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Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid

Pursuing a Graduate Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas offers a variety of graduate degrees for you to pursue and take the next step in your educational career. All of our programs are anchored in collaborative study and fueled by the uplifting power of the liberal arts.

Throughout your time in the college, you will engage in activities such as peer-to-peer learning and faculty mentorship, all of which transforms you into an engaged scholar that actively contributes to your discipline. You will gain invaluable critical thinking and research skills that prepare you for success in both your career and personal life.

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Start Term Priority Deadlines

Priority deadlines apply to all graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences unless otherwise specified.

Fall Term: March 1
Spring Term: October 1
Summer Term: April 1

All graduate programs review completed applications on a rolling basis. If an application is submitted and completed after the priority deadline, an admissions decision will be provided within a two to three week window.

Other Program Deadlines

Application Requirements

  • Degrees and Certificates – General Requirements
  • Music Education – Additional Requirements
  • English – Additional Requirements
  • Spanish – Additional Requirements
  • Non-Degree Students
  • Degrees and Certificates – General Requirements

    If you plan to pursue any of our master’s degree programs, you will need to submit the following documents and meet the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:

    • Completed online application
    • Official college transcript(s)
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Three (3) confidential letters of recommendation from non-related individuals that can speak to your academic abilities and achievements. At least one letter should be from a former professor.
    • A personal statement (500 words or less) describing why you are pursuing graduate study and how your intended program will help you achieve your professional goals.
    • An academic writing sample (7-15 pages in length) demonstrating skills in critical thinking, logical development and writing style. You may consider revising a previous to reflect your current writing style.
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    Music Education – Additional Requirements

    In addition to the general application requirements, music education students are required to submit additional information per MAME requirements.

    • Students must have a baccalaureate degree and a major in music or music education from an accredited college or university.
    • A video performance assessment demonstrating music performance ability in piano, voice or other instrumental performance. You must perform two different selections showing contrasting styles in historical periods, genre and technical demands. If an accompaniment exists for the works being performed, then the recording must include that accompaniment. In addition, all students should singer either “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” or “America, the Beautiful” a cappella. Performance(s) should be uploaded to YouTube and can be combined into one video. Audio recordings will not be accepted.
    • Upon acceptance into the program, prospective students must interview and complete degree plans with the Director of Graduate Studies.
    • All students admitted to the Master of Arts in Music Education program will also complete a diagnostic exam in Music History and Theory.
    Graduate Programs in Music Education

    English – Additional Requirements

    In addition to the general application requirements, students pursuing a degree or certificate in English must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for admission:

    • Students should have completed a minimum of five (5) undergraduate English courses beyond the first-year level with a “B” or better, or have a record of experience in the field of English literature.
    • If you are a Master of Arts in English or a Teaching College English certificate applicant, your writing sample must be a literary analysis that closely examines a text.
    • If you are a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing applicant, your writing sample must be a creative sample or a portfolio of works in one of the three main genres (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction).
    Graduate Programs in English

    Spanish – Additional Requirements

    In addition to the general application requirements, students pursuing a certificate in Spanish cultures, literature, and linguistics must submit the following and meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

    • Minimum five (5) undergraduate Spanish courses beyond the second-year level with a “B” or better
    • The writing sample must be written in Spanish that is a close, analytical reading of a text, cultural phenomenon or linguistic phenomenon rather than a broad overview of a topic.
    • A two-minute audio recording of you speaking Spanish and English. The audio recording can be submitted via a shared link in the application, or emailed as an attachment directly to the Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish.
    Graduate Programs in Spanish Cultures

    Non-Degree Students

    Non-degree students will submit the following application documents and meet the minimum criteria to be considered for admission:

    • Completed online application
    • Official college transcript(s)
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • A personal statement no longer than 500 words indicating your interest in pursuing graduate study.

    Please consult with your respective program if you plan to continue your studies as a degree- or certificate-seeking student.

    All Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences

    Degrees and Certificates – General Requirements

    If you plan to pursue any of our master’s degree programs, you will need to submit the following documents and meet the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:

    • Completed online application
    • Official college transcript(s)
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Three (3) confidential letters of recommendation from non-related individuals that can speak to your academic abilities and achievements. At least one letter should be from a former professor.
    • A personal statement (500 words or less) describing why you are pursuing graduate study and how your intended program will help you achieve your professional goals.
    • An academic writing sample (7-15 pages in length) demonstrating skills in critical thinking, logical development and writing style. You may consider revising a previous to reflect your current writing style.
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    All Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences

    Music Education – Additional Requirements

    In addition to the general application requirements, music education students are required to submit additional information per MAME requirements.

    • Students must have a baccalaureate degree and a major in music or music education from an accredited college or university.
    • A video performance assessment demonstrating music performance ability in piano, voice or other instrumental performance. You must perform two different selections showing contrasting styles in historical periods, genre and technical demands. If an accompaniment exists for the works being performed, then the recording must include that accompaniment. In addition, all students should singer either “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” or “America, the Beautiful” a cappella. Performance(s) should be uploaded to YouTube and can be combined into one video. Audio recordings will not be accepted.
    • Upon acceptance into the program, prospective students must interview and complete degree plans with the Director of Graduate Studies.
    • All students admitted to the Master of Arts in Music Education program will also complete a diagnostic exam in Music History and Theory.
    All Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences

    English – Additional Requirements

    In addition to the general application requirements, students pursuing a degree or certificate in English must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for admission:

    • Students should have completed a minimum of five (5) undergraduate English courses beyond the first-year level with a “B” or better, or have a record of experience in the field of English literature.
    • If you are a Master of Arts in English or a Teaching College English certificate applicant, your writing sample must be a literary analysis that closely examines a text.
    • If you are a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing applicant, your writing sample must be a creative sample or a portfolio of works in one of the three main genres (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction).
    All Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences

    Spanish – Additional Requirements

    In addition to the general application requirements, students pursuing a certificate in Spanish cultures, literature, and linguistics must submit the following and meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

    • Minimum five (5) undergraduate Spanish courses beyond the second-year level with a “B” or better
    • The writing sample must be written in Spanish that is a close, analytical reading of a text, cultural phenomenon or linguistic phenomenon rather than a broad overview of a topic.
    • A two-minute audio recording of you speaking Spanish and English. The audio recording can be submitted via a shared link in the application, or emailed as an attachment directly to the Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish.
    All Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences

    Non-Degree Students

    Non-degree students will submit the following application documents and meet the minimum criteria to be considered for admission:

    • Completed online application
    • Official college transcript(s)
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • A personal statement no longer than 500 words indicating your interest in pursuing graduate study.

    Please consult with your respective program if you plan to continue your studies as a degree- or certificate-seeking student.

    All Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences

    Graduate Tuition and Financial Aid

    2020-2021 Tuition Rate: $625 per credit.
    This rate applies to all graduate courses, regardless of degree level or program and non-degree enrollment.

    Dean’s Scholarship

    In order to promote diversity among its graduate students, the College of Arts & Sciences offers funds for Dean’s Scholarships for students applying its graduate programs. These scholarships are intended for students of color, low income students, and first-generation college students, who are nominated by the program’s Director of Graduate Studies upon acceptance of the application. Awards will typically be granted on a per course basis and will apply for up to three years while remaining a student in good standing with at least a 3.5 GPA.