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Application Deadline

The deadline to submit your application for the MAPS program is February 1st for admission consideration for Fall 2025. Pending available space, applications submitted after the deadline may be considered. 


  • Required

    • bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution (international applicants see section below)
    • completion of psychology statistics and research methods coursework
    • documentation of English language proficiency for any non-native speaker of English
    • completion of an Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology course - Clinical Counseling Psychology applicants only
  • Preferred

    • minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • a degree in psychology
    • completion of an Introductory Industrial-Organizational Psychology course - Industrial-Organizational Psychology applicants only
  • Clinical Counseling applicants please note, per University policy, criminal background checks will be required before enrolling in internships.

International Applicants

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree from outside of the United States should check that their degree is recognized by the University of Minnesota system as equivalent to a bachelor's degree in the United States. Evaluations from World Evaluation Services (WES) do not change these standards and the MAPS Program can not make exceptions.
  • For non-native speakers of English, there are additional tests to document your English language proficiency. Learn more about testing option and exemptions on UMN Graduate School's English language proficiency webpage. Minimum scores for the MAPS Program are the same as the UMN Graduate School's minimums.
  • If your transcript is not in English, please up load an English translation.
  • Additional information about the application process, visa requirements, and other information related to international applicants is available here. If you still have questions about the application process for international students, please contact the graduate school at [email protected].

Application Instructions

All application materials should be submitted directly into the Graduate Application System.

  • Program Selection - select either:  
    • Psychological Science - Clinical Counseling - Duluth MA
    • Psychological Science - Experimental - Duluth MA
    • Psychological Science - Industrial Organizational - Duluth MA
  • Term Selection - 
    • Please select "Fall" of the year you wish to begin. Students are only accepted for Fall admission.
  • Transcript
    • Unofficial transcripts or academic records for each institution attended, including partial or incomplete transcripts.
    • There is no need for official transcripts for the initial review of your application. Once admitted, students will receive instructions from the Graduate School on where to send official transcripts.
  • Forms
    • Complete biographical information (e.g., contact information), personal background (e.g., residency, military service), employment history in the Graduate Application System.
  • Personal Statement (essay format, 1,000 word limit) including:
    • Why you are specifically interested in our MAPS Program and your preferred track.
    • Your long-term professional goals, the routes by which you hope to achieve them, and your reasons for setting these objectives.
    • Your specific research and/or professional interests and how you became interested in this field or research.
    • Activities or experiences that have contributed toward your interest in, preparation for, and/or understanding of this field or research area.
    • Qualities (e.g., takes initiative, scientific curiosity, self-guided inquiry, openness to supervision) or skills you have acquired so far that might help you succeed in the field of psychology (e.g., writing skills, quantitative and data analysis skills, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, helping skills) as well as thrive in a rigorous graduate program. Note: applicants switching from another discipline are encouraged to reflect on potentially transferable skills when possible.
    • MAPS faculty with whom you would like to work, and an explanation for why you want to work with the particular faculty member(s) you indicate.
    • For Clinical Counseling applicants only: your likely preference for Plan B vs. Plan C option. Both options are welcome and accepted.
  • Diversity Statement
    • Supporting the development of a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota's mission. This mission is enacted by the inclusion of academically excellent students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and/or students who participate in efforts aligned with values related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please address each of the following (numbering your answers is helpful):
      1.  Lived experiences - Please describe the distinctive characteristics and/or life experiences that you would bring to the MAPS program. How might your lived experiences contribute to the education and enhanced perspective of the UMD community and in the MAPS program? How have you embodied diversity, equity, and inclusion values in your education or life so far? (max 150 words)
      2. Academic and career goals - Please describe your goals around diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging in your research/scholarship and academic/professional future (max 150 words)
      3. Support - What would you want from a graduate program that would support diversity, equity, and inclusion for you as a learner? (max 50 words)
  • Work Sample
    • Please include a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to succeed in the MAPS Program. Our admissions committee will assess your skills in writing, research, and potential for success in our program. A sample of writing you completed independently is preferred. If submitting a sample that was co-authored, please specify this and which sections of the paper represent your independent contribution. Possibilities include (but are not limited to): a capstone project, an independent research paper or proposal, a published article, a grant proposal.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Each letter should speak to your potential as a graduate student and professional in psychology. 
    • Letters must be submitted electronically (do not mail paper copies). Once you are logged into the online application system, you will be asked to provide the names of your letter-writers and their contact information. Your letter-writers will then be emailed a link to an online rating form that they need to complete and electronically submit.
    • You may also let your letter-writers know we request a letter with a narrative statement to upload in addition to an online form. 
    • You can check the progress of your application periodically online to ensure all materials are received before the deadline.
  • Curriculum vita (CV)
  • Extenuating Circumstances Statement (optional)
    • You may upload a statement if there is something you want to clarify. You can skip this section if there is nothing you want to clarify or explain.
  • 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.
    • Qualifying McNair Scholars can request a waiver of the application fee by completing the waiver request form prior to December 1st.

Your application will not be reviewed until all of the required materials are submitted successfully. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

After submitting your application

  • Members of the admissions committees (Clinical Counseling, Experimental, and Industrial Organizational) first review applications. After the application deadline, faculty meet to discuss initial impressions of applicants based on application materials and share rubric ratings.
  • The top pool of applicants will be invited to a semi-structured virtual interview (using the Zoom platform). Interview invitations are extended by email to the address you provided on the application.
  • Offers of admission are not typically extended until late February or later. If at any point you are holding an offer for admission and need to know the status of your application with the MAPS Program, please reach out to the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Applicants holding offers of admission are asked to respond to the offer no later than April 15th