South Dakota Criminal Justice Schools
- 11 schools offering criminal justice degrees in South Dakota are in our database. (see below)
- 5 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 6 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 1 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s
- We found 1 school in South Dakota ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program; #111 University of South Dakota–Vermillion, SD
- According to Kiplinger’s, South Dakota has no universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”
- 10 campus-based and online schools in South Dakota are available for requesting information.
Profiles of Well Known Schools
University of Sioux Falls: The University if Sioux Falls has a Bachelor of Arts In Criminal Justice offered through the Criminal Justice Department. This is an interdisciplinary program in which students enroll in psychology, sociology, philosophy, political science, and social work courses. The Criminal Justice Department provides numerous internship opportunities with local and state agencies, as well as potential travel for students that wish to attend conferences and seminars throughout the country. Five full time faculty and one adjunct teach courses like Juvenile Justice, Rules of Evidence and Corrections and Operations Issues.
South Dakota Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Correctional Officers and Jailers||1,320||$33,420|
|First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives||150||$63,620|
|Detectives and Criminal Investigators||210||$66,380|
|Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers||1,660||$40,990|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.
Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in South Dakota
- Pennington County, SD Sheriff Kevin Thom- Minot State University, University of South Dakota
- Rapid City, SD Police Chief Steve Allender – National American University
- Codington County, SD Sheriff Toby Wishard- University of South Dakota
- Douglas County, SD Sheriff Jon Coler- University of South Dakota
South Dakota Criminal Justice Degrees
For graduates, South Dakota offers a wide range of possibilities including career paths in traditional law enforcement, emergency and fire services, games, fish and parks law enforcement, corrections officer, paralegal, criminal investigator, law enforcement education, and many others. South Dakota graduates of criminal justice can also pursue jobs with the federal government. The FBI and US Marshals are among some of the federal agencies that employ criminal justice professionals in the state.
Most jobs require a minimum high school degree to qualify, graduates with a college degree are preferred. For example, Rapid City’s police department requires an associate’s degree or at least four years of law enforcement experience for police department applicants.
With double digit population growth in its two largest cities over the past decade and a growing senior population, the government of South Dakota is actively investing in programs to attract and retain qualified workers. With no state income tax, significantly lower cost of living and the second lowest crime rate in the nation, there are many advantages to pursuing a career in criminal justice in South Dakota.
South Dakota Criminal Justice Salary
The criminal justice job market in South Dakota features several careers that offer attractive pay and benefits. The average salary for police officers in South Dakota is $40,820 1 and the salary increases to $61,240 1 for those who are promoted to first-line supervisor. Correctional officers earn an average of $33,550 1 while working as a detective will result in an average salary of $64,140.1 Those working in the legal field as a paralegal or legal assistant can expect to earn an average of $37,770 1 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
South Dakota’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 2, 3, 4, 5
- Police and Sheriff Patrol: 60 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degree
- Correctional Officers: 40 annual openings/60% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
- Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 10 annual openings
- Security Guards: 30 annual openings
- Paralegals: 20 annual openings/88% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
Open positions would be a result of growth and replacement.
The Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank, rated and analyzed the long-term solvency of each state government. South Dakota ranked 7th in the nation. This shows sound employment practices, and new employees can be relatively confident in the State’s ability to fulfill its employee pension obligation.
Online and South Dakota Criminal Justice Schools
If you live in South Dakota, we recommend 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.
Tip: If you don’t live near a campus-based school that offers a program of interest, consider an online degree or a university in an adjacent state (Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska).
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Directory of South Dakota Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees
Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Globe University (Sioux Falls, SD)
Certificate | Legal Administrative Assistant
Kilian Community College (Sioux Falls, SD)
Associate of Arts | Justice Studies
Associate of Science | Justice Studies
Mount Marty College (Yankton, SD)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
National American University (Rapid City, SD;Sioux Falls, SD)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Sinte Gleska University (Mission, SD)
Associate of Arts | Human Services
Bachelor of Arts | Human Services
Southeast Technical Institute (Sioux Falls, SD)
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement Science
University of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, SD)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Western Dakota Tech (Rapid City, SD)
Associate of Science | Law Enforcement
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_SD.htm
(2) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
(3) Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: http://https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.htm
(4) Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/south_dakota_unemployment_rate
(5) Mercatus Center State Fiscal Condition: http://mercatus.org/publication/state-fiscal-condition-ranking-50-states
Page Edited by Charles Sipe.