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 Graduate Admissions (International) Office 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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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



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. 

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 each college/university where you have completed coursework or a degree after high school.**

*Application fee discount: information session attendees, St. Thomas graduates, returning students, and employees are eligible for a discount on the application fee. Contact Graduate Programs in Software at or 651-962-5500 for details. Submitted fees are non-refundable.


** Credentials must be the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution.

Transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent directly from the issuing university’s or college's Registrar department.

For Non-U.S. transcripts/mark sheets: 
If you completed coursework or a degree at an institution outside the United States, you must obtain a complete course-by-course transcript evaluation. This evaluation needs to be delivered directly to St. Thomas from the evaluation service company. Please note that a simple summary evaluation of the institution is not acceptable, and we will need an evaluation which includes grades received in every course taken and cumulative GPA calculated on a 4.0 scale.
(See evaluation exception below.*** )

Accepted Transcript Evaluation Services: 


*** EXCEPTION: If you are currently living in the local area you may qualify for a waiver of the transcript evaluation. Please email to appeal for an evaluation waiver.

All official transcripts and transcript evaluations should be mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
University of St. Thomas
TMH 251 Box 5
1000 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Start your application for admission. Apply Online.

For more details on English proficiency, financial support documentation, and immigration paperwork requirements please see the Admissions Requirements for International Graduate Students.