Founded by an Irish Catholic Archbishop in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is now the largest private university in Minnesota. The school maintains campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Owatonna and Rome, Italy. Graduate school courses are also available through the School of Education in many areas of Minnesota and the surrounding Midwest.
St. Thomas is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It consistently ranks among U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges. Features like the famed 730,000-volume library add to an academic environment that is appealing to its many students. Partnerships with 130 academic programs in 40 countries make it possible for over 1,000 UST students to study abroad each year.
Together, the eight schools within the University of St. Thomas offer 91 bachelor’s degrees, over 40 master’s degrees and several doctoral degrees. While the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity is an important part of St. Thomas, its other schools operate as liberal arts colleges without a religious bent. Colleges of arts and sciences, education, business, engineering, law and social work form a rich educational environment for students of all ages. As of now, the range of bachelor’s programs offered through St. Thomas University’s online degree portal are still limited, STU offers a wide range of Master’s degrees online.
Aspiring master’s degree candidates have a wealth of choices at St. Thomas. Within each School of special interest there exist a minimum of four master’s degree programs. The School of Education, Leadership and Counseling has comprehensive offerings at the postgraduate level. Four doctoral programs and numerous master’s programs in special-interest areas such as special education, international leadership, and police leadership, among many others. Teaching certificate programs, licensure programs and graduate teaching programs round out the extensive choices for would-be educators and leaders.
Five Juris Doctor programs may be found in the School of Law; a Master of Social Work (MSW) program is available in the School of Social Work; multiple MBA options exist through the School of Business and in collaboration with the School of Law. Lovers of the arts may study art history, English, music education or Catholic studies at the master’s level in the College of Arts & Sciences. Continuing education is also offered through professional development seminars and workshops.
Seven dormitories and five on-campus apartment complexes provide residence options for St. Thomas students. Student life opportunities include hundreds of special interest clubs, ethnic and cultural organizations, intramural sports competitions, political affiliations, Greek life and a thriving music and theater department. NCAA Division II athletics and close proximity to St. Paul and Minneapolis also ensure that students are never without fun things to do.