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Graduate Program Admission

Owner: Graduate Admission

Pertains to: Prospective graduate students

Description: Students wishing to enroll in degree program coursework must be either fully admitted to the degree program or admitted with conditional or special status.


Students wishing to enroll in degree program coursework must be either fully admitted to the degree program or admitted with conditional or special status. Students wishing to pursue an additional teaching license or an administrative license must apply for admission to the appropriate licensure program. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of individual programs. Admission requirements, application instructions, and deadlines are published in each program’s materials.

Admission decisions are made by each program’s admission committee. The admission committee will not review an application file until all required documents have been received. When a decision is made, the applicant will be notified by mail.

Upon admission, degree-seeking students will be asked to accept their admission, and they will receive registration materials, financial policies and procedures, and instructions for accessing student information through Hamline University’s secure website, Piperline.

Information on applying for admission to a graduate program can be found on the Hamline University graduate admission website.

Conditional Status

Conditional admission may be granted, upon the approval of the program director or the admission committee, in those instances where the applicant has not submitted all the required materials to complete the application process. Students must submit all admission requirements prior to the completion of their first semester. Federal financial aid is not available for students holding conditional status.

Provisional Status

Provisional admission is granted in situations where a student does not meet all academic standards but through the review of application materials demonstrates the ability to be successful in graduate studies. After completion of the first semester, program personnel will review to determine if the student has satisfied the requirements for full admission. 

Special Status

Students who wish to take graduate courses for credit but do not wish to be degree candidates may be allowed to register on a space-available basis. To do so, students must apply for Special status and pay an application fee. Application forms for Special status are available from the Office of Graduate Admission. A Special student must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Special students are expected to participate fully in all classes. Courses taken under Special status may later be applied toward degree requirements, provided that satisfactory grades are achieved. A student may take up to three courses under Special status. Special students are not considered degree seeking and are not eligible for financial aid. 

Inactive Status

Students who have not enrolled in Hamline course work for one year from the term of their last registration will be placed on inactive status. Students who wish to have their record reactivated may do so by contacting the program in writing and requesting to be placed on active status. The period of inactivity will be counted as a part of the time frame to complete the program. 

Reactivation, Readmission, Deferral

Students who have been admitted for a specific term may defer their admission to a following term by contacting their program office. Students who have been made inactive or who have withdrawn and wish to resume their graduate program must go through a review by program staff. Additional documentation for readmission may be requested by the program. 

International Students Additional Requirements

Applicants with a degree from a non-U.S. institution must submit official or certified-true academic records along with a credential evaluation from World Education Services, Inc., or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. An explanation of the grading system should be submitted if it differs from the U.S. 4.0 system. Students are responsible to cover all fees of such evaluation as well as to make their own arrangements with the Credential Evaluation Company to send and receive their documents (or to be sent to Hamline University directly).

A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (written exam) or 213 or above (computer-based exam) must be achieved and submitted to Hamline University directly from the Educational Testing Service. The exception to this is the Master of Arts in ESL, which requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (written). Visit www.ets.org/toefl for more information about the TOEFL exam.

An Affidavit of Support needs to be completed and signed by the person who will be paying for students' expenses during their studies at Hamline and in the United States. The person who signs the Affidavit of Support must also include his/her bank statements as a proof of the said funding.