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Transform your future with liberal arts education built on innovation and lasting career potential.

Discover Houston’s Catholic University, a community that’s passionate about preparing you to go further and achieve greater—as a person and in your profession. We offer a diverse learning experience in the heart of Houston.

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Do Big Things With Your Degree.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs are rooted in the fearless pursuit of knowledge that drives us at University of St. Thomas - Houston. Whether you’re looking to major in STEM, go to law school, finish your bachelor’s degree or pursue an MBA, your goals are possible to achieve.

  • Accounting (BBA, BBA/MBA)

    BECOME A LIFE-LONG LEARNER WITH INVALUABLE SKILLS

    Gain the in-demand knowledge and tools needed to pursue a career in accounting. With a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting, you will be ready to pursue an accounting career in industry or government. If you plan to take the CPA Exam, consider choosing the BBA/Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program to earn two degrees in five years.

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  • Applied Mathematics (B.S.)

    BECOME PROFICIENT IN STEM SUBJECTS

    STEM professionals are in high demand, and with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics, you’ll be prepared to pursue a career in many mathematics-focused fields. This program offers two tracks: the Cooperative Engineering Program, in which you earn a B.S. from UST and a B.S. in Engineering from a partner institution, and the four-year track, in which you complete your whole degree at UST. You’ll gain additional experience through courses in other in-demand fields such as biology, physics, economics and business.

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  • Biochemistry (B.S.)

    CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE

    Combine your interests in life and physical sciences. You’ll learn to apply chemistry principles and techniques to answer questions in biology while conducting research using cutting-edge equipment typically found only at larger universities. As Houston is home to multiple oil and chemical companies, you’ll study and graduate in a city full of opportunities to launch your career.

     Working with Dr. Chandra on our research project was an amazing experience. It challenged me to expand my creative scientific skills. 

    - Ana Hernandez, Senior Biochemistry major, Theology & Honors program minor
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  • Biology (B.A., B.S.)

    LEARN SCIENCE BY DOING SCIENCE

    Experience the best of both worlds: exceptional research opportunities typically found only at much larger universities, plus personal mentorship unique to small classes and labs. You’ll be well-prepared for med school, grad school or a rewarding career in biology.

     The professors at UST gave in-depth lectures, requiring us to apply that knowledge during labs. This made us think critically, like scientists do. 

    - Christopher Anderson, B.S. in Biology, 2015
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  • Cell & Molecular Biology (B.S.)

    GRADUATE WITH REAL-WORLD RESEARCH SKILLS

    Study a curriculum concentrated in the areas of genetics, cell and molecular biology. You’ll complete a minimum of 11 labs and spend at least 100 hours working on an independent research project outside of class under the supervision of a biology professor. At UST, you will turn your curiosity into a career and learn science by doing science.

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  • Chemistry (B.A.,B.S.)

    UNLOCK A LIFETIME OF OPPORTUNITY

    Earn an invaluable B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry. With a B.A., you’ll study the properties of matter, the forces that hold matter together and energy changes associated with changes in matter. You’ll have the freedom to choose more elective courses, tailoring the program to your specific interests. In the B.S. program, you’ll focus more on the technical, with more chemistry and math courses.

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  • Communication (B.A.)

    COMBINE THEORY WITH PRACTICAL APPLICATION

    Participate in a curriculum founded in liberal arts, combining classroom education with real-world experience. You’ll participate in an internship that suits your interests and professional goals, whether that be with local media, business and nonprofit organizations, broadcast stations, local sports teams or oil companies. You’ll also have access to major-specific opportunities through the Service-Learning Program, further tailoring your degree and complimenting your classroom education.

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  • Computational Biology (B.S.)

    CONDUCT RESEARCH ACROSS DISCIPLINES

    Study a unique field that combines biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and physics. You’ll become solidly grounded in the biologically relevant areas of genetics, molecular and cell biology as you receive training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of data manipulation. By participating in hands-on research, using innovative technology, and developing personal mentorships, you’ll be prepared for a fulfilling career in STEM.

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  • Computer Science (B.S.)

    WORK IN PROGRAMMING OR ANALYSIS

    Study the hardware and software of computer systems and the development of various applications. You’ll learn computer principles, computational theories, programming languages and skills, analysis of algorithms, databases, networking, web development, security and software project management. With a degree in Computer Science from UST, you’ll have the knowledge needed to solve real-world problems, becoming qualified for graduate school or employment.

