Upcoming application deadline for Certificate in Human Services Leadership: June 15
After June 15: Applications for admission considered on a space-available basis
The customized Certificate in Human Services Leadership provides working professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to redesign public services and programs, address racial disparities and other barriers, and develop creative policy solutions to complex and growing community needs.
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.
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- 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
Certificate in Human Services Leadership Application Checklist
1. 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.
2. 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).
3. 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 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Application fee
The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $95 for international students.