Following is the mission statement of Dakota State University as stated in SD Codified Law 13-59-2.2:
"The primary purpose of Dakota State University at Madison in Lake County is to provide instruction in computer management, computer information systems, electronic data processing and other related undergraduate and graduate programs. The secondary purpose is to offer two-year, one-year and short courses for application and operator training in the areas authorized by this section. This authorization includes the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers with emphasis in computer and information processing. Except for degree programs in existence during the 1983-84 academic year, the unique baccalaureate programs authorized for Dakota State University shall not be duplicated by the Board of Regents. Section 3. The Board of Regents shall continue to provide existing courses for those students enrolled at Dakota State University during the spring semester of 1984 in order to allow those students presently enrolled to complete their scheduled program of study. Section 4. The medical record program and respiratory therapy program currently in existence at Dakota State University shall remain at Dakota State University unless otherwise transferred by the Board of Regents."
The mission of Dakota State University as it appears in the Board of Regents Policy Manual (1:10:5, adopted 08/07) states:
The Legislature established Dakota State University as an institution specializing in programs in computer management, computer information systems, and other related undergraduate and graduate programs as outlined in SDCL § 13-59-2.2. A special emphasis is the preparation of the elementary and secondary teachers with expertise in the use of computer technology and information processing in the teaching and learning process.
The Board implemented SDCL § 13-59-2.2 by authorizing undergraduate and graduate programs that are technology-infused and promote excellence in teaching and learning. These programs support research, scholarly and creative activities and provide service to the State of South Dakota and the region. Dakota State University is a member of the South Dakota System of Higher Education.
Degrees are authorized at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. The following curriculum is approved for the university:
- Undergraduate Programs
- Associate degree programs are approved in allied health care, business, general studies, and information technology. Baccalaureate programs are approved in allied health care, business, education, information technology, mathematics, and sciences.
- Graduate Programs
- Masters degree programs are approved in education and information technology.
- A Doctor of Science degree in Information Systems is approved.