International Applicants

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. 

English Proficiency

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.

See details on English proficiency exams, passing scores and ELS learning options.

Conditional Admission

We offer conditional admission for all international applicants. You do not have to know the results of your English proficiency exam prior to submitting your application for admission. We admit students based on their academic merit -- not English proficiency. Please note, however, that you must have a passing English proficiency score in order to start your graduate program.

Students who plan to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) program are welcome to apply for admission to graduate school at any time. Please request admission for the term after you plan to finish your ESL (complete ESL Level 112). For example, if you plan to finish your ESL program in May (Summer), you should apply for fall admission to start your graduate program in September (Fall).

Financial Requirements

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.

See details on financial requirements for international students.

Apply for Admission

Program Entrance Requirements:

To apply for admission to a master's degree or graduate certificate program, you will need the following:

  • A bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent). 
  • An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7 out of 4.0. 

Note: The GRE or GMAT is not required for admission to Graduate Programs in Software. We do not require any graduate entrance exam.

 

Admission Deadlines and Semester Start

Applications for Admission are accepted on an ongoing basis. You may begin your graduate program in the fall, spring, or summer. 

Application Submission Deadlines:

  • U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents and H-1B visa recipients: At least one month before the semester starts.
  • International applicants currently living in the U.S.:  At least two months before the semester starts. 
  • International applicants living outside of the U.S.: Please apply at least four months before the semester starts.

Applications for Admission received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

Admission 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 deadlines for International students:

 Desired starting term If currently living OUTSIDE 
the United States submit application by
If currently living INSIDE 
the United States submit application by
Fall Semester (begins in September) May 1st July 1st
Spring Semester (begins in Jan/Feb) October 1st December 1st
Summer Semester (begins end of May)  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.

Semester start dates (approximately): 

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

 

 

How to Apply for Admission and Items Required:

How to Apply for Admission:

  1. Complete the online application for admission
  2. Pay the $50 U.S. dollars application fee (non-refundable)*
  3. R‌equest transcripts or marksheets from every college/university you have attended**

*Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) information session attendees, UST graduates and UST employees are eligible for a discount on the application fee. Contact the GPS Office at gradsoftware@stthomas.edu or 651-962-5500 for details. Submitted fees are non-refundable.

** Special note to international applicants regarding transcripts: Transcripts from non- U.S. institutions have special considerations. 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 gradsoftware@stthomas.edu . We will verify the copy of the transcript against your originals after you have been accepted and arrive on campus.

 

Items you will need to complete the online application:

  1. Admissions essay or statement of purpose (in .doc, .txt, .rtf or .pdf format): This one to two page essay should state why you want to enter this program. 
  2. Resume or CV with work history (in .doc, .txt, .rtf or .pdf format)
  3. Application processing fee payment may be paid online with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. If you prefer you may send a check or money order made payable to the University of St. Thomas.

Where to Send Transcripts

All transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent directly from that university or college's Registrar department. We require ALL transcripts from each university/college you have attended.

For U.S. transcripts: You may complete the GPS Transcript Request Form and send it to the Registrar's department of ALL the universities/colleges you have attended. 

For Non-U.S. transcripts/mark sheets: If you are unable to obtain copies of your official transcripts do NOT send us your originals. You may either photocopy and mail them to our address or scan and email them to gradsoftware@stthomas.edu. This is for evaluation purposes only. 

Mailing address:
Graduate Programs in Software
University of St. Thomas
Mail Stop OSS 301
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul MN 55105
USA

Start your application for admission. Apply Online.

For more details on English proficiency, financial support documentation, and immigration paperwork requirements please see the International Admissions Graduate Application Checklist  or call the University of St. Thomas International Admissions department (651-962-6450 or 1-800-328-6819 ext. 2-6450) or e-mail international@stthomas.edu.