Online Master’s Degree Programs in Minnesota
There are many types of master’s programs now offered online in popular fields of study, such as business administration, counseling, education, healthcare, nursing, and social work. These programs are generally viewed as a more convenient and flexible alternative to traditional, campus-based programs. In Minnesota, most of the largest public and private colleges and universities offer online master’s program in various fields.
Minnesota residents can also explore an array of online master’s programs offered by schools located in other states, many of which accept applicants from Minnesota. The sections below offer an overview of public universities and non-profit private schools in Minnesota and neighboring and regional states that offer online master’s programs in many of the most common fields of study.
Schools That Offer Online Master’s Programs in Minnesota
In Minnesota, there are essentially two publicly funded systems of higher education. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, one of the largest state systems in the country, encompasses 30 colleges and seven universities that offer courses and degree programs on 54 campuses located throughout the state. The University of Minnesota system is a separate state-funded system of public research universities with campuses located in Duluth, Crookston, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Both systems offer a broad range of online degree programs, including master’s programs in many fields. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities maintains a searchable online database of course and program offerings at its Minnesota State website. University of Minnesota Online provides a similar online resource for students interested in exploring online courses and programs offered through the University of Minnesota’s affiliated campuses.
The table below lists the ten largest state-funded colleges and universities in Minnesota by student population, based on an analysis of data collected by the US Department of Education for its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The table includes the location of each school’s main campus and whether or not the school currently offers online degree programs.
|School||Location||Online Degree Programs|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||Minneapolis||Yes|
|Saint Cloud State University||St. Cloud||Yes|
|Minnesota State University Mankato||Mankato||Yes|
|University of Minnesota-Duluth||Duluth||Yes|
|Century College||White Bear Lake||Yes|
|Metropolitan State University||Saint Paul||Yes|
|Winona State University||Winona||Yes|
|Southwest Minnesota State University||Marshall||Yes|
|Minnesota State University Moorhead||Moorhead||Yes|
|Bemidji State University||Bemidji||Yes|
There are also a number of private colleges and universities in Minnesota that offer online degree programs, including online programs at the master’s level. The table below lists the ten largest non-profit, private, degree-granting institutions in Minnesota based on IPEDS enrollment data. The location of each school’s main campus and information on whether or not the school offers online degree programs is included in the table.
|School||Location||Online Degree Programs|
|University of St. Thomas||Saint Paul||Yes|
|Saint Mary's University of Minnesota||Winona||Yes|
|Concordia University, Saint Paul||Saint Paul||Yes|
|St. Catherine University||Saint Paul||Yes|
|The College of Saint Scholastica||Duluth||Yes|
|Bethel University||Saint Paul||Yes|
|Hamline University||Saint Paul||Yes|
|University of Northwestern||Roseville||Yes|
|St. Olaf College||Northfield||No|
Regional Out-of-State Schools That Offer Online Master’s Programs
Minnesota residents who hold a bachelor’s degree and who are interested in furthering their educational and career goals by earning a master’s degree may want to consider programs offered by out-of-state schools, including schools in the neighboring states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and North and South Dakota.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, for example, offers online master’s programs in many fields, including education, healthcare administration, and information science. The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers online master’s programs in educational psychology, nutrition, and various engineering specializations. And the University of Wisconsin-Stout has online master’s programs in communication, conservation biology, construction management, and mathematics.
Michigan State University (MSU), a large public research university in East Lansing, is also active in offering online master’s program. The MSU College of Education offers online master’s program in behavioral analysis, educational technology, and several special education specializations. The College of Social Science at MSU has online master’s programs in criminal justice, law enforcement, and judicial administration. And MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business offers various post-graduate certificate programs online, as well as an online healthcare management program.
The University of Iowa in Iowa City is the state’s flagship research university and another school in a state bordering Minnesota that offers online master’s programs that accept applicants from Minnesota. Among the University of Iowa’s online programs are master’s programs in educational leadership, strategic communication, teaching, nursing, and social work. And the University of Northern Iowa, a state school located in Cedar Falls, has several online master’s in education and teaching programs, as well as online master’s programs in public policy, social science, and social work.
