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Program Details

  • Award: Diploma
  • Credits: 31
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

This program will provide a unique blend of transferrable college credit courses along with specific academic and hands on equine courses. This diploma will give students the introductory skills necessary for careers in stable management, horse training, horse judging, riding instruction or other related occupations. In addition, this program can serve as a starting point to a bachelor degree program in equine science, a pre-veterinary program or a pre-veterinary technology program. Students in this program may also wish to use it as a foundation for a lifelong equine learning experience as a horse owner/rider. Courses are taught at the M-State campus and at Red Horse Ranch Arena. RHRA is a world-class training/boarding/events facility located along the Ottertail River, 6 miles northeast of Fergus Falls. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice their skills at a busy, private equine business facility. This gives M-State's students a unique advantage when entering the job market they will possess a diploma that reflects a perfect combination of academic learning and real life application. For more on Red Horse Ranch, please visit them at

Program Locations

  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls 56537

Labor Market Information

  • Veterinary Assistants

  • Median wage: $13.60/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • College Agricultural Sciences Teachers

  • Median wage: $93,648/year-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

  • Median wage: $10.61/hour-Well below the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
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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

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