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Minnesota State Community and Technical College

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Who is M State? We are the fifth-largest college in the Minnesota State system and the largest in Greater Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students each year. But don't be fooled by our size. At M State you'll find the best of both worlds: big-college resources and a small- college feel on our four welcoming campuses and in our many online courses and programs.

School Highlights

At Minnesota State Community and Technical College, you can choose from four unique campus experiences, an array of student life activities and dozens of career and educational programs.


  • Choose from on-campus, online, blended or evening courses. Twenty-five of our programs can be completed entirely online.
  • Our tuition is low, and our financial aid options and special programs have made it possible for thousands of students to attend M State tuition-free. Our campus foundations award more than $200,000 in scholarships each year.
  • Prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university, or choose from 70 career programs. Nearly half of all M State students come seeking a University Transfer degree, which is offered on all campuses and online. M State is the top transfer institution for students attending MSUM, NDSU, UND and Concordia.
  • Our students get quality instruction from highly credentialed instructors. We’re student-centered, offering small class sizes, personal instruction and hands-on learning.
  • We assist our learners with a number of outstanding services including advising, career counseling, disability accommodations, financial aid, job placement, student life, transfer advising, tutoring and veterans’ support.
  • Nearly 750 industry partners work with M State to ensure our graduates learn the skills they’ll need on the job and to initiate programs needed to meet regional needs, including our new programs in Surgical Technology, Cardiovascular Technology and Gas Utility Construction and Service. Our industry partners were crucial in funding our renovated and state-of-the-art Diesel/Automotive Transportation Center.
  • Our nursing and radiologic technology students have a pass rate of 91 percent on their licensure exams. 

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 8,422
  • Full-time students: 41%
  • Part-time students: 58%
  • Percent female: 59%
  • Percent male: 39%
  • Percent students of color: 16%

Largest Programs

Cosmetology, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Electrical Technology, Electrical Line Worker, Equine Science, Gas Utility Construction and Service, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Massage Therapy, Medical Lab Technician, Nursing, Pharmacy Technology, Phlebotomy Technician, PowerSports Technology, and Radiologic Technology.

Unique Programs

American Sign Language, Cardiovascular Technology-Invasive, Cosmetology, Electrical Line Worker, Equine Science, Dental Assisting/Hygiene, Gas Utility Construction and Service, Marine Engine Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, Mental Health Behavioral Aide II, Music, PowerSports Technology, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology, Theatre Arts and Visual Art.


• On Campus • Off Campus
All four campus communities have off-campus rental units available. Fergus Falls has apartment-style campus housing with meal plan options.


• Bus • Other
Public transportation is available in each campus community. The M State Moorhead campus is located on a route of MATBUS, the public transportation system serving the communities of Fargo and West Fargo, ND, and Moorhead and Dilworth, MN. .


• Off Street
M State campuses are surrounded by large parking; ample parking for students is available. Students are required to obtain a parking pass once enrolled at the college.


Admission requirements

Minnesota State Community and Technical College has an open admissions policy. This means:

  • You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED. Even without those, you may be admitted if you demonstrate potential for success in college.
  • You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • After you are admitted, you may be asked to take a placement test. That will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses, which will not count toward a degree, before you can take college-level courses. Many students need just one developmental course, often in math or English. If you have taken these subjects every year in high school, you are more likely to do well on the placement test.

You can complete your studies in less time and for less total cost if you come well prepared for college-level work, especially by taking math, English, science and social studies classes every year in high school. Also, some programs of study require more math and science, so your high school preparation makes a difference.

Apply to M State and for financial aid early in your senior year of high school. Many of our programs have a selective admission process or fill on a first-come, first-admitted basis.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Minnesota State Community and Technical College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


It's all about choices.

Ready to start or advance your career in two years or less? Want to complete the first two years of your four-year degree? Looking for the flexibility of online courses? M State has options to fit your life!

