Grad Schools in Minneapolis
Minnesota colleges and universities invite you to consider Minneapolis, a city that offers much by way of education, culture, and professional opportunity.
Once known as the City of Flour and Sawdust, Minneapolis is now known by a newer nickname: the City of Lakes. Thirteen lakes and numerous other bodies of water grace this dynamic city!
With a 2016 estimated population of 413,651, The City of Lakes is the larger of the Twin Cities, which also include Saint Paul, Minnesota’s state capital. Saint Paul and Minneapolis exist side-by-side, with just an invisible boundary (and perhaps a friendly sign) separating them.
Together, the Twin Cities contain about 3.5 million people, making the metropolitan area the second-largest economic center in the U.S.
Below are some examples of popular programs from our partner schools.
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Abutting both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis has 13 lakes; numerous wetlands, rivers, creeks, and waterfalls; and plenty of trees, bricks, and pavement to complement its wetter land. The city has a decidedly beautiful balance between urban and natural flair.
In many areas, Minneapolis is a walker-friendly city, so you might be tempted to do your thinking for school while wandering through neighborhoods. Here are some places you might consider for doing some pondering:
- Excelsior: Filled with Victorian homes, brick buildings, and a well-loved waterfront, Excelsior has the spirit of historical whimsy and offers a break from city living. While it is indeed located in the city, its homey residential areas and bustling but quaint downtown give it a more relaxing vibe. Head here for swimming, ice cream, and long strolls.
- Linden Hills, as its name preludes, brims with gently rolling, tree-lined streets. It’s bordered by a greenspace and blends vintage buildings with modern amenities and luxury. It’s a particularly great area for finding good and interesting eats.
- Downtown East is home to steel, concrete, and culture. Head here to for a distinctly city feel, but also to enjoy museums, theaters, and an extensive system of walkways and trails. Use this opportunity to see how Minneapolis blends the old with the new.
- To literally get out of the city, head to Robbinsdale, a suburb just five miles outside of downtown Minneapolis. Here you’ll find Hackenmueller’s, a meat market famous for its house-made sausages and all things BBQ. This area is up and coming and a great place to sit and consider possibilities.
- Lynnhurst, an area with historic stops for a once-thriving street car.
- West Seventh, a diverse area with evidence of early immigration from Europe.
- Woodbury, a once-farm-town turned modern-and-upscale mini-city.
And of course, you could consider living in any of these areas while attending one of many schools in Minneapolis.
Supplement Your Studies with the Arts
First and foremost, let’s give a nod to just some of the incredible talent born and raised in the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota:
- Prince (born in Minneapolis, in fact!)
- F. Scott Fitzgerald (born in Saint Paul)
- Charles Shulz, who created the comic strip, “Peanuts” of Charlie Brown and Snoopy fame (born in Minneapolis)
- Bob Dylan (born in Duluth, but lived in Minneapolis at one point in his life)
Perhaps there is something in Minnesota water that makes for great talent? You might consider going to school here just to find out!
And now, on to theater! With an infusion of $500 million from individual donors and foundations, Minneapolis has built a stunningly diverse and eclectic theatre scene. World-class productions grace the stages of performance halls and historic theatres and, in the summer months, express themselves in theatre-based festivals, such as the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Here are just some of the city’s many theatres:
- Ames Center
- Guthrie Theater
- Minnesota Orchestra
- Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
- Orpheum Theatre
- State Theatre
- Pantages Theatre
- Brave New Workshop
Speaking of Performances
Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” is made, recorded, and broadcast from Minneapolis. (And Garrison Keillor is also from Minnesota!)
Tator Tots and Hot Dishes to Supplement the Fishes
Minneapolitans are well known for their love of casseroles and tater tots, two items that frequently grace tables, especially in long, cold winters. These city dwellers are also fans of Nordic cuisine that’s often chock full of root veggies, wild greens, venison, fish roe, dried mushrooms, seaweed, and milk. With a wave of immigration from Somalia in the 1990s, east African food became big in the city, and Native American food gives a respectful nod to the area’s earliest dwellers. Minneapolis is also home to a number of award-winning chefs, and the food scene in the city is among the most respected in the U.S.
An Apple Is Not an Apple Is Not an Apple: Not all apples are created equal, and anyone who has had a Honeycrisp apple knows that. Honeycrisps are “apple cultivars” that were developed by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station’s Horticulture Research Center at the University of Minnesota. They’re sweet, crispy, and delicious.
A Hamburger Stuffed with Cheese: That’s all you need to know, really! Definitely gets your hands on this local take on a burger!
