How to apply MEd graduate programs

Before you apply

Review the MS/MA vs MEd information. This comparison page will help you to decide which program is the best fit for your educational and professional goals.

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Admissions deadlines and criteria

The School reviews applications on an ongoing basis. Application deadlines for specific academic terms are the following dates.

  • November 1 - Spring semester admission
  • March 1 - Summer session admission
  • July 1 (preferred May 1) - Fall semester admission

Admission requirements include the following criteria

For the Physical Activity and Health program competitive students will have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree, preferably in kinesiology, exercise science, public health, biology, or psychology
  • A preferred 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Strong statement indicating purpose for MEd in physical activity and health and how the applicant's experience, education, and goals fit with the program.

For the Sport and Exercise Science program competitive students will have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree in kinesiology or exercise science, or comparable experience
  • A preferred 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Strong statement indicating purpose for MEd in sport and exercise science program and how the applicant's experience, education, and goals fit with the program.

For the Sport Management program competitive students will have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • A preferred 2.5 or higher GPA
  • Strong statement indicating purpose for MEd in sport management and how the applicant's experience, education and goals fit with the program.

Application process

All application materials should be submitted directly to the online application system. The School cannot review applications until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully.

  1. Application
    1. Apply online
    2. Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support
  2. Application Fee
    1. Pay electronically via credit card when submitting a finalized application
    2. $75 for US applicants
    3. $95 for international applicants
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
    1. Submit unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended or are currently attending, including the University of Minnesota.
    2. Transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application system before submitting the application.
    3. Once admitted, students must submit official transcripts or academic records before enrolling at the U of M to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
    4. Instructions for important information about uploading transcripts and credentials.
  4. Description of Research or Work Experience
    1. Upload a personal statement describing your career goals and rationale for interest in the MEd program and how this program will help with your future goals (limit of two pages).
  5. Resume or CV
    1. Upload in the online application system.

A decision for admission notice will be emailed to applicants once:

  1. The submitted application is carefully reviewed by the department’s admission committee
  2. Transcripts and credentials are authenticated by Graduate School officials

Applicants are typically notified of admission decisions 2-4 weeks after their complete application has been submitted.

Nonnative English speakers and/or international students

The TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS is generally required of all applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of U.S. Citizenship status.

Exceptions may be granted for applicants who will 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 before entering the University of Minnesota.

Examination Minimum score
TOEFL 550 (paper based) or 79 (Internet based)
MELAB 80
IELTS 6.5


Transfer credits

Please review the University policy on applying graduate credits to degree requirements. Transfer courses must be completed at the graduate level and approved by the academic advisor. Academic advisors can assist with individual needs and questions.

Please contact the MEd Advisor if you have any questions regarding the online application.

Questions?

We’re here to help. Get in touch with our Graduate Studies Office.

Zan Gao headshot

Zan Gao, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
gaoz@umn.edu
612-626-4639

Christopher Lundstrom headshot

Christopher Lundstrom, PhD
Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Science
MEd Director,
Sport and Exercise Science;
Physical Activity and Health
lund0982@umn.edu

Vicki Schull headshot.

Vicki Schull, PhD
Lecturer, Sport Management
MEd Director, Sport Management
schu1850@umn.edu
612-625-5300

Nina Wang headshot

Nina Wang, MS
Graduate Program Coordinator
& MEd Advisor
nwang@umn.edu
612-625-4380