Admission Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Natural Resources Science and Management (NRSM) graduate program. All materials are submitted electronically through the UMN Online Application System. Admission decisions are also communicated to applicants using this system.

Acceptance to the program is based on a competitive weighing of credentials in conjunction with available space, advisors, and funding. Because individual faculty make the final selection of their graduate students, we strongly encourage that you communicate directly with those faculty members whose research interests match your own. We will only admit an applicant if an NRSM faculty member has agreed to advise them. This means that sometimes very strong applicants are denied admission simply because there isn't a match with a faculty advisor who has an opening for a new graduate student.

Students interested in the National Park Service Fellowship need to apply to the NRSM graduate program and attach their application statement to their existing application. See the 'Optional Materials' section below for more information.

Deadline

Although applications are processed on a continuous basis, for the fall semester enrollment we recommend that all materials be submitted by December 15th. Applications received after this date will still be considered for admission but will not be eligible for full fellowship consideration. Only students with a completed application on file will be considered for admission. 

Required Components

There are several required portions of the NRSM online application, including: personal information, educational background, awards and activities, employment and residence information, applicant statements, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. See below for more detailed information about some of these required sections. If you have any questions, please contact: nrsm@umn.edu.

Applicant Statements

The statement of purpose is part of your online application. Focus on your long-range and short-term career objectives and any teaching or research experience you may have. Please be sure and use this opportunity to tell us which of our faculty members you are most interested in working with. This will help us make sure that your application is viewed by the individuals who most need to see it.

The diversity statement should highlight your contributions to our diverse student body. If you are interested in applying for the DOVE or Diversity Scholars awards (see our Financial page for more info), please be sure to submit a thoughtful and well-crafted diversity statement, as this will be utilitized in any potential applications for those fellowships. 

GRE Scores

GRE scores are only a part of the application, and the program is a broad and interdisciplinary one with many different fields of study. For these reasons the program does not set any minimum score requirements for admission. 

Request that ETS report the scores to institution code 6874.

TOEFL Scores

For non-native speakers of English, scores from an English proficiency exam are required. Applicants may submit either the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS. More information about the Graduate School's language requirement is available on their website.

Click here for more information about English language proficiency exams. 

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.

Click here for more information about international transcripts and credentials.

Letters of Recommendation

You provide the names of your recommenders and their contact information, and the ApplyYourself system will send them an e-mail explaining the process. Please make sure recommenders know that we require a thoughtful and candid letter in addition to the quantitative summary they are asked to provide.

Acceptable recommendations will come from persons acquainted with your academic and professional experience and who can assess your potential for graduate work.

Optional Materials

Other optional materials may include reprints of published papers, theses or unpublished reports, etc. A résumé or CV, while not required, can be helpful as well, and may also be attached. These may be submitted under 'Other Information' on the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application.

National Park Service Fellowship Application

The NRSM program, partnering with the National Park Service, is currently seeking an incoming student for a fellowship opportunity. The focus of this fellowship is to engage Native American students in natural resource education. See below for an announcement detailing the focus of this fellowship. 

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To apply for this fellowship, upload a 1-2 page statement of purpose to your graduate application for the NRSM graduate program. If you have already submitted your application, please send your statement of purpose to nrsm@umn.edu prior to the close of business day on December 15, 2017 in order to be considered for this award.