The University of St. Thomas

Graduate Programs in Software




Thank you for your interest in Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) at the University of St. Thomas.

Decisions on admission to a GPS master's degreee, graduate certificate, or non-degree program are made on an ongoing basis as each applicant’s file is completed and reviewed. 

Applicants who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have an H-1 visa are encouraged to submit their application at least one month before the semester in which they desire entry. International applicants who currently reside outside the U.S. should submit their application at least four months prior.

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Priority Dates for Admission

We will consider applications up to and including the first day of class for all prospective students (this offer excludes students holding J-1 Visas).

Applications for Admission received after the deadlines listed below will be considered on a space available basis.

Admission priority deadlines for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and H-1B visa holders:

Fall semester    Spring semester  Summer semester
August 1st January 1st May 1st

Admission priority deadlines for International students:

If currently living OUTSIDE
the United States
If currently living INSIDE
the United States
Fall Semester May 1st July 1st
Spring Semester October 1st December 1st
Summer Semester February 1st April 1st

International students living within the U.S should apply at least two months before the start of the term they desire entry. International students living outside of the U.S. should apply at least four months prior to the start of the term they desire entry.

First day of class begins (approximately):

Fall semester    Spring semester  Summer semester
 First week in September Last week in January Third week in May

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Application Process and Requirements

When you apply to St. Thomas, your educational background is carefully evaluated. The Graduate Programs in Software (GPS)department requires the following materials in order to complete your application. As soon as the department has received all the necessary materials needed to complete your application, your application file is processed and goes into the queue for your admissions acceptance review.

Items required to complete your application:

  • GPS Online Application for Admission 
  • Application fee of $50 (non-refundable)*
    Payment options:
    Pay online with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
    Or send check or money order made payable to the University of St. Thomas.
    Mailing address:
    Graduate Programs in Software
    University of St. Thomas
    Mail Stop OSS 301
    2115 Summit Ave
    St. Paul MN 55105
    *Application fee is reduced for all UST graduates, UST students enrolled in a graduate program, UST employees, and individuals who have attended an information session or individual consultation. You must contact and receive your discount code from the GPS office prior to paying your application fee online or writing a check. Submitted fees are
  • Resume with work history (in .doc, .txt, .rtf, or .pdf format)
  • Admission essay/statement of purpose giving your reasons for wanting to enter this program. Essays can be one to two pages (in .doc, .txt, .rtf, or .pdf format).
  • Official transcripts sent from every college/university you have attended. Master’s programs require a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or the equivalent degree if earned outside the U.S.) for admission. An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 meets minimum requirements, but applicants with lower GPAs will be considered based on their professional experience.
  • Note to international students: please read the International Student Admission Procedures prior to applying. 
  • The GRE or GMAT is not required for the GPS programs

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GPS Online Application and Instructions