The 15 Most Common Fields for Master’s Degree Studies in Minnesota
Based on an analysis of IPEDS data on the number of students graduating from master’s programs offered by colleges and universities in Minnesota, OnlineEducation.com has identified the 15 most common areas of master’s-level study in the state. These areas of study are as follows:
- Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
- Business Administration and Management
- Health/Healthcare Administration and Management
- Health Counseling/Counselor
- Social Work
- Human Services
- Teacher Education and Professional Development
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Educational Leadership and Administration
- Public Health
- Early Childhood Education and Teaching
The IPEDS subject area classification system does not align precisely with actual online master’s degree program. However, the data does provide a representative overview of the types of master’s programs that yield the highest number of graduates in Minnesota. The sections below provide details on master’s programs in many of the fields listed above that are offered online by public and private colleges and universities in Minnesota. Each section also includes information on schools in neighboring and/or regional states that offer online master’s programs in the selected fields.
- Online Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Programs in Minnesota
- Online Master’s in Teaching and Education Programs in Minnesota
- Online Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Management Programs in Minnesota
- Online Master’s in Health and Healthcare Administration (MHA) Programs in Minnesota
- Online Master’s in Counseling Programs in Minnesota
- Online Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Programs in Minnesota
- Online Master’s in Psychology and Applied Behavioral Analysis Programs in Minnesota
- Online Master’s in Human Services Programs in Minnesota
- Online Master’s in Human Resource Management (HRM) Programs in Minnesota
- Online Master’s in Public Health (MPH) Programs in Minnesota
Online Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Programs in Minnesota
There are several schools in Minnesota that offer online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs with various specializations. For example, Minnesota State University Moorhead has an online MSN program that offers two specializations: Nurse Educator, and Nurse Administration and Organizational Systems Leadership. Applicants to the program must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and an active and unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license.
In addition to the Moorhead program, RNs in Minnesota can earn an MSN degree online from several of the state’s private universities. Concordia University, Saint Paul offers an online MSN program with a Leadership and Management emphasis. St. Catherine University offers an online MSN program with a Nurse Educator specialization. And Bethel University offers an online MSN in Nurse-Midwifery program that requires students to attend several one-week sessions on campus. RNs who do not hold a BSN degree are eligible to apply for an online nurse-midwifery bridge program offered by Bethel to prepare RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree for its MSN curriculum.
RNs who reside in Minnesota can also explore online nursing programs offered by schools located in other states, including the nearby states of Michigan and Wisconsin.
Michigan State University (MSU) offers an online MSN program with a Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) concentration and a Nurse Educator concentration, as well as a hybrid Nurse Practitioner (NP) MSN program with Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (AGPCNP) and Family (FNP) specializations that requires students to attend campus sessions five times per semester. And the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh offers an online MSN program with a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) specialization and a Nurse Educator specialization.
Note: Online MSN programs typically require applicants to hold a valid and unencumbered RN license and many, but not all, require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Applicants should research program admissions requirements carefully prior to submitting an application. Potential applicants should also be aware that online MSN programs generally require the completion of clinical internships at approved sites, so it is also advisable to contact a program representative to discuss how the program handles clinical placements. Finally, nursing licensure is administered at the state level and requirements for licensure vary by state. Applicants who intend to apply for licensure or certification pending the completion of an online MSN program offered by a school outside of Minnesota should examine licensing and certification requirements carefully to ensure the program meets Minnesota’s requirements.
Online Master’s in Teaching and Education Programs in Minnesota
Teachers and educators in Minnesota can advance their educational and career goals by adding new skills and proficiencies through a range of online master’s programs that are offered online by in-state schools. The University of Minnesota offers an online Master of Education (MEd) in Professional Studies in Learning Technologies program that provides training an instruction in educational technologies for K-12 teachers, instructional designers, and other educators, as well as an online MEd in Family Education with a licensure track that includes a final oral examination, and a non-licensure track that does not require a final exam.
