International student Lu Chen speaks during a business plan competition.

International Graduate Requirements

International graduate applicants must first complete the online application for the program they wish to be admitted to. General requirements and submissions can be found on the individual program websites. A full list of graduate programs and links to departmental websites and online applications can be found on the graduate admissions website.

International students (i.e. students studying in a non-immigrant visa status) must submit additional requirements to the Office of International Students & Scholars after they are admitted to the university in order to be eligible to receive a I-20 or DS-1029 certificate of eligibility for F1 or J1 status. These requirements shall not supersede departmental academic requirements.

All post-high school or post-secondary academic transcripts from institutions originating outside of the United States must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service that is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Two recommended services are WES and ECE. Evaluations must meet the following requirements: 

  • A statement that the evaluation report was based on original and/or authenticated educational documents
  • A statement of U.S. equivalence of a baccalaureate degree from an instituting institution that has institutional (formerly called "regional") academic accreditation
  • A course-by-course analysis that includes grades and GPA

Identification and Immigration Documents

All international students must submit the following documents:

  • All applicants must provide a copy of the picture page from their passport
  • Applicants who are already inside the U.S. must submit a copy of their current visa
  • Applicants with dependents that will be accompanying them on F-2 or J-2 visas must also provide copies of the picture pages from their dependents' passports
  • Applicants already in the U.S. in active F-1 visa status must submit a copy of their I-20 from their current school.
  • Applicants who will be studying on an F-1 of J-1 visa must submit an I-20 Request Form (see below)
  • Applicants who will be studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to submit supporting bank statements, no more than three months old, that show at least the total cost of attendance for one academic year as listed on page two of the I-20 request form.

English Proficiency Requirements

All international applicants and non-native speakers of English must meet one of the English proficiency requirements listed below before qualifying for an I-20/DS-2019 or being allowed to register for classes. Score reports can be no more than two years old.

  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 80 (school code: 6110)
  • IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5
  • Dulingo English Test overall score of 105
  • Pearson PTE Academic overall score of 53 or higher.
  • ELS level 112. (Only available in the following programs: Education, Engineering, Theology, Software, Law, Social Work)
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
Program Specific Requirements
  • School of Law
  • Department of English
  • Opus College of Business
  • Applicants to the School of Law should have score reports sent directly to LSAC.
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) a composite score of 80 on the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT), with a minimum sub-score of 22 on writing and 20 on speaking (The St. Thomas TOEFL code is 6110)
    • IELTS (International Language Testing System) score report of 6.5, with a minimum sub-score of 7.0 on writing
    • 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 90, 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., English speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

    School of Law

    Applicants to the School of Law should have score reports sent directly to LSAC.

    Department of English

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) a composite score of 80 on the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT), with a minimum sub-score of 22 on writing and 20 on speaking (The St. Thomas TOEFL code is 6110)
    • IELTS (International Language Testing System) score report of 6.5, with a minimum sub-score of 7.0 on writing

    Opus College of Business

    • 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 90, 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., English speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

    Native English speaking applicants from the following countries are not required to submit proof of English proficiency for most graduate programs: English speaking Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand.

    Mailing Address

    Most requirements listed on this page should be emailed directly to Mr. James Dedon at dedo3671@stthomas.edu.

    Original college transcripts and English proficiency results should be sent to the following address.

    Graduate Admissions
    University of St. Thomas
    1000 LaSalle Ave, Box 5
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

    I-20 Request Form

    (Supersedes the graduate international student questionnaire, financial certification form, and SEVIS transfer form)

    International applicants that will be requiring a form I-20 certificate of eligibility for F-1 student status will need to complete the I-20 Request Form and return it along with all additional requirements listed on the form.

    Download the I-20/DS-2019 Request Form.


    More Information

    For more information regarding requirements for international graduate applicants, please contact James Dedon in the Office of International Student & Scholar Services at dedo3671@stthomas.edu.