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Metropolitan State University is a public institution located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Saint Paul is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

161 Master's Degrees
16 Doctor's Degrees

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Metropolitan State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Metro State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Public Relations & Advertising Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Community Organization & Advocacy Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Communication & Journalism Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Management Information Systems Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Most Popular Management Information Systems Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Metro State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Mental & Social Health Services Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#9 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates College Factual
#24 Best Psychology Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#46 Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#58 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#82 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Metropolitan State University?

Location of Metropolitan State University

Contact details for Metro State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000
Phone: 651-793-1300

Metropolitan State University Graduate Student Diversity

822 Graduate Students
59% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gender Diversity

Of the 822 graduate students at Metro State, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Gender Diversity at  Metro State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Metropolitan State University graduate students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Metro State Graduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 87
Black or African American 163
Hispanic or Latino 37
White 437
International Students 53
Other Races/Ethnicities 45

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Metropolitan State University. At this time, 4 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 61 countries are represented at Metro State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Taiwan, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Metropolitan State University

1,580 Took All Classes Online
3,815 Took At Least One Class Online
3.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at Metro State. In 2017-2018, 3,815 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Metro State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 15th most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Metro State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Metropolitan State University was 3.1%. This is the #995 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Metro State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Metro State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer Information Systems 16%
Computer Software & Applications 33%
Health Professions 6%
Management Information Systems 62%
Nursing 5%
Public Administration & Social Service 42%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Metro State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Metro State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Software & Applications #8
Public Relations & Advertising #18
Management Information Systems #30
Information Technology #43
Liberal Arts General Studies #52
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #52
Public Administration #69
Communication & Journalism #83
Computer & Information Sciences #127
Public Administration & Social Service #129
Nursing #294
Business Administration & Management #400
Health Professions #430
Business, Management & Marketing #464

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Metropolitan State University Graduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 5 52 2 59
Nursing 0 28 14 42
Computer Information Systems 0 25 0 25
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 21 0 21
Writing Studies 0 10 0 10
Educational Administration 0 9 0 9
Management Information Systems 8 0 0 8
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 5 0 5
Public Administration 0 5 0 5
Computer Software & Applications 3 0 0 3
Mental & Social Health Services 0 3 0 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 2 0 2
Public Relations & Advertising 1 0 0 1
Computer Science 0 1 0 1
Information Technology 1 0 0 1
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 18 161 16 195


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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