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  • Criminology, Law & Society (B.A.)

    UNDERSTAND THE FORCES THAT IMPACT LAW

    Study the social, cultural, political and economic factors that interact with legal systems and influence criminal behavior. You’ll graduate ready to pursue a career in criminal justice and regulatory agencies, in public policy organizations, in social services organizations, and in law and legal services. As a student, you can complete an internship at a relevant organization, such as at a federal agency, juvenile hall, police department or district attorney’s office.

     I gave a talk at a Criminology, Law & Society event at the University of St. Thomas. There is a wonderful spirit in this school; it’s a great place to get your degree. There is a community there, like a family where you can really learn. They help you to develop your gifts, so that whatever you do in your life, you will believe in your own gifts. Think about St. Thomas; it will be a great way for you to prepare for your future. 

    - Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking
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  • Dance (BA, BFA)

    Step Out of the Classroom and Onto the Stage

    Whether your dream is to perform with a professional dance company, choreograph for stage and screen, or teach the arts to the next generation of talent, you can pursue your goals at UST. You’ll take courses in a variety of styles as well dance improvisation, dance criticism and analysis, teaching methods in dance and more. And, with our close connections to recognized artists and professional dance companies in Houston, you’ll have access to esteemed teachers and performance opportunities.

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  • Drama (B.A.)

    FOCUS YOUR ARTISTIC PASSION

    Prepare to compete successfully in a wide variety of theater- and performance-related pursuits. You’ll study in a personal, intensive, conservatory-style program with considerable one-on-one training. Learn to think outside the box, communicate clearly and work collaboratively as you get ready for a career in film, television or theatre. Graduates from UST have gone on to work as actors, playwrights, stagehands, voice-over talent, makeup artists, costume designers, and directors, among others.

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  • Economics (BBA)

    EARN A BBA IN ECONOMICS

    Immerse yourself in a curriculum that covers topics such as social science concepts central to business and governmental decision-making, society’s allocation of resources, international relations among competing economics, and ethics in commerce. You’ll learn more in-depth information about micro and macroeconomics, international economics, money and banking, labor markets, cost benefit analysis, economic development and theory as you prepare for a career in banking, consulting or research.

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  • Education - all grade levels (B.A.)

    LEARN TO TEACH WHAT YOU LOVE

    Follow your interests with a Bachelor’s of Art in Education. From early childhood to high school, you can study the subject and age group you’d like to teach. Prepare for licensure and a rewarding career here at UST. Specializations include art, special education, English language arts & reading, French, history, math, music, science, Spanish and more.

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  • Engineering Physics (B.S.)

    Graduate with Competitive Skills by Earning Two Degrees in One

    Closely connected to our pre-engineering program, our Engineering Physics major (3/2 plan) allows you to study for three years at UST, earning your BS in Engineering Physics. Then, complete your last two years at one of our partner schools to earn a BS in an engineering discipline of your choice. You’ll get the strong liberal arts foundation of UST as well as the depth of expertise needed for your long-term career goals.

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  • English Literature (B.A.)

    UNCOVER TRUTHS AND WONDER THROUGH LITERATURE

    Participate in a writing-intensive introduction to narrative, drama and lyric masterworks from the classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern periods. You’ll learn how to analyze literary texts critically and develop proficiency in interpretive, expository and analytic writing while exercising skills in grammar, rhetoric and logic. Complement your major with a minor in Creative Writing, or submit your work to one UST’s two student magazines for further creative practice.

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  • English Writing (B.A.)

    MASTER GRAMMAR, RHETORIC AND LOGIC

    As an English major, you will study narrative, drama and lyric masterworks from a variety of literary periods. You’ll be guided through a study of major authors and principal texts of English and American literature, while organizing this survey of the literary tradition in a literary analysis course, a literary criticism course, and a senior-level capstone thesis.

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  • Finance (BBA, BBA/MBA)

    PREPARE FOR A CAREER IN MONEY MANAGEMENT

    With a Finance degree from UST, you’ll have the theoretical and practical knowledge of domestic and international finance needed to pursue a role in financial management, risk management, portfolio management, banking, business or law. You’ll study topics such as corporate finance, risk management, investments, portfolio management, financial markets, financial planning and financial forecasting.

