PhD Program Requirements

Application Deadline

December 1

Graduate School Application

An online application to the Graduate School is required. Graduate School application fee is $75 for domestic applications, $95 for international applications.

Personal Statement: Statement of Purpose and Research Interests

Your personal statement should focus on the research questions and topics you would like to pursue during your PhD study, and the faculty with whom you think your interests most closely match. You can find more information about our faculty and research projects at this site. This statement will be uploaded under "statements" in the “Materials” section of the application. You do not need to prepare a separate Description of Research, though you may if you want to share more about your previous research experience.

Resume or CV

Upload Resume or CV into the appropriate field. Include awards and leadership, service, or volunteer activities in your resume. This statement will be uploaded in the “Materials” section of the application.

Writing Sample

Upload a writing sample where indicated on the application. Appropriate samples would include journal articles, master’s thesis, or other professional writings that demonstrate research capability. This statement will be uploaded in the “Materials” section of the application.

GPA and Transcripts

Scan a copy of your unofficial transcript for each previous institution you have attended. Upload them into the “Academic History” entries in the online application. Include transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Official transcripts will be required and requested if you are admitted. You will also need to manually enter the GPA information for each institution listed.

GRE Scores

You must self-report your scores in the on-line application and have your official score report sent from ETS to have your application considered complete for review. Scores must be available by the application deadline. The school code for the University of Minnesota is 6874; it is not necessary or advised to enter a program code. An official score report must be received directly from ETS before an official admissions notification will be made.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required and are requested through the on-line application system. Follow directions for “Recommendations” in the “Important Links” section of the application. Letters should address your capacity for advanced study, motivation and purpose, and strengths and weaknesses that might affect performance as a graduate student.

Diversity Statement

The diversity statement is optional, yet recommended for all students. It is required for students seeking the DOVE (Diversity of Views and Experiences) fellowship. The statement should discuss how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University's goal of promoting excellence through diversity. If applicable, nominees should mention hardships or obstacles that they have overcome to complete previous studies (e.g. low-income and first-generation college students). This statement will be uploaded in the “Materials” section of the application.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

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/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. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores must be received before an official admission notification will be made. You must self-report your scores online before your application will be considered complete for review.

  • TOEFL: Required minimum scores are 600 (paper test), 250 (computer test), or 100 (internet test). When submitting official TOEFL scores, use the University of Minnesota school code 6874.
  • IELTS: Required minimum score is 7.0. 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.
Admissions – PhD

225 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-624-3800