Minnesota State University Mankato

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Mankato, a modest town with a population of 53,000, is home to Minnesota State University, Manakato (MSU). The town is located about 75 miles (121 km) southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The university is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and University System (MnSCU). In addition to its main campus, the universit has two remote satellite locations, one in Edina and the other in Owatonna. With a student body of over 15,000, the school is the third-largest in the state (as of Fall, 2011). Employing over 600 full-time faculty, MSU has student to faculty ratio of 28 to 1. MSU boasts a large selection of undergraduate programs (158) and graduate programs (82) and was the first university in America to offer a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Forensics.

The Mankato branch of Minnesota State University currently offers 158 undergraduate degrees, 82 graduate degrees, and 16 graduate-prep programs. MSU programs are supported by six academic colleges: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Science, Business, Allied Health and Nursing, Engineering and Technology, and Education. MSU offers doctorate degrees in psychology, nursing practice, and education.

General Information

Admission Office

122 Taylor Center

Mankato, MN 56001

(507) 389-1822

(800) 722-0544

Fax: (507) 389-1511

[email protected]

Contact: Walt Wolff

Director of Admissions
Main Address

122 Taylor Center

Mankato, MN 56001

(507) 389-1822


Total undergrads: 12,815

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,360

Degree-seeking undergrads: 12,251

Graduate enrollment: 1,700


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 73%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 80%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Food Science B
Plant Sciences B

Architecture & Related Programs

City/Community/Regional Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

French Studies B
German Studies B
Scandinavian Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Painting B
Sculpture B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Anatomy B
Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biotechnology B
Botany B
Ecology B
Genetics B
Toxicology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Banking/Financial Services B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Financial Planning B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Construction Trades

Building/Property Maintenance B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Computer Teacher Education B
Curriculum/Instruction B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Occupations Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Teacher education, multiple levels C
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Automotive Engineering Technology B
Computer Engineering B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Manufacturing Technologies B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B
Technical/Business Writing B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Community Services B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Housing Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Communication Disorders B
Cytotechnology B
Dental Hygiene B
Health System Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Preoperative/Surgical B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Public Health B
Public Health Education B
Recreational Therapy B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Automotive Technology B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Gerontology B
Mathematics/Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Human Services B
Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Corrections B
Law Enforcement Administration B,C
Police Science B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Aviation Management B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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