English Proficiency Requirements For Graduate Applicants

UST policy requires all non-native speakers of English to prove a minimum level of English proficiency for university level studies. Applicants may choose to submit any of the approved tests below as proof of their English. Results must be sent to St. Thomas directly from the testing center and be no more than two years old.

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, Commonwealth Caribbean Countries.

Any questions about English proficiency requirements can be directed to international@stthomas.edu.

English Proficiency Options

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report of 80 on the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) with a subscore of 20 on the written and 20 on the speaking sections. (The St. Thomas TOEFL code is 6110.)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score report of 6.5.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) score report of 80, and score report must be accompanied by an official letter from the testing coordinator.
  • Successful completion of a previous undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

ELS (ELS Language Center)

  • If you feel that you are unable to obtain the minimum score on any of the tests required, you may choose to apply directly to the ELS Language Center, located on the St. Thomas campus. Upon completion of ELS, graduate applicants must provide proof of one of the English proficiency requirements listed above.
  • Only applicants to the following graduate programs may satisfy the English proficiency requirement by providing proof of Level 112 completion with the recommendation of the academic director.
    Applicants to many of these programs may apply for conditional admission to the program before completing ELS Level 112. For more information about conditional admission, please contact the program to which you are applying.
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Music
    • Theology
    • Software
    • School of Law - LLM program

Program specific requirements

  • Applicants to the School of Law should have score reports sent directly to LSAC.
  • Applicants to the English program must score at least 22 on the writing section of the TOEFL iBT or 7.0 on the writing section of IELTS.


Please plan to take the TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB by the following date:

Fall term July 10
Spring term December 10


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