New York’s Younger Sibling
Minneapolis’ thriving theater scene gives the city the nickname “The Mini Apple.”
Minneapolitans Sure Can Eat, But They’re Also Healthy
There’s a reason why Forbes magazine once listed Minneapolis as the healthiest city in the city: the city devotes itself to maintaining green spaces and providing plenty of opportunities for residents to exercise, eat well, and live health life styles.
Minneapolis parks are among the city’s most treasured features. The Grands National Scenic Byway, which connects a series of parks by roadway for cars, bikes, and pedestrians, covers just over 50 miles in a circular path throughout the city. Partakers can access seven districts along the byway and enjoy some of Minneapolis’ most beautiful sights:
- Downtown Riverfront: an area that runs along the Mississippi River and includes the Saint Anthony Falls.
- The Mississippi River gorge: an area that extends from downtown Minneapolis to Minnehaha Park. This portion of the byway goes by the University of Minnesota and across several bridges.
- Minnehaha: an area that includes numerous lakes and falls.
- The Chain of Lakes: a portion of the byway that crosses seven lakes.
- Theodor Wirth: an area that includes parks, a golf course, and the Eloise Wildflower Garden.
- Victory Memorial: an area that runs along the northwestern edge of Minneapolis and has numerous memorials sites and bridges.
- Northeast: a section that runs along northeast Minneapolis and crosses numerous parks and a golf course.
A Runner’s Paradise
Runner’s World once ranked the Twin Cities number 6 of 25 of the Best Running Cities in America.i
With all of Minneapolis’ opportunities for athleticism, physical therapy is a treasured resource. Graduate degrees in physical therapy and occupational therapy help students learn how to support people who want to increase, improve, or recover their athletic and physical abilities.
The company Rollerblades got its start in Minneapolis and popularized the sport of inline skating.
Brrrrrrr. Minneapolis Is Cold! (But Very Green in the Summer!)
Weather wise, Minneapolis is known for its frosty cold winters. The average high temperature in the city’s winter is 23.7 degrees F. Night time lows in winter hit an average 7.5 degrees F. These low temperatures (amidst humidity and snow, mind you) make March’s 41-degree highs seem downright balmy. Mid summers in Minneapolis see an average high of 84.4 degrees and an average low of nearly 59 degrees. Falls and springs in Minneapolis lie between the extremes of summer and winter and include falling, colorful leaves and blossoming flowers.
While Minneapolis is a bustling metropolitan city, it’s also home to plenty of trees, plants, and flowers, all of which become vibrantly green after cold and wet winters.
Did You Know?
Six percent of Minneapolis is water. This makes the city a great place for outdoor water recreation in summer and winter. Boating, fishing, and ice skating are just some of Minneapolitans’ favorite pastimes. And, having a pair of ice skates in Minneapolis is much like having a toothbrush—completely normal and expected.
Behind Chicago, the Twin Cities have the largest economic center in the Midwest. Its primary industries include commerce, finance, health care, rail and trucking services, and industry itself. Five Fortune 500 corporations have home bases in the Twin Cities: Target, Ameriprise Financial, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, and Thrivent Financial.
In 2005, Popular Science named Minneapolis the “Top Tech City” in the U.S., in part thanks to its above-average Wi-Fi availability, medical trials, transportation solutions, university research and development expenditures, energy conservation, and advanced degrees in the workforce. Minneapolis is the 15th richest city in the U.S.ii
Did you know?
The famous Mall of America is the size of 78 football fields and has a rollercoaster at its center.
Business graduate programs are particularly popular in Minneapolis, perhaps because of the city’s strong industry, commerce, and finance sectors. Students interested in leadership and management positions might pursue an MBA, or Master of Business Administration. Upcoming banking and finance specialists might want to pursue a master’s or doctorate degree in Finance, or a finance degree with an emphasis in banking or financial planning. Students interested in the business aspect of health care might opt to earn a degree in Healthcare Administration and Management.
Minneapolitans Love to Give: More than 40 percent of adults volunteer in Minneapolis. The most given-to organizations in the city include Catholic Charities USA and the American Refugee Committee. Other big organizations, such as Target and the Minneapolis Foundation also love to give. Charity is a beloved art in this city. Perhaps you could earn a master’s or doctorate degree in Non-Profit Management and lend your hands to Minneapolis’ loving deeds?
Did You Know?
The Minneapolis sculpture garden decorates more than two acres of land, making it the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.
