Programs specializing in corrections and law enforcement are offered at nine colleges throughout the state. They lead to certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's and even doctoral degrees. Classes are usually offered through a criminal justice program, with extensive coursework available in criminal law, criminal investigations and forensic science. Concentrations or specializations within the field of corrections and criminal justice are offered by some schools. Additionally, some schools offer clubs related to the field and/or internship opportunities. Graduate students should expect to complete a thesis or capstone project.
Below are short overviews of the nine schools currently offering corrections courses in North Dakota, as well as a comparison table showing individual school offerings and tuition information at a glance.
Bismarck State College
Located on the far northwest side of Bismarck, this four-year, public institution of higher learning is attended by approximately 4,400 people. Bismarck State College currently offers law enforcement courses through its associate's program in criminal justice. Students enrolled in this concentration must earn 60 credits in order to complete the program and will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.
Lake Region State College
Lake Region State College is a two-year, public school in Devils Lake that is attended by over 2,000 people and offers both the only state-authorized peace officer training course in North Dakota and an associate's degree in law enforcement. The peace officer training program is a one-semester program consisting of fundamentals of law enforcement and investigation technique courses. Students interested in further rounding out their academic profile with general education courses are encouraged to enroll in the associate's program in law enforcement, which includes the peace officer training program as well as English, math and political science courses.
Minot State University
Minot's largest public university is attended by close to 3,700 students and has bachelor's and master's programs in criminal justice available to students interested in corrections careers. The bachelor's program requires students to complete 128 credits, 45 of which come from criminal justice courses such as corrections, criminal procedure and criminal law. The master's program is designed for students seeking leadership positions in criminal justice agencies or teaching and training positions and consists of either 30 or 33 credit hours, depending on whether the student chooses to fulfill his or her capstone requirement through a thesis or hands-on project. Minot State also offers an 18 credit hour program in police management and investigation, which allows students to complete their studies in two semesters.
North Dakota State University - Main Campus
Located in Fargo, the main campus of North Dakota State University is the second-largest institution of higher learning in the state with approximately 14,400 students currently attending classes. The university offers a bachelor's and master's degree in criminal justice that prepares students for careers in federal law enforcement and correctional work at federal institutions. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program requires students complete 122 credit hours, with 61 of those needing to come from the criminal justice core. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration provides more nuanced and in-depth theoretical studies for students seeking to extend their education past graduation.
Sitting Bull College
Sitting Bull College can be found in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation at Fort Yates. The school is currently home to more than 300 Indian and non-Indian students and offers an associate's degree in criminal justice that requires 73 credit hours for completion. Mandatory courses within the criminal justice core include criminal law, survey of forensic sciences and Indian law. The program trains students for careers in either the American or Tribal law systems.
United Tribes Technical College
United Tribes Technical College is a 2-year school offering undergraduate and certificate programs that has a student population over 600 people and is located in Bismarck. The college offers an associate and bachelor's program in criminal justice for students interested in careers in correction and law enforcement. The associate's degree requires 67 credit hours for completion, 25 of which must come from core criminal justices courses such as criminal investigations and into to drugs & crime. The bachelor's program is a 123-credit program and requires students to minor in community services, corrections, parole & probation or criminal investigations. The combined courses between the criminal justice major and the student's selected minor add up to 42 credit hours that must be completed.
University of Jamestown
This four-year, private college found in Jamestown has more than 900 students currently enrolled and offers a bachelor's program in criminal justice. Students are required to take a total of 36 semester credits in criminal justice courses such as crime and delinquency, criminal law and procedure and police science. The school's Criminal Justice Club also allows students the opportunity to interact with public law enforcement officers and agencies.
University of Mary
Bismarck's University of Mary is a four-year, private university populated by over 2,800 students annually. The university offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, which trains students for careers in criminology, private security and corrections. Students combine courses in criminal law and police science with general education and liberal arts classes required by the college. Students are also required to find a professional internship during their junior year to gain hands-on experience.
University of North Dakota
With over 14,900 students attending classes at its Grand Forks campus, the University of North Dakota is the largest institution of higher learning in the state. The university currently offers both a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in criminal justice studies. The bachelor's program requires 125 credits for completion, 36 of which must be from 300 level courses or above and 42 of which must come from core criminal justice courses. The graduate program requires students to complete 60 credit hours, which consist of both theoretical classes and doctoral dissertations.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Corrections Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-19)|
|Bismarck State College||4-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice|| $3,992 in-state
$5,588 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
|Lake Region State College||2-year, public; remote town|| Certificate in Peace Officer Training,
Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement
|Minot State University||4-year, public; remote town|| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice,
Certificate in Police Management and Investigation
| $7,064 (undergraduate)*
|North Dakota State University - Main Campus||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Minor in criminal justice,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration,
Doctor of Philosophy degree in Criminal Justice
| $9,414 in-state; $13,393 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$7,487 in-state; $10,729 out-of-state (graduate)*
|Sitting Bull College||4-year, public; rural||Associate of Science in Criminal Justice||$4,010 (undergraduate)*|
|United Tribes Technical College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
|University of Jamestown||4-year, private not-for-profit; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice||$21,976 (undergraduate)*|
|University of Mary||4-year, private not-for-profit; rural||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice||$18,444 (undergraduate)*|
|University of North Dakota||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies,
Doctorate in Criminal Justice
| $8,695 in-state; $20,759 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$9,697 in-state; $23,435 out-of-state (graduate)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator