Use this checklist to assist with completing your application. MURP, MPP, MDP, MPA, and MS-STEP candidates should apply to begin fall term only; those pursuing certificates can apply to begin in spring or fall term.
Each degree program type (i.e. certificates, master's, PhD) has a different set of deadlines to be considered for admission and scholarships. MDP, MPA, MPP, MS-STEP, and MURP candidates can apply to begin fall term only; those pursuing certificates can apply to begin in the fall or spring term. Please click here for detailed application deadlines.
There are prerequisites for each of our degree programs. If you have inadequate preparation in these prerequisites but are otherwise qualified for admission, you will still be considered at the discretion of the admissions committee. However, if admitted you will be required to take the relevant courses before beginning the program.
An application to the Graduate School is required of all Humphrey School applicants. Many of the requirements below may be uploaded to your Graduate School application and submitted together. You must also submit the additional Humphrey School section located in the Graduate School application. Note the Graduate School application has a $75 application for domestic students, and $95 for international students.
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is pleased to offer application fee waivers to Pickering Fellows, PPIA Fellows, Truman Scholars, and Returning Peace Corps Volunteers applying for the Peace Corps/Coverdell Fellowship. Limited application fee waivers are available to applicants who demonstrate financial need. If you qualify for an application fee waiver, or have any questions about eligibility, please complete and submit the online fee waiver form: http://z.umn.edu/hhhappfeewaiver
McNair Scholars may qualify for a University of Minnesota McNair Application Fee Grant which pays for the cost of an application fee. Please visit the McNair Scholar Resources site for more information. If you are a McNair Scholar who is unsuccessful in securing a University McNair Application Fee Grant, please contact the Humphrey School Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 500 words or less, double spaced, discuss your educational and professional experiences and goals. Relate these goals to your personal history and to the programs at the Humphrey School. Upload this statement into “Statement #1” in the applicant’s statement section of the Graduate School application. The statement is required of all Humphrey School applicants.
Please include awards and leadership, service or volunteer activities in your resume. MPA students should document at least 10 years of work experience. The resume or CV is required of all Humphrey School applicants and should be uploaded into the “Resume or CV” section of the Graduate School application.
The diversity statement is optional, yet recommended for all applicants. It is required for applicants seeking the DOVE (Diversity of Views and Experiences fellowship), uploaded into “Statement #2” in the Applicant’s Statement section of the Graduate School application. The statement should discuss how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University's goal of promoting excellence through diversity. If applicable, applicants should mention hardships or obstacles that they have overcome to complete their undergraduate education (e.g. low-income and first-generation college applicants).
The TOEFL or IELTS examination to assess English language proficiency is required for non-native English speakers except those who will have completed 24 quarter and/or 16 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States before entering the University of Minnesota. A minimum score of 600 (paper test), or 250 (computer test), or 100 (internet test) is required. An IELTS score of 7.0 or higher is also acceptable. English proficiency is required of all Humphrey School applicants. Applicants who are unsure if they are required to demonstrate English proficiency should contact us.
TOEFL: When submitting official TOEFL scores, please use the University of Minnesota school code 6874. An official TOEFL score report must be received directly from ETS before an official admissions notification will be made. You may upload your personal copy from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) into the Program Supplementary Information section of the Graduate School online application to facilitate initial review of your application.
IELTS: Official IELTS scores must be sent directly from the test center to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 309 Johnston Hall, 101 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.You may upload your personal copy from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) into the Program Supplementary Information section of the Graduate School online application to facilitate initial review of your application.
Unofficial transcripts or academic records of all post secondary institutions attended should be uploaded directly to the online application. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. Transcripts are required of all Humphrey School applicants.
If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.
The GRE is required for MPP, MDP, MURP, and MS-STEP applicants. An official score report must be received directly from ETS before an official admissions notification will be made. You may upload your personal copy from ETS into the additional materials section of the Graduate School online application to facilitate initial review of your application. While you may take the test up to the application deadline for which you are applying and self-report your scores for consideration; this is not advisable due to the Office of Admissions' inability to guarantee that it will receive your scores (self-reported or official) in time the day of the deadline for consideration. We encourage applicants to plan in advance and to submit their scores prior to application deadlines. The school code for the University of Minnesota is RA 6874.
Please note: MPA and Certificate program applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.
At least three letters of recommendation are required of MDP, MPA, MPP, MS-STEP, MURP, and Public Affairs Leadership Certificate applicants. Please request your letters of recommendation through the Graduate School application system. If your recommender cannot upload his/her recommendation online, they may send it in a sealed envelope signed across the back flap to the Humphrey School. Faxed and e-mailed copies are not accepted. Please ask your recommender to disregard the application "Recommendation" section instructions for "Narrative" and "Qualities to be ranked." These sections are not required; instead, we require letters which provide an appraisal of the candidate's ability to pursue an advanced degree, his/her experience in, or potential for, public service and leadership, his/her motivation and purpose, and strengths and weaknesses that might affect his/her performance and potential for success as a graduate student.
Applicants for the Certificate in Election Administration will need to submit an online application to the Graduate School, a resume or CV, all post secondary transcripts, and a personal statement.
The personal statement should be 500 words or less, double spaced, and discuss your educational and professional experiences and goals related to elections and their administration.
In addition to the items detailed above, applicants to the Nonprofit Management certificate program must submit the Experience-Paid/Volunteer/Internship-Form to document two or more years of relevant experience. The form may be uploaded to the Graduate School online application. Students applying to other programs should not submit this form, but should document relevant experience on their resume.
The personal statement should reflect on the following items:
Applicants wishing to provide additional information to the admissions committee which is not appropriate for other required documents but may be helpful in their consideration as a candidate for admission, should be uploaded as a statement into the “Extenuating Circumstances” section of the Graduate School application. Examples may include, but are not limited to: explanations for grade trends during undergraduate work, time lapses between employment as documented in the resume/CV, or other personal circumstances which may provide additional and helpful context.