Minot State University

Minot State University
Minot State University
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Established 1913
Type Public
President Dr. David Fuller
Academic staff 172
Students 3,432
Location Minot, North Dakota, United States
Campus Rural
Colors Red and Green         
Nickname Beavers
Mascot Beavers
Website www.minotstateu.edu

Minot State University (MSU or MiSU) is a four-year institution of higher learning in Minot, North Dakota. Founded in 1913 as a normal school, Minot State University is the third-largest university in North Dakota, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Minot State University was founded in 1913 and has evolved from a normal school to a Carnegie Master’s I institution. Three colleges comprise the university’s academic offerings: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Health Sciences. Nine master’s degrees and one education specialist degree are offered in such areas as communication disorders, management, and mathematics. There is a mix of liberal arts and professional programs offering more than 60 majors at the undergraduate level. Minot State University is a member of the North Dakota University System, which comprises eleven institutions representing doctoral, master, baccalaureate, and community colleges. The State Board of Higher Education consists of nine members and is the governing board of the System. Minot State University has a Board of Regents acting as an advisory board and champion for the institution.

Minot State University's mascot is the Beaver. The school colors are Red and Green (though occasionally Maroon and/or White trim is used). The campus newspaper is called the Red and Green.

Old Main acts as the centerpiece for Minot State's main campus



Minot State University awards undergraduate degrees in 49 courses of study, and graduate degrees in 10 fields of study.

MSU is composed of four main academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
    • 7 academic departments
  • College of Business
    • 3 academic departments
  • College of Education and Health Sciences
    • 4 academic departments
  • Graduate School

College of Arts & Sciences

Art, Biology, Broadcasting, Chemistry, Communication Arts, Criminal Justice, English, Foreign Language, Gender/Women's Studies, General Studies, Geo-science, Geography, History, Humanities, Math & Computer Science, Music, Native American Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Science Education, Social Science Education, Sociology, Theater

College of Business

Accounting & Finance, Business Administration, Business Information Technology

College of Education & Health Sciences

Addiction Studies, Psychology & Social Work, Communication Disorders, Nursing, Special Education, Teacher Education & Human Performance

Graduate School

Education, Special Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Science Education, School Psychology, Criminal Justice, Communication Disorders, Management, Information Systems, Knowledge Management

MSU's School of Management (MSM) was recently ranked 3rd nationally as a top "Best Buy" for graduate programs as ranked by consumer watchdog GetEducated.com.[1]

Pre-Professional Programs

In addition to four-year degrees, MSU offers the following pre-professional programs:

Chiropractic, Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medical, Mortuary, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Seminary, Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife Studies


Minot State University and the College of Business Programs are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Our Business Programs at MSU and in the College of Business Graduate School are fully accredited by the IACBE. The Bachelors & Masters degrees in Business Education are accredited by NCATE.

Other accreditation:

  • The Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Council on Education of the Deaf
  • Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Council on Social Work Education–Baccalaureate level
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • North Dakota Board of Nursing


Minot State University is a regional, public institution located in the northwest region of North Dakota, serving students from Minot, the region, state, nation, and other countries. Undergraduate and graduate courses and programs are offered on campus and at a distance, through face-to-face, online, and alternative modes of delivery. Non-credit and professional training and experiences are offered to students and community members.

Committed to high academic standards and professional support for students, the university is dedicated to student success, engaged and life-long learning, advancement of knowledge, effective student service, and development of students of character. These commitments are grounded in effective and motivated teaching and learning, scholarship, and service. General studies and a variety of programs are offered in the arts and sciences, business, and education and health sciences. A wide range of student support services is provided to on-campus and off- campus students.[2]

JCEMP Fellowship

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan was the legislative sponsor of the JCEMP Fellowship

Minot State University’s College of Business hosts the country’s only Department of Labor Job Corps Fellowship. Since its inception in 2001, the Job Corps Executive Management Program fellowship has prepared Job Corps staff for senior-level positions by bestowing Master's degrees in either Information Systems (MSIS) or Management (MSM) after completion of accelerated courses. The fellowship is funded by a contract with the United States Department of Labor and earmark legislation sponsored by Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan. To date, the selective fellowship has enrolled over 100 students from nearly every state who come to Minot, ND, to start their JCEMP experience.[3][4]

Gordon B. Olson Library

Completed the spring of 1992, the Gordon B. Olson Library presently serves an enrollment of more than 3,000 students. The three story facility features seating for 800 students, room for more than 500,000 volumes, as well as computer labs, and a microforms area.

Dr. Gordon B. Olson came to Minot State University during the summer of 1967 and led the university through a period of growth and change. In 1967 enrollment was slightly more than 2,000. During Dr. Olson's tenure, MSU added a significant number of undergraduate and graduate programs. New undergraduate degrees included nursing, social work, and criminal justice. Graduate programs expanded from only one program in 1967 to 13 programs this year. Each of these programs addresses societal needs and the needs of students who pursue careers in these fields.[5]


Current and former MSU "Buckshot the Beaver" logo

Minot State University athletics compete in the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) which is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In January 2011, MSU was admitted to the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.[6]

MSU's sports program offers both men's and women's basketball, cross country, indoor/outdoor track and field, and golf, as well as men's football and baseball, and women's soccer, volleyball and fastpitch softball.

In January 2011, it was announced that Minot State would be joining the Northern Sun Conference in NCAA Division II in 2012.


Campus facilities include an amphitheatre, indoor theatre, recital hall, the Gordon B. Olson library, a football field, and the MSU Dome arena. The Student Union includes a bookstore, convenience store, dining center, and lounge areas. MSU has five student residence halls and two apartment complexes.

Minot State People

Gen. David C. Jones, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


External links

Coordinates: 48°14′46″N 101°18′02″W / 48.246229°N 101.300576°W / 48.246229; -101.300576

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