Admission Requirements

St. Thomas University requires online advanced degree program applicants to have earned a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Leadership Admission Requirements

Prospective candidates must provide the following information and meet the following requirements:

  1. A completed and signed Application for Admission;
  2. Official college and/or university transcripts from the institution where the Bachelor’s Degree was conferred. All applicants are required to submit transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended;
  3. Two letters of recommendation or completed recommendation forms (recommendation forms can be obtained online at www.stu.edu/admissions or from the Office of Admissions); the recommendations can come from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and/or professional competence;
  4. Personal statement describing applicant’s professional goals and why such a degree is important to those goals;
  5. Professional resume;
  6. All graduate applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 will be required to submit an essay explaining why and show how they have progressed professionally since their graduation.

Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ed.D. program is based on the following criteria:

  1. An earned master's degree from an accredited institution or equivalent and a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all graduate work attempted. (An applicant with a second master's or other advanced credential may petition the Program Team to have up to 6 courses (18 credits) transferred into the program. Those courses can only be transferred if they closely relate to those courses that they are replacing. The applicant must request the transfer of these additional courses as part of the initial interview with the Program Team.)
  2. Official transcripts of all prior graduate and undergraduate academic work.
  3. A personal statement demonstrating your ability to communicate well in English. This statement will describe and articulate your philosophy relating to management and leadership, and how your personality, experiences and character make you a perfect fit for this program. More specifically, address: a) why you selected St. Thomas University; b) your past educational experiences; c) why you chose the Ed.D in Leadership and Innovation; d) what will you do to ensure your success in the program; e) how do you plan on utilizing your degree once you graduate; f) your understanding that the program does not come with state certification; and g) your understanding that you must maintain a 3.0 GPA to successfully complete the St. Thomas University Ed.D. program.
  4. A sample of your original scholarly writing from graduate-level work that demonstrates your best scholarly writing ability. It must adhere to the following guidelines: a) 8-10 pages (do not count the coversheet or reference pages); b) writing samples cannot be more than 15 years old; c) APA format is preferred, but if your past college used MLA that will be acceptable; limit the number of charts and graphs as they do not count as content.
  5. Professional resume outlining at least 5 years of progressive professional, technical or executive experience.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic and/or professional competence.
  7. Foreign applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language (see below).

Transfer Credits

Transfer credit is not automatic. Graduate work completed at another accredited school prior to enrollment at St. Thomas University may be accepted as transfer credit if the course work parallels courses offered in the student's graduate program at St. Thomas.

M.S. in Educational Leadership Transfer Credits

A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credits completed at another U.S. regionally accredited university or college may be applied toward the requirements for the master's degree. There is no exception to this policy. Acceptance into a graduate program is necessary before credits can be considered for transfer.

Ed.D. Transfer Credits

An applicant with a second master's or other advanced credential may petition the Program Team to have up to 6 courses (18 credits) transferred into the program. The applicant must request the transfer of these additional courses as part of the initial interview with the Program Team.

International Students

International graduate students must fulfill the same requirements as all other students applying for graduate admission. In addition, international students must provide the following information:

  1. Educational Documents: Official transcripts or Statement of Marks must be provided, including:
    • Subjects studied
    • Marks or grades awarded
    • Length of class periods (optional)
    • Number of periods per week for each subject (optional)
    • Grading scale with minimum passing marks
  2. English Translations: Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by the original official English translation.
  3. Evaluations: A NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) accredited evaluator must evaluate all transcripts from institutions outside the United States.
  4. TOEFL/IELTS: International students educated in foreign institutions where the language of instruction is not English are required to submit the results of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants who submit a TOEFL score of at least 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the Internet-based test, or an IELTS score of at least 6 overall will not be required to take any course in English as a second language.
  5. GRE, GMAT, and MAT: International students entering a graduate Education program may be required to take the GRE, GMAT, or MAT.

Tuition Information

St. Thomas University offers affordable tuition rates for our online advanced degree programs. It’s part of our mission of educating ready and willing students for lifelong learning and career success in a constantly evolving world.

Tuition and Fees

Online Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Leadership Students:
$631 per credit hour

Online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership and Innovation Students:
$912 per credit hour

Financial Aid

Many St. Thomas University graduate students receive federal financial aid to help cover the cost of their online degree. The amount of aid you receive depends on the cost of your program and your household income.

We also recommend you complete the financial aid process along with your program application, so payment arrangements are in order by the start of classes.

St. Thomas University’s FAFSA school code is 001468. Contact an Enrollment Specialist to find out more about the financial aid process or get answers to specific questions: 1-888-986-8106.

