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How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Certificate & MS programs:
Application deadlines for fall start:
Priority: July 15; Final: August 1st
Application deadlines for spring start:
Priority: October 15; Final: December 1st
Application deadlines for summer start:
Priority: March 15; Final: May 1st

MA & PhD programs:
January 5 (fall admission only)

Any materials received after the deadlines
may not be in your file in time for departmental

In order to apply to our programs you must submit an application through the online application portal. All statements, letters of recommendation, and supplemental materials must be included in the Graduate School application.

Please refer to the degree-specific application instructions for a full list of required materials and further instruction: 

General application instructions and a prospective student toolkit are available from the Graduate School.

If you are not able to complete your application online, or if you have further questions, please contact our graduate programs coordinator, Laura Luepke, at 612-624-4761 or

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TOEFL English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose native language is not English or who have not previously completed a degree in English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and must score at least 550 (paper version) or 79 (internet version, with at least 21 on writing and 19 on reading). They should also provide a short example of their academic writing in English authored solely by themselves.