Skip to main Content

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

M State Students
Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers more than 120 career and liberal arts degrees and certificates at locations in the heart of Minnesota lakes country and the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. With campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, the college also offers 25 online majors and hundreds of online courses.

School Highlights

Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers more than 120 career and liberal arts degrees and certificates at locations in the heart of Minnesota’s beautiful lakes country and the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.

  • Options – Twenty-five online majors and hundreds of online courses lead to degrees, diplomas and certificates. The Associate of Arts degree is offered on all campuses and online and transfers easily toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • Value Added - M State's graduates have been recognized in a 2015 Brookings Institute study as being among the top ten wage earners at mid-career of two-year college graduates nationwide.
  • Experience – Students enjoy a rich college experience through a wide array of student life activities and travel abroad programs, an opportunity often available only on four-year campuses.
  • Support – The college's foundations awarded over $200,000 in scholarships during the 2015-2016 year, and 75 percent of all M State students are eligible for some kind of financial aid award.
  • Focus – Our education is student-centered education, with small class sizes, personal instruction and hands-on learning.
  • Partnerships – Community partnerships provide on-the-job experience so students see career options early in their college life, rather than in the final years of a degree program.
  • Connections – Nearly 750 industry and business representatives serve on program advisory boards, ensuring curriculum meets industry standards.
  • Innovation – Business and Entrepreneurial Services assists new or aspiring business owners.
  • Veterans Services - M State has been recognized as a Military Friendly college for the past three consecutive years.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 8,410
  • Full-time students: 41%
  • Part-time students: 58%
  • Percent female: 59%
  • Percent male: 40%
  • Percent students of color: 15%

Largest Programs

Liberal arts; nursing; business degrees; electrical lineworker; and dental hygiene/assisting

Unique Programs

Gas utility construction and service, equine science, PowerSports technology, dialysis, American Sign Language, medical laboratory technician, cosmetology, mental health behavioral aide II, cardiovascular technology-invasive, theatre arts, music and visual arts.


• 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 and the Moorhead campus is located on a route of MATBUS, the public transportation system serving the communities of Fargo and West Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead and Dilworth, Minn.


• Off Street
M State campuses are surrounded by large parking lots so 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 early in 12th grade. That increases your chances of being admitted to the specific program you want when you enter college. Some programs are more popular than others and fill early.

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.


Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from expert faculty and experienced staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you discover your future career.

Program Title Award
Accounting AAS
Accounting AS
Accounting DIP
Accounting Clerk DIP
Administrative Assistant AAS
Administrative Support DIP
American Sign Language Studies CERT
Architectural Drafting DIP
Architectural Drafting and Design AAS
Automotive Light Duty Maintenance Technician CERT
Automotive Service Technology AAS
Automotive Service Technology DIP
Biological Sciences AS
Business AS
Business Administration AAS
Business Administration CERT
Business Entrepreneurship AAS
Business Management/Ownership DIP
Business and Banking AAS
Business: Management, Marketing and Sales AAS
Business: Marketing and Sales DIP
Cardiovascular Technology - Invasive AAS
Chemistry AS
Child Care and Education 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
Culinary Arts DIP
Dental Assisting AAS
Dental Assisting DIP
Dental Hygiene AAS
Dialysis Technician CERT
Diesel Equipment Technology AAS
Diesel Equipment Technology DIP
Drafting and 3D Technologies AAS
Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education AS
Electrical Lineworker Technology AAS
Electrical Lineworker 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
Gas Utility Construction and Service DIP
Golf Management DIP
Graphic Design Technology AAS
Graphic Design Technology CERT
Health Information - Technology Specialist CERT
Health Information Technology/Coding AAS
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration DIP
Human Resources AAS
Human Resources AS
Individualized Studies AAS
Industrial Maintenance DIP
Industrial Workplace CERT
Information Technology AS
Information Technology AAS
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Manicurist CERT
Marine Engine Technology AAS
Marine Engine Technology DIP
Marine Engine Technology CERT
Marine and PowerSports Maintenance Specialist CERT
Massage Therapy DIP
Mechanical Drafting and Design DIP
Medical Administrative Assistant AAS
Medical Coding and Insurance DIP
Medical Laboratory Technology AS
Medical Office Assistant DIP
Medical Receptionist DIP
Medical Transcription DIP
Mental Health Behavioral Aide II CERT
Music AFA
Network Administration and Security AAS
Nursing AS
Paralegal AAS
Payroll Specialist DIP
Pharmacy Technology AAS
Pharmacy Technology DIP
Phlebotomy Technician CERT
Plumbing Technology AAS
Plumbing Technology DIP
PowerSports Technology DIP
PowerSports Technology CERT
Practical Nursing AAS
Practical Nursing DIP
Professional Sales Skills CERT
Radiologic Technology AAS
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning DIP
Safety Practitioner CERT
Sign Language Interpreter Preparation AAS
Sign Language Interpreting - Medical CERT
Supervisory Leadership Essentials CERT
Surgical Technology AAS
Survey Technician DIP
Theatre Arts 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 USD5,313.00
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 so many ways. College students who join campus activities do better both in their college courses and in their careers. Employers increasingly look at a student’s college involvement when they’re making hiring decisions. By joining a club or team, you’ll have a chance to expand your skills and 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, collegeiate and intramural sports. The options vary a bit by campus so be sure to inquire when you visit one of M State's four campuses.

  • 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- Fergus Falls
Career and professional
  • ADN Nursing Organization- Fergus Falls
  • Automotive Club - Moorhead
  • Business Professionals of America-DL/Mhd
  • Construction Mgmt Student Org - Moorhead
  • Criminal Justice Association - Moorhead
  • Dental Assisting Association- Moorhead
  • Diesel Club- Moorhead
  • Equius Equine Science Organization- FF
  • F2CO Chemistry Org- Fergus Falls
  • LPN Nursing Organization- Fergus Falls
  • Philosophy Club- Fergus Falls
  • Powersports Technology Club- DL
  • Skills USA- Moorhead
  • Student American Dntl Hygenists Assoc
  • Student Human Resources Org- Moorhead
  • Student Nursing Organization- Moorhead
  • Technology, Gaming, and Robotics- Mhd
Community and human services
  • College Ambassador Club - Fergus Falls
  • CRU Campus Crusade for Christ- FF
Honorary societies
  • Mu Alpha Theta - Math Honor Society-FF
  • PTK Honors Organization- FF, DL, & Mhd
Recreational and club sports
  • Intramural sports- FF & Moorhead
  • Varsity Athletics- Fergus Falls
Student government
  • Student Government- All campuses
Theater, dance, music
  • Choir- Fergus Falls
  • Concert Band- Fergus Falls
  • Jazz Band- Fergus Falls
  • Pep Band- Fergus Falls
  • Theater- Fergus Falls
  • Baseball- Fergus Falls
  • Football- Fergus Falls
  • Golf- Fergus Falls
  • Mens Basketball- Fergus Falls
  • Softball- Fergus Falls
  • Volleyball- Fergus Falls
  • Womens Basketball- Fergus Falls
Fergus Falls
Detroit Lakes
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

What's New?