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About the College of Continuing and Professional Studies

EDUCATION
that enriches
LIFE, at
EVERY stage.

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Established in 1913, CCAPS empowers learners in all stages of life to pursue knowledge, gain experience, and see the world in new ways.

APPLIED

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High school student Clara Bils accessed courses at the U of M through PSEO.

 

10,000
high school students enroll in University courses on campus or in their schools.

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"The instructors are working professionals, and I can tell that they weed out material that isn’t directly relevant to our education."
—Bilal Syed, Health Services Management

 

OVER 1,100 STUDENTS
pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificates.

INDIVIDUALIZED

33%
of degree-seeking students
are people of color.

6 Bachelor’s Programs

7 Master’s Programs

7 Undergraduate and
Graduate Certificates

RELEVANT

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"My courses challenged me to think critically, question everything, and process methodically. As a result, I’m a better thinker, and I appreciate that."
—Dwayne Gibbs, Master of Biological Sciences

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11,500 ALUMNI
of degree programs.

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"The courses taught me project management lingo, workflow, and process. It boosted my confidence as a lead."
—Josh Kline, Project Management Certificate

PROFESSIONAL

 

14,000
professionals participate in courses, boot camps, or conferences.

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"You’ve got to understand yourself. It’s not a race; this is a choice. If you choose to do this, do it well."
—Jokotade Shonibare, Master's in Addictions Counseling

ENRICHING

 

170 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
enroll in the Intensive English Program.

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"I always had this in the back of my head that I wanted to go back to school to get my degree."
—Betty Sandison, Multidisciplinary Studies

1K
OLLI members and 2,500 participants in other lifelong learning opportunities.

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BUSINESS FOCUS FOR EMERGING LEADERS

Learn more about our Applied Bachelor’s Degrees

Applied Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Construction Management
  • Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Health Services Management
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Arvin Tolibas juggled school and family as he worked to complete his applied bachelor’s degree in IT Infrastructure.

DESIGN YOUR EDUCATION

Learn more about our Individualized Bachelor’s Degrees

Individualized Bachelor’s Degrees:

  • Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Inter-College Program
  • Health and Wellbeing Sciences

HONE YOUR EXPERTISE

Learn more about our Professional and individualized Master’s Degrees

Professional and Individualized Master’s Degrees 

  • Horticulture
  • Biological Sciences
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Arts and Cultural Leadership
  • Civic Engagement
  • Applied Science Leadership
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AUGMENT YOUR SKILLS

Learn more about Professional
Development:
Information Technology

Professional Development: IT Certificates

  • Agile
  • Business Analysis
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Cybersecurity (Boot Camp)
  • Data Visualization and Analytics (Boot Camp)
  • Full Stack Web Development (Coding Boot Camp) 
  • UX/UI (Boot Camp)

GAIN EXPERTISE TO LEAD

Learn more about Professional
Development: Management and Communication

Professional Development: Management and Communication Certificates

  • Business Writing
  • Communications
  • Data Visualization and Analytics (Boot Camp)
  • Leadership Essentials
  • Management Practices
  • Project Management
  • Supervision
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"This isn’t just certification. This is a serious degree,” Grace Anderson says of the Master’s in Horticulture degree program.

LEARN TO GIVE EXCEPTIONAL GUIDANCE

Learn more about Professional
Development: Human Resources and Instructional Design

Professional Development: HR and Instructional Design Certificates

  • Human Resource Generalist
  • Instructional Design for eLearning − Online
  • Organization Development
  • Professional Train-the-Trainer
  • Public Works 

GET A HEAD START

Learn more about programs for high school students

High School Programs 

  • College in the Schools (CIS) 
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
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Thu Mai aspires to one day use her Health Services Management degree to open a women’s health clinic in Vietnam, where she was born.

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LEARN FOR ENJOYMENT

Learn more about classes and events for anyone

Classes for Anyone

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Headliners

ADVANCE IN SPEAKING, LISTENING, AND WRITING

Learn more about our language programs

Language Programs 

  • Minnesota English Language Program (MELP)
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College Purpose

The purpose of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies is to inspire and serve an expanding population of learners in all stages of life.

College Values

Access

  • We believe learning is for everyone.
  • We meet people where they are.
  • We help navigate complex systems.

Learning

  • We believe learning improves lives.
  • We are curious and we feed our hunger for knowledge.
  • We celebrate learning as a lifelong process.

Inclusivity

  • We welcome all and honor differences.
  • We believe diversity enriches learning.
  • We care about our learners and one another holistically.

Collaboration

  • We foster strong relationships with one another, our learners, and our communities.
  • We believe that teamwork leads to better outcomes.
  • We are transparent and we encourage honest and open dialogue.

Excellence

  • We design programs around current needs and emerging trends.
  • We challenge and inspire our learners.
  • We deliver exceptional service and support.