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Minnesota Graduate Schools with Program Overviews

Located in Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has the largest student population of any graduate school in the state. The second and third largest graduate schools in Minnesota are Walden University and Capella University, both located in Minneapolis.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Established in 1851, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (U of M) is the state's flagship campus and the largest institution in the state to offer graduate degree programs. Additional campuses are located in Duluth, Crookston, Rochester and Morris. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report named U of M the 22nd best public school in the country. The 4-year, public land-grant institution offers undergraduate and graduate programs through 18 schools, colleges, institutes and centers. The academic divisions that offer graduate programs are discussed below.

Graduate School

The heart of the graduate education at the U of M, the Graduate School oversees all of the advanced degree programs offered at the university. The Graduate School retains final responsibility over many of the master's and doctoral programs offered by the schools and colleges discussed below.

Medical School

The Medical School at U of M offers graduate and professional degrees through various departments and programs in the clinical and basic sciences. In addition to a professional Doctor of Medicine program and residency education, this school offers graduate programs in biomedical sciences, mortuary science and physical therapy.

School of Nursing

Founded in 1909, the School of Nursing began offering a master's degree program in 1950 and a doctoral program in 1983. Today, graduate degree options include a Master of Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing. A post-master's certificate program is also available.

Center for Allied Health Programs

This academic division offers continuing education options and two degree programs. In addition to an undergraduate program, the Center for Allied Health Programs offers a Master of Occupational Therapy degree program.

College of Pharmacy

Founded in 1892, the College of Pharmacy at the U of M is the only college of its kind in the state. In 2010, this college was ranked third among the best graduate pharmacy programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. Graduate degrees offered include a professional Doctor of Pharmacy, while master's and doctoral programs are available in experimental and clinical pharmacy, social and administrative pharmacy, medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutics.

School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry offers several graduate and professional degrees, including a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Graduate students can also pursue a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in one of 13 dental specialty areas, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, dental hygiene, oral biology, pediatric dentistry and periodontics.

College of Veterinary Medicine

In addition to a 4-year professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, this academic division at the U of M offers graduate programs in applied veterinary medicine. Graduate degree options include a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in comparative and molecular biosciences or veterinary medicine. A dual-degree program is also offered in veterinary medicine and veterinary public health.

College of Biological Sciences

The College of Biological Sciences consists of four academic departments and two affiliated departments. This college offers graduate programs in a broad range of areas, including ecology, evolution and behavior, plant biological sciences, conservation biology, genetic counseling, microbial engineering and neuroscience.

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

This U of M division offers 13 graduate programs and serves nearly 780 graduate students. In addition, this college also offers two graduate programs for professionals, including a Master of Agriculture in Horticulture and a Master of Development Practice in International Development.

School of Public Health

The School of Public Health offers 16 master's degree and four doctoral programs through four academic divisions. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Public Health in ten areas of study, including community health education, maternal and child health, public health nutrition and veterinary public health. Additional graduate degrees include a Master of Healthcare Administration (with an executive option), a Master of Science in Environmental Health and a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology.

Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

This academic division offers five master's degree programs, one doctoral program and several dual-degree and certificate programs. Graduate degree options include a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, a Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, a Master of Public Affairs (mid-career program), a Master of Development Practice, a Master of Public Policy and a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Economics.

Law School

The Law School offers graduate and professional programs that focus on problem solving, public policy and innovation. Degree options include a Juris Doctor, a Master of Laws and several joint degree programs. In 2010, U of M's Law School was named the 22nd best law school in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

College of Education and Human Development

This college has more top ranked graduate programs than any other college or school at the university. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked U of M the 23rd best graduate education program in the nation and several education specialties at U of M are ranked highly as well. Graduate degrees are offered in five major areas of study, including educational and organizational leadership, psychology, counseling and social work, physical development and sport, teaching and learning, and human development.

Carlson School of Management

In 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Carlson School of Management 24th among the best graduate business programs in the nation. Graduate degrees offered at this school include a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Business Taxation, a Master of Accountancy, Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.

Institute of Technology

Established in 1935, the Institute of Technology (IT) at U of M is also referred to as the College of Science and Engineering. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through 12 departments at IT, including aerospace engineering and mechanics, computer science and engineering, geology and geophysics, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

College of Design

The College of Design offers programs in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, graphic design, retail merchandising, apparel design and housing studies. Graduate degrees include a Master of Science in Apparel Studies, a Master of Arts in Graphic Design and a Doctor of Philosophy in Housing Studies.

School of Architecture

A division of the College of Design, the School of Architecture offers three graduate programs. Degrees offered include a Master of Architecture, a Master of Science in Architecture (with a concentration in heritage preservation) and a Master of Science in Architecture (with a track in sustainable design).

College of Liberal Arts

Founded in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is the largest academic unit at U of M, serving more than 16,710 students and providing the core of the undergraduate curriculum in the humanities, arts and social sciences. Graduate degrees offered through CLA range from anthropology to economics to creative writing and political science.

College of Continuing Education

This academic division at U of M offers continuing education courses and workplace training programs for professionals, college students and high school students. In addition, the College of Continuing Education offers several individualized baccalaureate degrees and a Master of Liberal Studies.

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