More About Popular Programs in Minneapolis
Business Degrees: Business graduate programs help students pursue positions in management and leadership. Depending on the program, they may also help business professionals specialize their knowledge and skills in areas such as finance, accounting, marketing, and healthcare administration. Some areas of business students might study include:
Education Degrees: Education graduate programs help educators and administrators in the field of education grow their knowledge and develop advanced skills across areas of education. Some specific subjects students might study in education include:
Health and Medicine: Health and medicine graduate programs help students pursue careers as doctors, nurses, researchers, occupational therapists, healthcare administration, and a number of other areas.
These are just some of the fields of study popular in Minneapolis and surrounding areas such as Saint Paul, New Brighton, Richfield, Cedar City, River Falls, and others.
Schools in Minneapolis and Beyond
Plenty of schools in Minneapolis offer graduate programs across disciplines. Here are some sponsored schools:
- Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
- Concordia University, Saint Paul
- Capella University
- Bethel Seminary, Minneapolis and Saint Paul
- Augsburg College
- Crown College (Saint Bonifacius, MN)
- University of Saint Thomas, Minneapolis and Saint Paul
- Hamline University
Find Minneapolis Grad Schools
Colleges in Minneapolis, Minnesota provide numerous options for earning a graduate degree. Using our site, you can search by Program Level (Certificate, Master’s, or Doctorate degree) or format (campus, hybrid, or online). You can also search by subjects, such as business, engineering, education, and numerous others.
By clicking on these and other subjects, you’ll be directed to a more specific list of areas within them. If you’re not sure what you want to study, you can always check out our list of Minneapolis colleges and programs below (note that some of them might be offered in nearby cities).
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Saint Mary's University of MinnesotaMaster of Public Health (Online) Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing Master of Social Work - Traditional Track Master of Science in Cybersecurity Accelerated MBA Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
Walden UniversityMSN-RN, Nurse Executive with Health Policy Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Systems & Policy (Accelerated) MS in Psychology - Educational Psychology (Career) MS in Psychology - Applied Psychology (Prep) MS in Psychology - General (Prep) Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Accelerated) MS in Education - STEM Education (Grades K-8) MS in Psychology - Applied Psychology (Career) Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Population Health MS in Human Resource Management - Integrating Functional & Strategic Human Resource Management (Track II: HR Practitioner) MS in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology MS in Software Engineering – General MS in Psychology - Educational Psychology (Prep) MS in Psychology - Social Psychology (Prep) MS in Criminal Justice - Behavioral Sciences MS in Psychology - Health Psychology (Career) MSN-RN, Nurse Executive with Risk Management MS in Nursing (MSN from RN) - Public Health Nursing MS in Cybersecurity – General MS in Data Science – General MS in Human Resource Management - Organizational Strategy (Track II: HR Practitioner) MS in Human Resource Management - General (Track II: HR Practitioner) MS in Psychology - Self Design (Career) Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - General (Part-time) Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Population Health (Accelerated)
Capella UniversityMBA - Project Management: Business (ACBSP-, PMI-GAC-accredited) MS - Special Education Teaching MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited) MS - Reading and Literacy MS - Criminal Justice MS - Health Care Security MS - Psychology MPA - Nonprofit Management and Leadership PhD - Special Education Leadership MS - English Language Learning and Teaching PhD - Project Management: IT (PMI-GAC-accredited) DBA - Accounting MS - Forensic Psychology MS - Child and Adolescent Development MS - Project Management: IT (PMI-GAC-accredited) MSN - Nursing Informatics (CCNE-accredited) PhD - Curriculum and Instruction DHA - Health Care Leadership EdD - Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction MS - Emergency Management DNP - BSN-to-DNP (CCNE-accredited)
Northcentral UniversityDoctor of Business Administration - General Business Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Instructional Leadership Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Applied Computer Science Doctor of Business Administration - Project Management Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Learning Analytics in K-12 Education Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Homeland Security - Leadership & Policy Doctor of Education - International Education Doctor of Criminal Justice - White Collar Crime Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Management of Engineering and Technology Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management - Computer Science Doctorate of Marriage & Family Therapy - Couple Therapy Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy - Child and Adolescent Therapy Doctorate of Marriage & Family Therapy - Mental Health Administration Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Public Administration Doctor of Business Administration - International Business Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Criminal Justice Doctor of Business Administration - Marketing Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy - General Family Therapy Education Specialist - Learning Analytics in Higher Education Education Specialist - English Language Learning Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Early Childhood Education
St. Catherine UniversityEducation Nursing Library and Information Science Theology Organizational Leadership Social Work Physical Therapy Master of Social Work Occupational Therapy
William Mitchell College Of LawJuris Doctor in Law
University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesISP - Executive Healthcare Study Program
Northwestern Health Sciences UniversityAcupuncture and Oriental Medicine Chiropractic
Adler Graduate School for Adlerian Counseling and PychotherapyAdlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy
Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction StudiesMaster of Arts in Addiction Counseling Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice
Minnesota School of BusinessMaster of Business Administration Certificate in Paralegal
Minnesota Paralegal InstituteParalegal Studies
University of Northwestern-St. PaulMaster of Arts in Theological Studies Master of Divinity Master of Arts in Education Master of Organizational Leadership
Saint Mary's University of MinnesotaMaster of Science in Project Management Master of Arts in Human Resource Management Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology Master of Arts in International Development Master of Arts in Special Education
Metropolitan State UniversityDoctor of Business Administration (DBA) Business Administration M.B.A. Management Information Systems (M.M.I.S.) Public and Nonprofit Administration (M.P.N.A.)
