Graduate Program Overview

Northern State University is a four-years, public school located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It offers graduate degree programs as well as undergraduate degree programs. For academic year 2021-2022, the average graduate school tuition & fees is $6,736 for South Dakota residents and $11,936 for out-of-state students. It offers eleven (11) graduate programs and some programs are offered through distance learning.
Graduate Programs Key Facts
School NameNorthern State University
TypeFour-years, Public
Address1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD
Graduate School Students463 students
370 students enrolled online exclusively
Tuition & Fees (2021-2022)In-State$6,736
Student to Faculty16:1 (6.25%)
Number of Graduate ProgramsTotal 11 Graduate Programs
8 Master's, 3 Post graduate certificates

2022 Graduate Tuition & Fees

The following table and chart describe 2021-2022 graduate tuition & fees at Northern State University with tuition changes over the last 5 years. Each cost is an average amount over the offered programs. For South Dakota residents, the tuition & fees are $6,736 and $11,936 for non-South Dakota residents. The tuition per credit hours for part-time students (or full-time students who taking extra credits) is $374 for South Dakota residents and $663 for out-of-state students.
Data source: 2021-2022 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: July 22, 2022)
2022 COATuition Trends
2022 Graduate School Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs
Cost per Credit$374$663
Books & Supplies$1,200
Room & Board$9,150 (On-Campus) / $9,150 (Off-Campus)
Personal Expenses$4,300 (On-Campus) / $4,300 (Off-Campus)
On-Campus Total$21,386$26,586
Off-Campus Total$21,386$26,586
Graduate Program Tuition Changes (2018-2022)

Conferred Degrees and Graduate Programs by Major

Northern State University offers Masters, Doctorate, Post-Bachelor's Certificate graduate degree/certificate programs through 11 major areas - 8 Master's (4 online programs), 3 Post-Bachelor'(2 online programs). 92 students have been conferred Master's degree and 18 students have received Doctorate degree last year.The following table summarizes the total number of completers by degree and gender.
Total Number of Conferred Graduate Degree
Master'sDoctorate Post-Bachelor'sPost-Master's
Below, you can check major programs and concentration for each area of study with offered degrees and completers. ONLINE denotes the program offered by distance learning (online degree). You may want to see all graduate schools offering a major program by following the link on the title of the program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts

Graduate Student Population

Total 3,431 students enrolled in Northern State University including both undergraduate and graduate programs, with full-time and part-time status. In graduate schools, 463 students are enrolled to earn graduate degrees. By gender, it has 130 male and 333 female graduate students. By attending status, there are 53 full-time and 410 part-time students in graduate schools. It offers online degree programs and 370 students enrolled to earn their graduate degree through online exclusively and 36 students are taking some online graduate courses.
Graduate Students Gender Distribution
Men Students130
Women Students333
Graduate Students Attending Status Distribution
Full-time Students53
Part-time Students410
By race/ethnicity 431 White, 9 Black, and 4 Asian students are attending at Northern State University. The detail graduate enrollment distribution by race is shown in the below chart.
Graduate Students Race Distribution
American Indian /
Native American
Native Hawaiian /
Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races5
2 students are younger than 22 and 166 students are older than 65. The school has 169 students aged between 22 and 30 and 136 students aged 30 to 40.
Graduate Students Age Distribution
21 & Under2
40 & Over166
Distance learning, also called online education, is very attractive to students, especially those who want to continue education and work in the field. At Northern State University, 370 students are enrolled exclusively in online courses and 36 students are enrolled in some online courses.
Graduate Distance Learning Enrollment Distribution
Total Enrollment473
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Courses370
Enrolled in Some But Not All Online Courses36
Not Enrolled In Any Online Courses67
Graduate Distance Learning Enrollment By Student Location
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Courses370
South Dakota Resident317
Other State In U.S.51
Outside of U.S.2

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