South Dakota Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

If you’re interested in earning a criminal justice degree in South Dakota, you have 13 schools from which to choose. These schools offer 13 undergraduate degrees and one graduate degree.

Consider online Criminal Justice programs currently accepting applicants:

Although the schools may be limited in number, students have a good selection of criminal justice programs and degree levels.

Criminal Justice Scholarships in South Dakota

Scholarship opportunities are also available to eligible criminal justice students from organizations like the American Police Hall of Fame Educational Scholarship Fund, Chartered State Association of Youth Scholarship, American Association of State Troopers, South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association, South Dakota Opportunities Scholarship and Life’s Choices Foundation Graduate Scholarship. Colleges and universities, like the University of South Dakota, may also offer scholarships to criminal justice students.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

Listed below are some of the most common criminal justice careers, their average annual earnings, predicted job growth from 2012-2022 and national average wages for that occupation. These figures come from O*NET, which gets its information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – $102,00 – 3% – $115,100
  • Lawyers – $85,000 – 10% – $115,000
  • Social workers, all other – $69,600 – 5% – $59,100
  • First-line supervisors of police & detectives $61,200 – 3% -$80,900
  • Criminal justice & law enforcement postsecondary teachers – $59,300 – 10% – $57,200
  • Detectives & criminal investigators – $57,300 – 8% – $79,900
  • Forensic science technicians – $44,700 – NA% – $55,400
  • Police & sheriff’s patrol officers – $40,900 – 4% – $56,800
  • Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists – $39,600 – -3% – $49,100
  • Fish & game wardens $39,200 – 2% – $50,900
  • Correctional officers & jailers –$33,800 – % – $39,800
  • Private detectives & investigators – $NA – 11% – $44,600
  • Fire inspectors & investigators – $NA – NA% – $56,100