McNally Smith College of MusicMaster of Music in Performance
Bethel SeminaryMaster of Divinity Master of Arts in Christian Thought Post Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy Master of Arts in Community Ministry Leadership Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Certificate in Lay Ministry Doctor of Ministry in Servant Leadership for Organizational Effectiveness Certificate in Biblical Studies Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership Certificate in Theological Studies Certificate in Spiritual Formation Master of Arts in Theological Studies Master of Arts in Christian Education / Youth Ministry Master of Arts in Children's and Family Ministry Master of Arts in Global and Contextual Studies Doctor of Ministry in Global and Contextual Leadership Doctor of Ministry in Social and Economic Transformation Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
United Theological Seminary Of The Twin CitiesTheology
Augsburg CollegeM.A. in Nursing M.A. in Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice M.A. in Education Master of Arts in Nursing M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies Master of Arts in Leadership Physician Assistant Program Master of Arts in Social Work Master of Social Work Master of Business Administration Master of Business Administration (MBA) Education
Argosy UniversityAdvanced Educational Administration Business Administration (DBA) Educational Leadership Higher and Postsecondary Education (EdD) Clinical Psychology
Crown CollegeOrganizational Leadership Ministry Leadership Bible Certificate Intercultural Studies Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Master of Arts in Christian Studies Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership Studies Educational Leadership
University of St. Thomas (MN)Software Engineering, Information Technology & Information Systems English Literature Manufacturing Systems and Engineering Master of Social Work - MSW Graduate Programs in Engineering and Technology Management Master of Arts in Religious Education Master of Arts in Catholic Studies Art History Master of Arts in Theology Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry Master of Divinity Music Education
Concordia University - Saint PaulMaster of Business Administration
University of Wisconsin - River FallsAgricultural Education TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages School Psychology Elementary and Secondary Education Principal Licensure Management Reading Counseling Teaching Education - Secondary Education Communicative Disorders Speech-Language Pathology
Bethel UniversityLiteracy Education M.A. Communication Gerontology M.A. Organizational Leadership M.B.A.-Masters of Business Administration-Campus M.A. Special Education Theology Doctorate in Educational Administration Teaching Nursing Counseling Psychology
Luther SeminaryReligious Studies Theology Religious Education Divinity
Hamline UniversityMaster in Non-Profit Management Paralegal (Legal Assistant) Program MAEd in Natural Science & Environmental Education Doctorate in Education MFA in Writing Certificates Programs MA in Teaching MA in English as a Second Language MA in Literacy Education Master in Public Administration MA in Education LL.M. for International Lawyers Hamline MBA Law Doctorate in Public Administration MA in Liberal Studies
University of MinnesotaComparative and International Development Education Social and Administrative Pharmacy Scientific Computation Program Art Human Development in Education Family Education Statistics Department of Architecture Program in History of Science and Technology Health Informatics Philosophy Special Education Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Mid-Career MPA Program Materials Science Health Services Research Policy and Administration Food Science Industrial Relations Master of Urban and Regional Planning Nursing Anthropology Program in Occupational Therapy Applied Developmental Psychology Sport Management Higher Education
Minneapolis College of Art and DesignGraphic Design MFA Program
Walden UniversityM.S. in Education - Adolescent Literacy and Technology (Grades 6-12) Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - General Program M.S. in Human Services - Criminal Justice Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Counseling and Social Change Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership & Administration (Principal Preparation) - Ge Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Special Education - General Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Teacher Leadership - General M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology - General Program M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology - Online Learning M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology - Training and Performance Improvement M.S. in Management - General Ph.D. in Education - Course-based (Leadership, Policy and Change in Education) Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development - General Ph.D. in Health Services - Community Health Education & Advocacy Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Consultation