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Learn about the history, values, leadership, foundation, alumni association and other key facts about Metropolitan State University.
We’ve earned a national reputation for innovative programs that empower students to finish what they started with the flexibility to schedule courses around their busy lifestyles. We offer day, evening, weekend, online and combination online/classroom courses.

We Are All About

Academic Quality

We offer high-quality, high-demand programs that add clout to your resume. Our innovative, real-world approach to learning has helped more than 37,000 graduates jumpstart their careers and transform their lives.

Degree Completion

Our flexible schedules, convenient classroom locations and online options make it easier for busy adults to complete their degrees. We offer doctoral, graduate and undergraduate programs, including our popular student-designed option.

Community Involvement

We make it a priority to be engaged in our local community through meaningful learning opportunities for our students and faculty. As an advocate and partner, we see ourselves as part of our urban community, not just located in one.
The majority of our courses are taught by seasoned professionals who continue to work in their fields of study. This gives our students rich, relevant, real-world knowledge they can take right from their courses into their careers.

We hold true to our values

Diversity and Inclusion
Open, Respectful Climate

Our graduates tell our story best

A degree from Metropolitan State University changes lives. Read how these graduates transformed their dreams into “I did it!”

Meet Darek

IT Change Manager
"My favorite memory was receiving my degree with my sons cheering me on. I hope to have instilled in them the importance of higher education."

Meet Lisa

Master of Science in Technical Communications
"I found my perfect career, one which I never would have dreamed of. I also found a passion for continuing to serve my fellow veterans and those still serving."
Part of our mission is to offer meaningful educational opportunities to our state’s urban core. We celebrate diversity in our student body and strive to create an inclusive, respectful, non-repressive environment where everyone can thrive.


  • Degrees backed by Accreditation

    Metropolitan State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a regional agency that accredits degree-granting institutions of higher education based on a strict set of standards and guiding values.

    Higher Learning Commission
    30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504

  • Other Accreditations

    Metropolitan State University holds the following program accreditations:

    • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • The Council on Social Work Education
    • Approval by the Minnesota Board of Teaching
    • Approval by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry
  • Why is Accreditation important?

    Accreditation is a voluntary process by which primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and professional schools submit themselves to a comprehensive review process by an outside agency to ensure quality and institutional integrity.

    The most credible type of accreditation in the United States is called "regional" accreditation, which means that an institution is accredited by one of the six geographically dispersed associations approved by both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.