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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Program

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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. Please browse the Graduate Bulletin for more information on the program.

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, see Cross-disciplinary Studies Program Requirements.

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

Dr. Hanh-Huy Phan
Ethnic Studies Graduate Coordinator
222J Morris Hall
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: 507-389-5276 ot toll free: 1-800-722-0544
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Dr. Christopher Mickle
Graduate Coordinator
College of Graduate Studies
125 Wigley Administration Center
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001