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Strong applicants demonstrate:
Admission criteria

  • Evidence of strong interest in research and in the development of research competencies
  • Evidence of substancial experience in the discipline
  • Strong writing skills
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent; 3.00 GPA preferred

If you are a returning Graduate School student, follow the Readmission guidelines.

If you are a current Graduate School student and need to change your program, follow the Change of Status guidelines.


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Documents
All applicants

Documents you will need:

Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted. Tips for uploading your transcript(s). Transfer credits must be evaluated and approved by a faculty adviser.

GRE scores. Only the general test is required. University of Minnesota code: 6874. Average GRE scores of admitted students.

Resume. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Additional Application section.

CI Application Form. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information section.

3 letters of recommendation. Ask professors, employers, or supervisors to speak to your potential for successfully completing your Ph.D. and upload their letters directly into the online application.

Transcripts + TOEFL
International applicants

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English. Please note: the graduate school may conduct a course by course evaluation of your transcripts.
  • TOEFL/IELTS or MELAB. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States. Score requirements and submission guidelines

Written Statements
All applicants

Personal statement. Please trace how you became interested in research in this discipline, as well as what problems interest you the most and why. Be sure to speak to:

    • why you want to study in our department
    • what strengths, expertise, and research experience would contribute to your success in our program
    • your professional goals for pursuing a research-focused degree

Diversity statement. Identify the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and life experiences you would contribute to our community. You may wish to include examples that address your contribution to the diversity of the student body and illustrate your motivation to succeed by setting high standards for accomplishing intellectual and other goals, overcoming obstacles to achievement, and/or helping others to gain access to the resources necessary for success. (please do not exceed one page in length)

Short writing sample. Optional, except for Literacy education applicants. For example, an excerpt from a term paper or research paper for publication. No longer than five pages in English. Upload to Supplementary section.

Common Ground Consortium Fellowship for African-American students (optional). CGC develops proactive and collaborative Black intellectual leaders in education. If you wish to apply, submit a statement that describes how your participation as a CGC scholar would a) enhance your graduate student experience, b) prepare you for your chosen career, and c) benefit the public.