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    Jul 24, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

General Information

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About Hamline

Rigorous academics and innovative programs attract and challenge a diverse and talented student body in Hamline University’s College of Liberal Arts, School of Business, and School of Education. Guided by faculty who are leaders in their fields, Hamline’s more than 4,400 students experience an intimate environment of small classes and personal attention along with the opportunities of a comprehensive university.

Ranked first in Minnesota among comprehensive universities by U.S.News and World Report, Hamline is also Minnesota’s first university, founded in 1854. 



Hamline University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree granting institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. More information about Hamline University’s accreditation status may be found on the HLC website. The Commission is located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413 and can be reached at 800-621-7440.

Hamline University is also accredited by the:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • University Senate of the United Methodist Church
  • Minnesota Department of Education/Board of Teaching

The university holds memberships in the:

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
  • American Association of Higher Education
  • Associated New American Colleges and Universities
  • American Council on Education
  • College Board of Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Council on Undergraduate Research

Hamline’s schools may have additional accreditation in specialized areas. Please contact the dean’s office of each respective school for a complete listing.  Hamline University is approved for attendance of non-immigrant foreign students under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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 earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.


Graduate Programs at a Glance

Creative Writing Programs

Celebrating more than 25 years of rigorous, interdisciplinary study, the Creative Writing Programs at Hamline have developed a national reputation.

Degres offered: Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA) and the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC).

  • The MFA program is Minnesota’s first graduate degree program in creative writing. It is distinguished by its interdisciplinary emphasis and its support of work in more than one genre.
  • The low-residency MFAC is a full-immersion program boasting a five-to-one student to faculty ratio. The program brings students and distinguished faculty from across the country to campus twice a year for eleven days. Afterward, students work independently from home with a faculty advisor throughout the semester. 
  • MFA faculty are accomplished, practicing writers who are also generous, highly effective teachers.
  • The Creative Writing Programs publish three annual literary journals edited by the students in the programs: Water~Stone Review; rock, paper, sicssors; and Runestone.

Graduate Legal Education

Hamline’s Graduate Legal Education program is intended for the non-lawyer. It is aimed at helping individuals understand how the law relates to their current expertise and, in a broader sense, how their work affects, and is affected by, the American legal system.

Degree offered: Master in the Study of Law (MSL)

  • The MSL program is consistent with Hamline’s mission as an urban, liberal arts university and extends important benefits of a legal education, including critical thinking, advocacy, and problem solving skills to students.
  • MSL students come from a variety of areas such as business, human resources, health care, journalism, real estate, and government agencies.

Admissions: 651-523-2900 or 1-800-753-9753

School of Business

Hamline’s School of Business offers master’s degrees in all three economic sectors of government, business, and nonprofit. In addition, students can earn a doctorate in public administration, dual degrees, and professional development certificates.

Degrees offered: Master of Business Administration (MBA); Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM); Master of Public Administration (MPA); Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA). Joint master’s and juris doctor degrees (in collaboration with the Mitchell Hamline School of Law), sequential degrees, and dual master’s degrees are offered as well.

  • The Doctorate of Public Administration was the upper Midwest’s first such program.
  • International student body provides a distinctive learning atmosphere in which cross-cultural, as well as cross-sector, exchanges occur.
  • Concentrations in business include international management, conflict management, marketing, and finance.
  • Continuing studies seminars and certificate programs focus on current and relevant subjects to professionals in businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Admissions: 651-523-2900 or 1-800-753-9753

School of Education

For more than thirty years, Hamline’s School of Education has inspired, challenged and transformed educators to improve learning for all children. More than 10,000 students have grown professionally through Hamline’s quality educational coursework taught in a community of adult learners who value intellectual challenge and scholarship in an environment of mutual respect.

Degrees offered: Doctorate in Education (EdD); Master of Arts (MA) in Education (MAED); MA in Education with an emphasis in natural science and environmental education (MAED:NSEE); MA in English as a Second Language (MAESL); MA in Literacy Education; and MA in Teaching (MAT), which provides initial licensure for new teachers, MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL).

