Admission

General

Generally, admission is granted only to individuals with high promise for success in graduate study. Applicants demonstrate this potential through previous schooling and testing. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university. As an exception, auditors are not required to have a degree. Applicants should refer to degree programs for specific requirements.

Entrance Exams

The Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required of most applicants. As an exception, the admission’s test may be waived for students who already have a graduate degree, or is not required for ONLY the following programs: Public Administration, Political Science and Theology. Applicants should refer to specific degree programs for the appropriate entrance requirements. Also, see Application Procedures below. The test should be taken before registration, but it may be taken during the first semester of enrollment for some degree programs with further enrollment contingent upon test results. Students from foreign countries must submit test scores prior to admission.

Test Requirements for Programs

ProgramRequired Exam
Business AdministrationGMAT or GRE
Communication Studies
Clinical Mental Health
Marriage and Family Therapy
GRE or MAT
Catholic School Leadership
Computer Engineering
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)
Education
Educational Leadership
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Systems Management
English Literature and Language
Industrial Engineering
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
International Relations
Marriage and Family Therapy (PhD)
Software Engineering
GRE

Admission Categories

Regular: Regular admission is granted to applicants who have demonstrated the potential for success.

Conditional: Students may enroll in a maximum of nine hours. They must earn a B or better in all graduate courses taken as a conditional student (for Domestic students ONLY).

Special: Special admission may be granted to applicants not intending to work toward a degree or who are registered at another graduate school and have permission of the Dean of that school to take specific courses at St. Mary’s University. Special admission may also be granted to those applicants seeking certification in appropriate programs. Students in certification programs wishing to pursue a complete Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s and who have been admitted as Special students must complete all requirements for Regular Admission of the intended program.

Auditors: Auditors may be admitted to graduate courses with the permission of the instructor of such courses and the Graduate Program Director. No credit is given for such work.

Time Limits For Completing Conditions

Conditions that must be satisfied before enrollment will be specified in acceptance letters. Others must be satisfied during the first semester of enrollment unless otherwise specified.

Application Procedures

  1. Early application submissions are encouraged and may be completed online via the university’s Graduate School web site.
  2. There is no application fee required.
  3. Submit the appropriate test scores required for the applicable degree program – the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), Aptitude Test for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  4. Include two complete and official transcripts showing previous college work and degree or arrange to have them sent to the Dean of the Graduate School. Transcripts must be evaluated by an approved third party provider for international students.
  5. Include two letters of recommendation from individuals well acquainted with your academic/professional ability. Students who have graduated from St. Mary’s University are exempt from this requirement.
  6. Specific programs may require an interview.

Admission to Graduate School

The Graduate Program Director, representing the academic department or school of the applicant’s field of study, reviews the application and recommends final disposition to the Graduate Council.

The Graduate Council approves or denies admission of the applicant. The Council reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant without assignment of reasons. Admission to graduate study does not imply admission to candidacy for a graduate degree.

The successful applicant will receive a letter of admission from the Dean of the Graduate School. The letter will contain instructions for registration and other important information.

All new full and part-time students must complete the Health and Immunization Form and return it to the Student Health Center no later than the first day of class.

Note: Requirement of Meningitis Vaccine – As of January 2, 2012, all entering college and university students (under the age of 30) are required to show proof of an initial meningococcal vaccination or a booster dose during the five-year period before enrolling. Students must get the vaccine at least 10 days before the semester begins.

International Student Graduate Admissions

Admission to the Graduate School is granted to individuals with high promise for success in graduate study, as demonstrated through previous schooling and testing. All applicants must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university. Please refer to degree programs for specific requirements. In accordance with SEVIS I17 regulations, conditional admittance can no longer be offered to International Students.

The Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) requirements will vary according to program. Students from foreign countries must submit test scores prior to admission. Tests may be waived for students who have completed a graduate degree or who are seeking admission into the Public Administration, Theology or Political Science programs. Requests for waivers or exemptions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and subject to the discretion of the Program Directors and Graduate School Dean.

All International Student applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of TOEFL or IELTS exams. Test scores may not pre-date the student's application by more than six months. Official scores must be sent directly to St. Mary’s University from the testing agency (school code 6637).