Scholarships & Awards

All new online St. Thomas University students receive $2,000 to $5,000 or more in scholarships and enrollment discounts:

$2,000 Master of Science (M.S.) - Education Leaders Scholarship

Students enrolling by November 6th in the online Master of Science in Educational Leadership program will receive a $2,000 scholarship to help promote St. Thomas’ online graduate offerings and to help prepare candidates to be leaders in their classrooms, in their schools, and in their communities.

$5,000 Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) - Education Leaders Scholarship

Students enrolling by November 6th in the fully online Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation program will receive a $5,000 scholarship to help promote doctoral program’s groundbreaking curriculum, centered on management and leadership theories and practical, tested implementation strategies appropriate for academic, corporate and governmental workplace settings.

All new online St. Thomas University students enrolling in any of these online advanced degree programs are eligible for this scholarship offer!

  • Receive $2,000 applied to your M.S. tuition.
  • Receive $5,000 applied to your Ed.D. tuition.
  • Earn your advanced degree fully online.
  • Study when and where it’s most convenient as you advance your career.

(Applicant must successfully meet all requirements for admission before being awarded a scholarship. This program cannot be combined with other scholarship offers.)

To learn more, simply complete the form.

Priority Commitment award

Students enrolled well in advance of the priority deadline of any online graduate program start will receive up to $1,000 as a Priority Commitment tuition discount award. To learn more, simply complete the form and an Enrollment Specialist will provide more details about this and other offers.

(Applicant must successfully meet all requirements for admission before being awarded a tuition discount award. This program cannot be combined with other tuition discount offers.)

To learn more, simply complete the form.

Start Date Calendar

M.S. in Education Leadership and Ed.D. in Leadership & Innovation

STU education A:

Class Begin Date Class End Date
September 25, 2017October 28, 2017
October 30 - November 4 : Break
November 6, 2017December 9, 2017
December 11 - January 6 : Winter Break

 

Admission FAQ's

How do I know St. Thomas University offers rigorous, relevant online graduate programs?

St. Thomas University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, law, and doctorate degrees through both online and on-campus programs. We ensure that each of our online graduate programs meets the same high academic standards as our on-campus programs.

Can I afford a graduate degree?

This is an important question for anyone considering graduate study. The answer largely depends on your current financial situation and how it might change over the next two years. Many St. Thomas University Online students qualify for federal or state financial aid, so we strongly encourage you to apply. We also offer flexible payment options, including monthly installments; military benefits; and other scholarships and tuition discounts. You should also check to see if your employer offers tuition reimbursement.

Should I wait to start my graduate degree?

A graduate degree can help boost your earning potential and open up exciting new career opportunities. That said, you need to balance the benefits of a graduate degree with the costs: both time and money. You will need to figure out how this investment in your career and professional education balances with the rest of your priorities.

May I apply to a M.S. in Education program even though I am not working in a classroom?

Absolutely. The M.S. in Educational Leadership is popular with working professionals seeking advanced management and administrative coursework.

I’m worried that I will not be able to learn online.

Many first-time online students have the same concern. There might be a period of adjustment, but we’ve found that after the first two weeks, students are usually comfortable with online learning and enjoy its flexibility. St. Thomas University also offers outstanding student-focused support. You will have access to technical support and Student Services teams, plus an Enrollment Specialist who will be with you from application through graduation.

I am not very tech savvy. Should I still consider online education?

Yes! “Online education” sounds intimidating, but if you can surf the Internet, create a Word document, and upload a file, you have the necessary skills. Online instruction is provided in a user-friendly format, based on proven, reliable technology. You should have a basic comfort level with computers and will need to be familiar with Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, and be able to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint to complete written assignments. In addition, you should be open to learning how to use any new technologies that your instructor may choose to use in his/her course.

I have a very full schedule and work full time. How many hours will I need to study to excel in the program?

Every online graduate degree program offered by St. Thomas University is designed for working professionals. The majority of students have extremely busy schedules, which is why there is never a preset, scheduled time you have to attend class. The “classroom” works around your schedule; it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Depending on the course and the curriculum, assume you might need to dedicate 10-20 hours a week on coursework, including required reading, class discussion postings, and required assignments.

Can I get accepted if my grade point average (GPA) is below 3.0?

All graduate applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 will be required to submit an essay explaining how they have progressed professionally since their graduation. Please contact an Enrollment Specialist to discuss this in more detail.

When do classes start?

Depending on the program to which you are applying, there are normally six or more starts (or cohorts) per year. The sooner you start, the faster you can complete your graduate degree and reach your career goals.