Certificate Programs: How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Deadline for PAL

  • February 15: Application deadline for consideration for admission
  • After February 15: Applications for admission considered on a space-available basis

Deadline for HSL

  • June 15: Application deadline for consideration for admission 
  • After June 15: Applications for admission considered on a space-available basis

Deadlines for ECP, EA, NPM, PIWP

  • June 15: Deadline for priority fall admission 
  • August 1: Deadline for final fall admission
  • December 15: Deadline for priority spring admission 
  • January 3: Deadline for final spring admission

Please note: spring admission is not available for the PAL or HSL certificate programs. 

Minimum Requirements

The Humphrey School considers many factors when choosing applicants for admission. We evaluate attributes such as prior academic achievement, professional and public service experience, commitment to a career in public affairs or planning, and a fit between the applicant's interests and goals and the programs at the Humphrey School.

All applicants for certificate programs are required to have a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at the time of enrollment.

How to Apply

All Humphrey School applicants must complete the Graduate School application including the additional Humphrey School section. Information on estimated costs and instructions for how to apply to each certificate program are outlined below. 

Early Childhood Policy

Application requirements for the Certificate in Early Childhood Policy are outlined below.

PREREQUISITES

  • Four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent
  • At least one course in political science (that analyzes political institutions) is strongly recommended
  • Sufficient prior academic preparation
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and Word is strongly recommended

PERSONAL STATEMENT

A personal statement is required of all applicants. In 500 words or fewer, 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.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The diversity statement is optional yet recommended for all applicants. 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).

RESUME OR CV

A resume or CV is required of all applicants. Please include information about awards, leadership, and service or volunteer activities in your resume.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are required of all applicants. 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). If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

The University of Minnesota and the Humphrey School requires international applicants to submit scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB examination to assess English language proficiency. Visit the Graduate School website for more information on the English language requirement and minimum scores for admission.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

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 can submit a statement of extenuating circumstances. 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.

APPLICATION FEE

The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $95 for international students.

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Election Administration

Application requirements for the Certificate in Election Administration are outlined below.

PREREQUISITES

  • Four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent
  • At least one course in political science (that analyzes political institutions) is strongly recommended
  • Sufficient prior academic preparation
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and Word is strongly recommended

Learn how to apply to the undergraduate Certificate in Election Administration.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

A personal statement is required of all applicants. In 500 words or fewer, 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.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The diversity statement is optional yet recommended for all applicants. 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).

RESUME OR CV

A resume or CV is required of all applicants. Please include information about awards, leadership, and service or volunteer activities in your resume.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are required of all applicants. 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). If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

The University of Minnesota and the Humphrey School requires international applicants to submit scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB examination to assess English language proficiency. Visit the Graduate School website for more information on the English language requirement and minimum scores for admission.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

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 can submit a statement of extenuating circumstances. 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.

APPLICATION FEE

The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $95 for international students.

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Human Services Leadership

Application requirements for the Certificate in Human Services Leadership are outlined below.

PREREQUISITES

  • At least eight years of professional work experience
  • Four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent
  • At least one course in political science (that analyzes political institutions) is strongly recommended
  • Sufficient prior academic preparation
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and Word is strongly recommended

PERSONAL STATEMENT

A personal statement is required of all applicants. In 500 words or fewer, 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.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The diversity statement is optional yet recommended for all applicants. 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).

RESUME OR CV

A resume or CV is required of all applicants. Please include information about awards, leadership, and service or volunteer activities in your resume.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are required of all applicants. 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). If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

The University of Minnesota and the Humphrey School requires international applicants to submit scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB examination to assess English language proficiency. Visit the Graduate School website for more information on the English language requirement and minimum scores for admission.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

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 can submit a statement of extenuating circumstances. 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.

APPLICATION FEE

The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $95 for international students.

START YOUR APPLICATION

Nonprofit Management

Application requirements for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management are outlined below. 

