Programs Available In Mankato

Our 350-acre campus is in a lively community of 53,000 situated just 80 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Graduate students enjoy a safe, vibrant community with easy access to all the amenities of a major metropolitan area.

Master's Programs

Advanced Dental Therapy

The Advanced Dental Therapy Master of Science program offered by Minnesota State University, Mankato educates and prepares licensed dental hygienists for roles working as mid-level dental practitioners, or dental therapists.

Aging Studies

Minnesota State Mankato's Aging Studies program prepares students to have a meaningful impact on society by supporting individuals as they age.

Applied Anthropology

The Anthropology program at Minnesota State Mankato offers students a generalist, holistic foundation in the discipline and one of the four subfields of archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

Applied Statistics

The graduate program in Applied Statistics is designed to prepare students to join twenty-first century business and industry in their growing needs for statistical analyses.


The Department of Art offers a graduate program that emphasizes specialized involvement in the student's chosen studio area- ceramics, drawing, graphic design, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.

Athletic Training

Minnesota State Mankato's Athletic Training program prepares professionals to treat physically active patients as part of an integrated health-care team.


The Biology graduate program is designed flexibly to allow students, with their advisors, to mold and focus their program of study on professional interests and specific needs.

College Student Affairs

College Student Affairs is a broad program designed to prepare individuals for positions on the college campus in admissions, counseling, financial aid, student housing, student activities, career development and student affairs administration.

Communication and Composition

Communication and Composition is an inter-disciplinary program designed for individuals with an interest in teaching both communication and composition at community colleges and technical colleges.

Communication and Media

The Communication and Media MA program offers students the flexibility to advance into a professional/academic career or into a Ph.D. program.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program leads to careers in speech-language pathology (SLP).

Communication Studies

The Communication Studies MS degree is typically sought by students interested in gaining knowledge directly applicable to a specific career path. Students usually plan a career in business or industry upon graduation.

Counseling and Student Personnel: Mental Health Counseling

The Mental Health Counseling program prepares students through coursework and experience to serve in a variety of clinical settings: mental health centers, family counseling and community agencies; consultation in business and industry settings; career counseling settings; and private practice.

Counseling and Student Personnel: Professional School Counseling

The Professional School Counseling program prepares individuals for careers as school counselors in K-12 schools.

Creative Writing

The MFA program in creative writing at Minnesota State Mankato serves exceptionally talented graduate students from around the country—and even the world—developing their work in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Data Science

The M.S. in Data Science program provides a strong foundation for developing, implementing, and evaluating data analytics solutions to transform raw data into meaningful and actionable insights.

Education: Post-Bac/Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs prepares graduate students for initial licensure as professional educators in 5-12 and K-12 classrooms.

Educational Leadership

The Master of Science in Educational Leadership program the builds foundational skills society demands in today's innovative leaders, including talent development, change management, and real-world application of educational strategies for learners of all ages and backgrounds.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering program prepares students for various industry positions requiring additional competency in various areas of electrical engineering and can also provide a postgraduate degree suitable for those interested in pursuing a doctoral program in engineering.

Engineering Management

The Engineering Management program is designed to prepare students with the scientific and technical training necessary to advance and excel in industry, while simultaneously developing highly valued business skills.

Ethnic and Multicultural Studies

Ethnic and Multicultural Studies is an interdisciplinary program that is academically committed to promoting multicultural and ethnic knowledge, values, and skills, and to preparing our students for effective functioning across the culturally diverse global community.

Exercise Physiology

The Exercise Physiology program prepares graduate students on the latest science of performance testing and exercise prescription for a wide range of populations.

Forensics and Communication

Students interested in the Forensics and Communication MFA typically want to pursue teaching/coaching positions in an academic environment or want to pursue professional careers involving public speaking, training and development, or public service skills.


The master's degree program prepares students of French for teaching in higher education.

Gender and Women's Studies

The graduate program in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) prepares students for careers in non-profits, activism, and advocacy, or for further graduate study. GWS is an interdisciplinary field examining the social construction of gender and sexuality and the intersections of all forms of oppression.


Geography studies the natural and anthropogenic systems, interactions between people and our environment, and utilizes cutting-edge geospatial technologies to solve real-world problems.

Geographic Information Science (GISc)

The program integrates the geospatial technologies of geographic information systems, remote sensing, and global positioning systems (GPS) with the professional skills of technical communications, project management, human resource management, and budgeting and economics in the workplace.

Health Informatics and Analytics

The Health Informatics program prepares students to use Information Systems and Health Information Technology to design, evaluate, adopt, and apply technology-based innovations in healthcare delivery, management, and research.


The Graduate Program in History at Minnesota State University, Mankato provides a foundation for advanced study and professional development that prepares individuals on careers in teaching, law, journalism, public service, museums, and business.

Industrial Organizational Psychology

The Industrial-Organizational Psychology program prepares students for careers in human resources, organizational effectiveness, management and I-O psychology consulting or for doctoral level study in industrial-organizational psychology or related fields.

Information Technology

The Master of Science degree in Information Technology program of study prepares the student for a career as a computing professional, yet offers enough flexibility to allow a student to design a course of study suitable for preparation for doctoral work in information technology.

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Manufacturing Engineering Technology is a program intended for students with an undergraduate degree in engineering technology or engineering who have a desire to obtain a specialized education in modern manufacturing.


The Master of Arts in Mathematics at Minnesota State University Mankato enables students to study pure mathematics or mathematics for teaching in community colleges.

Mathematics Education

The Master of Science in Mathematics Education at Minnesota State University Mankato is designed for licensed, practicing teachers. Students have the opportunity to study deep, rich mathematics and apply it to their teaching.

