Northern State University Graduate Schools

Northern State University (referred to as NSU) is a Public, 4 years school located in Aberdeen, SD. It is classified as a Master's College and University (smaller programs) school by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Master's degree. The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at Northern State University is $6,736 for South Dakota residents and $11,936 for out-of-state students. The school has 473 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 3,340 including undergraduate students.

Graduate School Overview

Northern State University (referred to as NSU) is a Public, 4 years school located in Aberdeen, SD. It is classified as a Master's College and University (smaller programs) school by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Master's degree.
The school is accredited by Higher Learning Commission (1/1/1940 - Current[Estimated Date]).
NSU Directory Information
School NameNorthern State University (NSU)
Address1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198
Phone605-626-3011
Webhttps://www.northern.edu
Online Applicationhttps://apply.northern.edu/apply
Financial Infohttps://www.northern.edu/admission-aid/costs-aid
The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at Northern State University is $6,736 for South Dakota residents and $11,936 for out-of-state students. The school has 473 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 3,340 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 66 graduate programs through Post-Bachelor Certificate and Master's. Among them, 18 programs are available online classes.
Graduate School 2022 Key Facts
School TypePublic, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$11,936
$6,736 for South Dakota Residents
Student Population473
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate and Master's
Number of Programs66 graduate programs
(18 programs available online learning)
Student to Faculty Ratio16 to 1
The graduate tuition & fees at Northern State University is $6,736 for South Dakota residents and $11,936 for out-of-state students for the academic year 2021-2022. The tuition per credit hour is $374 for South Dakota residents and $663 for out-of-state students.
Northern State University offers the alternative tuition plans.
Northern State University offers the distance education programs. All course works for completing a degree program can be done through online exclusively for graduate programs. In addition, the distance learning courses are offered for students who are not enrolled online exclusively.
On its campus, remedial services, academic/career services, employment services for students, placement services for completers are provided for their students.
Special Learning Opportunities & On-campus Services
Distance Learning (Online Classes)18 Online Programs Available
Special learning Opportunities
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification
On-Campus Student Services
  • Remedial services
  • Academic/career services
  • Employment services for students
  • Placement services for completers

2022 Graduate Tuition, Fees, Other Expenses

For the academic year 2021-2022, the graduate school tuition & fees of Northern State University is $6,736 for South Dakota residents and $11,936 for other students. The graduate tuition & fees are increased by 1.03% compared to previous academic year.
Data source: 2021-2022 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: July 22, 2022)
2021-2022 Graduate Tuition & fees
South Dakota ResidentsOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
2017-2018$7,553$871$14,100$871
2018-2019$5,749$719$10,733$719
2019-2020$5,939$726$11,088$726
2020-2021$5,939$726$11,088$726
2021-2022$5,999$737$11,199$737
The graduate school tuition & fees of NSU is average compared to public graduate schools in South Dakota. The average graduate school tuition for all graduate schools in United States is $19,225 and the South Dakota graduate tuition is $13,148 (public) / $12,569 (private).
The next table compares the average graduate school tuition by location and school types.
Graduate Tuition & fees Comparison
ResidentsOut-of-State
Northern State University$6,736$11,936
All Graduate Schools$15,964$19,225
Public$11,349$20,502
Private$19,232
South Dakota Graduate Schools$11,155$13,124
Public$7,618$13,148
Private$12,569
For academic year 2021-2022, the living costs are $13,450 when a student lives on-campus housing facilities (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartments, etc.) at Northern State University. On-campus living costs are increased by 2.48% compared to previous academic year. The off-campus living costs are $13,450. Off-campus living costs are increased by 2.48% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Living Expenses
Living On-CampusLiving Off-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpenseRoom & BoardOther Expense
2017-2018$7,844$4,000$7,850$4,000
2018-2019$8,029$4,100$8,950$4,100
2019-2020$8,925$4,200$8,925$4,200
2020-2021$8,925$4,200$8,925$4,200
2021-2022$9,150$4,300$9,150$4,300
For academic year 2021-2022, the tuition per credit hour for graduate programs is $374 for South Dakota residents and $663 for other students at Northern State University. The graduate tuition per credit hour are increased by 1.07% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Graduation Program Tuition per Credit Hour
South Dakota ResidentsOut-of-State
2017-2018$351$624
2018-2019$359$636
2019-2020$370$656
2020-2021$370$656
2021-2022$374$663

Graduate Programs at NSU

Northern State University offers 11 graduate programs for Master's and Post-Graduate Certificate. The next table lists number of programs by offered degree and online availability along with number of completers by degree/certificate programs. Last year, 92 students have completed their study at Northern State University.
Offered Degrees at Northern State University
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online ClassNumber of Completers
Master's Degree8492
Post Bachelor's Degree320
Total11692
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at Northern State University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the German Studies program with 0 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Curriculum and Instruction program with 34 completers.
Northern State University offers 11 programs through Master's and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered both in online and on-site education. Last year total 92 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 92 students have earned/completed Master's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Education [+] (4 completers) 75 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction34$39,600
Educational Administration and Supervision (other)13-
Educational/Instructional Technology0-
Special Education and Teaching0-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services13$43,400
Music Teacher Education15-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] 13 completers-
Health and Physical Education/Fitness13-
Business [+] 4 completers-
Banking and Financial Support Services4-
Total92
Post-Bachelor's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] (1 completers) 0 completers-
German Studies0-
Education [+] 0 completers-
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels0-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor0-
Total0

Graduate Student Population at NSU

For academic year 2021-2022, total 473 students enrolled into Northern State University graduate schools where it has total 3,340 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 57 full-time and 416 part-time graduate students. By gender, 126 male and 347 female students are attending graduate schools. The next table summarizes the graduate student population by gender and attending status.
Graduate School Student Population By Gender
TotalMaleFemale
Total473126347
Full-time573225
Part-tme41694322
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 442 White (93.45%), 5 Black/African American (1.06%), 6 Hispanic (1.27%), 4 Asian (0.85%), and 16 students with other races. 7 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total473126347
American Indian/Native American303
Asian413
Black/African American550
Hispanic624
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander110
White442113329
Two More505
Un-Known000
Non-resident Alien743
Northern State University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 370 graduate students (78.22% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 36 graduate students (7.61% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total473
Enrolled Online Exclusively370
Enrolled Some Online Courses36
Not in Online Courses67
The following table summarizes the graduate students population by age at Northern State University. 79 students are aged 20 to 24 (16.70% of total students), 67 students are aged above 50 (14.16%). Next table summarizes the student population by age at Northern State University.
Graduate Student Population By Age
TotalMaleFemale
Total473126347
Age 20-21211
Age 22-24773245
Age 25-29922567
Age 30-34781662
Age 35-39581939
Age 40-49991683
Age 50-64661749
Over 64101

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