The minimum score for admission to a graduate program is 6.0 on the IELTS exam. Minimum scores for admission to a graduate program on the TOEFL exam is 80. Students who score 6.0 on the IELTS exam or 80-82 on the internet based TOEFL exam will be required to complete English coursework.

English courses must be completed within the first semester(s) of attendance. Students who score a 6.0 on the IELTS or 80-82 on the TOEFL must complete EN 6301 during their first FA/SP semester. If necessary, the graduate program director may require a student with minimum scores to complete EN 6300 during their first FA/SP semester and EN 6301 in the subsequent FA/SP semester. Students who fail to comply may have their admission rescinded. A Designated School Official (DSO) may also cancel/terminate the student’s I20 or DS2019.

Policy change effective October 2013:
International students who do not meet the Graduate School’s English proficiency minimum are required to enroll in EN6300 (Introduction to Academic Writing for International Students) and EN6301 (Academic Writing for International Students). While a grade of B or higher must be earned in the course(s), the course(s) will not count toward the student’s graduate grade point average (GPA).


All students required to complete English courses and seeking a reduced course load must visit the Office of International Students and Services to receive permission. Failure to receive permission for a reduced course load may jeopardize I20 or DS2019 status.

Graduates of U.S. colleges or universities are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, or demonstrate written competency in English. English language proficiency exams are not required for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a non-U.S. university in a country where the primary language of instruction is English. Requests for waivers or exemptions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and are subject to the discretion of the Graduate School Dean.

*Exempt Countries – Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon-Anglophone, Canada (all provinces except Quebec), Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Admission Requirements

  • Apply Online (No Fee)
  • Official Transcript Evaluation
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE/GMAT/MAT Scores (School Code: 6637)
  • Essay (Public Administration, Political Science and Theology programs ONLY.)
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores or IEP Certificate of Completion (School Code: 6637)
  • Financial Guarantee

Minimum English Language Proficiency Scores

TOEFL - 80 Internet Based, 213 Computer Based, 550 Paper Based
IELTS – 6.0

Mailing Address:

Graduate Admissions
St. Mary’s University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228

New International Students

Students seeking admission to St. Mary's University Graduate School must submit all paperwork no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester. Please include a financial guarantee (bank statement, scholarship letter, etc.) with admission documents for I20 or DS2019 processing. Financial guarantees must not be more than six months old at the time of I20 or DS2019 issuance. Students whose funding is contingent upon admission (i.e.: Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission Scholarship) may present the financial guarantee after admission has been granted. Immigration paperwork will be issued to regularly admitted students who have provided proper financial documentation.

The estimated cost of attendance may vary from semester to semester, as the figures are subject to review. For specific information regarding cost of attendance, students should contact Graduate Admissions at 210-436-3101 or gradsch@stmarytx.edu.

Transfer International Students

Students seeking admission to St. Mary's University Graduate School must submit all paperwork no later than three weeks prior to the start of the semester. Please include a financial guarantee (bank statement, scholarship letter, etc.) with admission documents for I20 or DS2019 processing. Financial guarantees must not be more than three months old at the time of I20 or DS2019 issuance. Students whose funding is contingent upon admission (i.e.: Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission Scholarship) may present the financial guarantee after admission has been granted. Immigration paperwork will be issued to regularly admitted students who have provided proper financial documentation and transfer forms.

The estimated cost of attendance may vary from semester to semester, as the figures are subject to review. For specific information regarding cost of attendance, students should contact Graduate Admissions at 210-436-3101 or gradsch@stmarytx.edu.

Health Insurance and Immunizations

All International Students attending St. Mary's University must have health insurance. A waiver may be requested for St. Mary's University student health insurance if a student submits proof of additional insurance. If a student pays for health insurance in the spring semester, they are covered through the summer semester. If a student starts classes in the summer semester, then they are responsible for the summer cost in addition to any further semester(s) of study.

All International Students attending St. Mary's University are required to provide proof of Tuberculosis Screening prior to starting classes. Students who are younger than 30 years old must also be vaccinated for Meningitis at least 10 days prior to the start of classes. Please contact the Student Health Center 210-436-3506 or healthcenter@stmarytx.edu for more information regarding Tuberculosis Screening, Meningitis Vaccinations and required health forms.

For additional information on admission to the Graduate School, click here to access the admission website.