Saint Thomas University

16401 NW 37th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459

School Details

Saint Thomas University is a private, Roman Catholic institution of higher learning that is located in Miami Gardens, Florida.


The university can trace its roots back to Cuba with the establishment of Universidad Católica de Santo Tomás de Villanueva in 1946 by the American and European Augustinians. When the Augustinians were expelled from Cuba in 1961 by the Castro government, several of them went to Miami and established the Biscayne College. Throughout the years, the school grew to achieve university status and changed to St. Thomas University in 1984 after the addition of 10 Master degree programs and the opening of the School of Law. Today, St. Thomas is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, law, and doctorate degrees.

St. Thomas has a total enrollment of around 2,484 students; 1,137 of whom are enrolled in undergraduate programs. There around 1,894 adult-aged students (students over 25 years old). The student body population represents 42 states and nearly 50 countries. STU’s athletic teams known as the Bobcats are a member of the NAIA Division I athletics.

The mission of St. Thomas University is “St. Thomas is a Catholic university with rich cultural and international diversity committed to the academic and professional success of its students who become ethical leaders in our global community.” All undergraduate applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, at least one letter of recommendation, and a minimum criteria of 2.5 GPA, 880 SAT, or composite score of 18 on the ACT exam. Applicants who are below the minimum requirements are taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. Transfer, international, and graduate students are handled differently.


St. Thomas University is divided into the following academic units: Biscayne College; School of Business; School of Leadership Studies; School of Science, Technology, and Engineering Management; School of Theology and Ministry; and the School of Law. St. Thomas University offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Accounting, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy programs through its college and various schools. The Saint Thomas University School of Law is one of three law schools accredited by the Roman Catholic Church. Also, the St. Thomas Sports Administration program was one of the first in the country.


Saint Thomas University offers many online and distance education opportunities for both traditional and nontraditional students. The School of Leadership Studies offers the following programs: Bachelors of Arts in Health Record and Information Management or in Organizational Leadership; Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Management; MPS Executive Management; Masters of Science in Education Leadership, Elementary Education, Special Education, or TESOL; and a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Management. The School of Business offers an online Master of Science in Management with a specialization in General Management. Finally, the School of Theology and Ministry offers a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.


The estimated costs of tuition for a student who takes eight courses a year (and doesn’t include other fees) is $35,872 per year. Graduate tuition differs between the programs. The Evening MBA and JD/MBA costs about $961 per credit hour, while the Divinity programs costs either $9,504.50 per semester for seminary students or $682 per credit hours for non-seminary students. Additional fees are not included. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all aid applicants are required to fill out. Aid is available through grants, loans, scholarships and work-study opportunities.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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