The University of St. Thomas

Graduate Programs in Software

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

   

Frequently Asked Questions About GPS

  • Do I need to have a bachelor's degree in computer science to apply?
    No, we believe that every student who has demonstrated a drive to succeed and an aptitude to learn (in his or her studies or in the workplace) should be given an opportunity to apply regardless of what s/he majored in. Also, several of our graduate certificate programs do not require a bachelor's degree.
  • Do you require the GMAT or GRE as an entrance requirement to your Masters or Certificate programs?

    No, our programs do not currently require either the GMAT or the GRE as an entrance requirement.

  • When do classes meet?

    During the fall and spring, classes on the St. Paul campus meet one night a week from 5:45 - 9:00pm (M, T, W, or Th) or alternating Saturdays (8:30am - 3:00pm) over the course of 14 weeks. Our flexible schedule allows you to take just one class or several classes each week.

  • Do classes meet in the summer?
    Yes, you may take GPS classes during the optional summer terms which run from the third week in May until the middle of July each year. Summer semester lasts for seven weeks. Classes meet two nights each week (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). 

  • What is the average class size?
    Most classes have 20 - 25 students. This allows students and faculty to build relationships and to network with other IT/IS professionals.

  • How long does it take to complete a Master's degree?
    Typically it takes most graduate students 2.5 to 3.5 years to finish. This will depend on which master's degree you choose to complete and how many classes you take each semester. You may take one to three classes per semester. We also understand if circumstances require you to take a semester off.
  • Are your fees and tuition the same amount for all applicants?

    Yes, all applicants pay the same amount for fees and tuition regardless of residency or citizenship status.

  • Is Financial Aid available?
    For questions regarding financial aid, please view the Graduate Financial Aid web site or call 651-962-6550.
  • Are your programs accredited?

    Yes, the University of St. Thomas is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (1-800-621-7440).

  • Could I take a tour of your facilities?
    Yes, a tour can be arranged by calling our Main Office number at 651-962-5500 or via e-mail at gradsoftware@stthomas.edu .

  • I have applied for admittance to GPS. When will I know if I am accepted? How long does the approval process take?

    The approval process takes approximately a month depending on the number of applications for enrollment we receive. International Students applications can take an additional month. Please contact the GPS Main Office at 651-962-5500 or gradsoftware@stthomas.edu if you would like to inquire on the status of your application.

  • My application for admittance to GPS has just been approved. Can I pay my fees and tuition with a credit card?

    Congratulations on your acceptance! Beginning fall 2009 the University of St. Thomas began to accept credit card payments for fees and tuition. Please contact the UST Business Office at 651-962-6600 for further information.

  • Do you offer classes outside of St. Paul, Minnesota?
    Classes have been offered outside the St. Paul, MN campus through customized onsite cohort programs at Carlson Companies and in Rochester, MN. If you are interested in hosting or participating in a cohort program in the Greater Twin Cities Metro Area or abroad, please contact Dr. Bhabani Misra, GPS Director at 651-962-5508 or bsmisra@stthomas.edu
  • I’m a new student enrolled with GPS. Who is my advisor?

    Currently the GPS Assistant Director, Douglas Stubeda, is the advisor for all GPS students. He can be reached directly at 651-962-5503 or djstubeda@stthomas.edu , or call the GPS main office at 651-962-5500 or e-mail gradsoftware@stthomas.edu with general questions.

  • Is it ok to switch my GPS graduate program to a different track? How do I do this?

    Absolutely! Please fill out the Request for Change of GPS Graduate Program. If you have further questions, please contact GPS Advisor, Douglas Stubeda at 651-962-5503.  

 

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