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178 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-3377

Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:


M.A.: Multicultural College Teaching and Learning

Effective July 1, 2015 this program has moved from the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning to the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.


Our student-centered master's program emphasizes the development of reflective practitioners who can design and implement inclusive learning environments that effectively incorporate engaged pedagogy and technology.

In this program, you will learn to apply current theory and practice related to access, persistence and student achievement to successfully address the changing needs of postsecondary education.

Career opportunities:

See curriculum details.

Planning Your Course of Study

This program is individualized according to student background, academic interests, prior educational experience, and professional goals.

Students have two options for the degree: Plan A (with master's thesis) or Plan B (with capstone project). In consultation with their adviser, students will plan a program of coursework that prepares them to evaluate scholarly research related to postsecondary teaching and learning and that will constitute a solid foundation for the student's Plan A thesis or Plan B capstone.

Students must complete the program within 5 years of their initial enrollment. Although many students may finish the program in 2 years, the 5-year time frame provides flexibility for working professionals.

Offering two plans to support your academic interests and goals.

Plan A Requirements

The Plan A degree requires a minimum of 34 credits, including 10 thesis credits. Students who choose the Plan A master's degree will complete a thesis and conduct independent field research. The thesis includes a literature review, methodology, results, analysis, and conclusions. Extensive guidelines for the master's thesis are available on the Graduate School website.

Plan B Requirements

The Plan B degree requires a minimum of 30 credits. Students who choose the Plan B master's degree complete a capstone project which demonstrates use of research and relevant scholarship. The format and mode of output for the capstone project are intentionally flexible and are to be determined according to the specific focus, intended contribution, and target audience of the project.

For example, projects may be:

The project has 3 components: proposal; project; evaluation or reflection paper.


Questions regarding the admissions process, admissions documents, or general information about the program should be directed to:

Dr. Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Specific questions regarding course content should be directed to:

Dr. Karen Miksch
Coordinator, Higher Education Program Track

Revised July 8, 2016


Applications for traditional M.A. are due February 1, 2018 for Fall semester start.

Admission requirements

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Note: When choosing major/degree scroll down and choose Multicultural College Teaching and Learning from the drop down menu.