     My experience at CSB (Cameron School of Business) has been amazing. I decided to concentrate in finance after two semesters because I enjoyed the finance classes I had taken. I have many entrepreneurial goals, and my degree from UST will certainly help me reach them. 

    - Cameron Coffey, ‘16
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  • French (B.A.)

    BECOME PROFICIENT IN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

    Earn a Bachelor of Art in French from the university with the only Francophone Parish in the Galveston-Houston area. In your French courses, you’ll reach an advanced level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The program will prepare you to continue on in your graduate studies, work in a variety of international fields or teach.

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  • General Business (BBA, BBA/MBA)

    GAIN A DIVERSIFIED BUSINESS BACKGROUND

    Complement your business interests with a thorough exposure to liberal arts. You’ll take courses in theology, philosophy, English, science and the fine arts, while also building and strengthening your foundational knowledge of business. Choose the traditional undergraduate four-year program or fast-track your studies in a five-year BBA/MBA program.

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  • General Studies (B.A.)

    CUSTOMIZE YOUR DEGREE

    Design a program of your choice to correspond to your interests and professional goals. You can take courses from the Cameron School of Business or the School of Education. You’ll receive an education with an emphasis on an interdisciplinary and flexible approach to degree education.

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  • History (B.A.)

    MASTER YOUR WRITING AND RESEARCH SKILLS

    Accrue and demonstrate knowledge of world, European and American history as you learn about past civilizations and cultures. You’ll utilize your strong research skills in a senior capstone project, presenting your research at the UST Research Symposium or other forum. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be ready for a career in teaching, law, journalism or government.

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  • International Business (BIB)

    Become a Leader in Global Commerce

    Excel in international business by gaining knowledge of international contexts, cross-cultural communications and foreign languages. You’ll pursue coursework in the business disciplines as well as business-government relations, foreign policy and international politics. With a degree in international business, you will become a more effective problem solver and decision maker in a global business content.

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  • International Development (B.A.)

    Study Political and Economic Cultural Diversity

    Create change with a degree in International Development. You’ll identify common themes of importance to human development by combining the study of Catholic studies, communication, political science and Spanish. You’ll receive additional training in business-related fields such as accounting, economics and finance to complement your degree and prepare you for a rewarding career.

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  • International Studies (B.A.)

    Become an Informed and Active Citizen

    Prepare for a career in public service, teaching, communications, international public law, or travel and tourism. Complement your degree with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of studying abroad; you’ll have the choice of studying at a partner school across the globe or participating in a faculty-led group program. For more in-depth and specialized study, you can double major in a field such as communication, political science or Spanish.

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  • Liberal Arts (B.A.)

    TAILOR YOUR DEGREE TO YOUR GOALS

    Select two areas of concentration within the School of Arts and Sciences and design a program that reflects your interests and fit. You’ll receive an interdisciplinary and flexible degree with a focus on subjects that align with your goals. Concentration options include art history, biology, chemistry, communication, education, English, history, mathematics, philosophy, Spanish and more.

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  • Marketing (BBA, BBA/MBA)

    SPECIALIZE YOUR BUSINESS DEGREE

    Gather the skills and knowledge needed for a career in promotion, sales, advertising or other areas of marketing. You’ll learn the fundamental concepts, principles, theories, tools and techniques in marketing management, product design and development, distribution, pricing, and promotional techniques and strategies. You may pursue a traditional four-year degree or fast-track your studies with a five-year BBA/MBA dual-degree program.

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  • Mathematics (B.A.)

    BROADEN YOUR MATHEMATICAL EXPOSURE

    Become an important player in the STEM field. You’ll learn in a curriculum focused on providing a solid foundation for several mathematics-related careers. You’ll take courses in a range of STEM areas including biology, bioinformatics, chemistry, physics, economics and business. By graduation, you will be prepared to work in one of the many fields in which mathematics is becoming increasingly important.

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  • Music (B.A.)

    STUDY IN A RICH AND DIVERSE LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM

    Master the principles, skills and techniques necessary to be successful in the performing arts. You’ll focus on instrumental or vocal performance, preparing for graduate school or professional performance after college. Your music studies will include a comprehensive background in music theory, music history and performance.

     I chose UST because it was close to home, and I wanted a school where professors pay attention to each student. My degree will allow me to bring beauty to people wherever they are. I aim to be deeply involved in church music in the future, and this degree will help me. 

    - Max Mullenax, ’18, Music
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  • Music Education (B.A.)

