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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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The Department of Ethnic Studies, an interdisciplinary program, is academically committed to promoting multicultural and ethnic knowledge, values, and skills both within and outside the United States and to preparing our students for effective functioning across the culturally diverse and global community. The Ethnic and Multi-Cultural Studies Program (EMCS) with an MS degree is offered to meet the diverse needs of students concerning scholarly academic work, practical application of knowledge and personal growth. Our EMCS graduate program will provide students with multi-ethnic and cross-cultural knowledge, values, and skills from American and Global perspectives. For more information, please visit the College of Graduate Studies & Research/Ethnic & Multicultural Studies’ website at:

The MS program in Cross-disciplinary Studies permits students to combine courses from two academic areas, and is designed for the highly motivated, self-directed student whose personal, educational, and/or career goals require an educational experience that might not be provided by a graduate program with a single area of emphasis. One primary academic discipline provides two-thirds of the total number of credits, with courses from a second academic area constituting the remaining one-third of the program. A student may complete 30 credit thesis program or 34 credit alternate plan paper (APP) or, if applicable, another 34 credit capstone project program. At this time, the College of Business is not a participating academic area in the Cross-disciplinary Studies Program. The Counseling and Student Personnel program can serve only as a secondary program within the Cross-disciplinary Studies program. For more information on the program, please visit the CSP Department’s website at:

If you are interested in our graduate programs, please contact our graduate studies coordinators:

To apply for the M.S. program in Ethnic and Multicultural Studies, potential candidates must submit an application to the department. If you have any questions about applying to the program, you may contact Director of Graduate Studies Professor Hanh Huy Phan (507-389-5276;

Admission Requirements:

  1.  An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  3. At least 9 undergraduate credits in ethnic and cross-cultural areas. This requirement may be waived if the applicant can show relevant work (related to other social sciences) or other experiences that provide the necessary background to pursue graduate work in EMCS;
  4. Have knowledge of or skills in two languages (i.e., English plus preliminary level of another language i.e., six credits of undergraduate language courses), but this may be subject to arrangement and discussion between the applicant and the Department); and
  5. When students do not meet the normal admission requirements, they may be recommended for admission by the department subject to removal of deficiencies or other conditions.
  6. Students are considered full time if they take six (6) credits of graduate level courses per semester.

A complete application file must be sent to the Department of Ethnic Studies and include the following:

  • A statement of purpose which addresses student’s research interests, professional goals and objectives for pursuing M.S. in Ethnic and Multicultural Studies
  • Have two letters of references sent to our office
  • A Resume/Curriculum vitae


Thesis Plan = 33 credits
Alternate Plan Paper = 34 credits

Part I.  Required Core from the following (15 credits, 12 credits must be 600 level*):
ETHN 500      Cultural Pluralism (3) OR
ETHN 510      Foundations of Oppression (3)
ETHN 502      Ethnic Research Methods/Skills (3) OR
ETHN 501      Applied Cultural Research (3) OR
ANTH 531      Applied Cultural Research (3)
ETHN 603      Seminar in Ethnic/Cross-Cultural Studies (3) OR
ANTH 603      Practicing Anthropology (3)
ETHN 650      Helping Across Culture (3) OR
CSP   648      Counseling in a Multicultural Society (3)
ETHN 660      Cross-Cultural Training & Diversity Management (3)
ETHN 695      Ethnic-Race Implications (3)
ETHN 697      Internship (1-10)

Part II. Required supporting core (9 credits) one course from each of three groups.  A minimum of 2 courses must be at the 600 level*
Group 1. Choose one of the following research courses
ANTH 602      Seminar:  Research Methods (3)
POL 600         Research Methods (3)
PSY 610         Research Design and Statistics (4) OR
GEOG 576*   Spatial Statistics (3)
SOC 605        Seminar:  Social Research (3)
GWS 620       Feminist Research (3)

Group 2. Choose one of the following HR management/leadership courses
EDLD 644      Selected Topics in Experiential Education Leadership (3) OR
EDAD 668      Human Resources management (2)
EDAD 669      Selected Human Resource Topics (1)
POL 662         Human Resources Management (3)
PSY 563*        Survey of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (4)
URSI 650        Urban Administration Services (3)

Group 3. Choose one of the following counseling courses
CSP 665         Counseling Theories (3) OR
CSP 571*        Interpersonal Helping Skills (3) OR
CSP 618          Introduction to Mental Health Counseling (3)
REHB 640       Theories in Rehabilitation (3) OR
REHB 651       Rehabilitation Counseling Techniques (3)
PSY 683          Behavioral Assessment (4)

Part III. Required Electives (6-9 credits)
ETHN 520       African American Studies (3)
ETHN 530       American Indian Studies (3)
ETHN 540       Asian American Studies (3)
ETHN 550       Latino/Hispanic Studies (3)
ETHN 560       Urban Minority Problems (3)
ETHN 570       Women of Color (3)
ETHN 580       Social Justice in Ethnicities & Gender (3)
ETHN 586       Racial and Ethnic Politics (3)
ETHN 590       Racial/Ethnic Families in the US (3)
ETHN 595       Selected Topics (3)
ETHN 630        Liberation Theory (3)
ETHN 640        Environmental Justice (3)
ETHN 677        Individual Study* (1-3)

Part IV. Required Written Comprehensive and Oral Exam plus thesis or Alternate Plan Paper
ETHN 698        Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
ETHN 699        Thesis (3-6)

*At least 18 credits (or 6 courses) must be 600 level, excluding APP or thesis.  Students are allowed to take only ONE 500 level as part of the supporting cores in Part II.  If the student takes a 500 level (see*) in Part II as a supporting core in Part II, students must take ETHN 677 – Individual Study (see*) in their required electives in Part III.