University of Miami

University of Miami Admissions and General School Information

Located near Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, the University of Miami is a private, 4-year, non-profit accredited institution with a total student enrollment of 15,323. Its 12 colleges offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in areas of study that include communication, engineering, business, medicine and law.

About the University of Miami

The University of Miami, founded in 1925, officially opened to students in 1926. It currently offers more than 200 degree programs for undergraduates and graduates and operates a total of five campuses throughout the Miami region. This includes the main Coral Gables campus, which occupies 230 acres of land and houses numerous amenities such as an art museum, a cinema and a performance arts theatre.

The university's main campus also features its own medical facility, the University of Miami Hospital, which is dedicated to teaching, patient care and clinical research. Research of all types is prominent throughout the university, which was granted a high research activity classification by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Students applying to the University of Miami may do so as incoming freshmen, transfers or incoming graduate students. Freshmen must submit an electronic or hard-copy application, SAT or ACT scores, official high school transcripts and anything additional required by the department or program to which they apply. Graduate admissions are largely administered by the Graduate School, which tailors its admittance requirements to the specific qualifications set forth by each individual degree-granting department of graduate studies.

Colleges of University of Miami

School of Business Administration

Students applying to the University of Miami School of Business Administration may do so as undergraduate, graduate or transfer students. The school, founded in 1929, currently has a enrolls 2,700 students. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration, and master's degrees in taxation and economics are also available. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is offered in full-time, executive or 1-year form. The school also provides programs in relevant areas such as business plan competitions and seminars in business ethics.

School of Architecture

The University of Miami's School of Architecture has been formally in operation since 1983. In order to be admitted, applicants need to submit architectural portfolios and must meet minimum high school or college grade point averages and standardized test score requirements. The school's undergraduate students may pursue bachelor's degree programs in architecture. Select junior and senior students can gain admission to the university's special 6-year program combining the B.S. in architectural engineering and the post-bachelor's Master of Architecture degrees. Graduate students can earn master's degrees in real estate development and urbanism, architecture or urban design.

School of Nursing and Health Studies

The School of Nursing and Health Studies was the first of its kind in South Florida to award bachelor's degrees in nursing. It opened in 1948 and expanded in later years to include master's and doctoral degree programs. The university's health studies department eventually merged with the nursing school, which adopted its current name in 2005. Graduate students seeking admission to this school must meet stringent screening requirements, which include registered nurse (RN) licensure and a background check.

Miller School of Medicine

The Miller School of Medicine, Florida's inaugural medical school, opened its doors in 1952 to a freshman class of 28. It's now home to 885 undergraduate and graduate students and employs over 1,400 faculty members in its classrooms and research labs. The school operates and staffs the on-site University of Miami Hospital and the Jackson Memorial Medical Center. It also manages many other nearby research and patient care facilities, including the Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute, which was ranked the nation's best ophthalmology hospital by U.S. News and World Report,, in 2009. Its academic offerings include master's degrees in public health, doctoral degrees in physical therapy and B.S./M.D., M.D. or Ph.Ds in medicine.

School of Communication

Among the school's seven departments are journalism, public relations, electronic media and advertising. Enrolling some 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students, the School of Communications confers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Fine Arts degrees in communication-related fields such as the ones named above. Students must apply for admission to the school and to the specific program in which they want to major, and enrollees may not declare majors until they begin their sophomore years.

College of Arts and Sciences

With more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in its degree programs, this college is the university's largest in terms of population and program offerings. Its 20 academic departments cover a wide range of different fields, from computer science to theatre arts. College of Arts and Sciences students may select from 36 different majors and 38 minors, many of which have several possible areas of concentration. Among the many majors offered are biology, art history, economics and international studies.

School of Education

The School of Education houses three related academic departments: educational and psychological studies, teaching and learning, and exercise and sport sciences. It offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Education for undergraduates along with certificates, master's degrees and specialist's degrees for graduates. A graduate professional training option is also available for aspiring educators who hold bachelor's degrees in other subjects. The School of Education offers over 450 courses in a given semester, in topics such as sports and fitness nutrition, college algebra, educational linguistics and more.

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering has operated in its current on-campus location since 1959 and is home to five academic departments specializing in such areas as architecture, electronics and aerospace. Undergraduates and graduates can earn degrees in mechanical, civil, biomedical or industrial engineering. Doctoral students can pursue degrees in ergonomics or any of the above areas. This college offers a career placement division, which features numerous on-campus recruiting events with national engineering firms. Cooperative education and internship opportunities are also available.

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

This school was founded in 1940 by the university's assistant zoology professor and began formal operations in 1944. It grew from a small laboratory with a 2-person staff to an 18-acre off-campus location with a current student enrollment of approximately 500. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees, and its departmental areas of study include marine biology, geophysics, atmospheric chemistry and physical oceanography.

Frost School of Music

The Frost School of Music was founded in 1926 when the university first opened to students. The school's eight academic departments cover all relevant musical areas, such as performance, theory, education and the music business. Undergraduate and graduate students may choose from such majors as music therapy, studio music and jazz, music engineering and orchestral conducting. The school also offers mover 50 student performance ensembles in theatre, dance, vocals and instrumentals.

School of Law

Founded in 1928, the University of Miami's School of Law is only two years younger than is the university itself. The School of Law allows bachelor's degree holders to earn Juris Doctor (J.D.) legal degrees. These may become joint programs with the Master of Law (LL.M.) degrees in several areas of specialization, including estate planning and taxation, real estate development and environmental or international law. Students interested in gaining admission must submit LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs between November and July.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School acts as a regulatory body for University of Miami graduate programs. It conducts admissions for all university master's and Ph.D. degree programs, except those belonging to the School of Law and School of Medicine. It's also responsible for overseeing thesis and dissertation work for graduate students. Admission and graduation requirements vary from one degree program to another.

Contact Information

  • Address: University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124
  • Phone Number: (305) 284-2211