    PREPARE FOR CERTIFICATION IN TEACHING CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

    Partake in a rich liberal arts program focused on providing in-depth knowledge of music theory, music history, and music performance. You’ll participate in small classes, allowing more time for personalized interaction with your professors. This program will help guide you to success as an early childhood through twelfth grade music teacher.

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  • Nursing (BSN)

    LEARN TO CARE FOR THE WHOLE PERSON

    At UST, you’ll learn holistic nursing; this is a form of nursing that engages with a patient’s body, mind and spirit. You’ll learn how to build effective relationships with patients by becoming a better speaker, writer and decision-maker through your core curriculum. In your studies, you’ll utilize state-of-the-art equipment and large labs for hands-on learning. You may also participate in a fast track option to earn a BSN and DNP.

     Our focus is on the nurse as a ‘healing presence’—with the capacity to create the conditions and relationships that support healing. 

    - Dr. Poldi Tschirch, Dean, Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing
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  • Philosophy (B.A., B.A./M.A.)

    PURSUE ANSWERS TO LIFE’S DEEPEST QUESTIONS

    Expand your way of thinking by studying the greatest and most influential thinkers of all time. You’ll learn how to recognize and evaluate the underlying assumptions that govern contemporary opinion, develop a capacity and love for disciplined and creative thinking about complex matters, and understand connections among all parts of an education. You may pursue a traditional four-year Bachelor of Arts degree or opt to earn a B.A. and M.A. in five years.

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  • Physics

    Become the Innovator You Were Meant to Be

    Apply your talents for scientific study toward an exciting degree path. In the Physics program, you’ll build a strong liberal arts foundation while gaining hands-on experience in research. And, you’ll have endless in-demand career options—from nanoscience to computer programming to pre-professional programs. And, we’re proud to offer a physics program that’s closing the gender gap in STEM fields. 50% of our physics students are women.

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  • Political Science (B.A.)

    INFLUENCE GOVERNMENT FOR THE BETTER

    Studying political science will give you a look at how government operates and how you can create change within it. You’ll take courses on public policy, justice, local issues and international relations. You’ll be ready for a dynamic spectrum of global careers including advocacy, commerce, diplomacy and public service; or, if you opt to follow the Pre-Law track, you will meet every requirement for application to law school. Ninety percent of UST Political Science undergrads get accepted to law or grad school.

     Employers care about character, intelligence and work ethic. No university is better at developing these qualities than UST. 

    - Jesse Bounds, Director of Innovation, City of Houston, B.A. Political Science & International Studies, 2005
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  • Psychology (B.A.)

    LEARN AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO PSYCHOLOGY

    Dive into a Psychology program that consists of research methodology, social justice, a liberal arts curriculum, and the study of human nature and mental processes. You’ll graduate with the skills and strong scientific foundation necessary for either graduate study or a successful career in psychology. With small lecture classes and labs, you’ll learn in an individualized environment, becoming a more insightful and critical thinker ready to help others.

     I am grateful that the curriculum in psychology is research-focused and that training in research offers a competitive edge to the students. Great research opportunities can only be accomplished when you have great mentors supporting you. 

    - Jose Cortes, ‘15
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  • Spanish (B.A.)

    BECOME BILINGUAL AND LEARN ABOUT CULTURE

    Gain a background in foreign literature, linguistics and culture in preparation for advanced study and the fluency necessary to find a bilingual position. As a Spanish major, you’ll have the opportunity to earn a Bilingual Certification in Spanish. This includes the chance to intern at a media, nonprofit or corporate organization. For an immersive language and cultural experience, you can study abroad in one of several Spanish-speaking countries and earn credit for classes taken there.

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  • Studio Arts (B.A., B.A./BFA)

    BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO AND SHOWCASE YOUR WORK

    Prepare for a career as a professional artist, entrance into a master of fine arts graduate program or arts-related employment. You’ll choose a concentration in painting, ceramics, jewelry, life drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture or drawing to master your craft. You have the option of a traditional four-year degree program or a five-year accelerated B.A./M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) program. You’ll also have the opportunity to submit your work to the competitive Glassell School of Art student art shows as well as other art exhibits on campus.

     Using what I learned during my progression through the program, I will be able to implement idea generation, visual problem solving and other professional skills. And studying art history enabled me to see the progression of the field and my own work in a historical context. 

