A higher level of learning.

Take your education to the next level and boost your career potential through a master's degree program at Northern State University.

Whether you’re moving directly from an undergraduate to a graduate program or you're a professional looking to advance your education, Northern is the place for you. With many of our master's degree programs offered online, you'll have the flexibility to earn your master's degree on your time. Click on the following link to find information on tuition and costs below. 

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Graduate Certificates

Behavioral and Justice Studies

English as a New Language

Germans from Russia

Principal and Building Leadership

Trust and Financial Advising

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Graduate Studies Tuition and Fees

Rates are based on a 30-credit master's program


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On-campus Resident*

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On-campus Graduate Assistant

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* Resident tuition rates include South Dakota residents and Western Regional Graduate Program. South Dakota Advantage and Child of Alumni students who have earned an undergraduate degree from a South Dakota Board of Regents institution also qualify for resident tuition rates.



Financial Aid Cost of Attendance

Estimated annual expenses we recommend you budget for (not included in the figures above):

  • Housing - $6,000
  • Food - $4,600
  • Books/Supplies - $1,200
  • Transportation - $1,400
  • Personal - $1,800

Graduate Program Highlights


Some of our counseling students and faculty headed down to Sioux Falls to attend the 2024 SDCA Conference. Here, they had the opportunity to present some of their research and receive recognition for their contributions to the field of counseling in South Dakota. Dr. Junwei Jia, Dr. Shalini Mathew, Christine Garcia, Abiah George, Kami Cornerman, and Cheng Chen presented their research, and Dr. Jia and Dr. Mathew were honored with awards. Dr. Jia was selected as the Emerging Leader for SDCA, and Dr. Mathew received the E. Gordon Poling Administrator Award. Congratulations to these incredible students and faculty for all of their exceptional work!