How to Apply

If you have any questions as you complete your application, please contact the Director of Graduate Admissions at .

Application Deadlines
Fall semester: December 1 is the application deadline for Fall semester.

Required Materials
All materials must be submitted directly through the ApplyYourself system by the deadline. Applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all required materials have been submitted according to the following instructions.

MaterialsHow to Submit

Application for Graduate Admissions

Go to the University of Minnesota online application, ApplyYourself.

Complete all required fields:

  • Personal information
  • Application background
  • Test information - self reported
  • Languages
  • Awards and activities
  • Employment/Residence information
  • Financial support
  • Application statement #1
  • Program supplementary information (CV, GRE, TOEFL, etc.)
  • Three recommendation letters

All materials must be submitted into the online application. Once you submit, your application is final. No changes or additions can be accepted.

Application Fee

$75 for U.S. applicants, $95 for international applicants. This fee cannot be waived or deferred. Click here for more information on the application fee.


Unofficial transcripts or academic records must be uploaded directly to the online application. Instructions for uploading transcripts are available here.

International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Click here for more information on international transcripts and credentials.

Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, as this may cause serious delays in the processing of your application.

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. See the Graduate School's Application Information page for details.

GRE and TOEFL Test Scores

To ensure that these scores are immediately available to the PBS program for evaluation of your application, please upload a copy of your (unofficial) score reports using the "upload document" button next to "other credentials" within the section titled "Graduate Program Supplementary Information" on the ApplyYourself application. Official GRE and (if applicable) TOEFL scores must be sent by ETS to The Graduate School (the school code is 6874). GRE scores are valid for five years and TOEFL for two years. In addition, international students should upload one file that contains both their GRE and TOEFL score reports. We do not require a subject GRE test, but it is strongly recommended. 

Statement #1

Statement #1 is required.  Please limit this statement to no more than a total of 3 pages. (Personal Statement - 2 pages and Research Statement - 1 page) which should address the content requested on the application. These statements are an important part of your application and will be read carefully by the EEB Graduate Faculty for content and coherence. In your Personal Statement, within the first paragraph please list the faculty you wish to work with and your research interests.

Statement #2 (optional)

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.

Note: For US Citizens and Permanent Residents, this statement will be used to determine if you are eligible to be nominated by the admissions committee for a Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowship (DOVE Fellowship). Your statement should indicate how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University's goal of promoting excellence through diversity. If applicable, nominees should mention hardships or obstacles that they have overcome to complete their undergraduate education.

Description of Research or Work Experience

Do not upload a separate document in this field.

Your work or research experience should be included in Statement #1, after your immediate and long-range career objectives.

Writing Sample

Writing samples are not required by our program.

Resume or CV

Upload your resume or CV in PDF format. Do not upload more than one copy.

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Additional referees, such as employers, are also acceptable. 

All letters must be submitted via ApplyYourself.