Application Procedures

Application deadline for 2019-20 is DECEMBER 1, 2018.

Thank you for your interest in the HSTM graduate program.

All application materials are submitted electronically through the online system.  The system will be accessible in September 2018.

Requested Materials:

What to Submit:

Online Application

Please complete the first 8 sections of the online application (Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Legal agent/privacy statement) as requested.


# 1 Personal Statement


# 2 Diversity Statement

Extenuating Circumstances

~Statement #1 - Please limit this Personal 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. 

~Statement #2 - Diversity Statement, 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.

~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.


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.

GRE Scores and English Language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

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 should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself. Also please upload a copy of your (unofficial) score reports into Other Credentials within the section entitled Program Supplementary Information on the ApplyYourself application. 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.

Letters of Recommendation

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 can be requested and submitted through the ApplyYourself online system (preferred method of submission), or they may be submitted by post to the address listed below.

Writing Sample

Upload your writing sample into the Program Supplementary Information section of the ApplyYourself online application. 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.

Program Supplementary  Information

Optional: Submit a curricula vitae, including a list of any papers published and awards received.

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
Minneapolis, MN 55455