The University of St. Thomas

Graduate Programs in Software

Admissions: International Students

Admissions: International Students


International Student Admission Procedures

Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) and the University of St. Thomas welcome applications from prospective international students. Our culturally diverse student body represents nations from all across the globe. International students represent over 40 percent of the GPS student body.

In cooperation with the University of St. Thomas Office of International Admissions we will assist you step-by-step with the application process. We encourage all International students who live outside of the United States to apply at least four months prior to the start of the term in which you desire entry. 

In addition to fulfilling admission requirements for one of the GPS degree programs, students who do not have the English language as their native language must take the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS before their application can be approved. Proof of English proficiency is waived for the following students: H-1 visa, permanent U.S. residents, naturalized U.S. citizens, or those who have completed a bachelor's degree or higher from an English speaking institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom or Australia.

All international students must verify that they have sufficient funds to cover all educational costs for the first year of study and provide evidence that funds will be available for the duration of the degree. Financial certification and sponsorship forms must be completed and accepted by the university.

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Priority Dates for Admission 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

First day of class begins (approximately):

Fall semester    Spring semester  Summer semester
First week in September First week in February Third week in May


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Application Process and Requirements for International Students

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 the 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 from every college/university attended with one showing a Bachelor’s degree earned and grade point average of 2.7 (average of all transcripts). If you have official transcripts and degree certificates and cannot obtain replacements from your schools, you should NOT send your originals. Instead mail or e-mail a copy to the Graduate Programs in Software department . We will verify the copy of the transcript against your originals after you have been accepted and arrive on campus.
  • The GRE or GMAT is not required for the GPS programs.
  • Please see the International Admissions Graduate Application Checklist for important details on English proficiency, financial support documentation, and immigration paperwork requirements. 
  • Regarding English proficiency: The Graduate Programs in Software department requires ALL international students who achieved their bachelor’s degree at a college or university outside of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom or Australia to take an English proficiency exam regardless of whether the curriculum was taught in English. This requirement is waived for the following students: H-1 visa, permanent U.S. residents, and naturalized U.S. citizens.

For more information, please contact the International Admissions department (651-962-6450 or 1-800-328-6819 ext. 2-6450) or e-mail