A highly rated private university in a coastal city
The University of Tampa is a private nonprofit institution located on the west coast of Florida that offers graduate programs in business, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, nursing, criminology and criminal justice, education, creative writing, and exercise and nutrition science. "U.S. News and World Report" ranks UT among the Best Business Schools (with a Best Part-Time MBA program) and Best Nursing Schools, as well as among the Top 25 Regional Universities in the South. UT also has been included in the "Forbes'" annual ranking of America's Best College every year since 2010. Likewise, The Princeton Review includes The University of Tampa in its lists of Best Southeastern Colleges and Best 382 Colleges.
Graduate business programs for full-time and working students
The University of Tampa offers eight graduate degrees in business including the Executive MBA, Professional MBA, MBA and five specialized M.S. programs. The Master of Business Administration gives students nine concentration options to add onto the general MBA curriculum:
- Business Analytics
- Information Systems Management
- Innovation Management
- International Business
- Nonprofit Management
MBA students may choose to enroll in the full-time/day program or part-time evening program. Full-time business students typically complete the program in as few as 12 months. This schedule also applies to UT's M.S. in Accounting, M.S. in Cybersecurity, M.S. in Entrepreneurship, M.S. in Finance, and M.S. in Marketing programs. Working professionals who want to earn their MBA may choose to apply for UT's Executive MBA (EMBA), which is designed for students with seven or more years of work experience. EMBA classes are held on alternate Saturdays and focus on the most current problem-solving and decision-making practices. The program takes two years to complete and includes a 10-day study abroad trip during the second year. Another option is the Professional MBA (PMBA), a flexible, part-time program designed to help professionals with at least five years of work experience accelerate their career advancement and gain strategic management skills.
Graduate programs in education and instructional design
UT’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction enjoys a solid, long-established relationship with Tampa Bay area school districts and administrators. The program helps develop and extend the teaching and leadership skills of certified teachers. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is designed for those who intend to pursue a career in school administration, and the curriculum centers on the goals and standards of principal leadership. Each M.Ed. degree can be completed in as little as 13 months. The M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology program addresses a growing field in learning and human performance, providing an interdisciplinary approach to its study. It emphasizes theories of learning and cognition, multimedia development, systematic instructional design, technology and open learning environments. The hybrid classroom-online curriculum allows students to complete the program within two years.
Exercise and Nutrition Science graduate degree program
This internationally recognized program examines the relationship between exercise physiology and nutrition in order to optimize athletic performance. Students undertake numerous hands-on experiences and rigorous classroom study during this unique one-year program. Students may begin classes in the summer, fall, or spring semester.
Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate degree program
UT’s M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice prepares students for both practitioner and management careers in criminal justice and public safety. It is ideal for those embarking on a new career or seeking advancement in law enforcement, corrections, victim advocacy or criminal justice management. It also provides preparation for doctoral studies. Students may choose between thesis and non-thesis tracks, with degree completion in two years.
M.S. in Nursing program for health care professionals
The MSN program at UT offers graduate-level study with adult/gerontology and family nurse practitioner concentrations, all in a part-time format. Students benefit from UT's numerous clinical affiliations, and are well equipped to serve as primary care providers in a variety of settings. Admission to the program is competitive.
A Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
The University of Tampa's MFA in Creative Writing is a low-residency program designed to help develop the skills of poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers through supportive critique and mentoring. Students attend four 10-day working residencies on campus, followed by semester-long faculty mentorships. The program take approximately two years to complete.
Research opportunities for graduate students
UT faculty members conduct and coordinate research in numerous fields across the disciplines. The Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy connects groups of students with more than 600 Tampa Bay area enterprises to conduct strategic evaluations and make performance improvement recommendations. Research done by students in UT's renowned Human Performance Research Lab has been presented at the National Strength and Conditioning Conference.
Financial aid and scholarship opportunities at UT
The University of Tampa prides itself on its competitive graduate tuition rates. UT offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships for graduate students. Part-time employment is also available on campus. Each program offers annual graduate assistantship positions to outstanding students. Reimbursement and stipend amounts vary by program. Graduate assistants are expected to work 20 hours per week for an academic or administrative office and to carry a full course load.
Student life on campus and beyond
Most UT graduate students choose to live off campus, but on-campus housing is available, primarily in Urso or Straz halls. Campus is located in downtown Tampa, just north of Hillsborough Bay and a short drive from the Gulf Coast beaches of Clearwater. The city is a cultural crossroads where national and global corporations offer opportunities for internships, networking, and job recruitment. That international flavor is reflected in UT's graduate student population. About 40 percent of UT's graduate business students come from outside the United States. Altogether, The University of Tampa enrolls students from 140 countries and all 50 states, providing opportunities for diverse cultural and educational exchange.
Graduate application requirements at UT
The University of Tampa offers rolling admissions. Applicants are advised to submit applications and supporting documents by June 1 for the fall semester, which begins in August. The deadline for the spring semester is Nov. 1. In general, applicants should submit a complete online application, the application fee, completed bachelor's degree official transcripts, two recommendation letters, and a personal statement and résumé. For most graduate business programs, a GMAT or GRE score is required. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants.