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Students in Minnesota can choose from almost 200 public and private institutions. According to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, in 2008, 48 percent of state residents had earned an associate degree or higher, ranking Minnesota third in the country.

Despite that high level of college completion, a 2007 survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development found that 52 percent of employers surveyed had job vacancies they couldn't fill due to the lack of necessary skills among job applicants, particularly stronger computer skills. The perceived worker shortage was greatest for skilled positions in fields such as science and engineering.

Minnesota Online Education Opportunities

Like most states, Minnesota is facing budget cuts to its higher education system. For Minnesota students, this could mean an increase in tuition, which has already steadily increased nationwide throughout the last decade, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. For the 2010-11 academic year, the cost of tuition for a two-year college was $4,919 per year; $6,895 at Minnesota state universities; and $12,288 at the University of Minnesota, according to data from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE).

Private online schools in Minnesota, on the other hand, won't face state budget cuts. The online learning model is popular with busy adults who want to earn their degrees from the comfort of their homes. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 66 percent of all higher education institutions offer some form of distance education. In 2006-07, there were approximately 11,200 college-level programs that were designed to be completed entirely online.

Online education in Minnesota eliminates the need to be physically present at a university or college. Online classes are offered at Minnesota state universities and private, for-profit institutions. Some online classes are term-based, meaning that they follow a traditional academic calendar, while others are considered "extended term," allowing students to complete the course in up to nine months. Depending on the program, students can take one class at a time or take several concurrently.

Minnesota Economic Outlook

The major industries in Minnesota are agriculture, computers and services, tourism, health care, forestry products and printing and publishing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean annual wage in Minnesota for all professions was $44,940 as of 2009. In March 2011, the unemployment rate was 6.6 per cent (compared to a national average of 8.8 percent). The state is home to plenty of major employers--according to CNN Money, 33 of the nation's top 1,000 publicly traded companies are headquartered in Minnesota.

Minnesota Jobs and Career Outlook

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MDEED) projects that more than half the total job openings in the next 10 years will require some college education. The following occupations made the list of the Top 25 Occupations in Demand compiled in 2010 by MDEED (2009 salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • Licensed practical nurses (LPN). LPN training programs take about one year to complete, and the job prospects are excellent. The mean annual wage for LPNs in Minnesota was $38,840.
  • Computer software engineers, applications. A bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field is typically required to enter this profession, and some employers prefer a master's degree. In 2009, the mean annual wage for environmental engineers in Minnesota was $87,550.
  • Financial advisor. Personal financial advisors must hold a bachelor's degree, typically in finance or business administration. The mean annual wage for personal financial advisors in Minnesota was $60,330.

Research Minnesota online schools and available degrees and see which fit your needs. In a state with a strong labor market and a solid record of educational attainment, earning an online degree can help you compete for the best jobs.

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            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
            • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
            • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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            • Recognized in the first Best for Vets: Business Schools list in Military Times Edge magazine’s 2013 “Best for Vets” edition.
            • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
            • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
            • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
            • Offers IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
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            • Syracuse University’s online Master of Science in Computer Engineering program teaches students to create groundbreaking hardware and software solutions for new and emerging systems
            • You will learn to drive innovation and solve the most difficult computer engineering challenges with advanced knowledge of key topics including: security and assurance, network systems, computer architecture, and advanced programming
            • Founded in 1901, the school has maintained its reputation as a leader in the field, offering a curriculum built on theory, fundamentals, and application with a worldwide community of over 20,000 engineering and computer science alumni
            • Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) since 2001 and as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) since 2009.
            • Designed and taught by Syracuse faculty, the curriculum built on theory, fundamentals, and application.
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            • The M.S. in Cybersecurity provides the necessary foundations for the design and development of systems that are assured to be secure
            • Founded in 1901, the school has maintained its reputation as a leader in the field, offering a curriculum built on theory, fundamentals, and application with a worldwide community of over 20,000 engineering and computer science alumni
            • Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) since 2001 and as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) since 2009.
            • Designed and taught by Syracuse faculty, the curriculum built on theory, fundamentals, and application.
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            • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked 8th among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private, co-ed college founded in 1821 and located in downtown Washington, D.C.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 55.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has distinguished alumni including Senator Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actress Courtney Cox.
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            • Master of Science in Communications offered online through Syracuse University’s world-renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications.
            • Ranked among the Best Global Universities in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Specializations include Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism Innovation.
            • Coursework provides students with communication strategies for today’s changing media landscape.
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            • Ranked 33rd among the Best Grad Schools for Social Work in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Founded in 1904 as the nation’s first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers.
            • Provides a rigorous education, including a nationally accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) Program and PhD in Social Work.  
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            • Incorporates social justice values and multicultural perspectives into curriculum. 
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            • The DataScience@SMU is an online program designed for working professionals and can be completed in as little as 18 months.
            • Live classes are held online and coursework is self-paced.
            • Students in the DataScience@SMU program have access to dedicated support services and join the Southern Methodist University (SMU) alumni network after graduation.
            • Students attend an in-person immersion at the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas.
            • The curriculum is truly interdisciplinary, bringing together subjects that data scientists use in the field every day.
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            • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
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            • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
            • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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            • The online format of the program combines live weekly classes, multimedia coursework, and collaborative group learning exercises.
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            • Students will learn to leverage IT resources for strategic advantages, improve organization-wide information management, and develop more effective IT policies for government, corporate and nonprofit organizations.
            • Designed and taught by Syracuse faculty, our online master’s degree programs promote close collaboration and innovative thinking as students work toward harnessing the power of information to solve complex challenges.
            • 42-credit MS in Information Management which can be completed in as little as 21 months
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