48 months
11283 USD/year
11283 USD/year
7773 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Start date


Learn all aspects of the criminal justice system as you prepare to shape policy and improve lives with the Criminal Justice program at the University of South Dakota.

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As a Criminal Justice major at University of South Dakota , you will gain the knowledge and experiences you need for a career in the criminal justice system. Criminal justice majors are committed to careers in public service and focused on ensuring their fellow citizens are treated fairly and compassionately by the criminal justice system. Our award-winning faculty bring considerable experience as probation or correction officers, prosecutors, public defenders and police officers at every level of government, so you can have confidence that you are learning from qualified and experienced leaders as you prepare for your career or an advanced degree. 

Whether you see yourself working in law firms, federal agencies, child welfare, private investigation, community programs, national defense, police stations or another area of criminal justice, our program will set you up for success. Position yourself for a successful career in criminal justice and explore all facets of the system as a criminal justice major.


The real-world experiences you gain through an internship will equip you with valuable skills that will set you apart after graduation. 

In the USD Department of Political Science, you will benefit from a robust internship program that has placed students with state and federal courts, law firms, law enforcement agencies, social services, nonprofits and many other notable offices. Our Farber Fund can help you with the expenses of these opportunities; each year, we provide eligible students up to $6,000 each to support their professional and personal development outside the classroom. Plus, with our network of alumni around the world, you can access invaluable advice on how to achieve the career of your dreams.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Justice 
  • Information Literacy in the Discipline
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Law 
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Capstone

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official high school (secondary school) transcript with grade point average equivalent to 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting one of the following.
  • Application Fee
  • Passport
  • Official Statement of Finances 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11283 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11283 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    11283 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11283 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7773 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7773 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Vermillion

1024 - 1781 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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