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General Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or an equivalent degree from a recognized college or university in another country
  • Preferred minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • English language proficiency (see proficiency requirements for more information; international applicants who have completed 16 semester/24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. college or university are exempt from demonstrating language proficiency requirements)

Application Information:

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. All materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself Application System, administered by the University of Minnesota's Graduate School.

Application Deadline

Applications are due February 1, with admission for the following fall semester. (Under extenuating circumstances, applications may be considered past the deadline for admission.)

Application Fee

The application fee for U.S. applicants and permanent residents is $75, and $95 for international applicants. The application fee for a Change of Status or Readmission application is $75. You must pay the application fee with a valid credit/debit/check card. This fee is subject to change. The most detailed and up-to-date information about the fee is included in the instructions that accompany the online application for admission. Please note the application fee cannot be waived or deferred and is not refundable.

Application Process and Materials:

All application materials should be submitted directly into the ApplyYourself Application System. Your application will not be reviewed until all of the required materials are submitted successfully. Incomplete applications cannot be considered for admission. Please note that because this ApplyYourself platform is used across the UM campuses by a diversity of graduate programs, the ApplyYourself system has sections that may be required by other programs, but not required for our MEEd application. Thus, please use the instructions below to guide you in knowing which application sections to complete and which sections will remain blank. For example, some programs require an applicant statement on diversity, but our program does not. Thus, there will be some sections that would allow for uploading a document, but for our program, you leave it blank. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us (jernst@d.umn.edu).

Required materials include the following:

  • Application for Graduate Admission (Click here to access the online application.)
    • Personal Information
    • Application Information
    • Educational Background
    • Test Information (If applicable, upload your English Language Test Scores; GRE scores are optional.)
    • Languages
    • Employment/Residence Information
    • Financial Support (Students interested in receiving a graduate assistantship position should indicate interest within this section; receiving a GA is dependent upon your qualifications and availability of funding; students are also encouraged to seek their own opportunities for support in an appropriate thesis/field project area, with faculty assistance.)
    • Legal Agent/Privacy Statement
    • Applicant Statement #1 (As part of this statement, include an explanation of your interest in EE and in this degree program, your career goals, and a potential area of interest/emphasis for your final research/field/curriculum project. All other sections are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.)
  • Transcripts (You must list on your online application, in the "Educational Background" section, each institution of higher learning from which you have earned credit. You must also submit unofficial transcripts or academic records for each of these institutions. This includes partial or incomplete transcripts. Transcripts should be uploaded directly into the online application system. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. There is no need for official transcripts for the initial review of your application. Click here for additional information regarding uploading your transcripts.)
  • Writing Sample that demonstrates your suitability for graduate-level study and/or your formal academic writing ability (uploaded into the "Program Supplementary Information" section of your online application, under the "Writing Sample" category)
  • Resume (uploaded into the "Program Supplementary Information" section of your online application, under the "Resume or CV" category)
  • Two Work Samples that communicate your suitability for graduate-level study in EE, such as a lesson plan, grant proposal, article, capstone project, etc. (uploaded into the "Program Supplementary Information" under the "Upload 1" and "Upload 2" category)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation that speak to your potential as a graduate student and EE professional (Please do not mail paper copies of recommendations; they must be submitted electronically, following the instructions provided, once you are logged into the online application system.)
  • Application Fee (After you have completed the online application, click the "submit" button and follow the credit/debit card payment instructions. After you pay, you will be returned to the online application, where you will click submit again. This completes your submission.)

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using the ApplyYourself application system. A decision for admission notice will be emailed to you once your application is carefully reviewed by the department’s admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) are authenticated by Graduate School officials. The email will ask you to log into your application to view your admission decision. Admission decisions are generally determined by late March.

Admitted applicants may request a deferral of their admission to graduate study for up to one year without reapplying. If the deferral is approved and the student does not start within the one year period, the applicant must reapply.