Application Procedures

Application deadline for 2020-21 Admission is DECEMBER 1, 2019.

Thank you for your interest in the HSTM graduate program.

All application materials are submitted electronically through the online system. 

Requested Materials:

What to Submit:

Online Application

Please complete all sections of the online application as requested. When you access the application system through, you'll need to select which track you're applying for. While both tracks are part of the same program, no graduate student completes the Program without a track. If you have questions about which track to select, contact the Director of Graduate Students, Jennifer Alexander ( ) or the Graduate Program Coordinator, Emmie Miller ( ). 

Academic History/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 important information about uploading your transcripts and credentials.

Test Scores

Although it is not required for admission, the HSTM Program strongly recommends that applicants submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. GRE and (if applicable) TOEFL scores.  Also please upload a copy of your (unofficial) score reports into Graduate Program Additional Material within the section entitled Materials. International students may upload one file that contains both their GRE and TOEFL score reports. 

Click here for more information about the GRE.

Click here for more information about TOEFL, MELAB, and IELTS scores.



Personal Statement:  Please limit the statement to no more than two (2) pages and address the content requested on the application.

The HSTM program has two tracks, one focused on the history of science and technology and the other on the history of medicine. In the first sentence of this statement, please indicate the track you are intending to pursue and indicate in a word or phrase your major field and potential specialization. You may tell us more in the remainder of your personal statement. The track you discuss in your personal statement should be the same as the track that you select when you begin your online application.

Diversity Statement:  This is not required, however if you feel you can contribute to the diversity of the university's graduate student body, please submit this statement. In particular, if you are an American citizen and wish to be considered for the DOVE fellowship, you must submit this statement. Please limit this statement to one (1) page.

Extenuating Circumstances:  This statement is not required. If you have any areas of concern in your application (i.e. low test scores, a poor grade), you may address these in the Extenuating Circumstances statement.

Resume/CV:  This is optional.  You may submit a curricula vitae, including a list of any papers published and awards received.

Description of Research:  This is optional, but areas of research interest to you should be part of your personal statement.

Writing Sample:  Choose a writing sample that gives us insight into your intellectual curiosity and your analytic and creative abilities. It could be part of an undergraduate project, a section or two from a senior or Master’s thesis, or a piece of published writing.

Graduate Program Additional Material:  See Test Scores.


The HSTM program requests three (3) letters of recommendation addressed to the HSTM Director of Graduate Studies from people who can elaborate on your academic abilities and suitability for graduate study.

The letters should be requested and submitted through the online system as soon as you begin your application to allow sufficient time for the writers to submit their recommendations.

Application Fee

Click here for more information about fees.



Click here for the Graduate School web site for prospective students.

HSTM Mailing Address:

Director of Graduate Studies
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
University of Minnesota
100 Union St SE, Room 585
Minneapolis, MN 55455