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North Dakota Criminal Justice Schools

  • 11 schools offering criminal justice degrees in North Dakota are in our database (see below).
  • Of the criminal justice programs in North Dakota, 5 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 6 offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 3 offer master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • 2 schools offering online criminal justice degrees in North Dakota ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs: Valley City State University (#143), Minot State University (#191).
  • 0 schools in North Dakota are on Kiplinger’s Best College Values.


Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of North Dakota: The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of North Dakota offers both a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a partnership graduate program with Minot State University that leads to a PhD in Criminal Justice. The undergraduate program draws faculty from the departments of Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, and Sociology. The College of Arts and Sciences, under which the criminal justice program falls, also has a specialized Forensic Science Program with two different tracks, Evidence Technician and Evidence Analysis. Common graduate level courses include Human Nature and Crime, Theories of Punishment, and Seminar in Juvenile Justice.

North Dakota State University: North Dakota State University has the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science where students can pursue a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, and a PhD in Criminal Justice. The faculty are world-renowned experts and researchers in the areas of corrections, community policing, criminology theory, and juvenile delinquency. For students who wish to network and research alongside peers, there is the Criminal Justice Club that meets every other week. Criminal Justice doctoral students can customize their degree plans to specialize in Criminology, Corrections, or Policing.

North Dakota Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 920 $39,530
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 190 $69,710
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 290 $77,870
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 1,280 $51,610

Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.4,5,6,7

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in North Dakota

  • Cass County North Dakota Sheriff Paul D. Laney – University of Mary, Bismarck, ND
  • West Fargo, ND Police Chief Arland H. Rasmussen – North Dakota State University
  • Dickinson, ND Police Chief Dustin Dassingerr – Lake Region State College
Police Quote: “Of course, you can have a successful career in patrol or corrections without a degree, but it definitely helps. Even if these people don’t aspire to management, a bachelor’s degree should still be the goal because it helps in so many ways – even with simple life skills.” -Sheriff Gary Raney

North Dakota Criminal Justice Degrees

Attend a traditional college, university, or technical school in cities like Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks, or opt for the convenience of an online program with internet access and a desire to learn the only limitations. Tuition in North Dakota is comparatively affordable, and options like paralegal certification programs offer a cost-effective fast-track to a promising legal career without attending law school.

Job positions frequently become available for those with the right training within the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Applicants for positions ranging from correctional case manager to correctional officer up to grades of Lieutenant or Captain may substitute years of college for experience. A bachelor’s degree in criminal or juvenile justice or a related field is required of candidates for the position of juvenile corrections technician. Benefits include paid family health coverage in addition to competitive wages for these careers.

North Dakota Criminal Justice Salary

Numerous criminal justice jobs in North Dakota offer an exciting work environment and competitive pay and benefits. The average annual salary for police officers in North Dakota is $51,610 while police first-line supervisors earn an average of $69,710.5,7 If you become a correctional officer the average salary in North Dakota is $39,530.4 Detectives and criminal investigators in the state earn an average of $77,870.6 Paralegals working at law firms and other settings earn an average wage of $43,740 while court reporters make an average wage of $49,510 in the state.8,9

North Dakota’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook

As of May 2016, North Dakota had an unemployment rate of 3.2%, well below the national average of 4.7%.10 Government-related employment is a good proxy for North Dakota’s criminal justice jobs. Projections Central includes these criminal justice job projections for North Dakota through 2024:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 60 annual openings; 46% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 24% holding an associate’s degree.11,12
  • Correctional Officers: 40 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 15% holding a post-secondary certificate.11,13
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 10 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.11,14
  • Security Guards: 40 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.11,15
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: 10 annual openings; 86% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 30% holding an associate’s degree and 44% holding a bachelor’s degree.11,16

Open position estimates are based on jobs growth and replacements.

The Mercatus Center is a conservative think tank that analyzed and rated the long-term solvency of each state government. After looking at budgeting, cash/tax collection, and pensions, North Dakota was ranked 4th in the nation.17 This means that new hires can be relatively confident about the state’s ability to fulfill employee pension obligations.

Online and North Dakota Criminal Justice Schools

To learn more about earning a North Dakota criminal justice degree, see the following accredited campus-based and online criminal justice programs for students interested in pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in the growing field of criminal justice.

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Directory of North Dakota Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Bismarck State College (Bismarck)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Applied Science | Cybersecurity and Computer Networks
Associate of Applied Science | Cybersecurity and Computer Networks (online program)

Lake Region State College (Devils Lake)
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement (online program)
Certificate | Peace Officer Training

Minot State University (Minot)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Fraud Examination
Certificate | Police Management and Investigation
Program | Peace Officer Training Program (POST)

North Dakota State University (Fargo)
Bachelor of Arts/ Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts/ Science | Emergency Management
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Administration: Applied Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Administration: Criminology
PhD | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Fraud Investigation
Minor | Emergency Management

Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

Turtle Mountain Community College (Belcourt)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

United Tribes Technical College (Bismarck)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Investigations
Minor | Corrections, Parole, & Probation
Minor | Community Services

University of Jamestown (formerly Jamestown College) (Jamestown)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

University of Mary (Bismarck)
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

University of North Dakota (Grand Forks)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
PhD | Criminal Justice
Juris Doctor/ PhD | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “I really enjoyed my 4.5 years at UND. It is a nice campus, generally nice staff and students (mostly midwestern, although the Aviation program draws from all over the country and world). College hockey is the big sport on campus, and Ralph Engelstad Arena is one of the best venues to watch a hockey game, college or professional. The wellness center at UND was new in 2006, and is a popular place for students, particularly in the cold winter months (which is about 2/3 of the school year in Grand Forks). I spent my first year in the dorms (McVey Hall), and that made adjusting to college life very simple. The dorm food was good, had healthy options, and very convenient hours. As with any state university, there is a variety of ways to get involved at UND with clubs and organizations. They also do “Nightlife” every Friday and Saturday night, which is an event put on that gives students a free, fun way to spend weekend nights without partying and getting drunk. It usually consists of free food, activities, and performances (comedian, hypnotist, etc). Overall, I would recommend UND as a top choice for any potential student, if they have your major of choice, which they probably will in most cases.” -Brent L., student at University of North Dakota
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Valley City State University (Valley City)
Bachelor of Arts | Human Services, Criminal Justice Concentration
Bachelor of Science | Human Services, Criminal Justice Concentration

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report, Best Online Programs: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Correctional Officers and Jailers http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes331012.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Detectives and Criminal Investigators: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333021.htm
7. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
8. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes232011.htm
9. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Court Reporters: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes232091.htm
10. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/north_dakota_unemployment_rate
11. Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
12. O*Net OnLine, Police Patrol Officers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/33-3051.01
13. O*Net OnLine, Correctional Officers and Jailers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3012.00
14. O*Net OnLine, Police Detectives: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.01
15. O*Net OnLine, Security Guards: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-9032.00
16. O*Net OnLine, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00
17. Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition 2016 Edition: http://mercatus.org/statefiscalrankings