Best Associate Programs in Minnesota

Obtaining an associate degree is the perfect first step toward a four-year degree for many students. Others benefit from an associate degree by boosting their career prospects. Associate degrees in Minnesota are often less expensive than four-year degrees. To graduate, it takes two years or less.

There is often a higher salary for associate degree-holders in Minnesota than the average high school graduate. For the 2,735,060 workers in the state, the median annual salary is $47,590, or $22.88 per hour. The state’s lowest earners earn $28,140, and its highest earners make $101,980.

We have ranked the best Minnesota schools for associate programs below. This will hopefully help you decide which program is right for you.

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    #1

    Bethlehem College & Seminary

    Minneapolis, MN

    Graduation Rate

    77%

    Enrollment

    192

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $6560

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6560

    From its Minneapolis, Minnesota campus, Bethlehem College & Seminary enrolls learners in 9 programs. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. How much aid students receive on average is not currently known. The private institution reports a 77% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #2

    Institute of Production and Recording

    Minneapolis, MN

    Graduation Rate

    63%

    Enrollment

    187

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $18450

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18450

    From its campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Institute of Production and Recording awards degrees and certificates as a top school. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help students meet their professional goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help applicants determine the next steps. Degree-seekers also use financial aid to cover their educational costs. Institute of Production and Recording holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #3

    University of St Thomas

    Saint Paul, MN

    Graduation Rate

    76%

    Enrollment

    9,824

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $44780

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $44780

    University of St Thomas enrolls learners from its Saint Paul, Minnesota campus. Students study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the programs help learners reach a variety of career goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. The admissions department can help students apply to the school. Degree-seekers also use financial aid to cover their educational costs. University of St Thomas holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #4

    Bethel University

    Saint Paul, MN

    Graduation Rate

    73%

    Enrollment

    4,005

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $38300

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $38300

    Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Bethel University enrolls students as a private institution. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. Learners can expect an average cost of 426 per credit. At the accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The private school reports a 73% graduation rate. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling. Bethel University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #5

    University of Northwestern-St Paul

    Saint Paul, MN

    Graduation Rate

    68%

    Enrollment

    3,525

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $31580

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $31580

    Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, University of Northwestern-St Paul enrolls students as a private institution. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs for students planning to enter the workforce or pursue further studies. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Enrollees at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The private school reports a 68% graduation rate. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. University of Northwestern-St Paul has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #6

    Rasmussen College-Minnesota

    St. Cloud, MN

    Graduation Rate

    34%

    Enrollment

    3,971

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9360

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9360

    Rasmussen College-Minnesota, located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, enrolls students as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their professional goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. Learners receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs such as the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #7

    St Catherine University

    Saint Paul, MN

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    4,401

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $32522

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $32522

    Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, St Catherine University offers multiple programs as a private institution. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, learners complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #8

    Minnesota State University-Mankato

    Mankato, MN

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    14,325

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7394

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15686

    Minnesota State University-Mankato, a public organization located in Mankato, Minnesota, offers multiple programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #9

    Northwestern Health Sciences University

    Bloomington, MN

    Graduation Rate

    44%

    Enrollment

    1,052

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $10932

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10932

    Northwestern Health Sciences University, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, offers 8 programs for students. Degree-seekers enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. Information on the average student-to-instructor ratio is unavailable. The average amount of aid awarded to students is unknown. The school reports a 44% graduation rate for its programs. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates on the job market. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling.

    #10

    Alexandria Technical & Community College

    Alexandria, MN

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    2,591

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4963

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4963

    Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, Alexandria Technical & Community College is a public institution that offers multiple programs. The school's programs help graduates launch or advance professional careers. The institution offers an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #11

    Dakota County Technical College

    Rosemount, MN

    Graduation Rate

    55%

    Enrollment

    2,433

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5220

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5220

    From its campus in Rosemount, Minnesota, Dakota County Technical College offers programs as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. Students prepare for a successful career by completing degree- or certificate-specific coursework. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. Test-optional policies make it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #12

    Crown College

    Saint Bonifacius, MN

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    1,522

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $26480

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $26480

    A private institution, Crown College educates students on its campus in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to bolster their knowledge. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs such as the Pell Grant. Crown College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #13

    Dunwoody College of Technology

    Minneapolis, MN

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    1,358

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $21397

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $21397

    Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dunwoody College of Technology grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their professional goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares students for advancement in their field. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Dunwoody College of Technology has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #14

    Minneapolis Business College

    Roseville, MN

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    Not Provided

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15120

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15120

    Located in Roseville, Minnesota, Minneapolis Business College grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. Students complete coursework to prepare them for advanced roles. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. The waiver makes it simpler to apply. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution's accreditation status is currently unavailable.

