Minot State University

500 University Ave W, Minot, ND 58707

School Details

Minot State University is a public, four-year, liberal arts institution of higher learning located in the rural town of Minot, North Dakota.


Originally, Minot State university was a two year normal school, assisting in the preparation of teaching services in the northwestern region of North Dakota. By the 1920s, the school began granting bachelor’s degrees, and in 1964 the school adopted a new title, Minot State College. Minot State became a University in 1987, and today, the public, four-year institution includes a graduate program awarding master’s degrees. As the third largest university in North Dakota, Minot State University serves not only students from Minot, yet, the state, nation, the region, as well as other countries. Minot State University states a mission “to advance knowledge, critical and creative thinking, and the vitality of community and cultures,” with core values that promote Student Learning First, Pursuit of Excellence, Responsibility, Respect, and a Learning Community.

Minot State University emphasizes the importance of extracurricular activities as part of a student’s education. More than 50 student organizations and clubs are supported on campus, including cultural programs, music clubs, Greek life, political groups, and the Student Government Association. The Wellness Center provides recreational activities and as part of the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Minot State competes in sixteen men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports teams including basketball, cross country, and club hockey.

Minot State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, Minot retains programmatic accreditation by:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Council on Education of the Deaf
  • Council on Academic Accreditation on the American Speech-Language_Hearing Association
  • Council of Social Work Education (baccalaureate level)
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • North Dakota Board of Nursing

Minot State University offers degree and certificate options, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate programs are housed in the College of Arts and Science, College of Business, and College of Education and Health Sciences. More than 50 undergraduate majors range from fields in education and foreign languages to degrees in business and health-related fields. Students may choose from fifteen pre-professional programs, such as the Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Wildlife Studies, and Pre-Law programs. In addition, graduate programs, housed in the Graduate School, include fields of education, communication disorders, management, and information systems.


Distance education programs are housed in the Center for Extended Learning. Most coursework is offered in asynchronous 24/7 formats. Tuition for online undergraduate programs is $255.96 per credit hour and $320.75 per credit hour for online graduate programs.

Online undergraduate degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Science, concentrations in Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and International Business
  • Bachelor of Applied Science with concentrations in Applied Management and Applied Business Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses
  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (synchronous sessions required)
  • Associate of Science in Human Services with a major in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Students may also pursue online undergraduate certificates, including Application Software Specialist, Web Development, and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.

Online graduate programs include:

  • Master of Science in Management
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Special Education with an emphasis in Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders (synchronous class sessions required)
  • Knowledge Management certificate

In addition to distance education degree programs, students can enroll in individual online coursework in fields extending from accounting, criminal justice, and history to nursing, special education, and philosophy.


More than 3,500 students are enrolled. Minot State University retains a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. An estimate 66% of students attend full-time and the female-to-male ratio is 61:39. The student population is made up of ten percent minority students.


Tuition for undergraduate students is $6,086 annually and $7,641 annually for graduate students.

Financial aid is available for eligible students. Students should complete the FAFSA (school code 002994) and the school deadline for processing is April 15. State and federal aid supported by Minot State University include Federal Work Study, Federal Pell Grant, Federal ACG Grant, Federal Smart Grant, Federal Teach Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Family Education Loan Programs, and the North Dakota State Grant. The Great Plains Scholarships for New Freshmen and Transfer Students supported by Minot State are available for full-time enrollment in on-campus only courses. There are a number of foundational awards based on merit, leadership, and talent. Designated a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs, veterans, military personnel, and their dependents may qualify for added financial benefits, in addition to gaining credit via CLEP examinations.


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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