St. Cloud University offers three types of online master’s programs in education: a Master of Science (MS) in Higher Education Administration program; an MS in Information Media program with a concentration in Instructional Design and E-Learning; and an online Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). The online MS in Higher Education Administration program provides students with the opportunity to complete a credited practicum experience, engage in an on-campus assistantship, and/or participate in a study abroad program in Italy.
Minnesota State University Mankato offers an online MS in Educational Technology program that provides training in web-based classroom tools, educational software applications, and online learning methodologies. Southwest Minnesota State University offers a variety of online master’s in education programs, including an online MS in Education program with concentrations in English, Mathematics, and Reading, and an online MS in Special Education program with specializations in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disabilities, Emotional Behavioral Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities. Minnesota State University Moorhead has an online MS in Curriculum and Instruction program and an online MS in Educational Leadership program. And Bemidji State University offers an online Master of Special Education (MSpEd) program designed for teachers who are already licensed.
Among the private college and universities in Minnesota that offer master’s programs for teachers and educators are: the University of St. Thomas; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; Concordia University, Saint Paul; Bethel University; Hamline University; St. Catherine University; and the University of Northwestern. The University of St. Thomas offers an online MA in Special Education program with the following specializations: Academic Behavioral Strategist; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Developmental Disabilities; Early Childhood Special Education; Emotional Behavioral Disorders; and Learning Disabilities. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has online MA in Educational Leadership, MEd in Learning Design and Technology, and MA in Special Education programs.
The online master’s programs offered by Concordia University, Saint Paul include an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program with a K-12 Reading Endorsement designed for licensed teachers, and MA programs in Differentiated Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, and Educational Technology. Concordia also offers an MA in Special Education for individuals licensed to teach in Minnesota.
Bethel University has an MA in Education (K-12) program with an Educational Leadership concentration that can be completed entirely online, as well as an online MA in Special Education program with an Emotional and Behavioral Disorders concentration. Hamline University offers an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, the University of Northwestern offers an online MA in Education that has a Christian focus, and St. Catherine University offers an online MA in Education with three specializations: Curriculum and Instruction; STEM; and Technology Integration.
There are also numerous out-of-state colleges and universities that offer online master’s programs for teachers and educators, many of which accept applicants from Minnesota.
The College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) offers an online MEd program with six concentrations: Special Education; Sport Coaching and Leadership; Technology and Learning; P-12 School and Postsecondary Leadership; Literacy Education; and Science and Mathematics Education. Wayne State University is another publicly funded school in Michigan that offers online MEd programs, including an MEd in Learning Technology and Design & Performance Systems, and an MEd in Career and Technical Education program.
Note: Online master’s in teaching and education programs may require applicants to hold a valid teaching license and some programs include required in-person internships and/or supervised student teaching placements. Potential applicants should research admissions policies and curricula carefully, particularly if a program is offered by an out-of-state school. It is also important to note that licensing requirements for teachers vary by state. As a result, some online master’s programs offered by out-of-state schools may not meet Minnesota licensure requirements, and some out-of-state program may not accept applicants from Minnesota.
Online Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Management Programs in Minnesota
There are numerous public and private colleges and universities in Minnesota that offer online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs with various formats and specializations. The University of Minnesota has an online MBA that takes roughly two years to complete and includes an optional on-campus or global experience. The program features a core business administration curriculum and electives in many areas, including entrepreneurial studies, international business, information systems, and medical industry leadership.
St. Cloud State University offers an online MBA program that is designed for working professionals with three to five years of work experience. The St. Cloud program uses a part-time cohort format in which groups of 20 to 25 students begin and progress through the curriculum together and graduate in 28 months. In contrast, Metropolitan State University offers an online MBA program with a flexible format that allows students to take courses at their own pace. The program can be completed in as few as two years, but students may take three or more years to graduate depending on how many courses they take per term. Metropolitan State’s online MBA program offers four designated specializations: Project Management; Management Information Systems; Finance; and Global Supply Chain Management.
