Public Administration in Minnesota
Minnesota is the 32nd state in the Union and is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” because it has so many glacial lakes within its borders. In terms of sheer size, Minnesota is the 12th largest state in the country. It is the 21st most populous, though, with many untamed areas.
Minnesota ranks at or near the top of many important lists with regard to civic participation, voter turnout, literacy and overall health. The Capital of Minnesota is Saint Paul, while the largest city is Minneapolis. The two are close by, known as twin cities and combing to form the largest metropolitan area in the state.
Minnesota is home to the Mall of America, which is in Bloomington. The Mall of America is one of the largest shopping malls in the world, with a total floor area of millions of square feet and well over 500 different stores, including five anchor stores. The Mall of America has become a tourist attraction for those travelling through the area. As such, it has 20,000 parking spaces to accommodate shoppers and tourists.
Minnesota is home to four different professional sports teams in the major sports: Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins, the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings, the National Hockey Leagues Minnesota Wild and the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves.
There are also other minor league or smaller league teams located in the state, mostly around the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
Schools in Minnesota that Offer a Master of Public Administration
There are two universities in Minnesota that have a Master of Public administration program, one of which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The University of Minnesota has the accredited program, while Minnesota State University at Mankato has the non-accredited program.
The University of Minnesota is a public school with more than 51,000 students. Nearly 17,000 of its students are postgraduates. The University of Minnesota is the sixth-largest main campus in the country in terms of student body totals. The school was established in 1851 and is located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota’s sports teams compete in the Big Ten Conference. They’re known as the Golden Gophers and their mascot is Goldy Gopher.