Best Grad Schools in Minnesota 2022

Graduate school may be a critical step in your higher education, whether you are interested in expanding your knowledge, learning a specialization, or earning advanced credentials required by your profession. The best graduate schools in Minnesota offer advanced degrees, such as master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as opportunities for independent research, mentorships, and professional networking.

Best Grad Schools in Minnesota 2022

Colleges and Universities in Minnesota

One of largest public higher education institutes in the country, the University of Minnesota has main campuses in both of the Twin Cities, Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This school costs about $15,000 in tuition, and provides its students with competitive programs in fields like nursing, education, economics, and psychology. And the options don’t stop there. There are more than 20 schools in the state with religious affiliations, including larger schools like the University of St. Thomas, which campuses in both Twin Cities, and smaller schools like Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji.

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For students striving to keep costs low in a smaller school environment, Southwest Minnesota State University offers tuition below the national average and serves about 3,500 students. Additionally, those on track to become a teacher or health care provider may be eligible for one of Minnesota’s loan forgiveness programs after graduation. Minnesota also boasts a large network of private colleges, two of which, Walden University and Capella University, primarily cater to online students.

Ever heard the phrase, There’s an app for that? Well, in Minnesota they say something similar, There’s a festival for that. This fun state doesn’t hold back when it comes to celebrating. With events like the Grumpy Old Men Festival, World Festival, and the Perham Turtle Fest, students earning their degrees at one of Minnesota’s more than 70 colleges won’t miss out on a good time.

Discover some of Minnesota’s top programs and learn how you can earn your associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree while cashing in on some of this state’s unique experiences.


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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

There are 14 doctorate-granting graduate schools in Minnesota. Our ranking of the best graduate schools in the Minnesota is composed of both private and public schools. To be included, schools must be fully accredited non-profit institutions, and must offer doctoral degrees and a broad array of graduate degrees.

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Best Grad Schools in Minnesota 2022

  1. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/23

    What is University of Minnesota Duluth known for?

    University of Minnesota Duluth’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • History
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #3

    University of St. Thomas

    Saint Paul , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    80%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/26

    What is University of St. Thomas known for?

    University of St. Thomas ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Law
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Social Work
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #4

    Hamline University

    Saint Paul , MN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/22

    What is Hamline University known for?

    Hamline University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Law
    • Economics
    • Mathematics
    • Anthropology
    • Physics
    • Education
    • Business
    • Literature
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    13K

    What is Minnesota State University, Mankato known for?

    Minnesota State University, Mankato’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Anthropology
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/21

    What is Minnesota State University Moorhead known for?

    Minnesota State University Moorhead’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #7

    St. Cloud State University

    Saint Cloud , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1064/21

    What is St. Cloud State University known for?

    St. Cloud State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Communications
    • Business
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #8

    Winona State University

    Winona , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/21

    What is Winona State University known for?

    Winona State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Social Work
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1113/23

    What is Saint Mary's University of Minnesota known for?

    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Social Work
    • Communications
    • Physics
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Computer Science
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #10

    Metropolitan State University

    Saint Paul , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    6K

    What is Metropolitan State University known for?

    Metropolitan State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #11

    Bethel University

    Saint Paul , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/24

    What is Bethel University known for?

    Bethel University ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Physics
    • Philosophy
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #12

    Concordia University, St. Paul

    Saint Paul , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $24K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Concordia University, St. Paul known for?

    Concordia University, St. Paul’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Sociology
    • Literature
    • History
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #13

    Walden University

    Minneapolis , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Graduation

    100%

    Student body

    40K

    What is Walden University known for?

    Walden University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #14

    Capella University

    Minneapolis , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Student body

    30K

    What is Capella University known for?

    Capella University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Social Work
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. University of Minnesota
  2. University of St. Thomas
  3. Hamline University
  4. Minnesota State University, Mankato
  5. Bethel University
  6. St. Catherine University
  7. Winona State University
  8. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  9. Concordia University, St. Paul