Explore our programs at


Program Title Award
Accounting AAS
Accounting DIP
Accounting Clerk DIP
Accounting Transfer Pathway AS
Administrative Office Assistant - Finance CERT
Administrative Office Assistant - Human Resources CERT
Administrative Office Assistant - Legal CERT
Administrative Support DIP
American Sign Language Studies CERT
Architectural Drafting DIP
Architectural Drafting and Design AAS
Autism Spectrum Disorder CERT
Automotive Service Technology AAS
Automotive Service Technology DIP
Biology Transfer Pathway AS
Business Administration AAS
Business Administration CERT
Business Entrepreneurship AAS
Business Entrepreneurship DIP
Business Transfer Pathway AS
Business and Banking AAS
Business: Management, Marketing and Sales AAS
Business: Marketing and Sales DIP
Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive AAS
Child Care and Education CERT
Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Behavioral Health CERT
Cisco Networking CERT
Civil Engineering Technology AAS
Commercial Refrigeration DIP
Computer Programming AAS
Construction Management AAS
Correctional Officer CERT
Cosmetology DIP
Cosmetology (North Dakota) CERT
Criminal Justice AS
Dental Assisting AAS
Dental Assisting DIP
Dental Hygiene AAS
Dental Office Support Personnel CERT
Dialysis Technician CERT
Diesel Equipment Technology AAS
Diesel Equipment Technology DIP
Drafting and 3D Technologies DIP
Drafting and 3D Technologies AAS
Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education AS
Electrical Line Worker Technology AAS
Electrical Line Worker Technology DIP
Electrical Technology DIP
Engineering AS
Entrepreneur Essentials CERT
Entrepreneurial Fundamentals CERT
Environmental Science AS
Equine Science AAS
Equine Science DIP
Esthetist CERT
Fire Service Preparation CERT
Fundamentals of Culinary Arts DIP
Gas Utility Construction and Service DIP
Graphic Design DIP
Graphic Design CERT
Health Information Technology/Coding AAS
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration DIP
History Transfer Pathway AA
Human Resources AAS
Human Resources AS
Individualized Studies AAS
Industrial Workplace Readiness CERT
Information Technology AS
Information Technology AAS
Information Technology - Database Administration AAS
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Marine and PowerSports Maintenance Specialist CERT
Massage Therapy DIP
Medical Administrative Assistant AAS
Medical Assistant DIP
Medical Coding and Insurance DIP
Medical Laboratory Technology AAS
Medical Office Assistant DIP
Medical Receptionist DIP
Medical Transcription DIP
Music AFA
Nail Technician CERT
Network Administration and Security AAS
Network Security CERT
Nursing AS
Paralegal AAS
Payroll Specialist DIP
Pharmacy Technology DIP
Phlebotomy Technician CERT
Plumbing Technology DIP
Political Science Transfer Pathway AA
PowerSports Technology DIP
PowerSports Technology CERT
Practical Nursing AAS
Practical Nursing DIP
Professional Sales Skills CERT
Psychology Transfer Pathway AA
Purchasing and Inventory Management CERT
Radiologic Technology AAS
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning DIP
Safety Practitioner CERT
Sign Language Interpreting - Medical CERT
Social Media Management CERT
Sport Management AS
Supervisory Leadership Essentials CERT
Surgical Technology AAS
Survey Technician CERT
Survey Technician DIP
Theatre Transfer Pathway AFA
Visual Art AFA
Web Design CERT

The following degrees are available from Minnesota State Community and Technical College

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,358.00
FAFSA Code:005541

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help you pay your college costs is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the FAFSA form.

Complete the FAFSA after October 1 of your senior year. You can complete the FAFSA online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the FAFSA, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal Pell and state grants of $100 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus Life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Getting involved in student life activities pays off in big ways. College students who join campus activities do better both in college courses and in careers. Employers increasingly look at college involvement when making hiring decisions. By joining a club or team, you’ll have a chance to expand your interests, learn to work as part of a group, polish your leadership skills and serve your campus and community. Most important, you’ll have fun! There are a variety of opportunities at M State including student organizations, clubs, fine arts, collegiate and intramural sports. The options vary a bit by campus so be sure to inquire when you visit us. 

  • Bookstore
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Services
  • Child Care Resources
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Spartan Center
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Student Success Office
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
Arts and literature
  • Art (FF)
Career and professional
  • ADN Nursing Organization (FF)
  • Architectural Tech Student Assc (DL)
  • Automotive Club (M)
  • Business Professionals of America (M)
  • Construction Mgmt Student Org (M)
  • Cosmetology Club (W)
  • Criminal Justice Association (M)
  • Dental Assisting Association (M)
  • Diesel Club (M)
  • Electrical Line Workers Org (W)
  • Equine Science Organization (FF)
  • F2CO Chemistry Org (FF)
  • Powersports Technology Club (DL)
  • Skills USA (DL, M)
  • Student Dental Hygienist Assoc (M)
  • Student Human Resources Org (M)
  • Student Nursing Organization (M)
  • Technology, Gaming, and Robotics (M)
Community and human services
  • Christian Bible Fellowship (M)
  • College Ambassador Club (FF)
  • CRU Campus Crusade for Christ (FF)
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Multiculture Student Assc (M)
Honorary societies
  • Mu Alpha Theta - Math Honor Society (FF)
  • PTK Honors Organization (DL, FF, M)
Recreational and club sports
  • Gaming Club (FF)
  • Intramural Sports (FF, M)
  • Varsity Athletics (FF)
Student government
  • Student Government- All Campuses
Theater, dance, music
  • Choir (FF)
  • Concert Band (FF)
  • Jazz Band (FF)
  • Pep Band (FF)
  • Theater (FF)
  • Baseball (FF)
  • Football (FF)
  • Golf (FF)
  • Men's Basketball (FF)
  • Softball (FF)
  • Volleyball (FF)
  • Women's Basketball (FF)
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Toll-Free: (877) 450-3322
Local: (877) 450-3322
TTY: (800) 627-3529