Minnesota State University-Mankato

Minnesota State University-Mankato appears in these rankings:

50 Best Value Engineering Schools

20 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Minnesota

Minnesota State University-Mankato, commonly called Minnesota State, is a public comprehensive institution of higher learning residing in Mankato, Minnesota. It is the second biggest university in the state and its campus sits on 303 acres on the Minnesota River Valley. It houses six academic colleges: College of Allied Health and Nursing, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Business, College of Education, University Extended Education, College of Graduate Studies and Research, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Its student to faculty ratio is 21 to one and its vibrant campus is home to more than 300 student groups. Minnesota State University-Mankato was founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School. It began with 27 students and the first graduates earned one or two year degrees to pursue jobs as teachers. The school changed its name to Mankato State Teachers College in 1921 and it began granting four-year degrees in 1927. It started offering master's degrees in 1954 and became Mankato State College in 1957. The college became Mankato State University in 1975, and finally Minnesota State University-Mankato in 1998. It conferred its first doctoral degree in 2009. Today, Minnesota State offers more than 130 undergraduate programs, 75 graduate programs, and four doctorate programs. It is also home to over 15,000 students.

Minnesota State University-Mankato Accreditation Details

The Higher Learning Commission regionally accredits Minnesota State University –Mankato to grant bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Minnesota State University-Mankato Application Requirements


• Submit first year student application form, transfer student application form, or international student application form

• Submit official high school transcript

• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities

• Submit official ACT scores

• Pay $20 non-refundable application processing fee


• Submit online graduate application

• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions

• Pay $40 non-refundable application processing fee

• Submit official standardized test scores as required by certain programs

• Complete any additional application steps by specific school of education

Tuition and Financial Aid



• Minnesota resident tuition: 1-11 credit hours $271.66 per credit hour, banded tuition rate of $3,452.29 from 12 to 18 credit hours, and tuition for more than 18 credit hours is the banded tuition rate plus an additional $320 per credit hour.

• Minnesota resident fees: 1-11 credit hours $39.65 per credit hour, banded student fees of $477.10 for 12 to 18 credit hours, and fees for more than 18 credit hours is the banded fee amount plus an additional $0.43 per credit hour.

• Non-resident: 1-11 credit hours $584.05 per credit hour, banded tuition rate of $7,324.15 for 12 to 18 credit hours, and tuition for more than 18 credits is the banded tuition rate plus an additional $575 per credit hour.

• Non-resident fees is the same cost as resident fees.

• Minnesota State University-Mankato grants reciprocity for students from Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba.

• Minnesota State University-Mankato also offers the Midwest Student Exchange Program, which is a program that offers reduced out-of-state tuition rates for students who are residents of Nebraska, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, or Kansas.

• Online tuition rates are an additional charge of $36.25 per credit hour.


• The graduate tuition rates vary by specific program, most graduate programs are $380.50 per credit hour and student fees $39.65 per credit hour or $477.10 total for 12 credit hours and above. Some programs feature a higher tuition.

Financial Aid

Minnesota State University-Mankato offers various financial aid programs in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, child care assistance, and work-study.


• Alliss Scholarships

• Dempsey Scholarships

• Presidential Scholar Awards

• Maverick Momentum Scholarships

• Meredith Scholar Award

• Graham Chemistry Scholarship

• Transfer Student Maverick Scholarship Awards

• Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

• International Center –In State Scholarship

• President's Commission on the Status of Women – Professional Development and Research Grants

• ROTC Scholarships

• Scholarships for specific colleges and departments


• Federal Pell Grant

• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

• Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH)

• Minnesota State Grant

• Creative Writing Talent Grant

• Communication Studies Talent Grant

• Music Talent Grant

• Theatre Talent Grant


• Federal Direct Loans

• Federal Perkins Loan

Child Care Assistance

Minnesota State University-Mankato participates in the Minnesota Child Care Grant Program that provides funding to students to help pay for the costs of child care.


Minnesota State University-Mankato participates in the Federal Work-Study program that provides employment to students to help pay for postsecondary education costs. The university also participates in the State Work-Study Program that is funded by Minnesota. Types of jobs and pay vary and students are able to work up to 20 hours per week. The university also offers Federal Work-Study Graduate Assistantships for graduate students.

Engineering Degrees Available at Minnesota State University Mankato

Minnesota State University-Mankato offers four undergraduate engineering programs through the College of Science, Engineering & Technology. The programs are mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and civil engineering. The programs feature state-of-the-art laboratories, small class size and personal attention, and strong relationships with professionals from the related industries. All four programs require the completion of 128 credit hours. The mechanical engineering focuses on a wide range of topics that are related to design, development, research, manufacture, and management of engineering components and systems. The core courses include introduction to mechanical engineering, computer graphic communication, differential equations, circuits, engineering analysis, mechanics of materials, machine elements, and manufacturing processes. Students must also complete mechanical engineering experimentation courses. The electrical engineering program focuses on electrical and electronic systems and their components. The major core courses include digital system design with testability, electronics, principles of engineering design, engineering electromagnetics, control systems, communication systems engineering, signals and systems, and introduction to solid state devices. The computer engineering program focuses on the design, development, and operation of computers and their components. The major core courses include computer science, operating systems: design and implementation, signals and systems, computer hardware and organization, and thermal analysis. The civil engineering program focuses on the design, construction, and management of physical and naturally build structures, such as roads, bridges, and buildings. The major core courses include introduction to civil engineering, CAD for civil engineering, differential equations, civil engineering measurements, technical communication, engineering analysis, civil engineering materials, civil engineering design, and environmental engineering. The university also offers a Master of Science in Engineering with specialization in either mechanical or electrical engineering. The programs vary between 32 credit hours and 34 credit hours depending on option. Minnesota State University also partners with other institutions of higher learning around the state to provide students with a hands-on Bachelor of Science in engineering program called Integrated Engineering.