Graduate Programs Overview

Northern State University is a Public, 4 or more years school located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It offers graduate degree programs as well as undergraduate degree programs. For academic year 2020-2021 the graduate school tuition & fees are $6,665 for South Dakota residents and $11,814 for other students in average.

It offers seventeen graduate programs: 9 Master's, 5 Doctorate, 3 Post-Bachelor's programs. Some of those programs are offered by distance learning. 66 students have been conferred Master's degree and 17 students have received Doctorate degree last year.
Graduate Programs Key Facts
School NameNorthern State University
TypePublic, 4 or more years
Address1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD
Graduate School Students419 students
333 students enrolled online exclusively
Tuition & Fees (2020-2021)In-State$6,665
Student to Faculty21:1 (4.76%)
Number of Offered Graduate ProgramsTotal 17 Graduate Programs
9 Master's, 3 Post graduate certificates

2021 Graduate Program Tuition & Fees

The following table and chart describe 2020-2021 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 $6,665 and $11,814 for non-South Dakota residents. The tuition per credit hours for part-time students (or full-time students who taking extra credits) is $370 for South Dakota residents and $656 for out-of-state students.
2021 COATuition Trends
2021 Graduate School Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs
Cost per Credit$370$656
Books & Supplies$1,200
Room & Board$8,925 (On-Campus) / $8,925 (Off-Campus)
Personal Expenses$4,200 (On-Campus) / $4,200 (Off-Campus)
On-Campus Total$20,990$26,139
Off-Campus Total$20,990$26,139
Graduate Program Tuition Changes (2017-2021)

Graduate Programs By Area of Study

Northern State University offers Masters, Doctorate, Post-Bachelor's Certificate graduate degree/certificate programs through 41 major areas - 8 Master's (2 online programs), 2 Post-Bachelor'. 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.
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
Computer And Information Sciences
Social Sciences
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
Computer And Information Sciences

Graduate Student Population

Total 3,427 students enrolled in Northern State University including both undergraduate and graduate programs, with full-time and part-time status. In graduate schools, 419 students are enrolled to earn graduate degrees. By gender, it has 100 male and 319 female graduate students. By attending status, there are 38 full-time and 381 part-time students in graduate schools. It offers online degree programs and 333 students enrolled to earn their graduate degree through online exclusively and 8 students are taking some online graduate courses.
Graduate Students Gender Distribution
Men Students100
Women Students319
Graduate Students Attending Status Distribution
Full-time Students38
Part-time Students381
By race/ethnicity 390 White, 5 Black, and 1 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 races4
2 students are younger than 22 and 157 students are older than 65. The school has 144 students aged between 22 and 30 and 116 students aged 30 to 40.
Graduate Students Age Distribution
21 & Under2
40 & Over157
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, 333 students are enrolled exclusively in online courses and 8 students are enrolled in some online courses.
Graduate Distance Learning Enrollment Distribution
Total Enrollment419
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Courses333
Enrolled in Some But Not All Online Courses8
Not Enrolled In Any Online Courses78
Graduate Distance Learning Enrollment By Student Location
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Courses333
South Dakota Resident304
Other State In U.S.29
Outside of U.S.0

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