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

All Schools with Criminal Justice Programs in South Dakota

Featured online criminal justice programs accepting applicants from South Dakota

Campus-based criminal justice schools in South Dakota

Colorado Technical University-Sioux Falls
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Sioux Falls, SD 

Dakota Wesleyan University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Mitchell, SD 

Globe University-Sioux Falls
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Sioux Falls, SD 

Kilian Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Sioux Falls, SD 

Mount Marty College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Yankton, SD 

National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD 

National American University-Rapid City
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Rapid City, SD 

National American University-Sioux Falls
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Sioux Falls, SD 

Sinte Gleska University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Mission, SD 

Southeast Technical Institute
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Sioux Falls, SD 

University of Sioux Falls
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Sioux Falls, SD 

University of South Dakota
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Vermillion, SD 

Western Dakota Technical Institute
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Rapid City, SD