Southwest Minnesota State University has a cohort-based online MBA program with a general business administration track and specializations in Leadership and Marketing. Minnesota State University Moorhead offers an online MBA with a Healthcare Management specialization. And Bemidji State University has a flexible online MBA program that allows students to choose the number of courses they take per term. Undergraduates who are in the process of completing a major in accounting or business administration may be eligible for Bemidji State’s Accelerated Online MBA program, which allows college seniors to take up to four MBA courses prior to receiving their bachelor’s degree, which can lead to completing the school’s MBA program in as little as one additional year of post-baccalaureate coursework.
Among the private schools in Minnesota that offer online MBA programs are: the University of St. Thomas; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; Concordia University, Saint Paul; Bethel University; and the University of Northwestern. The online program offered by the University of St. Thomas begins with a four-day residency in Minneapolis and allows students to customize their degree through elective coursework in a range of business specializations. It also offers the option of a designated specialization in Healthcare.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has an accelerated online MBA program that can be completed in as few as 18 months by full-time students and that features three optional specializations: Data Analytics; Social Media Management and Marketing; and Sustainability and Environmental Management. Concordia University’s online MBA program has a global business management focus and the option of a graduate study abroad course. Concordia also has an online MBA program with an emphasis in Healthcare Management.
Bethel University offers an MBA program that gives students the option of completing their degree online, on campus, or in a hybrid format that includes a mix of campus-based and online courses. The Bethel program features five concentrations: Finance; Global Management; Healthcare Administration; Management; and Strategy and Execution. And the University of Northwestern has an MBA program that can be completed entirely online or in a blended format that includes Tuesday and Thursday evening campus-based classes.
Minnesota residents may want to explore the options for earning an MBA degree through the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, an online program offered by four schools in the University of Wisconsin system: UW-Eau Claire; UW-La Crosse; UW-Oshkosh; and UW-Parkside. The program can be completed in two to three years and features a general business administration curriculum with electives in healthcare administration, venture capital, and multinational business.
Ferris State University in Michigan is another public university in a nearby state that offers an online MBA program. The Ferris State program features seven specializations: Business Intelligence; Design and Innovation Management; Incident Response; Lean Systems and Leadership; Performance Metrics; Project Management; and Supply Chain Management and Lean Logistics. And Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, offers an online MBA program that can be completed in one and half years by students who hold a bachelor’s degree in business or business administration.
Online Master’s in Health and Healthcare Administration (MHA) Programs in Minnesota
While there are online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs that offer specializations in health and healthcare administration, there are also more specialized master’s in health and healthcare programs offered by several Minnesota schools. Minnesota State University Moorhead offers an online Master of Health Administration (MHA) program that features coursework in healthcare economics, healthcare delivery, human resource management, quality assurance and risk management, health information systems, and healthcare law. The program is designed for early- and mid-career healthcare professionals.
Healthcare professionals may also be interested in exploring the Master of Science (MS) in Health Care Communication program offered in a hybrid format by the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. The program begins with a three-day residency on the school’s Saint Paul campus and includes a mix of online coursework and in-person sessions held on Saturdays. Students in the program take courses in healthcare systems, strategic management, healthcare law and policy, and professional communication in healthcare.
Among the schools in nearby states that offer online MHA programs are Des Moines University in Iowa and Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. The Des Moines University online MHA program is comprised of 20 online courses and a field-based internship experience. It also includes a three-day campus-based professional development session. The program offered by Central Michigan University includes 15 required online courses and gives students the option of a thesis project, a health administration field experience, or an internship. Applicants to the Central Michigan University program are required to have completed an undergraduate course in accounting with a passing grade.
Online Master’s in Counseling Programs in Minnesota
Minnesota State University Moorhead offers a Master of Science (MS) in Counseling program in a blended format that consists of both online and on-campus instruction and that prepares students for licensure in the state. The program is structured to accommodate working professionals, with most classes scheduled after 4:30 p.m., and it features three designated concentrations: Addiction Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; and School Counseling. All three concentrations require students to complete clinical internships at an approved site.
Crown College, a private, non-profit Protestant college in St. Bonifacius, offers an online Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling that satisfies the academic training requirements for licensure in Minnesota. The program features coursework in clinical mental health counseling, addiction counseling, multi-cultural counseling, and marriage and family therapy. It also includes 700 hours of internship experiences that must be completed in-person at a site approved by the program.
