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Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership

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A Master's Degree at the Intersection of Science and Management

The Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership delivers the real-world skills needed to advance your career in the government sector, nonprofit agencies, international organizations, corporations, and more.

Whether you are a career starter, career advancer, or career changer, this Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership program allows you to more fully engage with applied science leadership practices.

You’ll further your disciplinary expertise with classes offered by faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences or the School of Public Health. You'll also gain valuable applied professional leadership and technical skills.

Why Choose Our Master of Applied Sciences?

It's timely. Now more than ever, the world needs skilled leaders with a strong science foundation to help solve our most pressing global challenges.

It's accessible. Complete this master in leadership degree entirely online, bridging your work experiences with valuable knowledge gained in class.

It’s stackable. Earn two graduate certificates while completing the MPS in Applied Sciences Leadership. Boost your portfolio with three career-advancing credentials.

The degree features:

Read the transcript.

What Is a Stackable Credential?

Core Certificate plus


Leadership for Science Professionals Certificate

Elective Certificate OR


Integrated Food Systems Leadership Certificate

Elective Certificate plus


Regulatory Affairs for Food Professionals Certificate

Six Elective Credits equals


Six Elective Credits

Graduation Cap and Scroll


Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership

Required Courses (30 credits)

The master of applied science degree consists of two stackable graduate-level certificates and two required courses that serve to synthesize the knowledge gained from each certificate. 

In order to earn all three credentials, students must apply to each program.

Applied Science Leadership Coursework (6 credits)

Both courses are required for the master's degree. They are 3 credits each and offered entirely online.

Core Certificate: Leadership for Science Professionals (12 credits)

This certificate is required as part of the master's program but can be taken on its own. You will also take the two courses above and either Certificate A or B to earn the master's.

All courses are offered completely online. You can take APS 6314 or APS 6316.

Certificate A: Integrated Food Systems Leadership (12 credits)

This certificate can be taken on its own or as part of the MPS in Applied Sciences Leadership. If you apply this certificate to the master's, you do not need to take certificate B.

Cohorts are 14 months and begin in September. Courses are offered fully online.

Certificate B: Regulatory Affairs for Food Professionals (12 credits)

This certificate can be taken on its own or as part of the MPS in Applied Sciences Leadership. If you apply this certificate to the master's, you do not need to take certificate A. Courses are offered fully online.


Fall Semester Deadline: July 15
Spring Semester Deadline: November 15

We strive to be equitable in the admissions process. Our program thrives with the inclusion of students from different backgrounds and cultural experiences. Our admissions committee reviews applications holistically including all components of the application, and does not require standardized test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have questions about the admission requirements or would like advice on how to put together application materials, please contact us.

Minimum requirements:

  • bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary US institution or its foreign equivalent
  • an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00*

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

* In exceptional circumstances, promising applicants with lower GPA may be considered for the program. Explanation for GPA, and evidence that academic success at the graduate level is achievable, must be addressed in the application (extenuating circumstances).

If you have completed or are currently admitted to the Integrated Food Systems Leadership (IFSL) Certificate or the Leadership for Science Professionals (LSP) Certificate, please contact enrollment advisor Steve Wicks (wicks191@umn.edu) for application instructions.

  1. First, access the online application.
  2. All required application materials must be attached electronically to your application.

Applicant Statements

  • Professional statement: 1−2 pages
  • Diversity statement: Optional
  • Extenuating Circumstances statement: If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please provide an explanation

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be solicited from individuals who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities (including strengths and weaknesses), personality, character, and potential for graduate-level academic success and professional achievement.


Unofficial transcripts or academic records for each institution (even if you didn’t receive a degree) should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. If possible, make sure the institution has put your name on the transcript/record.

Resume or CV

Submit a current resume or CV.

GRE Scores

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee is due on submission. 

    You can take a graduate-level credit course before being formally admitted to the program. The course(s) may be applied toward this degree if:

    • the course is graduate-level (4xxx-level or above), and
    • you register for credit as a nondegree graduate student and pay graduate-level tuition.

    Follow these steps to register:

    1. Download and submit a Registration Request for Graduate Credit for Nondegree Students form. Registration for nonadmitted students is not available online.
    2. Send the form to the department offering the courses for authorization. This form must be used each term until you are admitted to a program.
    3. Upon authorization, the department offering the graduate course will forward the form to the registrar or provide you with further instructions.
    4. You will receive confirmation and payment instructions by email.

    More information can be found on the One Stop page for nonadmitted students.

    To browse or find courses, visit the U of M Schedule Builder.

    If your native language is not English, please submit scores from the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS English proficiency examination. Read more about required scores.

    • Required TOEFL scores are 84 or above, with section scores of at least 21 on writing and at least 19 on reading.
    • Required IELTS score is 6.5 overall with 6.5 section scores for both writing and reading.
    • Required MELAB score is 84.

    International students interested in the Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership should contact the International Student and Scholar Service for information on visa status.

    Career Outlook

    • $69K
      Median income*
    • 22%
      Employment growth in Minnesota in the science and research fields between 2019-29*

    Some positions of our graduates could include:*

    • Researcher or Research Associate
    • Scientist
    • Clinical Research Coordinator
    • Natural Science Research Manager
    • Food and Agriculture Scientist
    • Food and Agriculture Technologist
    • Scientific Technician

    * Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insights™, accessed 08/13/21

    Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

    We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.

    If you would like to be considered for any available scholarship funding for newly admitted graduate students, you must complete the annual FAFSA for the upcoming academic year. Choose the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as your school within FAFSA.

    COVID-19 Information

    Prospective Students: Please connect with enrollment advisor Steve Wicks with your questions or to schedule an appointment.

    Current Students: Reach out to your academic advisor with any questions.

    The U of M Online website offers helpful tips and resources for students for successful online learning.

    Let's Connect

    You can learn more about the Master of Professional Studies in Applied Science Leadership program in a way that works for you. Enrollment Advisor Steve Wicks is here to help.

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    Or you can give Steve a call at 612-301-6127.

    Do you have a more detailed question or want to tell us a little bit about yourself before the meeting? Fill out this brief questionnaire.

    Meet Steve

    Steve works with prospective students who are interested in one of our graduate programs or certificates. He is happy to answer your questions about our degrees, admission requirements, and the application procedure. In his free time, he can usually be found in the woods or on the water, or cheering on all the Wisconsin sports teams.