Certificate & MS Application

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

Due to increased demand for the MS and certificate programs, Writing Studies now has a priority deadline. Apply by the priority deadline to maximize your chances of being admitted to the program (please note that applying before this deadline does not constitute a guarantee of admission). 

If space in the programs allows, applications submitted after the priority deadline will be considered as well. Applicants will otherwise be invited to have their applications considered for the next admissions cycle.

Before you apply, please review the tuition rates (scroll down to College of Liberal Arts’ college-specific post-baccalaureate tuition rates for the certificate; the MS is offered at the general graduate and professional rate) and fees information.  Prospective students considering student loans are strongly advised to contact One Stop Student Services to learn about the differences in the financial aid eligibility of our two programs prior to  applying.

To ensure that the application review process is consistent and fair, we only review the materials listed below. Any unsolicited or extra materials will be redacted from the application packet reviewed by faculty.

All application materials must be submitted electronically via the online admissions system. 

Apply for Admission

The Graduate School must receive all of the following materials before your application will be considered. Please contact our graduate programs coordinator, Laura Luepke, at 612-624-4761 or writgpc@umn.edu if you have any questions.
Application Components: How to submit:
Graduate School Application
Please read the Graduate School’s application instructions and apply online. All materials should be submitted through the Graduate School’s online admissions system.

MS in Scientific & Technical Communication
Required fields:
Program Selection, Term Selection, Biographical Information, Personal Background, Academic History, Employment, and Materials. GRE scores are not required for the MS.

Certificate in Technical Communication
Required fields:
Program Selection, Term Selection, Biographical  Information, Personal Background, Academic History, Employment, and Materials. Letters of Recommendation and GRE scores are not required for the certificate program.
Academic History
Required for MS & Certificate
Upload unofficial transcripts or academic records from each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended to the Academic History section of the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English.
Please do not mail paper copies of your transcripts; you do not need official transcripts or academic records for the initial review. If you are admitted, the University will request official copies.
Test Scores
GRE scores are not required for the MS or the certificate programs.
For non-native English speakers: TOEFL, IELTS.
Materials: Statements
Required for MS & Certificate
Personal Statement: In approximately 500 words, outline your immediate educational and long-range career objectives in relation to your chosen field.
Diversity Statement:
Enrolling and graduating a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota’s mission. The UMN Graduate School provides the following definition of diversity: The “inclusion of individuals with differing backgrounds and experiences derived from, e.g., different ethnicities, gender identities, nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, veteran status, and/or disabilities.”
Please write a statement, approximately 500 words, 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 Statement: This statement is optional but will be taken into consideration if submitted.
Materials: Writing samples (2)
Required for MS & Certificate
Upload two (2) writing samples into the “Other Materials” portion of the Materials section of the online admissions system.
At least one sample must demonstrate your writing proficiency. We recommend submitting published works; however, undergraduate work is also acceptable. To demonstrate your verbal and visual proficiency, the second sample may include link(s) to other media such as graphics, photographs, slides, artwork, or audio or videotape.
Recommendations (3)
Required for MS Only
Letters of Recommendation (3 letters)  are requested and submitted via the Graduate School's online application system. One or more of your recommendations should come from current/former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable.
Note: You are encouraged to communicate submission deadlines directly to recommenders. The automated email request message will not communicate that information.
Application Fee As specified by the Graduate School. Information about fees.
Application Status
Check your application status.