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Applicants may apply for admission at any time during the year. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. 

Application Process

Applicants must submit:

  1. Application and Fee - Completed online application and nonrefundable $25 application fee. (Fee not required for alumni, students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel.)
  2. Official Transcripts - Submit an official transcript issued to Saint Mary's University from each undergraduate college or university attended, including an official transcript from the institution posting the applicant's completed bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received from the credit-granting institution in the original sealed envelope. Saint Mary's cannot accept transcripts that have been scanned, faxed, e-mailed, opened, marked, or damaged in any way. Please contact the credit-granting institution directly to order your official transcripts.  If you are submitting transcripts from countries other than the U.S., please see the international student section below.
  3. Personal Statement - A personal statement which includes:
    1. Write an autobiography which includes an account of those formal and informal learning experiences which have made the most impact on your life. What are your short-term goals?
    2. What do you intend to accomplish during the course of your graduate study? Set forth an interdisciplinary program, based upon your own needs, strengths, and weaknesses which would provide a balance between practical and theoretical work.
    3. In what areas of your intended plan of study, as described in question #2, would you need close supervision or advising?
    4. Ethics is translated into the Human Development program as social responsibility. The ethic of social responsibility invites students to make a commitment to a greater connectedness and sharing of talents with the community at large. Tell us how you have served your community in the past and what contributions you will make to the community at large in future years.
    5. The graduate program which we offer provides a vehicle around which self-motivated learners can structure a set of experiences of quality and substance. What should we know about you to enable us to determine whether or not you could profit from our program?
  4. Letters of Reference - Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability
  5. Résumé - A current résumé listing educational background and work experience

Once all materials are submitted the applicant will be contacted by program staff for a possible enrollment interview.

Application Documents

Personal statement and resume

References–The online application will prompt applicants to provide reference names and email addresses. The references will then be contacted via email with instructions on how to electronically submit a letter of recommendation 

Other application materials can be sent to:

Office of Admission, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
2500 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

If you have questions regarding admissions please contact us at (612) 728-5100 or (866) 437-2788.

Application Criteria for Students with International Transcripts

Additional application information may be required:

Please see the International Student section for additional information.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of six semester credits earned prior to matriculation at the university may be accepted in transfer upon the recommendation of the program director and with the approval of the dean as fulfilling program requirements or as electives.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees can be found here.