Hamline University

1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 523-2800
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Hamline University was founded in 1854 and is Minnesota’s oldest university. Named after a Methodist bishop who was the primary benefactor of the institution in the early years, Hamline was first located in the town of Red Wing, Minn. (formerly known as the Territory of Minnesota). Following several relocations, name alterations, wars, and the Great Depression, the university expanded to reach enrollment of nearly 5,000 students. Hamline University is currently ranked No. 9 in Regional Universities (Midwest) by U.S. News & World Report in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. On average, nearly 80% of freshmen return to continue their studies the following year of their enrollment, which is one factor indicating student satisfaction.

Programs Offered

Hamline University provides higher education opportunities to students around the world through their online certificate and master’s degree programs. Degrees are offered in popular areas of study, including liberal arts, business, law, and education. Though some courses can be completed entirely online, select programs require limited residency periods to complete the program. The majority of the classes are taught by professors who are experts in their fields, who work remotely with each student to supervise progress and ensure successful completion of the program. Students will receive the same high-quality, accredited education as traditional students, but without the requirement of restrictive class attendance and schedules. By logging into their classes online, students can study, receive and submit assignments, participate in classroom discussion, and take tests at their convenience within the scheduled due dates.


Hamline University is fully accredited to grant degrees by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Specialized accreditation was awarded by five additional organizations as well.


Admission to the master’s and certificate programs are based on an evaluation of the applicant’s academic background, record, standing, test scores, and other factors. Most of the master’s programs will require the candidate to hold a bachelor’s degree and meet a minimum grade point average (GPA) specific to that program. Additionally, applicants may be required to submit a personal statement of goals, a professional resume, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate work, recommendation letters, and a writing sample. These requirements vary by program; the full list of online programs and their admission requirements can be viewed here. Applicants who submit their admission package for consideration will be notified of their status after evaluation of all necessary materials is complete.

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