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Advanced Professional Graduate Certificate Admission & Fees

Take the First Step Toward Your Advanced Professional Graduate Certificate

Successful applicants demonstrate the intellectual skills to thrive in our academic setting, and the professional background to have meaningful participation in group discussions. To be eligible to apply, you must have a master's degree in any subject from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (or the international equivalent). We also recommend at least two years of work experience. Learn more about application requirements, deadlines, tuition and fees.

Application Checklist

To complete your online application, you’ll need:
  • Your current resume
  • Answers to two essay questions. You’ll write your answers in a PDF, and upload it to your application. Download PDF of essay questions

If you don’t have these materials ready yet, that’s okay. You can start your application now, hit “save,” and then log in later to complete it.

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To apply to this program, you must have both a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree (or higher) from either a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the international equivalent. We need original transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended, sent directly from the school. The only exception is for advanced placement courses and study abroad transfer credits—we don’t need transcripts for those.

Send via email: If your institution offers electronic transcripts, ask them to email your transcript(s) to gradadmissions@stthomas.edu.

Send via mail: Paper transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes and signed by the appropriate university official. Send to:

University of St. Thomas
Graduate Records - Admissions
1000 LaSalle Ave., Box 5
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005

International applicants: Please see the transcript requirements in the international checklist below.

In addition to completing the prerequisite coursework and submitting an online application, letters of recommendation, current resume, application fee, and a personal statement, international students must also submit an English proficiency test score and an international transcript evaluation.

English Proficiency Tests

All international applicants and non-native speakers of English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo to be considered for admission. Score reports can be no more than two years old to be accepted. 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, then you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test upon verification of your completed transcript.

Minimum score requirements:

  • 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. To submit your test score, you’ll need our institutional code: 6110. Official score reports (not photocopies) are required. Please keep in mind that scores may take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive in our office.
  • Duolingo: minimum score of 110

International Transcript Evaluation

To apply to the Advanced Professional Graduate Certificate program, you must have both a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree (or higher) from either a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the international equivalent). If you completed your undergraduate or graduate work at a college or university outside of the United States, you must complete a transcript evaluation for admissions consideration.

There are two ways to complete this evaluation (choose one):
  • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and World Education Services (WES) are independent transcript evaluation services that St. Thomas accepts for international transcript evaluation. If you choose to have ECE or WES do your evaluation, you will receive a copy of the evaluation. To use ECE or WES, visit either site and choose “Start Your Evaluation” option. For ECE, you will choose "Course-by-Course" evaluation and for WES, you will choose "WES ICAP" evaluation.
  • If you already have a transcript evaluation, or would prefer to use a service other than ECE or WES, email the admissions office  or call (651) 962-4110. We first need to ensure that the evaluation service you use is accepted by our university.

Application Deadlines

New students may begin a graduate certificate program in the Fall, Spring or Summer terms. With our rolling admissions process, applications are welcomed before or after the priority deadline and reviewed once the file is complete. Those who meet the priority deadline will have earlier access to course registration.

Fall Term

Priority deadline: July 1

Rolling admissions through August

Spring Term

Priority deadline: December 1

Rolling admissions through January

Summer Term

Priority deadline: April 1

Rolling admissions through May

Start Your Online Application

Ready to take the first step toward the Advanced Professional Graduate Certificate? Start your online application today. You can save it as a draft, and log in later to complete it. For more information, contact us.

Tuition & Fees

$16,920 total program tuition cost at current rates
Tuition per credit $1,410.00
Technology Fee per term $65.00 - $129.50
Health Fee per term $33.00 - $66.00
Materials per course $100 - $200
Parking per evening $5 - $6
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Employer Reimbursement

St. Thomas graduate certificates are not eligible for financial aid, but your employer may be able to help pay your tuition. Ask your employer if the company’s professional development policy includes tuition reimbursement for graduate certificates.

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