The admissions process is an evaluation that requires submission of an admissions application and official academic documents (and academic transcripts and test scores when appropriate). We encourage applicants to follow the steps below when submitting an application.
How to Apply
- Complete a Graduate application
- Request official college/university transcripts
- Be sure to follow the application deadline for your program of choice
- Send letters of recommendation, resume, statement of purpose, etc., if applicable
- Check STU Graduate Program Requirements for graduate program requirements
Yasdanee Valdes Ed.D.
Associate Director of Graduate and Online Admissions
About me: Hello and thank you for your interest in St. Thomas University. I am a proud Miami native and I work closely with those college students interested in transferring to St. Thomas University. I hold a Bachelor and Master of Arts in History from Florida International University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Miami. I am passionate about higher education and in helping students reach their academic and career goals. As a first-generation college student, I understand how challenging the college selection process can be. Here at St. Thomas University, our small learning environment allows us to provide you with the individualize attention that you need. I look forward to meeting you.
About me: I am originally from Cuba and I live here in the beautiful City of Miami. I graduated from Florida National University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. I also worked at the same University in a variety of positions. I had a wonderful experience working closely with the Nursing Program Directors to help the students achieve their goals. I am bilingual in both Spanish and English. My favorite part about St. Thomas University is the strong emphasis on ethical education, students, and the community. These are the three values that are important to me in addition to the great faculty and student interactions.
Applicants who have attended a university/college outside of the United States must present a course-by-course evaluation and official translation of their credentials completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or endorsed member by the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).
The University has a close working relationship with the below members:
InCRED (International Credential Evaluations)
1200 Grand Blvd., Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64106 U.S.
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
World Education Services
1031 Ives Dairy Road #228
Miami, FL 33179
All graduate international applicants must demonstrate proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:
Minimum official test scores:
- TOEFL iBT® Test: 79
- TOEFL cBT® Test: 213
- IELTS: 6.0
- PTE: 50
TOEFL EXEMPTED COUNTRIES
Canada: All Provinces, except Quebec
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales)
Exemption from submitting a TOEFL does not imply exemption from sitting for an additional Test of English Language Proficiency before registration if so required by the school or academic department.
In cases where there is more than one official language listed and English is one of the official languages, the decision has been made to require the TOEFL.
Financial Guarantee Form
As required by the United States Government before the issuing of any I-20s, students must submit a Financial Guarantee Form that includes proof of financial support. The Financial Guarantee Form should be supported by:
- Bank Letter/Bank Statement for last 4 months
- Scholarship Award
- Submit copy of your passport information page
You may submit copies (scanned or faxed) but please note that the US Consulate in your country will require original financial information upon submission of your request to obtain a student visa. The information you submit to us will need to be the same as you submit to the Consulate office.
Transfer Eligibility Form
If an International Student is transferring from a U.S. institution and has been accepted to St. Thomas University, a Transfer Eligibility Form is required. The form must be completed by the admitted student and the PDSO or DSO from the transferring institution. Remember: in order to complete this form, you MUST be admitted to STU.
Special Student is granted to candidates who wish to take courses as a non-degree seeking student. The Special Student (Non-Degree) Application must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions. The student is limited to 6 semester credits and are not eligible for financial aid and/or institutional scholarships. International students cannot apply for “Special Student” status.
Cost of Attendance
Your financial guarantee form must reflect that you have adequate financial support to meet the cost of attendance. Please refer to the annual estimated cost of graduate attendance.
Annual Estimate of Cost of Attendance
Fall & Spring Semester
|Tuition & Fees*||Full-Time (6 Credits)||12 Credits per Year|
|Education, Biology for STEM Educators, and Counseling programs||$631 per credit||$7,572|
|Communication, Science, and Business Programs||$782 per Credit||$9,384|
|Theology and Bioethics||$537 per credit||$6,444|
*International Student fee = $250.
** International students are billed the university health insurance rate at $1,392 per year.