  • Home to nationally recognized programs and centers, including second language teaching and learning, literacy, the Center for Global Environment Education, and the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching.
  • The school’s ESL program, the largest in Minnesota, is internationally recognized.
  • Licensure (including principal, superintendent, and special education director), certificate, and continuing education programs serve more than 8,000 educators annually.

Admissions: 651-523-2900 or 1-800-753-9753


Admission Information

Office of Graduate Admission
1536 Hewitt Ave., MS-A1710
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1284
651-523-2900 or 800-753-9753

Admission information and applications can be found at

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.

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.

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. Application forms for Special status are available from the Office of Graduate Admission or on the program’s Website.

A Special student must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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.

Non-native English Speakers: Non-native speakers of English may be asked in the admission process to provide TOEFL/IELTS scores or equivalent proof of language proficiency.

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 course by course credential evaluation from a NACES approved evaluator ( 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 their documents 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 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 your expenses during your studies here at Hamline and in the United States. The person that signs the Affidavit of Support must also include his/her bank statements as a proof of the said funding.


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Hamline University graduate students are generally not eligible for need based or institutional grants. However, graduate students may choose to apply for Federal Direct Loans to help defray their education costs. To be eligible for Federal Direct Loans, graduate students must maintain at least half-time status (four credits per semester). In addition to Federal Direct Loans, some graduate students are eligible to borrow Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans and/or private alternative educational loans up to the cost of their education.

Hamline University’s graduate programs offer the following annual scholarships:

MFA in Writing

  • Merit Scholarships: Hamline offers annual merit scholarships (which covers 25% of overall tuition in the program) to those incoming students whose application materials demonstrate the most promise.  The scholarship is awarded to 10% of incoming students.
  • Shirley White Pearl Annual Scholarship: Annual award is available to MFA students who are pursuing their degree full time and who demonstrate the highest potential for artistic excellence.
  • Richard P. Bailey Endowed Scholarship: Annual award given to an MFA student who has demonstrated financial need and excellent writing ability.
  • Assistantships: In addition to the scholarships in the MFA program, there are a number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Assistantships available for students enrolled in the program.

MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults (MFAC)

  • Frances and Kermit Rudolf Nonfiction Scholarship: Annual award given for the most promising manuscript in the field of nonfiction picture book, easy reader, or a longer nonfiction book.
  • TA Barron Scholarship: Annual award given for an outstanding work of fantasy that explores moral questions and/or deeper ideas about the human condition.
  • Walden Pond Press Scholarship in Middle-Grade Fiction and Nonfiction: Annual award given for the most promising manuscript in middle-grade fiction or nonfiction.
  • Herman W. Block Memorial Scholarship: Annual award for new students who exhibit significant promise in writing for children and young adults.
  • Anne Stickney Schmidt Scholarship in Young People’s Literature presented by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company: Annual award given to a new or current student in the program who shows exceptional promise in the writing of children’s or young adult literature.
  • Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Scholarship presented by Lerner Publishing Group: Annual award given to a new or current student in the program who shows exceptional promise as a writer of color.

School of Business

  • Brooks Scholarship: Awarded yearly to a female student in either the master’s or doctorate program in public administration. Recipients must be committed to the advancement of women, plan a career in public administration, and show academic achievement.
  • Novak Scholarship: Awarded annually to a student in either the master’s or doctorate program in public administration. Recipients must show commitment to public service and the community and academic achievement.

School of Education

  • Academic Merit Scholarship: Awarded to incoming students with outstanding records of academic achievement. Available for MAED, MALED, MAED:NSEE, and MATESOL students.
  • Leadership Scholarship: Awarded to incoming students with exceptional records of leadership accomplishments and areas for potential growth. Available for MAED, MALED, MAED:NSEE, and MATESOL students.
  • Scholarships for aspiring teachers who are People of Color or American Indian: Hamline offers a limited number of scholarships to new students who are People of Color or American Indian admitted to the MAT program. Application required.

Another important source of financial aid for Hamline University graduate students comes from outside scholarships. These are scholarships that students procure on their own from resources outside of Hamline. Graduate students are encouraged to register at, a major national scholarship database/resource. In addition, graduate students should also regularly check the Hamline University scholarship list that is maintained by the Financial Aid Office. This list is available in electronic format on Hamline’s Financial Aid website at