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Admissions: quantitative methods in education MA and PhD


September: Applications open

Applications for fall 2023 will open the day after Labor Day. Until then, you may start your application in the system. Just be sure to change the term to fall 2023 prior to submitting.

Application deadline

Submit your MA or PhD application for the fall semester following the deadlines below.

December 1

To be considered for fellowships and departmental financial assistance, you must submit all application materials to the program and the Graduate School by the December 1 deadline.

March 1

If you're not seeking a fellowship or departmental financial aid, you have until March 1 to submit your application materials.

Review process

The admissions committee considers a variety of factors including your prior academic achievement, GRE scores, relevant employment and life experiences, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and compatibility of your clinical and research interests with those of the program and faculty. Although interviews are not required, you may be called by the program for more information.

Admissions decisions

When you hear back from the program will vary based on the date you applied and the volume of applications received. All applications will be reviewed by the end of March. For updates on the status of your application, visit the graduate application or send an email to

The Graduate School makes the official admissions determination and will inform you of their decision via the email address provided on the graduate application

Note: The GRE is no longer required for admission into the Quantitative Methods in Education program.

Before you apply: Connect with faculty

Before you apply, contact a faculty member to discuss your interests by completing our contact form. Be sure to select “quantitative methods in educzation” as your program of interest.

All prospective Quantitative Methods in Education students who connect with faculty before completing their 2023–2024 school year application will have their application fee waived.

How to apply

Start your graduate application

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

Graduate school application

Required fields: Program Selection, Term Selection, Biographical Information, Personal Background, Academic History (including transcripts), English Language Test Scores (for non-native English speakers), Employment, Materials (including: Personal Statement, Resume/CV, Graduate Program Supplemental Application) and three letters of recommendation

Optional fields: Diversity Statements are optional but highly encouraged. All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.

Please see further down for more information on the content of each of these fields.

Access the graduate application.

Application fee

Visit the Graduate School website for more information

Please note: If you apply for more than one program in educational psychology (e.g., quantitative methods in education and psychological foundations of education), you will need to pay more than one application fee.

Before you apply, contact a faculty member to discuss your interests by completing our contact form. Be sure to select “quantitative methods in education” as your program of interest.

All prospective Quantitative Methods in Education students who connect with faculty before completing their 2023–2024 school year application will have their application fee waived.

Transcripts (Academic History)

Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application under the "Academic History" section. 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 about transcripts and credentials

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

Report your TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores (non-native English speakers only) in the “Test Scores” section.

More information on English Language test scores

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be from professors or others who are able to comment on your academic accomplishments, educational and professional goals and potential to flourish in the QME graduate program.

You must input the names and contact information for each recommendation provider in the graduate application. They will be sent directions on how to upload their letter directly into your application.


Required Materials
Personal statement

The personal statement is an integral part of your application and will be weighted heavily in its evaluation. The purpose of this statement is to help us understand your academic and professional background, and also evaluate whether the University of Minnesota is a good fit for you. You should write the personal statement as a narrative and it should not exceed three double-spaced pages.

  • Begin your personal statement with a brief professional bio. Within this bio, tell us about your academic journey to date, including any quantitative training or data-based experiences you may have had.

In the remainder of the personal statement, address each of the following:

  • Describe why you want to pursue a graduate degree in quantitative methods.
  • Why do you want to come, specifically to the UMN to pursue a graduate degree in quantitative methods? Describe specific factors that led you to apply to the University of Minnesota.
  • If you are applying for the PhD, you should address why you are interested in research. (The PhD degree is about doing research, not just taking courses!)
    • If you have an idea of potential research topics or methods of interest, you can also indicate those. (This is not required, but it does help us assign an advisor.)
    • If you have research experience, briefly describe those experiences. (Again, this is not required.)
  • Describe any strengths that will make you successful in graduate school.
  • Anything else you would like us to know about you.

Upload the essay under “Personal Statement” in the Materials section in the graduate application.


Upload in the Program Supplementary Information section of the graduate application under “Resume/CV.”

Graduate Program Additional Materials

Optional Materials

Diversity Statement

Submitting the diversity statement is optional, but highly encouraged, especially for applicants who have experienced hardships or obstacles to complete their previous undergraduate or graduate education (e.g., coming from diverse ethnic, racial, or educational backgrounds; coming from a low-income background; being a first-generation college student). This statement may be used to nominate exceptional applicants for graduate fellowships.

Tip: Tell your story. If you learned from obstacles you personally overcame, write about them. If you grew up with privilege, write about how you discovered your privilege. It might be tempting to write about someone else’s experience, an entire group’s experience, or diversity and inclusion in an abstract way. However, most often, admissions teams want to understand how you personally came to be empathetic, reflective, resilient, and aware of systematic inequalities. Describe how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the program and the University’s goals of promoting excellence through diversity.

Upload the essay under “Diversity Statement” in the Materials section in the graduation application.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

If you do not have a quantitative background (coursework or professional experiences), we strongly encourage you to submit GRE scores.

GRE General Test Scores should be entered in the "Test Scores" section in the graduate application. The GRE (General Test) is optional for all applicants and must have been taken within five years of date of application. You do not need to take any GRE subject tests. Due to the length of processing time all applicants should take the GRE test no later than the October testing date to meet the December application deadline. Be sure to request that ETS send your scores to the University of Minnesota Graduate School (using institution code 6874).

Get more information about the GRE

Writing Samples

Upload publications and articles in the graduate application under “Writing Samples.”

Extenuating Circumstances

You may upload a brief statement explaining any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your grades or your test scores under "Extenuating Circumstances" in the Materials section of the graduate application.

Common Ground Consortium Statement

If you wish to be considered for a Common Ground Consortium assistantship, please be sure to indicate this on your program application, and then upload a statement briefly addressing the following question: Given that the University of Minnesota is a public grant institution, it is imperative that CGC scholars can both benefits 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:

  • Enhance your graduate student experience
  • Prepare you for your chosen career
  • Benefit the public

Tuition and funding


Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.

Fellowships and awards

Submit your application materials by the Dec. 1 deadline, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.

Note: Spring, summer, and fall (March deadline) applicants will not qualify for fellowships.

Graduate assistantships

Get paid to work as a teaching assistant, graduate instructor or research assistant. Graduate assistantships are available through the department, College of Education and Human Development, and the University.

Note: Applicants who complete their applications by the March 1 deadline will be less likely to receive graduate assistantships than students who meet the Dec. 1 deadline.

Financial aid

Visit OneStop Student Services for more information on available financial aid.


Visit the College of Education and Human Development’s Awards page for scholarship information.