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Talent development and gifted education certificate requirements

Admissions requirements

To be admitted, you must be a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student who has completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or international student pursuing a full-time academic program at the University of Minnesota.


October 15: Spring semester

March 1: Summer or fall semester

How to apply

Upload and submit all application materials, including transcripts, directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system. For additional information on how to apply, visit the Graduate School website.

Graduate School Application

Access the online application.

Application fee

Visit the Graduate School Website for more information.


Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. 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.

More information on transcripts and credentials

English language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

Report your TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores (non-native English speakers only).

Applicant Statement #1 - Personal statement

Upload a statement (not to exceed three double-spaced pages) to your application, outlining your interests and professional goals. This statement is an integral part of your application and will be weighted heavily in its evaluation. You should include, minimally, the following points:

  • Why are you interested in talent development and gifted education certificate program?
  • What are your primary areas of interest related to talent development and gifted education?



Certificate tuition varies, depending on a student’s enrollment status and residency. Tuition fees are charged according to the following criteria:

Financial aid and scholarships

General financial aid advising and information are available through One Stop.

For graduate assistantship/scholarship information (for students enrolled in graduate degree programs), contact the Graduate Assistant Employment office:

Mail: 200 Donhowe Minneapolis, MN 55455

Walk-in: 100 Donhowe Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-7070

Fax: 612-625-9801

Program completion requirements

Final certificate clearance depends on completion of all course requirements, including the posting of final grades to the student’s transcript.  Students will have a maximum of seven years to complete coursework for the certificate.  

In addition to completing all program requirements, students must complete the following degree application process. Navigate to the graduate completion application via MyU through the “Academics” tab > “Degree Progress” and click on the Apply to Graduate link. Complete a Graduate Degree Plan listing your 13 program credits and signed by your adviser. Forms must be turned in no later than the first of the month that you intend to graduate.

Successful completion of the certificate will be noted on the student's official University of Minnesota transcript and an official certificate will be issued.