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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 one-two page personal statement which includes:
    1. A brief description of the applicant's background, training, and experience
    2. A statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program
    3. A description of the area(s) which the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities
    4. Personal information the applicant wishes to share
  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.