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Application Instructions

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree -  Admission to a University of Minnesota graduate and professional programs 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 and professional 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 and professional 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.

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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 and professional 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.

For additional information please visit our Prospective Students FAQ page