How to Apply

Missed the Deadline? Contact Christina in Student Services at [email protected] to discuss options for completing prerequisites and certain coursework prior to entering the program in Fall 2023.

Application Instructions

  1. Be sure to review program requirements before you apply.
  2. Complete the University of Minnesota Graduate online application. You will need to create a username and password to complete the application. You do not have to complete this application in one sitting and your progress is saved automatically.
    1. Please note that the online application is a general application that covers many University of Minnesota programs. Please follow these guidelines when you write your statement and upload materials (rather than the general guidelines found in the online application). Be sure to complete all required fields appropriately within the application. In addition, the items listed below are the only items our program requires for upload.
    2. Program Selection:
      1. Under narrow your program options: Choose, ‘University of Minnesota - Twin Cities’
      2. Filter by college/school: Choose, ‘Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing’
      3. Under Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing Programs: Choose the appropriate program for which you are interested in: Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices - Health Coaching - Certificate
    3. Term Selection:
      1. Select ‘Fall’. This is the only semester we allow admission.
    4. Biographical Information:
      1. Please complete all sections
        1. Name
        2. Address
        3. Email address
        4. Telephone number
        5. Biographical information
        6. Citizenship information
        7. Race/Ethnicity
    5. Personal Background
      1. Please complete all sections:
        1. University of Minnesota Affiliation
        2. Military Service
        3. Sex, Gender Identity, and Pronouns
        4. Residency Information
        5. Educational Background
        6. Languages
        7. Legal Agent
    6. Academic History
      1. Provide information for all post-secondary institutions (college/university) you have attended, even if you did not receive a degree.
        1. Upload copies of all transcripts to the application system. Official copies will be required before you begin the program, but unofficial copies are sufficient at the time of application.
    7. Test Scores
      1. Academic test requirements - none are required at this time.
      2. English language test requirements:
        1. For non-native English speakers, we require a minimum total TOEFL score of 79; a writing subscore of 21 and a reading subscore of 19. Click here to read how to submit your scores to the University of Minnesota.
    8. Employment
      1. Please enter all employment experience.
    9. Materials
      1. Personal Statement
        1. A three to five page (double-spaced) personal statement focusing on what led to your interest in health coaching as a professional activity, and a description of your interest in and experience with holistic integrative health and healing. Please include a statement about what hopes and expectations you have of the Health Coaching Master’s program.
        2. Include a statement regarding prerequisite coursework if those are outstanding at the time of the application. Please include the name of the course(s), the institution where it will be completed, and the estimated date of completion.   
      2. Diversity Statement - not required
      3. Extenuating Circumstances Statement - not required
      4. Other Materials
        1. Resume/CV
          1. Current CV/Vocational history/Resume. Be sure to include any relevant volunteer work.
        2. Writing Sample - not required
        3. Description of Research - not required
        4. Graduate Program Additional Materials - not required
    10. Recommendations
      1. Three letters of recommendation should be from people who know you in a professional capacity.
      2. At least one letter should be from an academic source if possible and one from an employer/supervisor.
      3. A recommendation from any community/volunteer work is acceptable as well.
    11. Signature
    12. Review
      1. Optional: Preview application proof. Review your application for accuracy before submitting. You will be unable to make changes to your application once you finalize. Note: your application is not considered submitted until you finalize your application and pay the application fee.
    13. Finalize Application and Pay
      1. Submit application and pay the application fee ($75 US/permanent resident or $95 International). You will receive an email from the Graduate School Admissions office confirming receipt of your application. If you are missing any required documentation it will be addressed upon preliminary review of your application.
  3. After preliminary review of your application, you will be notified via email if you have been selected to interview with members of the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing Admissions Review Committee. At that time, we will schedule a writing prompt for you to complete prior to your interview. Interviews will begin mid-February for those that submit by the February 1 priority deadline.
  4. After your application, interview, and writing prompt is reviewed by the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing Admissions Review Committee, decisions will be forwarded to the Graduate School for final approval. The Graduate School will notify you via email of the admission decision.
  5. If you have further questions requiring individual clarification, contact Christina in Student Services at [email protected]