PREREQUISITES

  • Four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent
  • Two years of relevant paid/volunteer/internship experience with nonprofit organization(s) and/or philanthropic institutions. The two years do not need to be continuous but can be over several years and with different nonprofits. Relevant experience may include management of a budget, supervision of staff, development of programs (implementation and evaluation), fundraising, grant writing, regular participation in board meetings, and/or on board committees.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

A personal statement is required of all applicants. In 500 words or fewer, 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. For example, you may want to highlight the following:

  • What has contributed to your interest in the nonprofit management certificate program.
  • What do you plan to be doing in your career in the next two to five years.
  • What is a current issue in nonprofit management that is of particular interest to you.
  • What did you learn from your two years of paid or unpaid experience in a nonprofit organization

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The diversity statement is optional yet recommended for all applicants. 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).

RESUME OR CV

A resume or CV is required of all applicants. Please include information about awards, leadership, and service or volunteer activities in your resume. Applicants for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management must include documentation regarding their two years of relevant paid/volunteer/internship experience within their resume, and also preferably within their personal statement if possible.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are required of all applicants. 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). If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

The University of Minnesota and the Humphrey School requires international applicants to submit scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB examination to assess English language proficiency. Visit the Graduate School website for more information on the English language requirement and minimum scores for admission.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

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 can submit a statement of extenuating circumstances. 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.

APPLICATION FEE

The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $95 for international students.

START YOUR APPLICATION

Policy Issues on Work and Pay

Application requirements for the Certificate in Policy Issues on Work and Pay are outlined below.

PREREQUISITES

  • Four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent
  • At least one course in political science (that analyzes political institutions) is strongly recommended
  • Sufficient prior academic preparation
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and Word is strongly recommended

PERSONAL STATEMENT

A personal statement is required of all applicants. In 500 words or fewer, 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.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The diversity statement is optional yet recommended for all applicants. 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).

RESUME OR CV

A resume or CV is required of all applicants. Please include information about awards, leadership, and service or volunteer activities in your resume.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are required of all applicants. 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). If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

The University of Minnesota and the Humphrey School requires international applicants to submit scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB examination to assess English language proficiency. Visit the Graduate School website for more information on the English language requirement and minimum scores for admission.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

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 can submit a statement of extenuating circumstances. 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.

APPLICATION FEE

The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $95 for international students.

START YOUR APPLICATION

Public Affairs Leadership

Application requirements for the Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership are outlined below.

PREREQUISITES

  • At least 10 years of post baccalaureate professional work experience. Pre-baccalaureate experience may be considered for applicants with a significant gap (15 years or more) between completion of high school and college.
  • Four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited US university or foreign equivalent
  • At least one course in political science (that analyzes political institutions) is strongly recommended
  • Sufficient prior academic preparation
  • Proficiency in MS Excel and Word is strongly recommended

PERSONAL STATEMENT

A personal statement is required of all applicants. In 500 words or fewer, 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.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The diversity statement is optional yet recommended for all applicants. 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).

RESUME OR CV

A resume or CV is required of all applicants. Please include information about awards, leadership, and service or volunteer activities in your resume.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are required of all applicants. 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). If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

The University of Minnesota and the Humphrey School requires international applicants to submit scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB examination to assess English language proficiency. Visit the Graduate School website for more information on the English language requirement and minimum scores for admission.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

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 can submit a statement of extenuating circumstances. 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.

APPLICATION FEE

The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $95 for international students.

START YOUR APPLICATION

Estimated Costs

2018–2019 Tuition Rates
Resident
Nonresident
Certificate in Election Administration
Per credit$946.00$1,156.00
Certificate in Early Childhood Policy
Per credit$1,368.00$2,147.00
Certificate in Human Services Leadership
Per credit$1,368.00$2,147.00
Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Per credit$1,155.00$1,667.00
10-15 credits$11,550.00$16,670.00
Each credit over 15$1,155.00$1,667.00
Certificate in Policy Issues on Work and Pay
Per credit$1,368.00$2,147.00
Certificate in Public Affairs Leadership
Per credit$1,368.00$2,147.00

Cost of tuition for certificate programs can be found on the OneStop graduate tuition page. For cost of attendance visit the OneStop estimated costs page.

Admissions

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