Application Instructions


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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree -  Admission to a University of Minnesota graduate program requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., or a comparable degree from outside the U.S.

  • GPA - Most graduate programs prefer an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher for admission. Consult your program of interest for specific GPA requirements. Calculate grades received in a letter-grade format. To calculate GPA into 4-point scale, use the grade calculator from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. For international transcripts where numerical grading scales are used, such as 1-10, 1-20, or 1-100, enter your GPA as calculated on your transcript.

  • Test Scores
    • GRE - Check with your program of interest to find out if Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. For more information about the exam, see Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • English Proficiency - International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. An official TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Cambridge C1 Advanced test score is required.

  • Letters of Recommendation - Many graduate programs require letters of recommendation to be submitted online. Consult your program of interest for specific requirements.

  • Transcripts and Credentials - Unofficial copies of all post-secondary coursework and degrees are required with your application. Please follow instructions on the Transcripts and Credentials page, as well as the specific information given on the International Student Resources Page.

You're Ready to Apply

You've reviewed the admission requirements. The Graduate School Admissions Office can help guide you through the application process.

  • Choose your program - Learn the specific application requirements of your program of interest by visiting their website or contacting them directly. Application requirements include the upload of all unofficial transcripts. Each graduate program may require additional application materials, such as test scores, letters of recommendation or other requirements not set by the Graduate School. Please adhere to the requirements of the graduate program to which you are applying.
     
  • Know your application deadline - Apply as early as possible so that your application can be processed as efficiently as possible. Deadlines vary from program to program, so be sure to check with your program of interest.

  • Application Fees - You will be prompted to pay an application fee when you submit your online application. You can find more information on the Application Fees page.

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International Requirements 

  • Student Visa Process - To attend the University of Minnesota Graduate School, you will need to apply for a student visa. If admitted, you will request a visa document from the central Graduate School Admissions Office.
    • To receive an F-1 visa/I-20 document, international students must have adequate funding to cover their first year of living and educational expenses. Funding sources may include University assistantships, scholarships/fellowships, personal savings, family, employer or government scholarship, or other sources. For the 2019-20 academic year, international students must be able to document a total of $44,958 in funds from all sources.
  • English Language Proficiency - International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. Explore English Language Proficiency.
  • Transcripts and Credentials - Unofficial copies of all post-secondary coursework and degrees are required with your application. Please follow instructions on the Transcripts and Credentials page, as well as the specific information given on the International Student Resources Page.

Admissions FAQ

Prospective Students 

  • What are the requirements for graduate school?

Requirements for admission vary from program o program. For the most accurate information, please contact your program of interest.

  • Can I talk to/make an appointment with an academic adviser or counselor to decide which program I should apply to?

The Graduate Admissions Office does not provide this service. We strongly encourage prospective applicants to reach out to programs they're interested in and request information and/or a meeting with someone in the department to discuss their interests and fit. Most program websites provide detailed information about their program's focus and curriculum, along with admissions requirements. If you are unsure of whom you should contact, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Office.

  • What graduate programs do you have? Do you have a list of all the masters (PhD, professional degree, certificate, etc.) programs that your University offers?

To view all the programs the University offers, please visit our central Graduate Programs page.

  • How long does it take to get a graduate degree?

Completing a graduate degree can take anywhere from one to eight years. Much of this will depend on whether you pursue a degree as a part-time or full-time student, level of degree, and program requirements. Most master's programs are designed to be completed in 2 ~ 3 years. Per University policy, the time limit to complete a master's degree is five years, and eight years for a doctoral degree.

  • Can I get an application fee waiver?

The Graduate Admissions Office does not provide application fee waivers. We encourage you to reach out to your program of interest to determine if this is something your program can support.

  • When do I need to submit my official transcript(s)?

Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to your application. Official transcripts are required ONLY if you're admitted. Please do not send official transcripts until we request them from you, as this may delay the processing of your application. For more information, please visit the Transcripts and Credentials page.

  • What is my program's application deadline?

Deadlines vary from program to program. Please contact your program of interest for specific application deadlines.

  • Can I apply to more than one graduate program at the same time?

Yes, you may apply for admission to as many graduate programs as you wish. To do so, you must:

  1. Create an online application account.
  2. Click on "Start New Application" within your account for each application you intend to submit, and follow your program's application instructions. Please note that you will need to pay a separate application fee for each application you submit.

We highly encourage you to contact your program(s) of interest regarding their individual admissions requirements, timelines, and processes.

International Applicants

  • I am an international student. Can I apply with the degree from my country? Do I need to have my credentials evaluated? Do you take WES evaluations?

Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission. If you are unsure that your degree meets these requirements, you can email copies of your credentials to the Graduate School Admissions Office and a member of our staff will do a preliminary evaluation.

Please note that we do not require or accept credential evaluations from any evaluation agency for admission purposes. All credentials are evaluated by our staff from copies of documents received from applicants at the time of application.

  • Do you offer conditional admission?

Please contact your program of interest to find out if they offer a conditional admission,.

  • Are TOEFL/IELTS scores required? English is one of the main languages spoken in my country, do I have to provide a TOEFL score?

International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English Language Proficiency, which is measured by a number of exams and/or coursework. For more information, please visit our English Language Proficiency page.

Funding 

  • Can I get a scholarship/funding/financial aid?

Fellowships, grants, research assistantships, teaching assistantships and loans provide the most common forms of support for graduate students. Please visit our funding page for more information. 

  • What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition information for Duluth Students

After you submit

  • When is my decision posted?

All programs have different admissions processes and timelines. Most admissions decisions for Fall term are sent between February and April. For more information contact your program of interest.