    - Jamie Jacobs ’16, BA/BFA, Studio Arts
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  • Theatre Education (B.F.A.)

    Inspire Others to Take the Stage

    If you want to teach theatre and help aspiring young actors, directors and technicians get comfortable on stage, consider a B.F.A. in Theatre Education. You'll study every aspect of theatre production, including acting, speech, playwriting, scene design, theatre history and directing.

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  • Theology (B.A.)

    MAINTAIN THE DIALOGUE OF FAITH AND REASON

    Learn from faculty who are prolific in research and publishing, and who have a strong commitment to service. As you study sacred scripture, systematic theology, moral theology and Church history, you will maintain the synthesis of knowledge involving faith and reason that are foundational to Catholic intellectual tradition.

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  • Cameron School of Business
    • JD & MBA Joint Degree Program

      LEVERAGE THE STRENGTHS OF BOTH FIELDS

      Earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in as few as four years. Under this degree plan, a student attends South Texas for the first two years, UST’s Cameron School of Business for the third year and South Texas for the fourth year.

      Students must be admitted to both schools to participate in the program.

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    • MBA: Master of Business Administration

      CUSTOMIZE YOUR DEGREE PLAN

      Our MBA is accommodating to working professionals, offering flexible evening and weekend course options and nine career-specific concentrations. As a graduate, you’ll benefit from considerable career advantages including outstanding access to the Houston business community and employment opportunities in an increasingly competitive global business environment.

       It stands out for me—how my MBA professors continually emphasized critical thinking and helped us to develop that skill. In today’s complex and fast-paced business environment, that skill is crucial and I use it all the time. 

      - Denise Castillo-Rhodes, MBA, 1992, Texas Medical Center’s EVP and CFO
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    • MCTM: Master of Clinical Translation Management

      BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE LABORATORY AND THE CLINIC

      Learn how to turn basic discoveries that occur in laboratories into usable drugs, medical devices or clinical processes through our Master in Clinical Translation Management program, developed in collaboration with the Houston Methodist Research Institute. Our program is offered primarily online so you can fit preparing for this quickly growing field into your working schedule.

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    • MIB: Master of International Business

      GAIN A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

      The Master in International Business (MIB) is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge sets to be effective problem solvers and decision makers in a global business context. Finish the program with a capstone class that serves as an international study program.

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    • MSA: Master of Science in Accounting

      PREPARE FOR THE CPA LICENSURE EXAM

      The Cameron School of Business MSA program provides students essential knowledge in all subject areas included in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination while training them to succeed in the accounting profession. This program is accommodating to career professionals in a variety of areas, including public accounting, taxation and nonprofit organizations.

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    • MSF: Master of Science in Finance

      ADVANCE YOUR FINANCE CAREER

      The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) is designed to serve the needs of working professionals in the finance field. Benefit from small class sizes and flexible scheduling, including evening classes and accelerated seven-week summer sessions.

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    • DNP: Doctor of Nursing Practice

      CREATE HEALING ENVIRONMENTS THROUGH TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP

      The UST Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program enables professional nurses to expand their abilities through the practice of transformational leadership. By translating research into practice, graduates are equipped to create organization-wide changes that spark transformations in patient care and well-being. They will become experts in creating healing environments.

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    • MSN: Master of Science in Nursing

      Three Concentrations:

      Nursing Education

      IMPACT NURSING BY BEING AN EDUCATION INFLUENCER

      Influence the next generation of nursing students. With the demand for nursing instructors increasing to 24% by 2026*, the need for qualified academic or clinical educators to teach future nursing professionals is a high-growth, in-demand field.

      *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

      Nursing Leadership

      LEAD THE NEXT GENERATION OF NURSES

      The need for nursing leadership to support holistic healthcare delivery has never been greater. Develop the knowledge and skills to function as a transformational leader in clinical and administrative roles in this innovative online MSN program.

      Healthcare and Nursing Simulation

      BECOME A SIMULATION LEADER

      Healthcare professionals are increasingly using simulation and technology to improve patient care. The field is rapidly evolving and there is growing demand for healthcare simulation educators and experts.

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    • RN-to-MSN Program

      ADVANCE YOUR NURSING CAREER

      Advance in the ever-growing nursing field with an MSN degree. Experienced nurses who hold diplomas or associate degrees while meeting graduate-level admissions standards can enroll in the RN-to-MSN program. Course work is entirely online, with simulation labs being held at UST’s state of the art Center for Science and Health Professions.

