The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.

The Program allows students to designate one of four emphases to help focus their work.
  • Emphasis in the History of Ideas
  • Emphasis in Media Studies
  • Emphasis in Global Indigenous Studies
  • Emphasis in Sustainability Studies

Research and Discovery
Generate and preserve knowledge, understanding, and creativity by conducting high-quality research, scholarship, and artistic activity that benefit students, scholars, and communities across the state, the nation, and the world.

Teaching and Learning
Share that knowledge, understanding, and creativity by providing a broad range of educational programs in a strong and diverse community of learners and teachers, and prepare graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, as well as non-degree-seeking students interested in continuing education and lifelong learning, for active roles in a multiracial and multicultural world.

The program requires at least 30 credits. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry and the Final Project seminars are required. Students must take at least 9 credits of liberal studies seminars. The remaining 15 credits are composed of graduate-level electives from disciplines throughout the University of Minnesota, or directed study, directed research, advanced interdisciplinary inquiry, online coursework, or additional liberal studies seminars. Courses are selected with the help of the student's graduate faculty adviser.

The application package must include official transcripts of all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate work, two letters of reference, an updated resume, a three- to four-page written statement of purpose, and an additional writing sample of 10 to 20 pages. Application deadlines are in spring for summer term and fall semester admission, and in fall for spring semester admission. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79


The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association.

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