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Metropolitan State University

New Main - one building on the Saint Paul  campus of Metropolitan State University.
If you are an adult learner looking to finish what you started by completing your bachelor's degree or going on to obtain your master's or doctorate, consider Metropolitan State University. The university offers more than 60 majors, 12 graduate programs and two doctoral programs. With a strong tradition of individualized educational programs, the university provides high-quality, affordable education for working adults. It's just the place for you to launch into a bright new future.

School Highlights

  • Meets the unique educational needs of those living and working in the metropolitan region as the only public, urban, comprehensive state university in the Twin Cities.
  • Focuses on providing high-quality, affordable educational programs and services in a student-centered environment.
  • Provides more than 50 undergraduate programs and a number of graduate programs, with the option to create individualized degree programs.
  • Has faculty who bring both practical and theoretical knowledge to their instruction.
  • Reflects the area’s rich diversity in its students, faculty, staff and community partnerships.
  • Demonstrates unwavering commitment to civic engagement.
  • Offers daytime, evening, online and weekend classes on two main campuses plus several other locations, with comfortable class sizes and flexible, innovative scheduling (Minneapolis campus co-located with Minneapolis Community and Technical College).
  • Awards credits for college-level learning that students gain through nonclassroom experience.
  • Encourages creative learning strategies, such as online learning, internships and independent study.
  • Collaborates with Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park on the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center.
  • Works with the Peace Corps to allow volunteers to earn bachelor’s degrees while serving.
  • Named the Outstanding Advising Technology Innovation winner by the National Academic Advising Association for the university’s online orientation.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 11,494
  • Full-time students: 34%
  • Part-time students: 65%
  • Percent female: 55%
  • Percent male: 41%
  • Percent students of color: 40%

Largest Programs

Metropolitan State's top 10 majors include: Individualized Studies, Business Administration, Accounting, Psychology, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Nursing RN-BSN, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Computer Science and Elementary Education. The Nursing Program is the second largest in the state!

Unique Programs

Applied doctorate in business administration, applied doctorate in nursing practice, bachelor's degree completion program for Peace Corps volunteers, computer forensics, dental hygiene, early childhood education, law enforcement, oral health care practitioner, registered nurse to master's degree in nursing, screenwriting, technical communication, theater, urban elementary education


The university has no on-campus housing, but rental units are available within walking distance or on local bus lines.


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Student fees cover the cost of parking in ramps located on both the Saint Paul and Minneapolis (Minneapolis Community and Technical College) campuses, as well as lots at Midway and Brooklyn Park. Day parking rate for Metropolitan State's Saint Paul campus ramp and the MCTC ramp is $5.


Admission requirements

Metropolitan State University generally will accept you as a first-year student if you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions:

  • Did you graduate in the top half of your high school graduating class?
  • Did you score 21 or higher on the ACT standardized test?
  • Did you receive a combined score of 1,000 or higher on the SAT standardized test?
  • Did you receive a 3.0 cumulative GPA during your high school career?

Check with the admissions office for details. Even if you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission under special provisions.

What courses do I need to take in high school? Metro State does not have any required high school courses that a student needs to take prior to being admitted.

You should have completed these courses in high school:

  • Four years of English, including composition, literature and speech
  • Three years of math, including two years of algebra, one of which is intermediate or advanced algebra, and one year of geometry
  • Three years of science, including one year each of a biological and a physical science, all with significant laboratory experience
  • Three years of social studies, including one year each of geography and U.S. history
  • Two years of a single world language, including non-English native languages and American Sign Language
  • One year of arts (visual arts and the performing arts of theater, music, dance and media arts)

When should you apply?
Apply early in 12th grade for the best chance of being admitted. Some programs do not have room for all qualified applicants.

Transfer admission information:

If you have attended another institution and earned attempted or earned at least 16 college-level semester credits, you will apply as a transfer student. Transfer applicants should have a minimum of 16 transferable college level semester credits attempted with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Some programs may require a higher GPA.

For students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or less, please note that your application will require additional time for consideration. Your transcripts will need to be received at least one month prior to the application deadline.

Transfer applicants must supply all transcripts from previous institutions by the deadline to be considered for following semester. If you are transferring from another institution in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Metropolitan State University will retrieve your transcripts for you via e-Transcript. However, if there are holds on your record from the institution, you must first resolve those holds before your transcripts can be retrieved.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Metropolitan State University and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.

