Submitting Application

Complete the University of Minnesota online Graduate School Application

The Graduate School requires all applicants to complete their application online. All materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system.

A decision for admission notice will be emailed to you once your application is carefully reviewed by the program's admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) are authenticated by Graduate School officials. You can expect a decision by late March or early April.

Application Process


December 15 is the application deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid. Applications received by December 15 will be given priority consideration for admission and financial support. Applications received after December 15 will be considered on a space and funds available basis. March 15 is the final application deadline, though we strongly urge applicants to submit their application well before this deadline.


All application materials should be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully.

Submission of the following indicate a complete application file:


Materials: Where to submit: How to submit:
Application Electronically via ApplyYourself Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 (Statement of Purpose) & #2 (Diversity Statement), Recommendations, and CV or Resume.

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

Click here to access the online application.
Application Fee Electronically via ApplyYourself Click here for more information about fees.
Transcripts Electronically via ApplyYourself Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. 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.
Letters of Recommendation Electronically via ApplyYourself Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable. Paper copies are not accepted.
CV or Resume Electronically via ApplyYourself Upload into the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the ApplyYourself online application.
English Language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) Electronically via ApplyYourself Click here for more information about English Language Proficiency.
GRE Scores Electronically via ApplyYourself Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself.
Click here for more information about the GRE.


Materials: Where to submit: How to submit:
Publications Electronically via ApplyYourself Upload your publications and articles into the Other Information portion on the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the ApplyYourself online application.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Director of Graduate Admissions, Professor Robert Blair (, or the Program Coordinator, Anup Joshi (, or call program office at 612-624-7751.