How to Apply: Master's Degrees
Application Deadlines for MDP, MPP, MHR, MS-STEP and MURP
December 15: Application deadline for consideration for admission, University fellowships, and/or Humphrey School merit-based aid
January 15: Application deadline for consideration for admission and Humphrey School merit-based aid
April 1: Final application deadline for admission
After April 1: Applications for admission considered on a space-available basis
Application Deadlines for MPA
March 1: Deadline for consideration for both admission and Humphrey School merit-based aid
After March 1: Applications for admission considered on a space-available basis
Requirements: Each degree program has requirements. More information here.
Graduate School Application
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.
Application Fee Grants
The Humphrey School provides application fee grants for Pickering Fellows, PPIA Fellows, Truman Scholars, and Returning Peace Corps Volunteers applying for the Peace Corps/Coverdell Fellowship. Limited application fee grants are available to applicants who demonstrate financial need. If you qualify for a grant, or have any questions about eligibility, please complete and submit the online fee grant request.
McNair Scholars may qualify for a University of Minnesota McNair Application Fee Grant which pays for the cost of an application fee. 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, contact the Humphrey School Office of Admissions.
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.
Resume or CV
A 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).
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 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) 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.
The GRE is required for MDP, MHR, MPP, MS-STEP, and MURP 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 program applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.
Letters of Recommendation
At least three letters of recommendation are required of MDP, MHR, MPA, MPP, MS-STEP, and MURP applicants. Please request your letters of recommendation through the Graduate School application system. If your recommender cannot upload his/her recommendation online, s/he 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 that 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 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.