Official transcripts/credentials are required after you are admitted to a graduate program. At the time of admission, your application checklist will indicate the specific credentials that we require from you. 

Official transcripts should be sent after all coursework is complete with grades and if applicable, degree awards are finalized. If you are in the process of completing a degree or coursework, do not submit any documents until your grades and degree awards appear on your credentials.

It is your responsibility to request official transcripts/credentials from the required institution(s). 

University officials may contact institutions directly to verify official documents. If we are unable to verify the student's transcripts or credentials, the University reserves the right to drop the student from active status and may refer the matter to authorities. 

Please contact the Graduate School with questions about official transcripts and credentials.

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How to Submit Official Transcripts From:

Your Institution

Unless otherwise stated in the country-specific tabs below, official transcripts must be sent directly to the University of Minnesota Graduate School from the issuing institution. Do NOT send official transcripts to yourself first.

Use the following address:

Graduate School
University of Minnesota
Attn: Transcripts
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0421

For credentials issued outside the United States, we require original language and English language versions.

The University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota undergraduates (from any campus) should contact Graduate Admissions after the undergraduate degree has posted to the transcript. Upon notification, Graduate Admissions will obtain the official transcript.

Electronic Transcripts

For institutions in the United States and Canada, Graduate Admissions is able to accept electronic transcripts sent directly by your institution. If you wish to provide electronic transcripts, have your institution's Registrar send transcripts/credentials directly to gsquest@umn.edu through a secure, approved, document-transfer service. Not all institutions offer secure document transfer. 

Electronic documents sent as PDF attachments may not be accepted as official.

Bologna- Compliant Countries

Institutions from countries that participate in the Bologna Process should provide the Diploma Supplement to all graduates. 

The Diploma Supplement (which includes coursework, grades, and degree verification) must be sent from your institution directly to:

Graduate School
University of Minnesota
Attn: Transcripts
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0421

Bologna-compliant countries include:

Azerbaijan Hungary Romania
Belarus Iceland Russian Federation
Belgium Ireland Serbia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Italy Slovak Republic
Bulgaria Liechtenstein Slovenia
Croatia Lithuania Spain
Cyprus Luxemborg Sweden
Czech Republic Malta Switzerland
Denmark Moldova Turkey
Finland Montenegro Ukraine
France Netherlands United Kingdom
Georgia North Macedonia  
Germany Norway  
Greece Poland  
Holy See Portugal  

China

All Chinese credentials must be sent through the electronic Chinese national verification systems. Paper documents will not be accepted as official.

For credentials from mainland China, CDGDC/CHESICC Official Verification Reports should be sent to gsquest@umn.edu. Do not select "University of Minnesota"  sent via Parchment, as this will route your credentials to the Undergraduate Admissions Office instead of Graduate Admissions, and we will not receive them.

Degree Certificates

 

CDGDC Verification showing award for each degree:

China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC: 学位网)
B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
No.1, Wangzhuang Road
Haidian District, Beijing 100083, P.R. China

Transcripts

 

CHESICC Verification for each transcript:

China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC: 学信网)
Baiyan Building, NO.238 Beisihuan Zhong Road
Haidian District
Beijing, P.R.China 100191

Questions

Should I select WES, ECE or ApplyWeb when asking for a transcript translation?

  • You don't need to choose any of them.  They are only needed for schools that require them (we don't). Go to https://www.chsi.com.cn/wssq/ to apply for the HE Transcript Verification Report, then enter the email address gsquest@umn.edu.  

Degrees Issued by Joint Chinese-Overseas Institutions

The following institutions issue joint Chinese-Overseas Credentials

Beijing Normal University – Hong Kong Baptist University United International College
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
Duke Kunshan University
Fuzhou Melbourne Polytechnic
Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology
Shenzhen MSU-BIT University
Wenzhou Kean University
Zhengzhou Eurasia Professional Transport Institute

Documents issued by authorities outside China do not need to go through the national verification system.  Issuing institutions may send credentials directly to:

Graduate School
University of Minnesota
Attn: Transcripts
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0421

Please note: Paper credentials must be mailed directly from the institution to the Graduate School.  Alternatively, some institutions are willing to send official electronic documents. Such documents must come from a verifiable University Registrar email address, and be sent to gsquest@umn.edu.

