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About the College of Continuing Education

Established in 1913, the College of Continuing Education is one of the most diverse of the University of Minnesota’s 19 colleges and schools. In 2013, the College celebrated its Centennial, and its commitment to opening doors for over 100 years.

The College’s primary audience is adult learners; our mission is to provide high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.

Each year, the College serves more than 50,000 learners working toward individualized or applied degrees or certificates; accessing the University's credit courses; or participating in short courses, workshops and events. Tens of thousands of additional learners benefit from the professional learning environment provided by our Continuing Education Conference Center.

We are also home to Radio K, the award-winning student-run radio station of the University of Minnesota. 

Individualized Degrees

Our individualized bachelor’s degrees, as well as our Master of Liberal Studies and Master of Biological Sciences degrees, allow students to draw from the University’s rich and varied course offerings to craft a flexible degree that fits their academic, personal, and professional goals.

Applied Degrees and Certificates

Our applied learning bachelor’s of applied science degrees, credit certificatesMaster of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership, and Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture allow students to bring work experience to class and take away hands-on instruction and theory they can use, on-the-job, right away.

Access to University of Minnesota Courses

Through online, distance, and evening courses, the College of Continuing Education helps make University of Minnesota courses accessible to students not admitted to the University and to admitted students wanting to supplement their course work with flexible options.

Additionally, the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) helps international students improve English reading, writing, and speaking skills for success in a university classroom or in the workplace. And through our High School Programs, juniors and seniors can earn college credit before leaving high school.

Programs for Professional Development

Designed to provide professionals with the core competencies needed to advance in the workplace, our interactive and engaging professional development courses are taught by industry experts and cover highly relevant topics. Courses can be combined into certificates that demonstrate a cohesive body of knowledge.

Programs for Personal Enrichment and Life Transitions

LearningLife helps adults pursue their passions and navigate life transitions through short courses, workshops, seminars, presentations by nationally and internationally renowned speakers, and other special events.



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