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Application Checklist

Application Deadline: December 15

Application materials must be received by this deadline.

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 and #2, program supplementary information and recommendations.
More information about fees.
Transcripts Electronically via ApplyYourself Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International transcripts must be translated into English by accredited/certified translation service. 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.
Important information about uploading your transcripts and credentials.
Letters of recommendation Electronically via ApplyYourself Three references/letters are required written by professors with whom you have had close academic association and who can judge your promise as a graduate student and scholar.
It is highly preferred that all recommendations are sent via the ApplyYourself recommendation submission system; however, if a reviewer is unable, they may send a paper copy to the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies. Please note that you are responsible for reminding reviewers to send recommendations by the deadline.
CV, Resume Electronically via ApplyYourself Upload under the section: "Program Supplementary Information."
Writing sample Electronically via ApplyYourself A research paper written for a course that best represents your interests and skills in relation to the field in which you are applying. May be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese, and can be of any length.
Upload under the section: "Program Supplementary Information."
Personal statement Electronically via ApplyYourself A 1–3 page statement describing your background and interests, the area in which you intend to specialize, why you are interested in our program, previous research experience, faculty with whom you want to work, and your future plans (in and beyond graduate study). This may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.
Upload under the field: "Statement #1."
Department application Electronically via ApplyYourself Complete the Departmental Application
Upload under the section: "Program Supplementary Information."
Five minute voice sample Electronically via email: spptgrad@umn.edu The objective of the voice sample is to demonstrate your speaking skills in Spanish or Portuguese if you are a native speaker of English. If you are a native speaker of Spanish or Portuguese, please demonstrate your speaking skills in English.
On the voice sample: Identify yourself and the degree for which you are applying. You may talk about your studies, future plans, or share an interesting anecdote. Applicants are encouraged to use as wide a range of grammatical structures as possible and a diverse range of vocabulary.
Please use a Windows compatible format (Mp3 preferred) and attach the file to an email that includes your first and last name. Do not email your voice sample to the Graduate School. It should ONLY be submitted to the following email: spptgrad@umn.edu
GRE test scores Electronically via ApplyYourself The GRE is required of all applicants except international, non-native English speaking students. No GRE subject tests are required.
GRE test scores should be entered in the Information Self Reported field while waiting for official test results; however, official test results are mandatory to be admitted to the graduate program. Official test scores may be submitted directly from ETS to the Graduate School using the Institution Code: 6874. GRE tests must have been taken within the past five years. There is no minimum required GRE score for program admission.
International students are not required to take the GRE if they plan to take the TOEFL. They must take either the TOEFL or the GRE, but not both.
TOEFL test scores Electronically via ApplyYourself The TOEFL is only required for non-native English speakers who have not attended or received a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning in the US, AND for those international students that choose not to take the GRE test.
The Graduate School standards for the TOEFL are:
Internet based test: 79 or above with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading.
Paper based test: 550 or above.
The MELAB and IELTS also satisfy this requirement; you must receive a minimum score of 80 on the MELAB or 6.5 on the IELTS.
Diversity statement Electronically via ApplyYourself If you believe you qualify for the DOVE (Diversity of Views & Experiences) Fellowship, please submit a statement explaining your candidacy. Please label it Diversity Fellowship Statement. This must be written in English.
Upload under the field: "Statement #2."