How to Apply: Certificate Programs
Application Deadline for PAL
- February 15: Application deadline for consideration for admission
- After February 15: Applications for admission considered on a space-available basis
Application Deadline for HSL
- June 15: Application deadline for consideration for admission
- After June 15: Applications for admission considered on a space-available basis
Application 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
How to apply
Please note: spring admission is not available for the PAL or HSL certificate programs. View the admission requirements for individual certificate programs.
All Humphrey School applicants must complete a Graduate School Application. You also must submit the additional Humphrey School section in the Graduate School application. The application is $75 for domestic students and $95 for international students.
Prerequisites and costs vary by certificate program. Read more on our general information page.
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. Upload this statement into “Statement #1” in the applicant’s statement section of the Graduate School application.
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. Please include awards and leadership, service or volunteer activities in your resume.
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).
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 U.S. before entering the University of Minnesota. A minimum score of 600 (paper test), 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 the Office of Admissions.
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.
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.