Admissions & Applications Information

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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 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.)  If you are seeking admission for spring term, please email Lynn McGraw at lmmcgraw@d.umn.edu. prior to applying.

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 University of Minnesota Graduate School’s online application system (https://choose.umn.edu/apply)  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 application system is used across the UM campuses by a diversity of graduate programs, the application has sections that may be required by other programs, but not required for our MEEd application. 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 at lmmcgraw@d.umn.edu.

MEEd program-specific application instructions

  • Program Selection: Environmental Education -  Duluth – MEEd (Master of Environmental Education)
  • Term Selection: Fall (if you are wanting Spring, please email us at lmmcgraw@d.umn.edu prior to selecting)
  • Biographical Information
  • Personal Background
  • Academic History:  As a part of this section, you will be prompted to submit transcripts.  Upload your unofficial transcript or academic record for each college/university listed in your academic history, even if you will not receive a degree.   Please do not mail paper copies of your transcripts.  For the initial review of your application, your official transcripts are not needed.  If admitted, the University will then request official transcripts.
  • Test Scores: We do not have academic test score requirements; please do not upload GRE scores.  If applicable, please review the University's minimum English Language requirements for admission and submit English Language test scores in this section of the application.
  • Employment
  • Materials
    • Personal Statement: Please 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 if that is known.  In addition, you may (optional) indicate your plans regarding funding this degree, such as if you intend to continue working in your current employment, or if you intend to seek a graduate assistantship position, or if you are not seeking financial assistance for your degree.  Please note, 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, and also encouraged to seek relevant work to help support the costs of pursuing this degree.  Also note that admission decisions are independent of funding-related information and funding/assistantship decisions.
    • Diversity Statement: This is optional.  Occasionally there is funding available toward diversifying the graduate student body.  If you would like to provide a statement, it will be used to help us watch for possible relevant funding opportunities.  This statement is not a part of the application review for admissions related decisions.
    • Extenuating Circumstances Statement: This is optional, for those who would like to explain circumstances relating to prior academic performance, or other relevant extenuating circumstances that are important for us to know as we review your application.
    • Resume/CV: Please upload your resume or CV.
    • Writing Sample: Please upload a sample of your writing that demonstrates your formal academic writing ability (for example, a term paper you wrote during you undergraduate program).
    • Description of Research: This is not needed; please do not upload anything here.
    • Graduate Program Additional Materials.  Please submit two work samples that communicate your suitability for graduate-level study in EE, such as a lesson plan, grant proposal, article, capstone project, etc.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation:  Recommendation letters should 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 in the application system.
  • Signature: Please complete the confirmation and signature section, as instructed in the application system.
  • Application Fee: After you have completed the online application, click the "Finalize Application and Pay" button and follow the credit/debit card payment instructions. The application fee for U.S. applicants and permanent residents is $75, and $95 for international applicants. Your application is fully submitted once you pay the application fee.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are communicated to applicants online through the admissions system. A decision for admission notice will be available once your application is carefully reviewed by the department’s admission committee. You will receive an email prompting you to log into your application to view your admission decision once it is posted.   Admission decisions are generally determined by mid to late March.

In extenuating circumstances, 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.