    #15

    Winona State University

    Winona, MN

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    7,605

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7598

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13698

    Winona State University, a public institution in Winona, Minnesota, enrolls learners in multiple programs. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. Students gain knowledge and skill specific to their field by completing their program's coursework requirements. Applicants may qualify for a standardized test score waiver. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. Winona State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #16

    North Central University

    Minneapolis, MN

    Graduation Rate

    51%

    Enrollment

    1,155

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $24340

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $24340

    From its campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota, North Central University enrolls students in programs as a private institution. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Based on their major, students take essential courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #17

    Minnesota State University Moorhead

    Moorhead, MN

    Graduation Rate

    53%

    Enrollment

    5,747

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7632

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15264

    Minnesota State University Moorhead, located in Moorhead, Minnesota, welcomes students with 136 program options. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-instructor ratio is currently unknown. The average amount of aid awarded to students is unknown. The school reports a 53% graduation rate. The institution understands that hands-on experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #18

    Bemidji State University

    Bemidji, MN

    Graduation Rate

    48%

    Enrollment

    4,897

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7858

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7858

    Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minnesota, often ranks as one of the best schools. Instructors bring expertise in their fields. With academic and technical tracks, the programs help learners reach a variety of career goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The admissions department can provide additional resources on applying. Financial aid helps degree-seekers pay for their education. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #19

    Academy College

    Bloomington, MN

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    105

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $18051

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $18051

    A private institution in Bloomington, Minnesota, Academy College offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited institution, learners qualify for financial aid, including federal loans, scholarships, and grants. The private institution reports a 0% graduation rate. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Prospective applicants can contact the admissions office for more information about applying. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #20

    Southwest Minnesota State University

    Marshall, MN

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    7,058

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $7722

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7722

    A public institution located in Marshall, Minnesota, Southwest Minnesota State University enrolls students in several programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Southwest Minnesota State University holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #21

    Ridgewater College

    Willmar, MN

    Graduation Rate

    42%

    Enrollment

    3,255

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5316

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5316

    Located in Willmar, Minnesota, Ridgewater College educates students as a public institution. The school's academic and technical programs help learners reach a variety of professional goals. Students gain knowledge and skill specific to their field by completing their program's coursework requirements. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Learners at the accredited school often fund their education with federal aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Ridgewater College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #22

    Riverland Community College

    Austin, MN

    Graduation Rate

    42%

    Enrollment

    3,475

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5086

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5086

    Riverland Community College enrolls learners from its Austin, Minnesota campus. Students study with experts in many different fields. The school's academic and technical tracks help learners meet diverse career goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. At the accredited institution, degree-seekers also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Riverland Community College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #23

    Minnesota State Community and Technical College

    Fergus Falls, MN

    Graduation Rate

    41%

    Enrollment

    6,086

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4965

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4965

    From its campus in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers multiple programs as a public institution. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. The institution offers affordable programs that do not sacrifice academic rigor. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is unknown at this time. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Minnesota State Community and Technical College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #24

    Anoka Technical College

    Anoka, MN

    Graduation Rate

    49%

    Enrollment

    1,838

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5159

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5159

    A public institution located in Anoka, Minnesota, Anoka Technical College offers a variety of programs. The school's accredited programs prepare learners for the workforce. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school offers nationally ranked programs in diverse fields. The school's average cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #25

    Minnesota West Community and Technical College

    Granite Falls, MN

    Graduation Rate

    45%

    Enrollment

    3,421

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5300

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10600

    Located in Granite Falls, Minnesota, Minnesota West Community and Technical College grants college degrees as a public institution. The college offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students prepare to contribute to their field by completing courses. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to enroll. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The school's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. Minnesota West Community and Technical College has received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #26

    Central Lakes College-Brainerd

    Brainerd, MN

    Graduation Rate

    44%

    Enrollment

    4,357

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4916

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4916

    A top-ranked school, Central Lakes College-Brainerd enrolls learners in programs from its campus in Brainerd, Minnesota. Students study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for learners with a variety of professional goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. The waiver makes it simpler to enroll. The admissions department provides additional resources on submitting an application. Degree-seekers also use financial aid to cover their educational costs. Central Lakes College-Brainerd holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #27

    Hibbing Community College

    Hibbing, MN

    Graduation Rate

    41%

    Enrollment

    1,034

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4871

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $6088

    From its campus in Hibbing, Minnesota, Hibbing Community College enrolls students in 39 programs. Degree-seekers enroll in rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The average student-to-instructor ratio is unavailable. The average amount of aid awarded per student is not available. The school reports a graduation rate of 41%. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers stand out. The school's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #28

    Northwest Technical College

    Bemidji, MN

    Graduation Rate

    31%

    Enrollment

    947

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5346

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5346

    From its Minnesota campus, Northwest Technical College offers 78 academic programs. Degree-seekers enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. The school reports a 31% graduation rate. The institution understands that hands-on experience makes graduates more competitive in the job market. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission. Prospective students can contact the admissions office for more information about applying.

    #29

    Hennepin Technical College

    Brooklyn Park, MN

    Graduation Rate

    29%

    Enrollment

    4,625

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $4700

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $4700

    From its campus in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Hennepin Technical College grants degrees and certificates as a top school. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to apply. The admissions department can provide more information on the process. At the accredited institution, learners also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Hennepin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #30

    Northland Community and Technical College

    Thief River Falls, MN

    Graduation Rate

    40%

    Enrollment

    3,220

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5099

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5099

    A public institution located in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Northland Community and Technical College enrolls students in several programs. Students complete programs that prepare them for the workforce. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Northland Community and Technical College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.