Application Deadlines

  • Jun 30
    Fall semester
  • Nov 15
    Spring semester
  • Mar 30
    Summer semester

Application deadlines are general guidelines only. Incomplete applications will roll forward to the next semester for a total of three semesters, after which you must re-apply if your file is still incomplete. Applications for admission are not considered until all requirements are met and fees received.

International students may complete the certificate online without traveling to the United States. In such cases, international students must meet the admission criteria and present evidence of language proficiency. We accept TOEFL scores of at least 550 (PBT) or 213 (CBT) or 80 (IBT) and IELTS scores of at least 6.0. Because this is not a degree-granting program, applications from international students studying on an F-1 student visa will not be accepted.

Application Packet

All application materials become the property of Metropolitan State University and are not returned. To be considered for full admission you must submit all parts of the application packet:

Part One

  • Online Graduate Programs Application. Please note you will need a Minnesota State StarID to complete the application. If you don't have a StarID, you will create one at the beginning of the application.
    • If you do not have or choose not to provide your Social Security number (SSN) you will need to follow the No SSN instructions to activate your StarID.
    • If you encounter difficulty with the online application, email
    • You are strongly encouraged to use the online application, but if you'd rather use the paper application, fill out the graduate application form and mail it to the Graduate Studies Office at the address below.
  • Non-refundable Application Fee can be paid through online application
    • Current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University.
    • Pay online using the online application or send a check with the paper application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • Must show a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from a regionally accredited institution with grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed and minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
    • Official transcripts verifying a bachelor's degree earned from an accredited institution.
    • All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated (course-by-course) by either ECE (preferred) or WES.
    • Electronic transcripts should be sent to
    • Paper transcripts should be sent directly from the sending institution (preferred).

Part Two

If you've applied online, you can login to the Applicant Portal using your StarID and password to upload remaining documents and check on the status of your application. To be considered for admission you must submit the following:

  • Current Resume
    • One year of full-time professional work experience is preferred; however, volunteer experience can be accepted in lieu of work experience.
  • Essay of professional goals (no more than two pages)

Submit Part Two materials to the School of Communications, Writing and the Arts at the address below.

Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
MEC Building, Office 4003
1300 Harmon Place
Minneapolis Campus

Mailing address:
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Email address:

School of Communications, Writing, and the Arts 
Metropolitan State University
1380 Energy Lane, Suite 205
Saint Paul, MN 55108

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