Mathematics and Statistics

The Master of Science in Mathematics and Statistics at Minnesota State University Mankato is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree in either mathematics or statistics or work in an industry job.

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering master's program is devoted to producing application oriented mechanical engineers.


The Master of Music degree is a professional degree, most appropriate for students who desire to increase their knowledge as public school teachers, to teach at the college level, or to work toward their doctorate.


The Master of Science is offered as the professional degree in Physics. This degree is designed for students wishing to prepare themselves for doctoral study, or for work in a research/industrial position.

Public Administration and Community Management

The Public Administration and Community Management MA is a multidisciplinary degree program oriented toward examining and understanding the broad range of problems and opportunities associated with the nation's urban and regional areas.

Social Work

The Master of Social Work is an Advanced Generalist Program that prepares students for both advanced direct and indirect practice opportunities in a wide variety of public and private social service, medical, behavior health, and educational settings.

Sociology: College Teaching Emphasis

The Master of Arts Sociology: College Teaching is designed for students planning an academic career with a Master's degree and an emphasis on teaching. MA graduates are typically eligible for most academic appointments at the community college level.


The Master of Arts in Sociology is designed for a person seeking a comprehensive, sociological understanding of the social world.

Sociology: Human Service Planning and Administration

The Master of Science Sociology: Human Services Planning and Administration is designed for a person seeking a leadership role in the field of human services.

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

The Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology program is designed to develop a theoretical base in the discipline of sport and exercise psychology; and better prepare students, coaches, and consultants to apply such knowledge to performance enhancement issues.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages prepares graduate students for employment in second and foreign language teaching, program administration, and curriculum and assessment development in the U.S and abroad, as well as for doctoral study.

Technical Communication

The graduate program in Technical Communication prepares students to be professional information developers, technical or professional writers, and editors who are skilled at using the written and spoken word, along with visuals.

Theatre and Dance

The MFA in Theatre and Dance provide students with high caliber training in theatre and dance that prepares them to create theatre of any kind at any level.

Urban Planning

The Masters of Arts in Urban Planning is a professional program oriented towards the systematic, comprehensive approach to analyzing the social, economic, and physical change of neighborhoods, small towns, cities, suburbs, metropolitan areas, and regions.

Doctoral Programs

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

The doctorate in Educational Leadership is dedicated to developing racially conscious leaders for P-21 Schools, higher education and non-profit organizations.

School Psychology (Psy.D.)

The Doctor of Psychology degree program (Psy.D.) in school psychology trains students to attain certification to practice as school psychologists and/or pursue other doctoral level employment such as university teaching.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Database Technology

The Database Technology graduate certificate provides the basic concepts, skills, and values for pursuing a career in computer and information science, emphasizing design and implementation of sophisticated database systems and related software.

Gender and Women's Studies

The Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) certificate offers students the opportunity to evaluate numerous feminist theories of social justice; synthesize social change strategies; enhance oral and written communication; and analyze GWS as a movement and discipline.

Geographic Information Science

The Geographic Information Science (GIS) graduate certificate provides in-depth training in geospatial technology and theory allowing students to create solutions to real-world problems involving people and environment.

Global Solutions in Engineering and Technology

The Global Solutions in Engineering and Technology graduate certificate creates a pathway for students to develop cultural and language skills desired by our regional employers.


The online History certificate allows secondary school teachers and community college instructors to enhance their professional development, while offering the credentials for teaching History in "College in the Schools" courses.

Long-Term Care Administration

Graduate students and others who have earned a four-year degree who want to become a licensed Nursing Home Administrator can pursue the Long-Term Care Administration Certificate.

Modeling and Simulation

The Modeling and Simulation graduate certificate provides a basic grounding in the concepts of modeling and simulation, an opportunity to develop a specific focus within that field, and a demonstration of skill in applying those concepts.

Museum Studies

The aim of the Museum Studies certificate program is to provide a perspective on the theory and practice of museums in an expanding global environment of technological, social and political change for current and future museum professionals.

Nonprofit Leadership

The Nonprofit Leadership certificate is a multidisciplinary program for graduate students and nonprofit practitioners interested in gaining knowledge and skills for success and advancement in nonprofit leadership.

Political Science

The Graduate Certificate in Political Science is designed for secondary and post-secondary school teachers and instructors who would like to further their professional development, meet post-secondary faculty qualifications, or earn their first credits toward an eventual master’s degree.

Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure

The program focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching; the basic principles of educational psychology; the art of teaching; and the planning and administration of educational activities.

Project Management

The certificate in Project Management provides students with the knowledge they need to increase process and product performance, to improve the quality and reliability of goods and services and to institute steps to make their organizations more competitive through an overall commitment to quality.

Public Management

The Public Management graduate certificate program provides the basic concepts, skills, and values for pursuing a career in local public management.

Quality Management Systems

The certificate in Quality Management Systems provides students with the knowledge they need to increase process and product performance and to improve the quality and reliability of goods and services.

Racially Conscious School and Systems Leadership

The Racially Conscious School and Systems Leadership graduate certificate provides educators with the racially conscious knowledge, dispositions, and skills necessary for effective leadership for all students in our education system.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares graduate students to teach English learners in a variety of U.S. and international contexts, including K-12 and higher education.

Technical Communication

The Technical Communication graduate certificate program prepares participants for careers in technical communication, emphasizing current industry practice in the research, writing, editing, and publishing of (print or online) technical documents

Urban Planning

The Urban Planning graduate certificate program provides the basic concepts, skills, and values for pursuing a career in local government planning.