In this article, we review the top 10 colleges for an online degree near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul make up a major metropolitan area in Minnesota. The larger of the two cities, Minneapolis, is also the largest city in the state. The area boasts a collegiate scene that is dominated by the University of Minnesota’s main campus. Enrollment at the University of Minnesota is more than 50,000 students. To accommodate the large student population, online programs at some of the area’s private, public, and for-profit institutions have been developed.
We examined about 35 accredited colleges and universities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, as well as schools located within a two-hour drive from the city’s center, that offered at least one online degree program. We then reviewed school rankings with major publications like Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. We considered the school’s regional and national rankings, and listed them accordingly. Schools with a national ranking received a higher placement on our list than schools with a regional ranking.
Below is our list of the top 10 colleges for an online degree near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
#10 – Concordia University at St. Paul
St. Paul, Minnesota
Concordia University offers 19 online bachelor’s and 20 online master’s degrees designed for working and professional students. Online bachelor’s degree programs include business, child development, exercise science, healthcare administration, human resource management, and psychology. The online master’s degree programs include curriculum and design, educational leadership, human resource management, and information technology management. Concordia is ranked by major publications like U.S. News and World Report as the 99th best regional university in the Midwest. Many of the school’s online programs have earned rankings, including #70 for best online graduate business programs, #89 for best online graduate education programs, #36 for best online graduate criminal justice programs, and #79 for best online bachelor’s programs.
#9 – St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Online degree programs at St. Cloud State University are designed for busy students who need a flexible learning environment outside the traditional classroom. Online undergraduate programs include the bachelor’s in elective studies (BES) and the nursing RN to BSN. Six online master’s degree programs are available, including applied behavior analysis, criminal justice, information media, public safety executive leadership, regulatory affairs and services, and teaching English as a second language. St. Cloud State is a regionally ranked institution. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school as the 99th best regional university in the Midwest and the 34th top public school.
#8 – Minnesota State University at Mankato
Minnesota State University offers online bachelor’s and graduate degree programs in various disciplines. The online programs are designed for busy students who need flexible learning while juggling life obligations with education. Online bachelor’s programs include dental hygiene, international business, nursing (RN to BSN), and technical communication. Online master’s degree programs include education technology, information security and risk management, teaching and learning, and Spanish for the professions. Minnesota State at Mankato is ranked with U.S. News and World Report as the 75th best regional university in the Midwest, the 21st top public school, and the 58th best college for veterans.
#7 – Martin Luther College
New Ulm, Minnesota
Martin Luther College offers online graduate studies in education designed for professional students who want the flexibility of earning a master’s online. The school offers two online master’s degrees in education: the MS in education and the MS in educational administration. Students may choose one of four areas of focus for the M.S.Ed. – educational technology, instruction, leadership, and special education. Martin Luther College has earned regional rankings from U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges lists the school as the 38th best regional college in the Midwest. Martin Luther’s online graduate education programs have also received previous recognition.
#6 – Bethel University
St. Paul, Minnesota
Bethel University’s online degree programs are taught from a Christian perspective by the same professors that teach in the traditional classroom. There are 32 online programs, including graduate and adult undergraduate degrees. Some of the school’s online bachelor’s programs include business management, Christian ministries, human services, nursing (RN to BSN), and organizational leadership. Graduate online degree programs include business administration (MBA), education, nurse educator, and strategic leadership. Bethel has earned regional rankings from U.S. News and World Report. The school is ranked #23 among the best regional universities in the Midwest and #21 among the best colleges for veterans.
#5 – University of Northwestern St. Paul
St. Paul, Minnesota
The University of Northwestern St. Paul offers online undergraduate degree programs designed for students who want to pursue a ministry career. The school offers associate and bachelor’s degrees in biblical studies. Currently there are six online master’s degree programs. These include business administration, divinity, education, human services, organizational leadership, and theological studies. The University of Northwestern is a regionally ranked institution. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school as the 16th best regional college in the Midwest. The university has earned an additional ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges as the 11th best college for veterans.
#4 – Hamline University
St. Paul, Minnesota
Online academic programs at Hamline University include a variety of graduate degrees and online certificates. The School of Business offers a master’s in public administration while the School of Education offers master’s degrees in education, English, and literacy education. Non-JD students may even earn an online master’s in the study of law. Hamline is ranked with major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. U.S. News ranks the institution as the 12th best regional university in the Midwest. Additional rankings include 15th for best value schools, 12th for best colleges for veterans, and 145th for best law schools.
#3 – St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota offers online degree programs that are flexibly designed with the busy student in mind. Currently there is one bachelor’s degree available online – the BSN (RN to BSN program). Ten online master’s degree programs include accountancy, business administration (MBA), educational leadership, human resource management, organizational leadership, and special education. The university is ranked with U.S. News and World Report as the 180th best national university in the country. In the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, the school also ranks #143 for best colleges for veterans. The school is also recognized for its online graduate business and education programs.
#2 – University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, Minnesota
Online degree programs available at the University of St. Thomas include undergraduate and graduate levels. Online bachelor’s degrees include fire and emergency services management, health records and information management, organizational leadership, and religious studies. Online master’s programs include education, educational leadership, executive management, and management specializing in general management. The university is ranked with major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, U.S. News ranks University of St. Thomas as the 115th best national university. Other rankings include #94 among the best colleges for veterans and #57 for the best graduate health care management school.
#1 – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota at Twin Cities offers online programs at all levels, including undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Coursework is delivered 100% online and taught by the same professors who teach on campus. Available undergraduate programs include accounting, applied health, communication, finance, health management, marketing, psychology, and sport and recreation management. Online master’s degree programs include computer science, dental hygiene, electrical engineering, health informatics, and tribal administration. University of Minnesota has earned rankings and recognition from Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. U.S. News ranks the institution as the 69th best national university. Additional rankings include #25 for top public schools and #27 for best graduate business schools.
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Posted April 2016