Below are frequently asked questions by applicants to the Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching program. If you have questions regarding admission to the program, many answers are provided below.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the admissions process for the Health Coaching Program?

All applicants are required to complete the University of Minnesota‚Äôs Graduate Online Application. We require the following information: transcripts, English language proficiency exam (if required for international applicants), personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation.

What are the prerequisites for admission to the Health Coaching Program?

Students must have at least a four-year degree from an accredited institution. Before enrolling, all students must complete undergraduate coursework in General Psychology, Human Physiology, with a B or better. We also recommend but do not require coursework in Medical Terminology.

What is the application deadline for the Health Coaching program?

We only offer admission during the fall semester. The priority application deadline is February 1 (all prerequisite courses must be completed). The final deadline is April 15.

Do I have to take the GRE or GMAT?

No, the GRE or GMAT is not required and scores will not be taken into consideration when reviewing applications.

How long does the program take to complete?

2 years (full-time)

What kind of financial aid is available?

The Bakken Center offers a scholarship once per year. You can learn more about the A. Marilyn Sime scholarship on our scholarships page. Additional financial aid questions can be answered by contacting OneStop Student Services

When will I be notified of admission?

Students will be notified via email within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.

Can I take courses as a non-degree seeking student and apply them to the program later?

Yes! However, there is a limit to how many courses students can be completed outside of a degree program. Please contact Christina for more information.

Do you offer information sessions?

Yes, information sessions are offered monthly November-March. You can find the information sessions here.

My prerequisite courses won't be completed by the application deadline, can I still apply?

Yes, prerequisite coursework does not need to be completed at the time of your application, but does need to be completed prior to starting the program in the fall.

Do I need a health-related degree to apply to the program?

No.  At this time we accept students into the M.A. program without a health-related degree.  The curriculum looks slightly different for these students to ensure a well-rounded educational experience and shifting into an allied health career.  Please see the curriculum here.

Why should I take this program if I am already an NBC-HWC?

As the health coaching discipline matures, we will need qualified leaders to make evidence-based decisions and advocate for behavior change in healthcare, education, corporations, and institutions.  Our curriculum includes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and trauma-informed competencies to create the next generation of leaders informed in best practices to make an impact.

Does the program provide lodging for the required in person intensive class dates?

No. The student is responsible for their own lodging. However, the Graduate Hotel is located within walking distance from where classes will be held. Other arrangements may include local AirBnB or VRBO to help offset travel costs. 

Does this degree qualify for an F-1 visa?

No. The M.A. does not meet the requirements for eligibility needed to obtain the appropriate F-1 student visa or status because this degree has limited (less than four) face-to-face on-site classes per course.