Minnesota State University – Mankato

South Rd and Ellis Ave
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-1866
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Founded as Mankato Normal School in 1868 with a mere 27 students enrolled in its programs, Minnesota State University embodies the concept of big ideas meeting real-world thinking. In the beginning, the school offered only two- and three-year degrees, but by 1956, enrollment had grown to more than 3,000 students. The next few decades brought several changes of the name, increased enrollment, more degrees at higher levels, and eventually university status was awarded. Known today as Minnesota State University, the school enrolls more than 15,000 students representing 75 countries. Eighty percent of the dedicated faculty members teaching the classes hold terminal degrees. U.S. News & World Report ranked Minnesota State University – Mankato No. 70 in Regional Universities (Midwest) in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges.

Programs Offered

For self-disciplined, independent learners, online degree programs offered by Minnesota State University – Mankato provide a unique opportunity to achieve higher levels of education on a schedule that fits the individual’s needs. The online degrees are taught by the same renowned faculty as the traditional versions, but allow the student to study and complete assignments or tests on their own schedule. This is particularly beneficial for full-time employees who desire to advance their degree, but are restricted by their work schedules or other obligations. Minnesota State University – Mankato provides degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels that can be completed entirely online. Certificates are also available if an individual prefers to expand their current education in a specific area or earn a certificate necessary for career placement. For a full list of the degrees offered online through the school, click here.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Minnesota State University – Mankato to grant degrees. Program-specific accreditation was also awarded by seven additional agencies.


Minnesota State University – Mankato recognizes that many students enrolling in the online degree programs are adult students who have not been in a classroom recently and has tailored their admission process with that in mind. In general, online students are held to the same standards as transfer students, without the requirement of previous college credits. High school diplomas are a requirement for entry into the bachelor’s degree programs and accredited bachelor’s degrees are necessary for admission to the graduate programs. Additional requirements may include graduate-level testing scores (such as the GMAT/GRE/MAT), previous professional work experience, and completed specific prerequisite courses. Application packets will be evaluated by the admissions office and the applicant will be notified of their acceptance status. For more details regarding admission to Minnesota State University, click here.

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