Minnesota Computer Programming Schools

It may come as a surprise, but Minnesota has a robust, growing and diverse technology sector that goes largely unnoticed when compared to the state's financial or health care industries. For example, the medical technology industry has strong ties to Minnesota, home to Medtronic, St. Jude Medical and Boston Scientific -- some of the largest firms in the country. 

Computer science education in Minnesota

Institution Name No. of Computer Science Programs Offered Tuition & Fees Admission Rate
Minnesota State University-Mankato 5 $8,164 60.96%
Inver Hills Community College 3 $5,332 N/A
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Prospective students thinking about an education in computer science can choose from 81 different universities and colleges in the state -- public, private and for-profit -- at both the two-year and four-year level. A review of graduation data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reveals the most popular programs of study include computer science, computer systems networking, information technology, computer and information systems security, network and systems administration and computer programming. 

Tech industries and careers in Minnesota

CareerAnnual Mean WageStatewide Projected Job Growth Rate
Computer Network Architects$107,8605.3%
Computer Network Support Specialists$60,20010.8%
Computer Programmers$89,440-9.3%
Computer Systems Analysts$91,2305.9%
Database Administrators$88,4109.5%
Information Security Analysts$95,93023.8%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$85,5604.1%
Software Developers, Applications$93,28023.8%
Software Developers, Systems Software$111,3402.3%
Web Developers$75,9707.8%
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2016-26 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Indeed, the state of Minnesota -- like many other states -- is undergoing a technological revolution, one that's dramatically impacting the shape and scope of its economy. As noted above, Minneapolis -- in particular -- has become an emerging technology hub that is attracting some of the country's most innovative software companies. Four of those companies made the Deloitte Technology 500, a list of the fastest growing technology businesses in the country.


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Star Tribune, The changing face of high tech in Minnesota, http://www.startribune.com/business/274189841.html

University of Minnesota, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, http://www.cs.umn.edu/about/facts

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Inc. Minneapolis, http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/metro/minneapolis/

Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Degree Programs, http://www.minneapolis.edu/Educational-Programs/Media-Arts