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.
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.
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.
- Apply online
- Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support
- Application Fee
- Pay electronically via credit card when submitting a finalized application
- $75 for US applicants
- $95 for international applicants
- Unofficial Transcripts
- Submit unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended or are currently attending, including the University of Minnesota.
- Transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application system before submitting the application.
- Once admitted, students must submit official transcripts or academic records before enrolling at the U of M to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Instructions for important information about uploading transcripts and credentials.
- Description of Research or Work Experience
- 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).
- Resume or CV
- Upload in the online application system.
A decision for admission notice will be emailed to applicants once:
- The submitted application is carefully reviewed by the department’s admission committee
- 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.
||550 (paper based) or 79 (Internet based)
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.