Black Hills State University

1200 University St, Spearfish, SD 57799-9500

School Details

Along with a wide range of individual online courses, Black Hills State University supports online master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, certificates and endorsements.


Through BHSU Educational Outreach, students can access distance education resources and support. Orientation sessions provide helpful information, and students can contact advising through email, live chat, or telephone. Other services include access to library resources and databases, technical support, trainings, and availability to the school’s bookstore.

Distance education programs are delivered via the Desire2Learn management system. Options include:

  • Master of Science, in fields of: Strategic Leadership; Curriculum & Instruction; Secondary Education - Project SECOND; and Project SELECT
  • Master of Education in Reading
  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Management Specialization
  • Crisis Leadership and Emergency Management graduate certificate
  • Teaching endorsements
  • Professional writing certificate
  • Minors in library media and sociology

Though programs, such as the Master of Education in Reading, meets the requirements of South Dakota’s licensing standards, students will need to verify that their degree of interest meets licensing requirements for their state of residency. 


Black Hills State University is a four-year, public institution of higher education, located on a 123-acre campus in Spearfish, South Dakota. Founded in 1883 when South Dakota was still a territory, the university opened as Dakota Territorial Normal School. Through the twentieth century, the school continued to evolve and expand educational opportunities, and in the 1990s, officially became recognized as Black Hills State University. The twenty-first century’s vision of BHSU is to “be recognized as an innovative, high-quality University in the Black Hills region, the state, the nation, and the world,” and the university is committed to: scholarship; student-centeredness; educational excellence and lifelong learning; integrity; inclusiveness; and innovation and change.

Students attending Black Hills can pursue undergraduate fields of study, including associate’s and bachelor's degrees, in business, technology, behavioral sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, arts, humanities, and education. Graduate programs offer master’s and certificate options in fields, such as business administration, education, and leadership.


Students are encouraged to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible after January 1, and must meet the March 1 deadline. BHSU’s Title IV school code is: 003459. Federal financial aid programs include: the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized/Subsidized Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Federal TEACH Grant. Institutional scholarships based on merit, achievement, and need are also available, and include, but are not limited to, the Presidential Medallion Scholarship, the Northern Hills Jacket Incentive Scholarship, and the Humbert Hall Room Scholarship. Financial aid resources for veterans, active military personnel, and their dependents can also be accessed through Veterans Affairs at BHSU.


Black Hills State University is regionally accredited through the Higher Education Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

BHSU also retains program-specific accreditation with: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; the National Association of Schools of Music; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. BHSU is approved by the South Dakota Department of Education.





School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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