Dakota State D.Sc - 1st Year Completed

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by mrtito02, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. mrtito02

    mrtito02 New Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I just thought I'd come back to the board to let everyone know that I've finished my first year of course with Dakota State as part of my Doctor of Science in Information Systems.

    As I mentioned earlier I have completed the Fall, Spring and Summer semester with Dakota State which means I've made it through my first year! The new Fall semester starts next week.

    Overall I've been very impressed with faculty and the coursework. However, you should be prepared to spend at minimum 15-20 hours per week for reading, assignments and other coursework related activities.

    So I have one more year of coursework and then on to the dissertation!
  2. BlueMason

    BlueMason Audaces fortuna juvat

    Excellent work! Keep it up and keep us posted on further progress!
  3. scubasteveiu

    scubasteveiu New Member

    Thank you for the update. So have you started on the prospectus proposal?

    At Capitol you start the proposal process during the third class (which I think is early).
  4. -kevin-

    -kevin- Resident Redneck


    Great job! Best wishes for the next year.
  5. mrtito02

    mrtito02 New Member

    I haven't started working on the dissertation yet. However, in our first intro to research course we were told to be smart about our research. In other words, you'll save yourself a ton of time by picking a research topic early on. Then you can use the various research classes that you take to continue to explore and research into the topic. So once you get to your dissertation all you should have to do is just compile everything. How's that sound?
  6. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator

    Like a really smart plan. Wish someone would have old me that :rolleyes:
  7. Cyber

    Cyber New Member

    Thanks for the info. That is certainly a good way to go about a doctoral program. Many for-profit schools may not divulge that info to their students because they prefer students to no complete their dissertations on time so as to pay extra for extensions. Goodluck with the program!
  8. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    Same exact advice given in Amazon.com: Playing the Game: The Streetsmart Guide to Graduate School (9780595304868): Fredrick Frank, Karl Stein: Books
    Amazon.com: Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. (9780374524777): Robert Peters: Books
    as well as about a dozen of other grad school guides. However, it only works well if your research topic doesn't change over the course of the program, which it often does....

    BTW, anyone considering doing a PhD program, DL or otherwise, should read the above books first, especially the first one.
  9. commserver

    commserver New Member


    I sent in my application for the DSc in Information Systems at the beginning of this month. I am now waiting for action by the Admissions Committee.

    Could you tell me anything about your experiences with the program? I want to start as early as possible working. I am even starting to work on an article to be publish.

    I want to specialize in Information Assurance and Computer Security since that is what I have been doing at work.
  10. commserver

    commserver New Member


    I submitted my application for the DSc. Information Systems at the beginning of the month.

    how long did it take for you to get accepted?

    I got email saying that they weren't going to do any review until after the may 15th deadline to get all the applications. I thought that was odd since their web page says to apply as soon as possible since there might be limits on availability.

    I would like to communicate with you about your experiences.
  11. William. V

    William. V New Member

    Congratulations.. All the best for your career ahead! :)
  12. Cyber

    Cyber New Member

    There is nothing odd if you read their website well. In fact, click here to see in plain terms that doctoral admissions occur once a year in the fall, which started in early September 2010. So the next class starts next year same time, although admission decisions will be made after May 15, 2011 - the application date line.
  13. commserver

    commserver New Member

    i went to the web page and it states the following:

    Application deadlines and details

    Applications will be reviewed on a regularly scheduled basis as they arrive. Due to the restrictions on the size of some classes, particularly distance classes, and potential space limitations, applications should be sent as early as possible.

    Doctor of Science in Information Systems (D.Sc. IS)

    * The D.Sc. IS program admits students in the fall only.
    * Applications are to be turned in by May 15th, 2011 for admission to the Fall 2011 semester. Assistantship forms should also be sent with the application packet when applying for an assistantship.
    * Application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.
  14. mrtito02

    mrtito02 New Member

    Hi commserver,

    I think that this is an important line to pay attention to...

    Application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.
  15. ITJD

    ITJD Active Member

    So here's a question, on topic of DSU, but off topic to the admissions process.

    If you are admitted to the DSU D.Sc program with a MBA, and you have to take foundation courses that approximate the MSIS.. are you granted the MSIS prior to taking D.Sc research courses?

  16. mrtito02

    mrtito02 New Member

    That's a great question and I'm not sure if I have the answer. However, in most cases your existing graduate degree should waive at least SOME of the foundational courses meaning less work than completing the full MSIS.
  17. thyslip

    thyslip New Member


    Congrats. How many credit hours were you taking each semester while working 15-20 hours a week? Just curious, I have applied to the program and hope to start Fall 2011.
  18. mrtito02

    mrtito02 New Member

    Hi Tom,

    I typically take two 3 credits courses and one 1 credit research seminar course per semester. So that's a total of 7 units per semester. I find that load to be manageable for someone working full-time. The assignments definitely keep you busy, but it's doable as long as you are disciplined and can stay on track.
  19. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Congratulations! :banana::banana::banana::banana:
  20. jread

    jread New Member

    Congrats! Also, thanks for introducing me to this program... it is basically EXACTLY what I have been looking for.
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