Metropolitan State University
700 E. Seventh St.
Saint Paul, MN 55106
(651) 793-1302
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Metropolitan State University traces its roots back to 1971, when a mere 50 students enrolled for the first year’s classes. Students were given the unique opportunity to design their own degree plans and have their progress measured in “narrative evaluations” written by the instructors. Though programs today are more structured, the online degree programs still afford students a measure of flexibility in how their degree is completed. In recent years, Metro State’s enrollment has grown to more than 18,000 students as the school experienced significant growth and expansion. In the 2013 edition of Best Colleges, Metropolitan State University was ranked among Regional Universities (Midwest), Tier 2, by U.S. News & World Report.

Programs Offered

Metropolitan State University was the first state university to provide a completely online business degree and has continued to lead the way in online education. The university also offers more online degree programs than any of the other Minnesota state universities combined, providing students with the choice of a variety of accredited degrees at the undergraduate or graduate level. Studying is completed at the discretion of the student, so long as deadlines are met. This flexibility provides busy working adults with the ideal opportunity to pursue higher education without compromising work obligations or other time commitments. By logging in to the course, students can study materials, complete and submit assignments, and interact with classmates and instructors without ever setting foot on campus.


Metropolitan State University has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC, NCACS) to award degrees to students who successfully complete their programs.


Students are admitted to Metropolitan State University primarily on the basis of academic standing, merit, and achievement. Students demonstrate these elements with proof of high school rank (above the 50th percentile required), grade point average (GPA), and ACT/SAT scores. To be considered for admission to graduate programs, applicants are generally required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, have professional work experience related to their intended program, achieve acceptable minimum scores on graduate tests such as the GMAT, GRE, or MAT, depending on the specific program, and demonstrate an aptitude for successfully completing graduate-level courses. Graduate applicants can expect to submit appropriate documentation supporting the qualifications listed, and will be notified of their admission status with 7-10 business days after all materials have been submitted. Additional information is available here.

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