Minnesota State University Mankato

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Journalism & Media (1)



Opening its doors on Oct. 7, 1868, Mankato Normal School (officially the second state Normal School), the forerunner of Mankato State, began its first year with 27 pupils. The school operated out of rented quarters at the Methodist Episcopal Church. All students were from Mankato or the immediate area.


Cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art facilities is one of the hallmarks of Minnesota State Mankato. Many of our research programs rival those at major research universities, but in a setting where the focus is on solving real-world problems.

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Housing services

Your housing options at Minnesota State Mankato are extensive. We offer the following types of housing:

  • Traditional (Crawford, McElroy, and Preska (I Hall) Residence Communities)

  • Apartments (Stadium Heights)

  • Semi-Suites (Julia Sears and Preska Residence Communities)

Library services

Library Services supports the curriculum of Minnesota State University, Mankato, by providing students, faculty, and staff with information resources, access to information through traditional and evolving technologies, and instruction in their effective use. 

ICT services

Computers and Internet available.

Medical services

Quality and affordable health care is never far away at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and it’s available to every student. An accredited on-site medical clinic with a full-service pharmacy, lab services and health education are all part of Student Health Services.

Student Life

Campus life

You could do it all right here on campus: live, work, play and thrive. The university's spirit is routinely charged by great art, entertainment, and exciting athletics. Residential life brings students together in beautiful, renovated housing. A diverse campus allows all students to share with and learn from each other. Being a Maverick means all of this—and the unforgettable times you'll make of it.

Sports facilities

Otto Recreation Center offers three basketball/volleyball courts, cardio equipment, weight room, and indoor walking/running track.

Student clubs

Minnesota State University, Mankato is home to 200+ Recognized Student Organizations that enrich campus. Make the most of your Maverick experience!


Minnesota State University, Mankato has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1916. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States and conducts a full review of accreditation every 10 years. 

Student Reviews

I would give it a solid 8/10. It’s a really nice school and very considerate to its international students. The cost of studying there for an international student was somewhat cheap compared to other universities in North America.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I thought my experience was pretty good considering I am an international student. I definitely struggled with cultural shock for the first couple weeks but overall I just learnt to accept the differences in culture/environment

Academics and Nature
Jenni Lampinen rated 4 out of 5 stars

MSU is great university for international students! I only have good experiences from advising international students and every international students get their own personal advisor who will advise and help international students with immigration matters. Every program also provide students academic advisors who will help students to get everything they needs from their...

College experiences
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have enjoyed studying there. I am very passionate about social justice and helping others so I enjoyed studying about what social workers do.

Mankato, Minnesota, United States

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