• Applying for the MSL

    We encourage individuals with a minimum of two years of full-time professional experience to apply by submitting the following seven items:

    MSL Application

    Official Transcripts

    You must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., with a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside of the U.S. You must submit transcripts from all colleges attended.

    Graduate Admission Test Score

    You can submit a graduate admission test score (e.g., GMAT, GRE, or LSAT) or narrative explaining at least two years applicable professional experience. 

    Personal Statement

    The personal statement (2 to 3 double-spaced pages) is your opportunity to share your unique abilities, character, and experiences with the admissions committee. The statement should address the reasons you have elected to pursue an MSL degree in general and why specifically at Hamline. You should also comment on your professional plans following completion of the degree. The committee weighs this statement heavily in the decision-making process and also considers it a writing sample.


    Your detailed resume should include work history, extracurricular activities, community service, internships, academic honors, hobbies, and other special interests, abilities or accomplishments.

    Letters of Reference

    Two letters of recommendation are required (no more than three will be accepted). References should be able to attest to your ability to enter an academically rigorous and competitive professional program, as well as your commitment to seeking an MSL degree. If you received your baccalaureate degree more than two years prior to applying to the MSL program, you may seek recommendations from a supervisor or someone who is familiar with your professional abilities, and applied knowledge and skills. We strongly discourage you from seeking recommendations from personal contacts or relatives.

    English Language Testing Requirements

    If English is not your native language, you must submit evidence that you possess a sufficient level of English to undertake graduate studies at Hamline University. You can demonstrate your English proficiency in one of the following ways: 

    • A minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 600 (paper-based format), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (iBT)
    • A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • A minimum score of 90 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
      Please note: Scores more than two years old are not accepted.

    State Eligibility (Online MSL only)

    If you are applying to the Online MSL, please confirm that you reside in a state where Hamline University is authorized to provide online education. (Eligibility by state.) 

    The admission committee reviews applications and renders admission decisions approximately three to four weeks after receipt of a completed application file. We highly suggest that you apply by December 1 for the Spring semester and by July 1 for the Fall semester. This will allow for adequate placement in courses and for timely completion of the financial aid process.

    Pending Approval

    Pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission, we are unable to admit international students to the MSL program.

    Please mail all application materials to:
    Office of Graduate Admission
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-A1710
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

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    Non-Discrimination Policy

    Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

    Accreditation Information

    Hamline University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits eared at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.