By 2018, seven in 10 jobs in Minnesota are projected to require skills that can be found through a postsecondary education. Learn how online schools in Minnesota can help and how they could put you on your own path to obtaining the skills and training you may desire.


Online Colleges in Minnesota

At one time, a college degree may have been considered a luxury. However, times have changed, and higher education is now needed for many occupations in the 21st century. Fortunately, there are now more options than ever when it comes to earning a degree.


Online schools in Minnesota are one increasingly popular choice for those who want to go back to school but may lack the time or money for a traditional college experience. In fact, students are making use of these online options in Minnesota. The University of Minnesota (umn.edu) reports that online enrollments throughout its entire university system reached 31,000 for the 2012 academic year.

Student interest in online degrees in Minnesota mirrors a national trend in distance learning. Most colleges and universities - including 70 percent of public institutions - now offer online courses and degree programs, according to a 2013 report from The Sloan Consortium (sloanconsortium.org). That same report also showed that 6.7 million students - 32 percent of the total student population - took at least one online course during the fall 2011 term. To help meet the increasing interest for options in virtual learning, online colleges in Minnesota are now offering some degree programs that fall in high-demand fields such as health care, business and computer science.

Trends in Minnesota Online Schools

Minnesota has put a continuing emphasis on higher education. The Itasca Higher Education Task Force notes the state offers students an array of educational choices, and it ranks eighth in the nation in terms of the percentage of high school graduates who enroll directly into college. The task force was convened by the Itasca Project (theitascaproject.com), an employer-led civic alliance. In the task force's white paper on higher education, the group makes the point of saying that online education options will be critical to continuing Minnesota's strong tradition in postsecondary education.

Many online colleges in Minnesota are already looking for ways to promote their flexible degree programs to both recent high school graduates and returning students. For example, Distance Minnesota (distanceminnesota.org) is an online portal intended to coordinate the delivery of courses and support services for four member schools including: Alexandria Technical and Community College; Northland Community and Technical College; Northwest Technical College; and Bemidji State University. Distance Minnesota is one example of how colleges in the state are embracing distance learning and making it accessible for students.

Online College Degrees in Minnesota

According to the Lumina Foundation (luminafoundation.org), Minnesota already exceeds the national average in terms of its number of degree holders. While only 38.3 percent of working-age adults nationwide have at least a two-year degree, 45.8 of Minnesota residents have this level of education. However, the state may face a significant shortage in the number of degree holders it will need to fill jobs in the next five years. According to a 2010 report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (cew.georgetown.edu), 70 percent of jobs in Minnesota will require a postsecondary education by 2018. That number ranks the state as third in the nation in terms of jobs requiring training beyond high school. In addition, Minnesota ranks fifth in the nation when it comes to the percentage of jobs that could require a bachelor's degree by 2018.

Online schools in Minnesota may be one avenue to filling in this gap as well as helping to prepare students with skills for these jobs. Data from CareerOneStop (careeronestop.org), a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, shows that some of the fastest-growing jobs expected to be available from 2008 to 2018 in the state that require a four-year degree are those for compliance officers, finanical examiners and personal financial advisors. There are also many others, and Minnesota online schools may offer the degree programs that can be helpful in training for these fields.

Online Colleges in Minnesota

Students in Minnesota have their choice of more than 200 higher education institutions. These include an extensive system of public colleges and universities as well as private schools. As of 2011, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (ohe.state.mn.us) reports the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (minnesotaonline.org) is the largest public provider of online courses and programs in the state. In 2010, the system saw 12 percent of its students enrolled online in one of the member institutions' online offerings, which comprised 152 certificate programs, 36 diploma programs and 128 degrees.

The University of Minnesota (digitalcampus.umn.edu) also offers a number of online courses and degree programs through its Digital Campus. The university touts that many of its programs can be completed entirely online and include such popular offerings as a Bachelor's of Applied Health, Master's of Computer Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice. The university also offers hybrid courses that are nearly entirely online or partially online, but that require some in-person meetings.

Distance Minnesota
Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Enrollment at a Glance, 2011
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2008
Higher Education Partnerships for Prosperity, Itasca Project, 2012
Lumina Foundation
Minnesota Measures, 2011 Report on Higher Education Performance, 2011
Minnesota Online
The Sloan Consortium, Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States, 2012
University of Minnesota Digital Campus

In Seconds
Where do you want to take classes?
When would you like to start?
What's your zip code?
GO ›
What degree are you interested in?
GO ›
You're almost there...
Processing your information
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Prefer exploring options talking to our staff?
            Call toll free now: 1.855.330.6938
            Matching School Ads
            Baking & Pastry (AS)
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
            • Dedicated career services team that helps students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas
            • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary
            • Program Coordinators focus on improving program content and ensure that students have the resources they need
            • Over 50 locations nationwide
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            MSHUS- Organizational and Social Services
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor?s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
            • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
            • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Social Work
            • Ranked 33rd among the Best Grad Schools for Social Work in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Founded in 1904 as the nation’s first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers.
            • Provides a rigorous education, including a nationally accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) Program and PhD in Social Work.  
            • Offers inventive programs with hands-on experience.  
            • Incorporates social justice values and multicultural perspectives into curriculum. 
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Master of Public Health
            • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked 8th among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private, co-ed college founded in 1821 and located in downtown Washington, D.C.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 55.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has distinguished alumni including Senator Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actress Courtney Cox.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            HVACR Technician
            • Flexible Online Learning — Career programs designed for anytime learning.  Study when you have time and test when you feel ready.
            • Accredited and Supported — Regionally and nationally accredited programs with expert instructors available to answer your questions.
            • Affordable Tuition — 0% interest and low monthly payment plans.
            • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
            • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
            • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
            • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
            • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Master of Science in Communications
            • Master of Science in Communications offered online through Syracuse University’s world-renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications.
            • Ranked among the Best Global Universities in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Specializations include Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism Innovation.
            • Coursework provides students with communication strategies for today’s changing media landscape.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            General Studies - Bachelor
            • Average class size is 25, allowing for more one-on-one time with instructors.
            • Has a 97% employment rate among available graduates.
            • All  graduates receive Lifetime Employment  Assistance—free and forever.
            • Michigan's largest independent college.
            • Most instructors are working professionals in the fields they teach.
            • Programs are continuously updated to ensure classes are career-relevant and in sync with what's needed in the industry
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Masters of Business Administration - Human Resources Management

            Grow Your Career with the University of Saint Mary

            The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic institution in Leavenworth, Kansas, that has been educating students since 1923. Guided by the vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, USM seeks to inspire students and to prepare them for value-centered lives and careers that will benefit our global society.

            • Online Courses
            Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (Online)
            • Push Your Creativity To The Next Level.
            • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
            • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
            • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
            • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses