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Start Your Full-time MBA Journey

Successful applicants demonstrate the intellectual skills and professional experience they need to thrive in the Full-time MBA program. To be eligible to apply, you must have a bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (or the international equivalent), and at least two years of work experience. Learn more about application requirements, deadlines, tuition and fees.

If you have any questions about the application process please email Josephine Visser, Assistant Director of Recruiting and Admissions or call Josephine at (651) 962-8825.

Application Checklist

To complete your online application, you’ll need:
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The Full-time MBA program requires you submit an official score from either the GMAT or GRE  If you haven’t already taken one of these tests and are unsure which to choose, contact our admissions team. We can help you determine which test is the best fit for your interests and goals.

When you take your exam, when asked which schools you’d like to receive your score, select “University of Saint Thomas - Opus College of Business - MBA, Full Time.” Once you complete your test, we’ll receive an official score report.

To apply to this program, you must have a bachelor’s degree in any subject from 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.

As part of your online application, you will provide the name and email address of two individuals who can provide a recommendation. Recommenders can be employers, co-workers or anyone who can speak to your professional abilities and fit for an MBA program.

Your recommenders can either fill out our Recommendation Form, or write you a letter that covers this information:
  • Their relationship to you and how long they’ve known you
  • Their impression of your ability to succeed in a graduate business program
  • Your outstanding characteristics, and areas where you need to grow or develop
  • Your present impact on the recommender’s organization or business
  • How graduate study would influence your professional growth

Once you submit your completed online application, the admissions committee will review it and may contact you to schedule an in-person interview, or an online interview if you’re unable to come to campus.

If you are an international student wanting to apply to the Full-time MBA program, you must complete the standard application checklist:

  • Submit an online application, official transcript and $60 application fee
  • Submit GMAT or GRE 
  • Interview with our admissions team

You also need to meet these international requirements:

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 Full-time MBA program, you must have at least the international equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution. 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 the Opus College of Business 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 arrange your own evaluation, 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.

Additional Documentation

Depending on where currently live, you may need to show one or more of the following:

  • Copy of I-94 card
  • Copy of Visa page
  • Copy of former I-20
  • SEVIS Transfer Verification

  • Our International Admissions Office will work with you to obtain a student visa. We can only send you the I-20 immigration form after all admissions requirements have been fulfilled, and you have been accepted to the program.
  • You must submit the International Student Questionnaire and Financial Certification Form (with bank statement or other financial support documentation). Financial verification is not considered in the admission decision—it is just for visa application purposes. You only need to complete this step after you are accepted to the Full-time MBA program.

Dates & Deadlines

Fall 2020 Start Term

Fall term begins in late August with the Program Launch and Residency Orientation (Thursday, August 20th - Friday, August 28th). First day of Fall term classes begin on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Application Deadlines

  • Preferred deadline: November 1st
  • Early admission: December 15th
  • 1st priority scholarship deadline: February 15th
  • 2nd scholarship deadline: April 15th
  • Final scholarship deadline: June 15th

Application Review

Admissions decisions are typically communicated within two weeks of a completed application. Applications submitted after the final deadline are reviewed on a rolling basis through mid-August.
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Start Your Online Application

Ready to take the first step toward your Full-time MBA? 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

$72,900 total program cost at current tuition rates

The Full-time MBA program has a flat-fee tuition, fixed for three semesters (16 months, $24,300 per semester). In addition to tuition, each semester you will pay approximately the following.

Textbooks and Supplies $1,250
Technology Fee $200
Health Fee Per Term $35
Student Fee $200
Per Semester for Parking or Bus Fare $150 - $250
If you choose to study abroad to fulfill your global studies requirement, you will pay an average of $3,500 for the program cost.


When considering an MBA, we understand that cost can be a concern. That's why we award over 90% of our admitted students some form of scholarship. These awards include:
Each year, a number of incoming students earn this merit-based scholarship. When awarding this merit-based scholarship, the Admissions Committee considers work experience, test scores, academic record, application essay questions and letters of recommendation. When you apply to the Full-time MBA program, you’ll automatically be considered for the Dean's Scholarship. No separate application required.

Full-tuition scholarships are awarded to top applicants who demonstrate an outstanding record of academic and professional achievement. Strong candidates have:

  • Three or more years of full-time work experience after graduating from college
  • A GMAT score above 700
  • A strong undergraduate academic record
  • Excellent communication skills and leadership potential
Priority consideration for Opus Scholars is given to applicants who apply by February 15. The final application deadline is April 15.

Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to the nonprofit sector may be eligible for special scholarship consideration. Awards begin at $8,000, but vary depending on the overall strength of the applicant profile. To be eligible, you must:

  • Have two or more years of full-time work experience at an established nonprofit organization
  • Write an essay outlining your commitment to the community that your nonprofit organization served, and how that experience has prepared you to be a member of the Full-time MBA cohort

Full-tuition scholarships are available to applicants who demonstrate a history of academic and professional success, leadership, service and engagement in cultural or cross-cultural initiatives in previous academic, professional or volunteer settings. 

Strong candidates will have the following characteristics:

  • Two or more years of full-time work experience after college graduation
  • Strong undergraduate academic record and high GMAT or GRE test scores
  • Evidence of committed involvement in activities, programs or initiatives that foster inclusion, cross-cultural awareness, or a commitment to diversity in its many forms
To apply you must be a domestic student and you must complete an essay outlining “Why I am an Outreach Scholar.” Priority consideration for Outreach Scholars is given to applicants who apply by February 15. Final application deadline is April 15.

Available to Full-time MBA applicants who have completed or are scheduled to complete a service commitment through one of the organizations listed below. Every admitted candidate with one or more years of service is guaranteed an $8,000 scholarship. Organizations:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Brethren Voluntary Service
  • Catholic Volunteer Network and member organizations
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • LDS Mission
  • Lutheran Volunteer Corps
  • Mennonite Voluntary Service
  • Peace Corps
  • Teach for America
You must indicate the period of your service on the "Additional Information” section of your application. You may be asked to provide documentation. Service Scholars are also eligible for other scholarship opportunities, ranging from $8,000 to full tuition, depending on qualifications and scholarship availability.

Awards begin at $8,000 for qualified MBA applicants with an engineering background. To be eligible, you need:

  • Two or more years of full-time work experience after graduating from college.
  • A strong undergraduate academic record and GMAT or GRE test scores.
  • An undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science, technology or sciences.

Graduate Assistantships for 2nd-Year Students

Each year, the Full-time MBA core faculty and various departments on campus select students to work roughly 10 hours per week. Selected students must be in good academic standing and will exemplify academic excellence, commitment to the Full-time MBA program and strong peer relationships within their cohort.

Support for Veterans

If you’re a military veteran, we’ll waive your application fee. You can also defer your acceptance and any scholarships for one year, if your plans are delayed by your service. In addition, we provide unlimited Yellow Ribbon awards.
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Financial Aid

Financial aid is any resource that assists you in paying your tuition and fees. If you’re seeking aid, here are some great places to start:

  • Ask your employer about tuition reimbursement benefit policies
  • Explore private or governmental grants and scholarships
  • Look into student loans provided by state and Federal government, or private lenders

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Earn a JD/MBA Dual Degree

Do you want to develop your business skills and gain an understanding of the legal framework in which markets operate? Consider earning our JD/MBA dual degree. In this program, we compress five years of study into four. To see sample degree plans, learn about tuition, and discuss if a JD/MBA is right for you, contact us.

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