Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have a bachelor's degree in computer science to apply?

No, you do not need to have a bachelor's degree in computer science or an IT related program of study. You do need a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent). We believe that every student who has demonstrated a drive to succeed and an aptitude to learn (in his or her studies or in the workplace) should be given an opportunity to apply regardless of what s/he majored in. 

Do you require the GMAT or GRE as an entrance requirement to your Masters or Certificate programs?

No, our programs do not currently require either the GMAT or the GRE as an entrance requirement.

When do classes meet?

During the fall and spring, classes on the St. Paul campus meet one night a week from 5:45 - 9:00pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday) or alternating Saturdays (9:00am - 4:00pm) over the course of 14 weeks. Our flexible schedule allows you to take just one class or several classes each week.

Do classes meet in the summer?

Yes, you may take GPS classes during the optional summer terms which run over the course of seven weeks from the last week in May/first week in June until the middle of July each year. Classes meet two nights each week (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). 

What is the average class size?

Most classes have 20 - 25 students. This allows students and faculty to build relationships and to network with other IT/IS professionals.

How long does it take to complete a master's degree?

Typically it takes most graduate students 2.5 to 3.5 years to finish. This will depend on which master's degree you choose to complete and how many classes you take each semester. You may take one to three classes per semester. We also understand if circumstances require you to take a semester off.

Can I complete more than one master's degree?

Yes, you may complete a second Master of Arts or Master of Science degree if you so choose. Please see details regarding the Multiple Master's Degrees Policy.

Are your fees and tuition the same amount for all applicants?

Yes, all applicants pay the same amount for fees and tuition regardless of residency or citizenship status.

Is Financial Aid available?

For questions regarding financial aid, please view the Graduate Financial Aid web site or call 651-962-6550.

Could I take a tour of your facilities?

Yes, a tour can be arranged by calling our Main Office number at 651-962-5500 or via e-mail at A tour is included at the end of our regularly held information sessions too.

I have applied for admittance to GPS. When will I know if I am accepted? How long does the approval process take?

The approval process takes approximately a month depending on the number of applications for enrollment we receive. International Students applications can take an additional month. Please contact the GPS Main Office at 651-962-5500 or if you would like to inquire on the status of your application.

Do you offer classes off-campus?

If you are interested in hosting or participating in a cohort program in the Greater Twin Cities Metro Area or abroad, please contact Dr. Bhabani Misra, GPS Director at 651-962-5508 or We can offer customized graduate programs and non-credit professional development courses tailored to your needs.

Who is my advisor?

Currently Laurie Dupont is the advisor for all GPS students. She can be reached directly at 651-962-5503 or , or call the GPS main office at 651-962-5500 or e-mail with general questions.

Is it ok to switch my GPS graduate program to a different track?

Absolutely! Please fill out the GPS Change of Graduate Program (PDF form). If you have further questions, please contact GPS Advisor, Douglas Stubeda at 651-962-5503.