Minnesota residents who are interested in earning a master’s degree in counseling may want to explore the program offered by the Family Institute at Northwestern University, a non-profit, private research university in Evanston, IL. Through Counseling@Northwestern, Minnesota residents can earn an MA in Counseling degree online, although two campus visits are required as part of the instructional curriculum. The program has several tracks: a standard program in clinical mental health counseling for students who studied psychology or a behavioral science at the bachelor’s level that consists of 24 courses, a practicum, and an internship; a bridge program that prepares students who do not have an academic background in psychology/behavioral science for the standard master’s-level curriculum; and Child and Adolescent specialization that includes two courses dedicated to youth counseling.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is another school in Illinois that offers an online master’s in counseling program. The online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offered by the Chicago School includes a 100-hour practicum and 600 hours of clinical internships that must be completed in-person at an approved site. The program, which takes three years to complete, also includes two required four-day residency sessions at the school’s Chicago campus.
Note: Online master’s in counseling programs generally require in-person practicums and internships that must be completed at a site approved by the program. Potential applicants should contact a program administrator prior to submitting an application in order to determine possible sites for these clinical requirements. Minnesota residents who are considering online master’s in counseling programs offered by out-of-state schools should also be aware that counseling professionals must be licensed in their state of practice. Licensure requirement vary by state, so potential applicants should research program curricula and Minnesota licensure requirements carefully to ensure the program they choose will prepare them for licensure.
Online Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Programs in Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is currently the only school in the state that offers an online Master of Social Work (MSW) program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The program, which has a clinical social work curriculum, includes online coursework in social work research, social policy, and individual and group counseling. It also requires the completion of field education hours in person at an approved social services agency. Students can enroll full-time or part-time in the Saint Mary’s program and graduate in two to four years. Graduates from Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs accredited by the CSWE may be eligible for the Advanced Standing MSW track, which takes roughly half the time as the traditional track to complete.
Another in-state option for earning an MSW degree is the hybrid program offered by Winona State University through its satellite campus in Rochester. The program has a clinical social work focus and is only open to applicants who hold a BSW degree. Students in the program complete most of their coursework online but must attend two weekend-long professional development workshops held on the school’s campus twice per semester. Students complete the program, which includes a required 500-hour practicum, in one year of full-time study.
Minnesota residents may also want to explore two options for earning an MSW degree online through public universities located in the neighboring state of Iowa. The School of Social Work at the University of Iowa offers a three-year, part-time, online MSW program that has a macro practice focus and that requires students to attend one summer institute session per year at the school’s Sioux City campus. The University of Northern Iowa has an online MSW program that accepts students who do not hold a BSW degree and Advanced Standing students who have completed a CSWE-accredited BSW program. The program offered by the University of Northern Iowa has a Trauma-Informed Practice specialization with a clinical focus. Students in the traditional program typically graduate in three years, while Advanced Standing students can complete the program in roughly two years.
Note: Online MSW programs require in-person field education hours at an approved site. Applicants to out-of-state online programs should contact program representatives about potential field placements prior to initiating the application process. It is also important to note that licensing requirement for clinical social workers vary by state. As a result, some programs offered by out-of-state schools may not fully meet Minnesota’s licensure requirements. Prior to submitting an application to an out-of-state program, Minnesota residents should check with the state licensing board regarding clinical social work licensure in Minnesota.
Online Master’s in Psychology and Applied Behavioral Analysis Programs in Minnesota
There are several different types of online master’s programs in psychology and applied behavioral analysis offered by schools in Minnesota and nearby states, including an online Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Child and Adolescent Development program offered by the University of Minnesota Online. The University of Minnesota Online program has three specializations that can be completed online: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health; Child Life; and Individualized Studies. St Cloud University has an online Master of Science (MS) in Applied Behavioral Analysis program that features coursework in autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, community integration strategies, and program evaluation.
