Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you do not need to have a bachelor's degree or background in computer science. 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. 

No, our graduate programs do not require either the GMAT or the GRE as an entrance requirement. However, you do need to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 as an entrance requirement.

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 or two classes each week.

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. However, summer classes meet two nights each week (either Monday and Wednesday nights OR Tuesday and Thursday nights). 

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

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. Most students take one or two classes per semester. We also understand if circumstances require you to take a semester off.

Yes, it is possible, if you follow these Dual or Joint Degree Requirements:

Students may apply to complete a second master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas in a different discipline. The requirements for an additional degree must include at least 24 non-duplicated graduate semester credits for that degree and must meet all requirements of the program’s accrediting body in order to qualify for a second master’s degree at the university. Previously completed graduate credits older than eight years from the start date of the second degree may not be applied toward meeting the requirements for the additional degree unless approved by the Dean or his/her designate.

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

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

A tour of our facilities is regularly held at the end of our group information sessions.

The approval process takes approximately a month depending on the number of applications for admission we receive and the time of year you apply. 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.

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.

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.

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