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  • Center of Faith and Culture
    • Graduate Certificate in Faith and Culture

      Enrich Your Academic or Professional Career

      Earn a recognized credential without completing a full Master of Arts degree. In this program you’ll complete core graduate courses(18 credits) from the MA in Faith and Culture program, with the option of two approved electives. You’ll deepen your understanding of the meaning and purpose of life, while learning to apply that understanding in your own profession. You’ll improve your soft skills and your ability to think and act from a position of faith—no matter what career path you’re in.

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    • MAFC: Master of Arts in Faith and Culture

      FOR THOSE MOTIVATED BY THE SEARCH FOR LIFE’S PURPOSE

      Regardless of your profession or religion, this degree would be valuable if you’re motivated by a quest and search for the meaning and purpose of life, self-purpose and development. Our applied learning model prepares you with the tools to not just engage and ask questions, but actually live out those hard questions. You can take classes at your own pace, and earn your degree in as little as 2 years.

       You have a world view. We create helpful confrontations with those who may share different views or be different than you. 

      - FR. Chris A. Valka, CSB Director, Center for Faith and Culture
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  • Saint John Paul II Institute
    • Certificate in John Paul II Studies

      Flexible and Faith-Focused

      Designed for the faith formation director, Catholic educator or professional seeking to integrate faith and reason, this program will prepare you to be a witness to the whole truth about God and the human person. Through this 18-hour program, you’ll conduct online study of the life and thought of Saint John Paul II through examination of his writings.

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    • MA: John Paul II Studies

      Meet the challenges of life today, both in the Church and in society, through strong faith and a bold use of reason by following the path of Saint John Paul II. Intended for faith formation directors, Catholic educators or professionals seeking to integrate faith and reason, the Master of Arts in John Paul II Studies offers a unique, comprehensive study of the thoughts of John Paul II, including all of his 14 encyclicals.

      This online program is flexible for busy professionals and includes a capstone course with travel to Poland.

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  • School of Arts and Sciences
    • MAT: Master of Arts (Theology)

      DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THEOLOGY

      The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is a 36-hour degree program seeking to provide solid academic grounding in the classical theological disciplines of biblical studies, history, systematic moral theology, systematic doctrine and sacramental Theology. Prepare to teach at a high school or undergraduate level or to pursue doctoral research and scholarship.

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    • MLA: Master of Liberal Arts

      BENEFIT FROM CHOICE, FREEDOM & FLEXIBILITY

      The 36-credit-hour Master in Liberal Arts (MLA) program at the University of St. Thomas is a customizable and flexible degree plan, which appeals to a diverse group of students who seek professional advancement, admission into doctoral programs or personal enrichment. We offer conveniently scheduled classes and the choice of 18 different academic concentrations. 

       I was fortunate to receive a quality education at UST, which has contributed to my skill set as an educational leader.  I am happy to continue my affiliation with the University, as an adjunct instructor, helping to prepare future leaders. 

      - Bobby Martinez, MLA, 2018
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    • MPPA: Master of Public Policy & Administration

      BECOME A LEADER IN PUBLIC SERVICE

      The Master in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) degree program provides an accessible, flexible and high-quality interdisciplinary graduate education that prepares students for, or advances them in, careers in leadership and management in public service or non-profit administration. Choose from three specific track options (Generalist, Public Management, and Public Policy) in order to tailor your degree to your career goals.

       My experience in the MPPA program was outstanding and eye-opening. I was able to meet people from all different walks of life who were working toward similar goals as myself, but in different areas of specialty. 

      - Natalie Hurtado, MPPA graduate
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    • MSDS: Master of Science in Applied Data Science

      EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS WITH DATA

      Enter a dynamic program designed specifically for professionals who desire more proficiency and the ability to extract value from data. This hands-on learning experience not only focuses on teaching the latest data science skills but also emphasizes the ethical and socially responsible analysis of data in fields such as technology, medical, finance, energy, health care and government.

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    • MSIPC: Master of Science Industrial Process Chemistry

      MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INDUSTRIAL AND PROCESS CHEMISTRY

      Be prepared to lead in the fast-growing chemical, petrochemical, and refining industries with the only degree program of its kind offered in Houston. Gain practical understanding of chemical engineering and industrial chemistry principles and develop high-level business and management skills in this 2-year graduate program. Prepare to advance your career and increase earnings with evening and weekend courses that will increase your professional value in the field.

