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International Graduate Admissions

Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) and the University of St. Thomas welcome applications from prospective international students. We are proud to have a culturally diverse student body representing nations from all across the globe. International students represent nearly 30 percent of the Graduate Programs in Software student body.

Due to the many unique international student situations, all questions regarding Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) or requirements pertaining to your visa status should be directed to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

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.

Requirements for Admission

To apply for admission to a master's degree 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.

Application Process - How To Apply

  • Start Your Application
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose
  • Submit Your Resume or CV
  • Submit Your Application Fee
  • Send Official Transcripts
  • Start Your Application

    Start your application for admission.

    Apply Now Online

    Submit a Statement of Purpose

    Upload a one to two page Statement of Purpose essay explaining why you wish to join the program.

    Submit Your Resume or CV

    Upload your resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

    Submit Your Application Fee

    As a part of the application for admission, you will need to pay the non- refundable application fee of $50* U.S. dollars.

    *If you attend an information session, you will be eligible to receive a $20 discount off your application fee.

    Send Official Transcripts

    Request all official transcripts from each college/university attended.

    Official transcripts should be sent directly from the issuing institution's Registrar office to the University of St. Thomas.

    Electronic transcripts in a secure PDF format should be sent to: gradadmissions@stthomas.edu.

    Paper transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes and signed by the appropriate university official.

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

    See Additional Requirements for International Students below.

    Start Your Application

    Start your application for admission.

    Apply Now Online

    Submit a Statement of Purpose

    Upload a one to two page Statement of Purpose essay explaining why you wish to join the program.

    Submit Your Resume or CV

    Upload your resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

    Submit Your Application Fee

    As a part of the application for admission, you will need to pay the non- refundable application fee of $50* U.S. dollars.

    *If you attend an information session, you will be eligible to receive a $20 discount off your application fee.

    Send Official Transcripts

    Request all official transcripts from each college/university attended.

    Official transcripts should be sent directly from the issuing institution's Registrar office to the University of St. Thomas.

    Electronic transcripts in a secure PDF format should be sent to: gradadmissions@stthomas.edu.

    Paper transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes and signed by the appropriate university official.

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

    See Additional Requirements for International Students below.

    Additional Requirements for International Students

  • English Proficiency
  • Transcript Evaluation
  • SEVIS Transfers
  • Financial Requirements
  • English Proficiency

    In addition to fulfilling admission requirements, students who do not have English as their native language, are required to take the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS before their application can be approved.

    Proof of English proficiency is waived for the following students:

    • H-1B visa holders
    • Permanent U.S. residents
    • Naturalized U.S. citizens
    • Applicants 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.

    Transcript Evaluation

    International applicants who received credits from outside the U.S. are required to send official transcript evaluations of non-U.S. transcripts/mark sheets directly from the evaluation service company (ECE, WES or SpanTran) to the University of St. Thomas. The evaluation service company may email a secure PDF file to gradadmissions@stthomas.edu or mail official paper transcript evaluations to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, TMH 251 Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA

    SEVIS Transfers

    Due to the many unique international student situations, all questions regarding Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT), or requirements pertaining to your visa status should be directed to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

    Financial Requirements

    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.

    English Proficiency

    In addition to fulfilling admission requirements, students who do not have English as their native language, are required to take the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS before their application can be approved.

    Proof of English proficiency is waived for the following students:

    • H-1B visa holders
    • Permanent U.S. residents
    • Naturalized U.S. citizens
    • Applicants 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.

    Transcript Evaluation

    International applicants who received credits from outside the U.S. are required to send official transcript evaluations of non-U.S. transcripts/mark sheets directly from the evaluation service company (ECE, WES or SpanTran) to the University of St. Thomas. The evaluation service company may email a secure PDF file to gradadmissions@stthomas.edu or mail official paper transcript evaluations to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, TMH 251 Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA

    SEVIS Transfers

    Due to the many unique international student situations, all questions regarding Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT), or requirements pertaining to your visa status should be directed to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

    Financial Requirements

    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.

    Deadlines and Start Dates

    Applications for Admission are accepted on an ongoing basis. You may begin your graduate program in the fall (beginning of September), spring (late January/early February), or summer (late May/early June).

    If you currently live in the U.S., applications for admission are allowed after the deadlines below on a space available basis.

    Permanent Residents and H-1B visa recipients:

    Submit your completed application for admission at least one month before the semester starts.

    • Fall semester start - application due: August 1
    • Spring semester start - application due: January 1
    • Summer semester start - application due: May 1

    International applicants currently living in the U.S.:

    Submit your completed application for admission at least two months before the semester starts.

    • Fall semester start - application due: July 1
    • Spring semester start - application due: December 1
    • Summer semester start - application due: April 1

    International applicants living outside of the U.S.:

    Submit your completed application for admission at least four months before the semester starts.

    • Fall semester start - application due: May 1
    • Spring semester start - application due: October 1
    • Summer semester start - application due: February 1