The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a new graduate degree in applied computer science for Dakota State University.
The Madison school will use distance technology to deliver the degree, allowing more people to pursue an advanced degree while employed.
The program will be offered starting in the fall.
Regents executive director Jack Warner says the use of computers continues to grow in business and industry, and South Dakota has identified high-tech industries as a focus for its economic development. Warner says that generates a need for more professionals with advanced computer training.
The degree combines the study of computer science with a hands-on approach by applying computer science theory to business and other real-world problems.