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Apply for a Master's Degree in Prevention Science

Application Procedures

Complete applications are due March 1st.


Apply using the ApplyYourself online admissions system (all supplementary information must also be submitted online).

For more information visit the Graduate School's Admissions page.


The following information is requested specifically by the Department of Family Social Science.

1. Application Form (PDF) - Required for application review
Upload in Program Supplementary Information section of online application, as Upload #2.
Indicate the degree you are applying for; verify that all required information has been submitted and that your application is complete. Download the form.
2. Transcripts/Academic Records
Upload in Educational Background section of online application.
You must upload unofficial transcripts or academic records for each higher learning institution where you have earned credit, including partial or incomplete transcripts.

Transcripts are evaluated for
  • GPA: 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) is preferred for admission. The most competitive applications will have higher GPAs.
  • Significant social and behavioral coursework strongly preferred: i.e. family and consumer sciences, human development, psychology, economics, sociology.
  • Coursework in research methods as well as statistics, including one course in advanced undergraduate statistics.
Learn more about transcripts and academic records.
3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
Report in Test Information Self-Reported section of online application.
Official GRE scores are needed by the March 1 deadline. The department will not accept GRE reports that are more than five years old.
For testing purposes, the University of Minnesota code is 6874. No need to select a department code.
Find more information about University GRE application instructions.
4. English language assessment tests (TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS)
Report in Test Information Self-Reported section of online application.
Our department utilizes the operational standards set by the Graduate School for English language proficiency requirements. Visit the Graduate School Admissions' website for more information on minimum standards.
5. Letters of Recommendation
See Recommendations under Important Links on the online application site.
A minimum of three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors or supervisors, are required. Letters should address your potential for contributing to the field of prevention science in diverse contexts and for successfully completing the degree program.

The online application includes a section for you to enter the contact information for your recommenders. Please notify the individuals you select as recommenders that they will receive an email from the application system with instructions on how to submit their letters.
6. Two Applicant Statements
Upload in Applicant Statements section of online application.

Statement #1 (All applicants)
Write a statement (500-1000 words) describing your responses to the following:
  • How do your long-term professional goals fit with the mission of the Department of Family Social Science?
    The mission of the Department of Family Social Science is to enhance the well-being of diverse families in a changing world through teaching, research, and outreach.
  • What type of research and/or professional experience has prepared you for graduate studies in prevention science?
    For example, you might have experience as an undergraduate (as an individual or with a team) with different research processes (data gathering, analysis, presenting); methods (i.e. various qualitative, quantitative); or content areas.
  • Describe your research interests, experiences, and connections to faculty scholarship. Please list at least two faculty members with whom you hope to work and briefly describe how your research goals and interests fit with the expertise of these faculty.
    Faculty areas of expertise can be found on the faculty profile pages.
  • Discuss how a degree in Prevention Science will inform and enhance your career development plans.

Statement #2 (All applicants)
Diversity statement, required information is described in the online application

7. Writing Sample
Upload in Program Supplementary Information section of online application.
Include a sample of your writing in English (e.g. a research paper or term paper that you feel best reflects your abilities).
8. Optional: Common Ground Consortium Fellowship
If you wish to be considered for a Common Ground Consortium (CGC) Fellowship for Black Students, upload your statement in the Program Supplementary Information section of the online application, as Upload #1.
The statement should briefly address the following:
Given that the University of Minnesota is a public land grant institution, it is imperative that CGC scholars can both benefit personally from their membership in the program as well as further the University's founding mission to contribute to scholarship that benefits the local and greater communities. Please describe how your participation as a CGC scholar would do the following: (a) enhance your graduate student experience, (b) prepare you for your chosen career, and (c) benefit the public.
Learn more about the Common Ground Consortium.

After Applying

The number of graduate applicants admitted into the program varies from year to year, depending on applicant qualifications, the availability of faculty advisers.

This year we are seeking a cohort of eight to ten M.A. students.

Students must inform the Department of Family Social Science of their final decision to attend or not attend by April 15th.

If you have any additional questions, please e-mail