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Graduate Certificate in Strategic Risk and Responsibility Admission & Fees

Find Out What It Takes to Become a Risk Management Professional

Designed for MBA students and graduates, this 12-credit program will build your strategic thinking abilities and professional effectiveness. Take the first step toward earning a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Risk & Responsibility by completing the application process.

To pursue this program, you must have either:

  • Earned an MBA from a regionally-accredited institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent)
OR
  • Been accepted into a St. Thomas MBA program

If you are currently enrolled in a St. Thomas MBA program, you may complete the designated courses as program electives to also earn a graduate certificate on your transcript.

Learn more about application requirements, deadlines, tuition and fees.

Application Checklist

To complete your online application, you’ll need:

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 an MBA from a regionally-accredited institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent) OR been accepted into a St. Thomas MBA program. 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, and a personal statement, international students must also submit an English proficiency test score and an international transcript evaluation.

English Proficiency Tests

If English is not your native language, you must submit scores from either the TOEFL or the IELTS. 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, you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

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.

International Transcript Evaluation

To apply to the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Risk and Responsibility program, you must have at least the international equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution. Eligible candidates must either have earned an MBA from a regionally-accredited institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent) or been accepted into a St. Thomas MBA program.

If you completed your undergraduate or graduate work at a college or university outside of the United States, you must complete a transcript evaluation. There are two ways to complete this evaluation (choose one):

  1. 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 the “Start Your Evaluation” option.
  2. 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) 962-8800. 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 term. 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: May 1st

Rolling admissions through August

Spring Term

Priority deadline: November 1st

Rolling admissions through January

Summer Term

Priority deadline: April 1st

Rolling admissions through May

Start Your Online Application

Ready to take the first step toward a Graduate Certificate Strategic Risk and Responsibility? Start your online application today. You can save it as a draft, and log in later to complete it. Contact us for more information.

Tuition & Fees

$14,616 total program cost at current tuition rates

Per Credit $1,218
Technology Fee Per Term $56-112
Health Fee Per Term $12.50 - $35
Materials Per Course $100-200
Per Evening $5 - $6

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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