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 gradadmissions@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

Program specific requirements for the School of Law

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

Program specific requirements for the English Department

  • 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 the written section and 20 on the speaking section (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 the written sections

Program specific requirements for the MBA programs

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

Program specific requirements for the School of Social Work

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 100 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.5. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.

For more information on applying for graduate social work programs please see here.

Deadlines

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

Fall term July 10
Spring term December 10

Practice Materials

There are many resources available online and in print to help you get ready to take your English proficiency exam. A simple web search will return many different sites offering practice tests and study materials. Below are a few quick options.

Mailing Address

Graduate Admissions
attn: James Dedon
University of St. Thomas
1000 La Salle Ave, Box 5
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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