Program Overview

The Applied Organizational Studies degree at Minnesota State University-Mankato is designed for working adults who wish to gain qualifications that will help them advance or change their careers.  Students will learn about communication, critical analysis, and organizational leadership, which are skills that are vital in contemporary society and a shifting economy.  The program will help students develop the skills and knowledge needed to serve and contribute to advancing organizations including places within the community, church, work, voluntary institutions, and local or regional government.  It is required that students complete the Minnesota’s General Education Transfer Curriculum plus a minimum of 60 credits of coursework before enrolling in this program.  Students must also meet the requirements for the Minnesota State Mankato’s undergraduate graduation.

The curriculum requires 48 credit hours to complete and includes core courses as well as program competency courses.  Core courses include an introduction to applied organizational studies as well as a cumulative portfolio course.  The competency courses involve three sections.  The first section, Communication in Organizations, will teach students how to use written and spoken language in an effective manner.  The second section, Critical Thinking and Decision-Making in Organizations, will educate students on different interpretative approaches to various situations and ideas as well as how to synthesize data in new ways.  Finally, the Leadership in Organizations section teaches students about the value of diversity and how to apply organizational leadership in today’s society.

This program is one of many that are inspired by the idea of improving communities, towns, and cities by means of strong and experienced leadership.  Courses are designed to give students the knowledge and skills in making a difference in the institutions of which they are a part.  The program combines broad-based knowledge with real-world projects and students will learn about staying on top of changing policies, emerging issues, and the latest trends.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Completion of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and completion of AOS 301.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 


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