In the neighboring states of Iowa and Michigan there are two programs that may interest residents of Minnesota who are looking to earn a master’s degree in psychology or applied behavior analysis. The University of Northern Iowa has an online Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Psychology: Professional Development for Teachers program that is designed for working educators, although teaching licensure is not required for admission. And Eastern Michigan University offers an online MA in Educational Psychology program with a Developing Learning concentration for teachers and educators. Students in the program are not required to hold a teaching license and have the option of pursing an Educational Assessment Certificate or a Certificate in Learning, Motivation, and Creativity while earning their MA degree.
Online Master’s in Human Services Programs in Minnesota
There are three schools in Minnesota offering online master’s in human services programs with three different types of curricula. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has an online Master of Arts (MA) in Health and Human Services that focuses on strategic planning, operational management, human resource administration, and financial oversight in the healthcare sector and that provides an optional practicum designed to prepare students for nursing home administrator licensure in Minnesota.
Concordia University, Saint Paul offers an online MA in Human Services with a specialization in Forensic Behavioral Health program designed in partnership with the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). The program’s curriculum focuses on knowledge and proficiencies relevant to the administration of human services programs in the criminal justice system and features courses in family violence, substance abuse, and other problems symptomatic of criminal behavior. And the University of Northwestern offers an online MA in Human Services program with a Family Studies concentration and a focus on the application of Christian values to the provision of social services.
There are several online master’s in human services programs offered by public colleges and universities in Oklahoma and Nebraska that Minnesota residents may want to explore. The University of Oklahoma offers an online Master of Human Relations program that requires students to complete an in-person internship at a site approved by the program and to attend a one-week or two-weekend residency at the school’s Norman campus. The University of Nebraska offers an online Master of Science (MS) in Family and Community Services program and an online MS in Human and Family Services Administration program, both of which are designed to prepare students for careers in social and human services administration. And Chadron State College in Chadron, NE, offers an online MS in Organizational Leadership program that has a designated track in Human Services.
Online Master’s in Human Resource Management (HRM) Programs in Minnesota
In addition to the several online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs with a Human Resource Management (HRM) specialization offered by schools in Minnesota, there are two schools in the state that offer non-MBA master’s in human resources programs. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has an online Master of Arts (MA) in HRM program that can be completed in two years. The program’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for the Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human Resources certification exams administered by the HR Certification Institute. Concordia University, Saint Paul also offers an online MA in HRM program. The Saint Mary’s and Concordia programs both align their curriculum with guidelines established by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
There are a number of schools in nearby states that offer online master’s in HRM programs, including two public universities in Kansas. Pittsburg State University, which is located in Pittsburgh, KS, offers an online Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Development that aligns with SHRM’s curricular guidelines and that can be completed in one year by students who enroll in a summer session. Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS, offers an online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in HRM program that requires the completion of nine courses and a final project and that also aligns with the SHRM guidelines.
Online Master’s in Public Health (MPH) Programs in Minnesota
The University of Minnesota and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota are two Minnesota schools that offer online master’s programs with a public health curriculum. University of Minnesota Online offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health program with an Advanced Standing track designed for students who already hold a graduate degree or who have three or more years of experience in public health, and a standard track for students who have some work or volunteer experience in a clinical, community-based, public health, or managed-care agency. The Advanced Standing track requires the completion of 42 credits, while the standard track requires students to complete 48 credits of coursework.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s online MPH programs can be completed in two years of full-time enrollment and includes a field education component. Applicants to the program are not required to have prior experience in the field of public health, but students who do not have employment experience may be required to take two undergraduate courses at the start of the program.
Minnesota residents who are interested in exploring an online MPH program offered by a school located in a nearby state may want to consider the program offered by Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. All of the program’s coursework is offered online, but students are required to complete 240 hours of internship experiences at a site approved by the program. Students in the program have the option of earning graduate certificates in three areas: Epidemiology; Health Education & Promotion; and Health Management & Policy. Benedictine also has dual degree options for its MPH students, allowing students to opt for a MPH/Master of Business Administration (MBA) dual degree or an MPH/Master of Science (MS) in Management and Organizational Behavior dual degree is less time than it would take to earn separate degrees in those fields.