Graduate Admission Process

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Set and exceed your expectations at 鶹ƵAPK

As Minnesota’s first university, 鶹ƵAPK has been leading the way since 1854. Now it’s your turn: Discover how 鶹ƵAPK can help you take the lead with a graduate experience like no other.

We offer programs in business and management, education, public administration, creative writing, legal studies, and forensic science. And there's more, with professional development and continuing education available with our graduate certificates. We offer doctorates in education or management and public service. With our small class sizes, our intimate learning environment easily reaches our students and helps them confidently take on their professional aspirations.

Our goal at 鶹ƵAPK is to stretch the intellectual potential of our graduate students and help them become consequential leaders in their fields. If you're interested in taking the next step, don't hesitate to reach out to us at if you need assistance.

International applicants

Please see our International Graduate Admission page for information specifically for you.

Interested in Day One CPT? Learn more about CPT, the application process, and get your questions answered on our Curricular Practical Training (CPT) page.

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School of Business

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Management and Leadership (MML), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and more

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School of Education and Leadership

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), initial teaching licensure, and other education graduate degrees and certificates

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Creative writing programs

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) and Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC)

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Legal studies programs

Master in the Study of Law (MSL) and Paralegal Certificate

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Continuing education and professional development

Business and Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, Forensic Science, and Paralegal Certificates, as well as other continuing education opportunities

Get to know 鶹ƵAPK on a higher level

Are you ready to take your education and professional career even higher? As a prospective graduate student, you have access to top-of-the-line faculty and resources that will help you gain experience in the program of your choice. At 鶹ƵAPK, you carve out your own path, and we provide the tools.

Take advantage of our academic resources, and more

We want our graduate students to expect the best out of a 鶹ƵAPK education, and we’re ready to provide you with the right tools so you can take the lead in your career. As a liberal arts institution, we provide access to a wide range of master's degrees, licensure programs, doctoral programs, and graduate certificates. Our faculty consists of top-ranked professors, many of whom are working professionals in their field. At 鶹ƵAPK, we encourage you to find your passions and discover new ones.

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I cannot say enough good things about 鶹ƵAPK. I learned to leverage so many strategies on how to make people feel empowered, how to drive change, and how to drive business. My MBA took me from feeling almost trapped to feeling absolutely limitless.

Kate Roselle ’19, MBA ; vice president of business development, Niznik Behavioral Health in Miami, FL

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