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With a Master of Science in Patent Law from University of Minnesota, students with scientific and technical backgrounds leverage that knowledge to advance career opportunities in the booming area of patent law. This one-year professional master’s degree program is aimed at students who want to work in cutting-edge technology, helping inventors and corporations to bring innovations to market.
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The Master of Science in Patent Law from University of Minnesota combines traditional study of the complexity of patent law with project-based learning about business strategies and extensive practical training. By the time you graduate, you will understand the science behind patents, the law that secures them, and the techniques to manage innovation and maximize the value of resulting patents.


Graduates have gone on to a wide array of careers in patent-intensive industries ranging from medical technology to computer software. Many of our graduates take and pass the Patent Bar, going on to become patent agents (i.e., individuals who can work on, file, and initiate patent applications for clients). Patent agents are currently in high demand and the need continues to grow.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Patents
  • Patent Prosecution Practice 
  • Patent Portfolio Management
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Patent Research and Writing
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Proseminar
  • Patent Prosecution 
  • Intellectual Property Transactions

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      24-36 months

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Register and Create an Application
  • Personal Statement

Provide a personal statement (1-3 pages, double spaced) articulating the reason(s) you are interested in the field of patent law and why you are an ideal candidate for this program.

  • Resume
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Completed Patent Bar Eligibility Assessment Form
  • Application Fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50508 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50512 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    42000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Minneapolis

  • 1130 - 2050 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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