Graduate Studies programs at St. Mary’s University are dedicated to equipping students with an advanced academic degree, which is becoming increasingly essential in both the public and private sectors. Here, esteemed faculty work closely with a select number of students to help cultivate their intellectual growth and professional preparedness.


Most programs require applicants to submit the following materials to be considered for admission. Some programs also require a personal essay or an interview with the program director. For specific information on graduate studies admission procedures, view the admission requirements for each program or contact a graduate studies admission specialist at 210-436-3101 or

A complete application includes:

  • Application for Graduate Admission – no fee
  • Official university transcripts – graduate applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university. Request an official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended be sent to St. Mary’s University Office of Admission for Graduate Studies.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Two professional recommendations (three are required for doctoral programs) are also needed from individuals who can address your intellectual competence and potential for success (i.e. professors, employers, etc.). Recommendations must be written on institutional/business letterhead.
  • Statement of Purpose – The Statement of Purpose should identify your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, your experience in the field and your plans for the degree upon graduation.
  • Graduate Admission Test Scores – Normally depending on your program, you will be required to submit GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores. St. Mary’s school code is 6637. But in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE/GMAT/MAT test is optional for prospective students applying for either the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semesters in all non-law programs. Test scores for Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision are still required.

Test scores are valid for five years after the test date. Tests may be waived for students who already have a graduate degree. The appropriate test should be taken before registration; however, for some degree programs, tests may be taken during the first semester of enrollment, with continued enrollment contingent upon test results.

    Graduate Application

    Graduate Enrollment Deposit

    Accepted graduate students who intend to enroll at St. Mary’s University are required to submit a $200 non-refundable graduate enrollment deposit online to reserve their seat in the entering class. This non-refundable enrollment deposit will be applied to the student’s account when they begin academic course work at St. Mary’s as reflected on the first semester statement.

    The following groups of students are eligible for a deposit waiver:

    • Currently enrolled St. Mary’s students who are accepted to a combined degree program (bachelor’s/master’s), joint degree (J.D./master’s program), or a combined graduate degree program (master’s/master’s or graduate certificate)
    • Eligible military personnel
    • Current St. Mary’s University employees

    Graduate students who are accepted and who intend to enroll at St. Mary’s will receive access to the payment portal when they complete the Graduate Enrollment Confirmation Process and indicate their intention to enroll. Both the Graduate Enrollment Confirmation Form and the payment portal are made available to students upon receipt of their official offer of admission to the University and can be found in the St. Mary’s University Application Portal.

    Should you have any questions about the required $200 non-refundable graduate enrollment deposit, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 210-436-3101 or

    Important dates for graduate students

    The graduate programs at St. Mary’s University run on a rolling basis for each academic term (fall, spring, and summer) and students are encouraged to submit their application by the preferred dates below for each entry term.

    Students applying for the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision, however, must submit their application for consideration by February 1.

    Preferred application submission dates:

    July 1: fall term

    November 15: spring term

    April 1: summer term

    Financial Aid Preferred Submission Dates

    February 15: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) priority deadline
    Submit the FAFSA to ensure results are received by St. Mary’s prior to our financial assistance priority deadline. St. Mary’s FAFSA code is 003623.

    February 15: Graduate Application for Admission priority submission date for financial assistance
    Submit the Graduate Application for Admission by this date to be given priority consideration for financial assistance (need-based financial aid).

    If you’re interested in beginning your graduate coursework at St. Mary’s University in the summer or spring terms, please submit the FAFSA and your application for admission as soon as possible.

    Graduate programs

    School of Law graduate programs

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