How to Apply
Our primary goal when reviewing admission applications is to match prospective students with the faculty and resources that can best support their research interests and cultivate their academic and activist visions. Personal statements are reviewed meticulously and weigh substantially on the decision to admit. Why is our program the right one for you? How would working with our faculty better inform your future work? What contributions are you poised to make to the field? Craft a vision of yourself here and what has encouraged you to pursue graduate study in feminist studies.
Letters of reference should reflect upon your previous work and the promise of productive scholarship in feminist studies. Your writing sample (limit 20 pages) should demonstrate outstanding writing, analytical, and organizational research.
Ready to Apply?
All applications are submitted through the ApplyYourself website. You will be asked for the following materials.
- Report your GRE or TOEFL score to the Graduate School. A TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS test is generally required of all applicants whose first language is not English regardless of US Citizenship status. For more information, please view the Graduate School’s English language requirements.
- Upload an unofficial transcript for each institution attended in the Educational Background section of the application. Non-English transcripts must include an English translation.
- Upload to Statement #1: Statement of Research (2-3 pages) - Please provide a statement outlining your immediate educational and long-range career objectives in relation to your chosen field. If there is a paritcular faculty member with whom you wish to study, please give that person's name and explain why you want to study with that person. You may also wish to include other information, such as any undergraduate research experience, internships, or other experience you may have had to document your preparation for advanced study in your chosen field.
- Upload to Statement #2: Statement of Diversity (1 page) - Enrolling and graduating a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota's mission. Please write a statement that identifies the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and life experiences you would contribute to your graduate program and to the education of fellow students at the University of Minnesota. You may wish to include examples that address your contribution to the diversity of the student body and illustrate your motivation to succeed by setting high standards for accomplishing intellectual and other goals, overcoming obstacles to achievement, and/or helping others to gain access to the resources necessary for success.
- Extenuating Circumstances: 1 page, optional.
- Include three letters of recommendation uploaded by your recommenders electronically. You will have the opportunity to enter their names and email addresses in the online application system. The department requires that you waive your right to examine the letters; check this option when prompted via the application. Do not submit paper copies of the letters to the department. Letters of recommendation should address:
- The applicant's working relationship with the recommender
- The applicant's intellectual ability, ability in research, and professional skills and creativity
- The quality of the applicant's previous work and promise of productive scholarship especially in the field of feminist studies
- Compose the Graduate Program Additional Application, a 1-page statement focused on examples from your life history that demonstrate your motivation or drive to succeed at past goals you have set.
- Submit a writing sample of scholarly writing on a topic related to feminist studies. The sample may be excerpted from a longer work, but may not exceed 20 pages.
- Include your resumé or CV (required) and a description of research or work experience if relevant (optional).
- Complete the application for admission to the Graduate School in full, verify it for accuracy and all necessary pieces, and submit!