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.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

University of South Dakota: The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of South Dakota offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice as well as a Master of Public Administration with a Criminal Justice Emphasis. Students also have the option to double major in Criminal Justice with Sociology or Political Science. The department has several affiliates including the Civic Leadership Studies/ Farber Center (an interdisciplinary center focused on public leadership) and the Chiesman Fund (supports projects that promote democracy). For majors needing some financial assistance, there are over a dozen different scholarships and awards that they can apply for through the Criminal Justice office.

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
Police Quote: “Don’t park your patrol car on the successes of today. There are plenty of other bad guys out there that need to go to jail.” -Steve Conner, Homicide Investigator

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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.

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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.

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South Dakota’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 2, 3, 4, 5

At the start of 2012, South Dakota’s unemployment is 4.2% and is growing back toward pre-Downturn employment levels by early 2013. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for South Dakota criminal justice jobs, has very good prospects with pre-Downturn levels exceeded and growth projected in 2013. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections show annual South Dakota Criminal Justice job openings with Police and Sheriff Patrol (55 openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Correctional Officers (30 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (10 annual openings), Security Guards (50 annual openings) and Paralegals (10 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). According to 24/7 Wall St, South Dakota’s state budget is mildly stretched, but budget cuts have kept a balance. The overall South Dakota criminal justice job forecast looks very good in light of all factors researched and this makes an investment in a degree warranted with good hope of securing employment. We suggest requesting free information from several South Dakota criminal justice schools to weigh options.

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.

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.S in Criminal Justice Administration/Cybercrimes

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Rasmussen College
Campuses: 1Bismarck
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice Associate’s

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Masters in Criminal Justice: Command College

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership-Advanced
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education-Advanced
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • PhD - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Justice Studies
  • B.A. in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies

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Keiser University Graduate School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, MA (Online)

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Florida Tech University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

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Post University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Human Services / Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • B.S. in 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

Colorado Technical University (Sioux Falls, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Court Reporting
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Court Reporting
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Forensic Investigation
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Human Services (online program)
Master of Science in Management | Criminal Justice (online program)

Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Globe University (Sioux Falls, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Certificate | Legal Administrative Assistant

Kilian Community College (Sioux Falls, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Justice Studies
Associate of Science | Justice Studies

Mount Marty College (Yankton, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science

National American University (Rapid City, SD;Sioux Falls, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)

Sinte Gleska University (Mission, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Human Services
Bachelor of Arts | Human Services

Southeast Technical Institute (Sioux Falls, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement Science

University of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Western Dakota Tech (Rapid City, SD)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Law Enforcement

References:
(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) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
(4) Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
(5) 24/7 Wall St: http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/11/21/the-best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-a-survey-of-all-50-2/

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