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 50 majors, eight graduate programs and a doctorate. 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.

Metropolitan State University
700 7th St. E.
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Local: (651) 793-1302

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City: St. Paul
Population: 289,270

School highlights

  • Meets the unique educational needs of those living and working in the metropolitan region as the premier urban public comprehensive system 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: 11,580
  • Full-time students: 35.6%
  • Part-time students: 64.4%
  • Percent female: 54.6%
  • Percent male: 42.7%
  • Percent students of color: 33.2%

Largest programs

Individualized studies, accounting, business administration, psychology, nursing

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.


  • Bus


Day parking rate for Metropolitan State's Saint Paul campus is $2.50. Minneapolis campus is $5 in the Hennepin Avenue ramps.

  • Off-street


Admissions 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?

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?

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 TitleAward
Advanced Dental TherapyMSADT
Alcohol & Drug CounselingMS
Alcohol and Drug CounselingBS
Applied MathematicsBS
Arts and Cultural Heritage ManagementGC
Business AdministrationBS
Business AdministrationMBA
Business AdministrationDBA
Computer Application DevelopmentBAS
Computer ForensicsCERT
Computer ForensicsBAS
Computer Information SystemsBA
Computer Information TechnologyBS
Computer SciencePSM
Computer ScienceBS
Computer ScienceMS
Continence Care NurseCERT
Continence Care NurseGC
Creative WritingBA
Criminal JusticeBA
Criminal JusticeMS
Database AdministrationGC
Dental HygieneBSDH
Design of User ExperienceGC
Early Childhood StudiesBAS
Economics (General)BS
English TeachingBS
Ethnic StudiesBA
Gender StudiesBA
General StudiesBA
Healthcare Information Technology ManagementGC
Hospitality ManagementBAS
Human Resource ManagementBS
Human ServicesBHS
Human ServicesBS
Individualized StudiesBA
Industrial ManagementBAS
Information AssuranceBAS
Information Assurance (IA) and Information Technology (IT) SecurityGC
International BusinessBS
International CommerceBAS
Law EnforcementCERT
Law EnforcementBS
Leadership ManagementGC
Liberal ArtsBA
Liberal StudiesMA
Life Sciences TeachingBS
Management Information SystemsBS
Management Information SystemsMMIS
Management Information Systems (MIS) GeneralistGC
Mathematics TeachingBS
MIS Systems Analysis and DesignGC
Nurse EducatorGC
Nursing EducatorMSN
Nursing Leadership and ManagementMSN
Nursing PracticeDNP
Organizational AdministrationBAS
Ostomy Care NurseCERT
Ostomy Care NurseGC
Post-Baccalaureate in Dental HygieneCERT
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse PractitionerGC
Professional CommunicationBA
Project ManagementGC
Public and Nonprofit AdministrationMPNA
Social ScienceBA
Social Studies TeachingBS
Social WorkBSW
Special Education for Urban K-12 Settings - Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral DisordersGC
Studio Arts BA
Supply Chain and Operations ManagementBS
Technical CommunicationMS
Technical Communication and Professional WritingBA
Technical CommunicationsBA
Urban Early Childhood EducationBS
Urban EducationMS
Urban Elementary EducationBS
Urban Secondary Education Teacher PreparationGC
Wound Care NurseCERT
Wound Care NurseGC
Wound Ostomy Continence NurseCERT
Wound Ostomy Continence NurseGC
Program TitleAward
Arts and Cultural Heritage ManagementGC
Business AdministrationBS
Business AdministrationMBA
Continence Care NurseCERT
Continence Care NurseGC
Database AdministrationGC
Design of User ExperienceGC
Healthcare Information Technology ManagementGC
Human Resource ManagementBS
Individualized StudiesBA
Industrial ManagementBAS
Information Assurance (IA) and Information Technology (IT) SecurityGC
Management Information SystemsMMIS
Management Information Systems (MIS) GeneralistGC
Organizational AdministrationBAS
Ostomy Care NurseCERT
Ostomy Care NurseGC
Public and Nonprofit AdministrationMPNA
Wound Care NurseCERT
Wound Care NurseGC
Wound Ostomy Continence NurseCERT
Wound Ostomy Continence NurseGC
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • 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
  • 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 Science
  • Master of Science Nursing
  • Master of Science-Advanced Dental Therap
  • Professional Science Master's

Program minors
Advertising, anthropology, biology, child psychology, civic engagement, computer forensics, creative writing, criminal justice, disability studies, educational psychology, environmental communication, experimental intermedia, gender studies, industrial and organizational psychology, media literacy, mental health and psychology, practical ethics, project management, religious studies, social gerontology, theater, violence prevention and intervention

Program emphases
Individualized bachelor's degree, which includes collaborative programs with community and technical colleges; urban teacher programs for elementary, middle school and secondary licensure; human services bachelor's degree with focus areas, including corrections, disability studies, family studies, human services administration, social gerontology, training and adult development, and violence prevention and intervention

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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $6,942

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 Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. 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.

  • 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
  • Women Empowered (WE)
Gender and sexuality
  • Lavendar Bridge
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