School Name: Minnesota State University at Mankato
School Accreditation: NCA, HLC
School Type: Public, Non-Profit
Undergraduate Tuition: $15,580
Graduate Tuition: $7,547
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ABOUT Minnesota State University at Mankato

One college degree took 18 years to complete, the other 14 years.But there were good reasons for the gaps.Between the time they first arrived at Minnesota State University, Mankato and this past weekend, when they finally graduated from the university, Tim Jackman and Ryan Carter each spent several years playing in the National Hockey League.On Saturday morning at Taylor Center, the 36-year-old Jackman and the 34-year-old Carter donned caps and gowns, walked through the commencement ceremony and collected their diplomas.’It’s a miracle,’ Jackman joked.’I don’t know if I’d recommend it,’ Carter said, laughing about his 14-year college track.Each played two seasons for Minnesota State before turning pro, Jackman signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team that drafted him in the second round in 2001, and Carter inking a free-agent deal with the Anaheim Ducks.Jackman, who started at MSU in the fall of 2000, played 492 NHL games with six teams before retiring in 2016. Carter, who arrived in Mankato in 2004, played 519 games with five teams, including the Minnesota Wild, before hanging up his skates last year. Both players received degrees in interdisciplinary studies. Jackman returned to campus in 2016 and spent two years completing his degree and working with the Mavericks as an undergraduate assistant coach.’It’s rewarding that I was able to finish what I started in 2000,’ Jackman said. ’When I came to Mankato the first time, I was so immature. I was just here to play hockey; I didn’t regard my degree at all. I didn’t think I’d ever finish it.’Jackman wants to remain in coaching, so getting a college degree was imperative. Besides getting the diploma, though, he basically had a two-year internship with his old team.He worked practices and games, sometimes getting to be on the bench when one of the other assistants was out recruiting. He worked individually with injured players, helping them get back into playing shape, and skated non-traveling players when the Mavericks were on the road, helping them prepare for their next opportunity.’I don’t know what’s next,’ Jackman said. ’I’m looking at my options. I’d like to get into coaching hockey and developing players.’Carter, too, isn’t certain as what he’ll do next ’ something in sports management, perhaps, or graduate school. He said finishing his bachelor’s degree was a good way to ease into his post-playing career life.While Jackman and his family moved to Mankato, Carter stayed in the Twin Cities and took classes online. He occasionally traveled to Mankato to meet with advisers.’I had some anxiety after playing,’ Carter said. ’School got me back in a disciplined mode. It was good for my transition from hockey player to whatever’s next.’Jackman and Carter weren’t the first NHL players to complete their MSU degree years after departing for the pros. Others have included David Backes, whose season ended Sunday when the Boston Bruins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Backes left the Mavericks with Carter in 2006 but after three years of school. He graduated in 2014.

Enrich your experience at Minnesota State Mankato by joining or creating a Recognized Student Organization (RSO). Participating in an organization provides opportunities for practical leadership experience, community involvement, and personal growth which enhance learning and your educational experience.Recognized Student Organizations are supported by the University through use of campus facilities and services. Recognized Student Organizations are also eligible to request activity funds.

Minnesota State University at Mankato degree programs

  • #Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • #Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication
  • #Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication
  • #Bachelor of Science in Applied Organizational Studies
  • #Bachelor of Science in International Business
  • #Bachelor of Science in Applied Organizational Studies
  • #Graduate Certificate in Learning Communities and Leadership
  • #Education Graduate Certificate in Technologist
  • #Undergraduate Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
  • #Graduate Certificate in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation
  • #Education Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education
  • #Undergraduate Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
  • #Post-Nursing Master's Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • #Post-Nursing Master's Certificate in Family Nurse
  • #Graduate Certificate in History
  • #Education Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Licensure
  • #Education Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Non-Licensure
  • #Education Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education
  • #Education Graduate Certificate in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
  • #Education Graduate Certificate in Learning Disabilities
  • #Graduate Certificate in Special Education: Developmental Disabilities
  • #Graduate Certificate in Public Health Education
  • #Graduate Certificate in Communication Education
  • #Graduate Certificate in Communication Studies
  • #Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication
  • #Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication
  • #Undergraduate Certificate in Technical Communications
  • #Undergraduate Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
  • #Education Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education
  • #Graduate Certificate in Ethnic Studies
  • #Post-Nursing Master's Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • #Post-Nursing Master's Certificate in Family Nurse
  • #Library Media Education (K-12) Licensure
  • #Graduate Certificate in Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation
  • #Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • #Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • #Master of Science in Teaching and Learning
  • #Master of Art in Technical Communication
  • #Master of Science in Communication and Composition
  • #Master of Arts in Literature & English Studies
  • #Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities
  • #Master of Science in Emotional And Behavioral Disorders
  • #Master of Science in Early Childhood Special Education
  • #Master of Arts in Literature & English Studies
  • #Master of Fine Arts in Forensics
  • #Master of Fine Arts in Forensics
  • #Master of Fine Arts in Forensics
  • #Master of Science in Emotional And Behavioral Disorders
  • #Master of Science in School Library and Information Studies
  • #Master of Science in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • #Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities
  • #Master of Science in Early Childhood Special Education
  • #Master of Science in Learning Disabilities
  • #Master of Science in Elementary Education
  • #Master of Science in Applied Spanish for the Professions

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