at Dickinson. Their mission still to provide “accessible” education for the broadest scope of students possible, working with their schedules to give them the same opportunities to learn and advance in their chosen professions. For those looking to begin their education early, DSU also offers dual credit classes, allowing for high school students to received concurrent credit in both high school and college courses, all the while being taught in their current school by a DSU adjunct instructor.
DSU will also offer Professional Development seminars online from time to time, striving to continuously provide all lifelong learners the chance to stay current with technology and updates that go across all occupational boundaries. No longer the building-less college of 104 people, this 2500 strong student body now represents more than 75 different fields of study (much more than the teacher’s education the Dickinson Normal School was offering back in 1918) and almost a dozen academic departments.
Offering you numerous choices as to location and giving you the resources to complete most degrees completely online, Dickinson State University continues its tradition of strong “institutional and student opportunities”, creating a long lasting and well rounded graduate who is looking to learn beyond their college years and become “responsible, global citizens”.