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Certificate Application Checklist

Use our checklist as you prepare to apply to the Business Communication Certificate program.

Online Application Form

Access the online application form to set up your account and complete your application. The application can be completed in a single session or over the course of many days or weeks. The more information you have at the ready, the faster it will be to complete your application. 

When starting your application, make sure to select "Certificate - Business Communication."

Start your application now or log in to complete your in-progress application »

Official Transcript(s)

We require a bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (or the international equivalent). Original transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended, sent directly from the institution.

If your institution offers electronic transcripts, please send them to Paper transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes and signed by the appropriate university official. These can be sent to:

University of St. Thomas
Graduate Records - Admissions
1000 LaSalle Ave., Box 5
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005

International Applicants: See transcript evaluation requirements listed in the section below.

Exception: Transcripts for advanced placement courses and study abroad transfer credits are not required.

Writing Assessment

Certificate applicants will need to make arrangement to take a writing assessment through the UST MBC admissions office. You can choose from an individual appointment at the Minneapolis campus or an evening session scheduled each term.

Current Résumé

In order to complete your online application, you'll need to upload your résumé. Be prepared by having your résumé completed and ready to upload.

Application Fee: $60

Upon submitting your application, you will be asked to pay by credit card or check. You can also receive a fee waiver code by attending an admissions information event.

International Applicant Requirements

English Proficiency Tests

If English is not your native language, you must submit scores from either the TOEFL or the IELTS. Our institutional code is 6110. Official score reports (not photocopies) are required. Please keep in mind that scores may take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive in our office.

Minimum Requirements:

  • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 on each of the four sections. 
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test): minimum total score of 80, with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four sections. 

If you have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

International Student Questionnaire and Financial Certification Form

You may contact the UST MBC program to request a copy of this form or visit the UST International Admissions web site. Please read this required form thoroughly and begin gathering documentation early.  

International Transcript Evaluation

A complete international application must include: 

  • Transcript/Marksheet (an official listing of the subjects you have studied and the grades/marks received in each class).
  • Diploma (an official certificate showing the exact name of your degree and the date you received it). If your transcript clearly specifies the name of your degree and your date of graduation, then you do not need to submit a diploma.

We require applicants' credentials to be at least the equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution. Please contact our admissions office for approved international transcript evaluation providers, or UST makes this service available for $100.

For all transcripts and diplomas in a language other than English, please submit BOTH the original documents as well as an English translation of them. A translation, unaccompanied by the original documents from which the translation originated, is not an acceptable educational credential.

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