Here we discuss a few of the schools in Minnesota that offer continuing education programs, as well as explore a few of the available programs at each school.
Schools and Programs
Working adults in Minnesota looking to take a standalone class or earn a degree can do so through the continuing education division at two of the state's major universities. Between these two institutions, students can pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees or certificates designed to provide training in a wide range of subject areas. These areas include technology, business, management, psychology and human services. Many programs have flexible schedules that include day, evening, weekend and online classes.
Take a look at the table below to view basic facts about three universities offering continuing education programs, then continue reading to learn more details.
Schools At a Glance
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- This 4-year, public institution is located in Minneapolis, MN.
- Students can pursue certificates, 4-year degrees and graduate degrees.
St. Cloud State University
- This 4-year, public school resides in Saint Cloud, MN.
- Certificates and 2-year, 4-year and graduate degrees are available.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
- This is a 2-year, public school located in Fergus Falls, MN.
- The school offers certificates and 2-year degrees.
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities' Continuing Education Programs
The College of Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers several professional certificate and degree completion programs. Flexible class schedules and multiple course delivery options allow working adults to achieve their academic and professional goals.
Business and Management Certificate Programs
Undergraduate, graduate and professional development certificate programs are available in business and management. Examples of each include a 15-credit academic certificate in applied business, a professional 48-hour certificate in business process improvement, and a professional 60-hour certificate in project management that prepares students for the Project Management Professional certification exam.
Health Services Management Certificate Programs
Students can select an undergraduate certificate, minor or bachelor's degree program in health services management. The certificate option is offered partially online and requires 20 credit-hours to complete. The bachelor's program includes core classes, such as health economics and policy, healthcare delivery systems and healthcare finance. Students who select this option can also take elective courses to customize their education.
Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure Programs
Students can complete courses in areas like operating systems, computer networks, and databases through the IT infrastructure certificate or bachelor's degree program. The bachelor's program offers six tracks, which includes networking, data management, and security.
Multidisciplinary Studies Undergraduate Degree Programs
The multidisciplinary studies programs allow students to design degrees based on their career goals. Program options include majors related to arts and humanities, science and health science, and communications. Students must have already completed at least 50-credit hours of undergraduate coursework to enroll in the program. Degrees are awarded as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Programs
Continuing education Bachelor of Applied Science programs are available in construction management, manufacturing operations management, IT infrastructure and health services management. These programs emphasize hands-on instruction that utilize students' work experience.
St. Cloud State University's Continuing Education Programs
The Center of Continuing Studies at St. Cloud State University has sites throughout Minnesota where adults take courses toward degree completion. Other course delivery options include online and interactive television formats. Adults can take training classes specific to their careers, professional development courses or earn a degree.
St. Cloud has partnerships with two community colleges to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs at statewide sites with courses taught by university professors. Degree programs include reading teacher K-12, special education, and criminal justice studies.
The Pathways program, which is a part of the Off-Campus Programs, offers incarcerated adults the opportunity to earn an associate degree through general studies correspondence courses. Non-degree seeking students can also take courses toward personal growth.
Bachelor of Elective Studies
The Bachelor of Elective Studies program is designed for working adults who need to finish their degree or who want to pursue another area of study. Majors include communication sciences and disorders, technology studies, and foreign languages like German and French.
Corporate Education and Outreach
Corporate Education and Outreach programs comprise a broad range of training options specific to individual professional training needs. Formal admission isn't required to enroll in these noncredit training programs, which include medical transcription and editing, human resources management, and project management.
Evening and Weekend University
Adult students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees can take evening and weekend courses on a full- or part-time basis for select programs. Evening-only students have bachelor's degree major options that include psychology, marketing, and business. Graduate students have several options, such as applied economics, teaching English as a second language, and information.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College's Continuing Education Programs
Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers continuing education through its Workforce Development Solutions. These programs are offered on-campus and a few are offered online.
The school offers a 4-hour renewal course that counts toward continuing education requirements for the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology. Students study topics related to health, safety, laws and sanitation. This program is available online.
This series of training courses aims to further develop leadership skills and can be customized to fit each individual's needs. Students can choose from training courses in interviewing skills, business writing, conducting performance appraisals, dealing with difficult people and more.
Nurse Assistant Training
This Certified Nursing Assistant course requires 77 hours. Graduates are eligible to take the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation and are then placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. Students learn basic nursing skills and how to help residents perform everyday activities.
Adult learners can find several schools that offer on-campus and/or online continuing education courses, certificates and degree programs. These programs cover a wide range of subjects, including business, healthcare and technology.