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Certificate & MS Application

Application deadline for fall start: August 1st
Application deadline for spring start: December 1st
Application deadline for summer start: May 1st
Before you apply, look over the prospective student toolkit.
 
All application materials must be submitted electronically via the online admissions system
 
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.
 
Materials: 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:
Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 & #2, and Letters of Recommendation. GRE Scores are not required for the MS.

Certificate in Technical Communication
Required fields:
Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 & #2. Letters of Recommendation are not required for the CERT program.

Optional fields: All other fields or application materials are optional, but they will be taken into consideration if submitted.
Application fee As specified by the Graduate School. Information about fees.
Transcripts
Required for MS & Certificate
Upload directly to the online application unofficial transcripts or academic records from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. 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.
 
Letters of recommendation (3)
Required for MS only
Letters of Recommendation (3 letters)  are submitted via the Graduate School's online application system. Acceptable recommendations must come from current/former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are acceptable. Submit online copies ONLY.
 
Writing samples (2)
Required for MS & Certificate
Upload two (2) writing samples into the “Other Information” portion on the “Graduate Program Supplementary Information” 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, art work, or audio or video tape.
English language test scores For non-native English speakers: TOEFL, IELTS.

See more information about TOEFL scores.
Application Status
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