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Masters Degrees in Minnesota: Overview of Popular Masters Programs

There are 44 private and public schools in Minnesota offering master's degree programs. Learn here about several of these schools to help you make the best decision about your education.

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If you're looking for a master's degree program in Minnesota, you can discover information here about school size, location, graduation rates and tuition, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Largest Schools with Master's Degree Programs in Minnesota

The largest school in Minnesota offering master's degree programs is Walden University, with a total student population of 52,188, of which 43,228 are graduate students. Located in the city of Minneapolis, this public school confers master's degrees in a wide variety of disciplines, from homeland security to marriage and family counseling, per the NCES. Below are the next five largest schools with master's degree programs in the state.

  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (16,796)
  • Capella University (26,311)
  • Saint Cloud State University (16,076)
  • Minnesota State University- Mankato (15,387)
  • University of Minnesota- Duluth (11,093)

Minnesota Schools with Master's Degree Programs Near Large Cities

The largest cities in Minnesota are Minneapolis and Saint Paul, named the twin cities for their close proximity to one another. A number of public and private schools offering master's degree programs are located in the twin cities area, including Augsburg College, a private not-for-profit school in the city of Minneapolis. Other schools in this dense urban area are listed below.

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis)
  • North Central University (Minneapolis)
  • Concordia University- Saint Paul (Saint Paul)
  • Hamline University (Saint Paul)
  • University of Minnesota- Twin Cities (Minneapolis)

Lowest Average Graduate Tuition

According to the NCES, the Minnesota school with the lowest average graduate tuition is the Minnesota State University Moorehead. Located in a suburb near the border of North Dakota, this school reports an average graduate tuition of $6,480 for the 2015-2016 academic year. The next five schools with the lowest average graduate tuition as of 2015-2016, listed below, are also public schools. These figures are for in-state students and do not include fees.

  • Winona State University ($6,720)
  • Minnesota State University- Mankato ($6,849)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University ($6,862)
  • Bemidji State University ($6,986)
  • Metropolitan State University ($7,185)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES calculates graduation rates as program completion within 150% of 'normal time' by full-time undergraduate students who began their studies in fall 2009. While no figures are reported for graduate program completion, a high graduation rate may still be considered a measure of a school's overall success.

  • University of Minnesota- Twin Cities (77%)
  • Saint John University (77%)
  • University of St Thomas (76%)
  • Bethel University (74%)
  • Concordia College at Moorehead (73%)

As you can see, there are many important factors to consider when choosing a graduate degree program, such as graduation rates, tuition, location and more.

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