Hong Kong Institutions

 

Degrees issued by Hong Kong institutions located in mainland China should follow the instructions for providing credentials from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

For credentials issued by a Hong Kong institution, paper transcripts issued in English and showing the award of the degree at the top should be sent directly from the institution to:

Graduate School
University of Minnesota
Attn: Transcripts
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Alternately, many schools in Hong Kong are able to send electronic credentials directly from their Registrar Office to us at gsquest@umn.edu.

Degrees issued by Hong Kong institutions located in mainland China should follow the instructions for providing credentials from Hong Kong.

India

For credentials from India, please submit certified marksheets and certified Degree Certificate (or Provisional Certificate, see note below) for each degree received.

Marksheets & Diploma

Certified copies of transcripts/marksheets and diploma/provisional certificate must be sent from your institution directly to:

Graduate School
University of Minnesota
Attn: Transcripts
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0421

Many institutions in India are now willing to send official electronic documents. Such documents must come from a verifiable University Registrar email address, and be sent to gsquest@umn.edu.

If you cannot arrange to have marksheets sent in advance, you may bring original marksheets & final/provisional degree certificate (these documents should have original stamps/signature) to our office for review when you arrive on campus.

Provisional Certificate

For recently awarded degrees, a Provisional Certificate may be acceptable if it meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • the certificate was issued no more than two years ago
  • the name of the degree to be awarded is specified
  • the date of degree completion is shown
  • final division/placement is shown

Truecopy Credentials (Electronic Credentials)

Some institutions will send credentials through Truecopy/Parchment.  If sending your credentials in this manner, be sure to route them to gsquest@umn.edu. Do not select the default "University of Minnesota- Twin Cities (or Duluth)" as this will route your credentials to the Undergraduate Admissions Office instead of Graduate Admissions, and we will not receive them.

Iran

Paper copies from institution:

  • Ask your institution to send official copies in English to Graduate Admissions.  

Official copies of transcripts and diploma must be sent from your institution directly to:

Graduate School
University of Minnesota
Attn: Transcripts
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0421

In most cases, official paper documents can be sent to us directly from institutions in Iran.  However, if you cannot arrange to have your credentials sent, you may bring original officially translated transcripts and diplomas (documents will have the red white and green stamp fastening documents together in the upper left corner) to our office for review when you arrive on campus.

Nigeria

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Paper copies from institution:

  • Ask your institution to send official copies to Graduate Admissions.  

Official copies of transcripts showing degree award must be sent from your institution directly to:

Graduate School
University of Minnesota
Attn: Transcripts
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0421

In most cases, official paper documents can be sent to us directly from institutions in Nigeria.  However, if you cannot arrange to have your credentials sent, you may bring original official documents in sealed and stamped University envelopes to our office for review when you arrive on campus.

South and Central America

Paper copies from institution:

  • Institutions should send official copies in Spanish or Portuguese to Graduate Admissions. An English translation must be included if your institution provides translation services.
  • If your institution does not provide translation services, please obtain a certified translation from a professional translation service. 
    • Grades should be translated as shown on the original language document, and should not be converted to a U.S. grading scale.

Official copies of transcripts and diploma must be sent from your institution directly to:

Graduate School
University of Minnesota
Attn: Transcripts
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0421

A few institutions in South and Central America are now willing to send official electronic documents. Such documents must come from a verifiable University Registrar email address, and be sent to gsquest@umn.edu.

If you cannot arrange to have your credentials sent, you may bring original transcripts and diplomas (these documents must be issued on University letterhead and have original stamps/signature) to our office for review when you arrive on campus.  You will also need certified translations if English translations are not provided by your University.