Program Title Award
Accounting BS
Advanced Dental Therapy MSADT
Advocacy and Political Leadership MAPL
Alcohol and Drug Counseling BS
Alcohol and Drug Recovery Counseling MS
Applied Mathematics BS
Arts and Cultural Heritage Management GC
Biochemistry BS
Biology BS
Biology BA
Biology MS
Business Administration DBA
Business Administration MBA
Business Administration BS
Business Analytics GC
Chemistry BS
Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling MS
Computer Application Development BAS
Computer Forensics BAS
Computer Forensics CERT
Computer Information Technology BS
Computer Science PSM
Computer Science MS
Computer Science BS
Continence Care Nurse GC
Continence Care Nurse CERT
Creative Writing BA
Criminal Justice MS
Criminal Justice BA
Cybersecurity BS
Cybersecurity CERT
Data Science BS
Database Administration GC
Dental Hygiene BSDH
Design of User Experience GC
Early Childhood Studies BAS
Economics (General) BS
English BA
English Teaching BS
Entrepreneurship and Innovation BS
Environmental Science BS
Ethnic Studies BA
Finance BS
Gender Studies BA
Global Supply Chain Graduate Certificate GC
Health Systems Studies BS
Healthcare Information Technology Management GC
History BA
Human Resource Management BS
Human Services BS
Human Services BHS
Individualized Studies BA
Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies MS
Individualized and Interdisciplinary Studies MA
Industrial Management BAS
Information Assurance BAS
Information Assurance (IA) and Information Technology (IT) Security GC
International Business BS
International Commerce BAS
Law Enforcement BS
Law Enforcement CERT
Leadership Management GC
Liberal Arts BA
Liberal Studies MA
MIS Systems Analysis and Design GC
Management BS
Management Information Systems MMIS
Management Information Systems BS
Management Information Systems (MIS) Generalist GC
Marketing BS
Mathematics GC
Nonprofit Leadership and Management MNLM
Nurse Anesthetist MSN
Nurse Educator GC
Nursing MSN
Nursing BSN
Nursing Educator MSN
Nursing Practice DNP
Organizational Administration BAS
Ostomy Care Nurse GC
Ostomy Care Nurse CERT
Philosophy BA
Photography and Digital Imaging DIP
Post-Baccalaureate in Dental Hygiene CERT
Professional Communication BA
Project Management GC
Psychology MA
Psychology BA
Public Administration MPA
Public and Nonprofit Administration MPNA
Screenwriting BA
Social Science BA
Social Studies Teaching BS
Social Work BSW
Studio Arts BA
Supply Chain and Operations Management BS
Technical Communication MS
Technical Communication and Professional Writing BA
Technical Communications BA
Theater BA
Urban Early Childhood Education BS
Urban Education MS
Urban Elementary Education BS
Urban Secondary Education Teacher Preparation GC
Wound Care Nurse GC
Wound Care Nurse CERT
Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse GC
Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse CERT
Writing BA

The following degrees are available from Metropolitan State University

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science-Dental Hygiene
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Mgmt Info Systems
  • Master of Public & Non-profit Admin
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science Nursing
  • Master of Science-Advanced Dental Therap
  • Masters Advocacy Political Leadership
  • Masters Nonprofit Leadership Mgmt
  • Professional Science Master's

Program minors

See the full list online at: and search on Catalog. Metropolitan State has more than 50 minors. Some highlights include advertising, applied math, applied stats, biology, bus admin, civic engagement, community organizing, computer forensics, criminal justice, design of user experience, digital media, entrepreneurship, environmental communication, experimental intermedia arts, gerontology, HR admin, international business, MIS, media literacy, org comm, research & info studies.

Program emphases

Metropolitan State's Science Education Center provides students with an extraordinary science education at an affordable cost. The university continues to diversify its science-related programs to prepare ever more professionals in applied scientific endeavors, the health care industry, and science teachers for K-12 schools. The College of Sciences includes programs in Science, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Information Technology.

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $7,860.00
FAFSA Code:010374

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Oct. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus Life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit and share the fun of working together on projects.

The Student Life and Leadership Development Office serves as a complement to the academic mission of the university and enhances the overall educational experience of students through the development of social, cultural, intellectual, recreational and governance programs.

Learn more at

  • Academic Center
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Center for Academic Excellence
  • Center for Accessibility Resources
  • Counseling Center
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Graduate Studies Offices
  • Health Services
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Veterans Services
  • Accounting Club
  • Alcohol Drug Counseling Club
  • Film Club
  • First College Student Association
  • Human Services Club
  • Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Club
  • Nursing Student Organization
  • Philosophy Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Social Work Student Association
  • Student Science Association
  • Trio Student Union
  • Twin City Technical Communication (TC3)
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Haute DIsh journal of Arts and Literatur
  • The Metropolitan Student Newspapaer
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • African American Student Association
  • African Student Association
  • Asian Student Organization
  • Muslim Student Organization
  • Voices of Indian Council for Education
Gender and sexuality
  • Lavender Bridge (LGBTQ+ Student Org.)
  • Women Empowered (WE)
International students
  • International Student Organization
Military and veterans
  • Veterans Services
Politics and society
  • Students for Social Change
Social organizations
  • The Latinos
Student government
  • Graduate Student Advisory Council
  • Student Activity Fee Advisory Committee
  • Student Senate
  • University Activities Board
Students with disabilities
  • Access
Theater, dance, music
  • Theater Underground
Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh St.
St. Paul, MN 55106
Toll-Free: (844) 456-3876
Local: (651) 793-1302
TTY: (651) 772-7687