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    • MSM: Master of Sacred Music

      INSPIRE AND LEAD THROUGH FAITH AND SONG

      The Master of Sacred Music program prepares students for pastoral liturgical music ministry. The program integrates the musical, liturgical and pastoral dimensions to ground students professionally in liturgical music as a ministry. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to work with pastors, priests and congregations, as well as to teach.

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    • Philosophy (B.A./M.A., M.A., Ph.D.)

      EXPAND YOUR PERSPECTIVE

      Pursue the philosophy graduate program that’s right for you. While all major philosophers are studied at the University of St. Thomas, the philosophy of St. Thomas provides the unifying vision on faith and reason. Prepare for advanced study in philosophy, theology, law or other disciplines and tailor your program to your professional path.

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  • School of Education and Human Services
    • MS in CMHC: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

      BECOME A DEFENDER OF THE COMMON GOOD

      The Master of Science (MS) program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UST is designed to develop mental health leaders to serve the community as licensed professional counselors (LPCs). Our graduates meet the educational requirements of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (TSBEPC) for eligibility for LPC licensure. The curriculum is also aligned with national standards for clinical mental health counseling programs.

      Integrating the field of mental health with social justice and seeing it in action was amazing for me. Faculty members here are powerful advocates for equality. The emphasis on ethics at UST is very unique.

      - Luk Mendicuti, CMHC graduate
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    • Ed.D: Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership

      BECOME A CATALYST FOR TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE

      The Ed.D. in Ethical Leadership program is an innovative, student-centric program that provides a scholarly template to analyze administrative practices and promote socially responsible leadership in schools and organizations with an educational purpose. Pursue this three-year program designed to accommodate working adults in K-12, higher education institutions and education-related non-profits.

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    • Graduate Certificate in Catholic Education

      Help Guide the Integration of Faith into Your Students’ Way of Life

      Better understand the special role that Catholic teachers have in both delivering academic content and guiding spiritual development in students. In this program, you’ll complete 18 credits of advanced teacher preparation—ideal for both Catholic school teachers and public school teachers beginning careers in Catholic Education. This program is not eligible for state teacher certification without additional coursework. However, Texas Public School Certificates are not required to work in Catholic Schools.

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    • Graduate Certificate in Catholic Education Leadership

      Enrich Your Academic or Professional Career

      Earn a recognized credential without completing a full Master of Arts degree. In this program you’ll complete core graduate courses (18 credits) from the MA in Faith and Culture program, with the option of two approved electives. You’ll deepen your understanding of the meaning and purpose of life, while learning to apply that understanding in your own profession. You’ll improve your soft skills and your ability to think and act from a position of faith—no matter what career path you’re in.

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    • M.Ed.: Master of Education

      FURTHER YOUR IMPACT ON THE SCHOOL SYSTEM

      The Master of Education program at the University of St. Thomas is designed to develop master classroom teachers, instructional specialists and school leaders who demonstrate the ability to translate and apply educational research in instructional settings. In addition, the Counselor Education Program prepares professional counselors for both school and non-school settings.

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    • MACEL: Master of Arts in Catholic Educational Leadership

      BECOME AN ACADEMIC AND SPIRITUAL LEADER

      The Master of Arts in Catholic Educational Leadership (MACEL) is a 36-hour program for Catholic school leaders and administrators who would like advanced preparation and for public school administrators beginning a career in Catholic Education. It provides additional training on the special role Catholic school administrators have for both academic and spiritual development of their faculty, staff and students. The program places distinct emphasis on the integration of faith and the American way of life.

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    • MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching

      MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS AN EDUCATOR

      The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed to provide initial teaching training and credentials to those interested in becoming teachers. As a student, you can choose to complete the entire program in one year by taking courses while teaching as an intern on a probationary certificate or complete all your courses first and then choose to participate in your teaching internship.

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    • MEd: Master of Education, Ethical Special Education Leadership

      Become an Education Leader Who’s Prepared for Complex Ethical Challenges

      Develop your understanding of and ability to manage the conflicting forces that influence education. And, have the option of preparing for Principal Certification in Texas. In this program, you’ll examine the ethical complexities of state testing goals, parent-teacher relationships and how various external factors influence how educators can do what’s best for the student with special needs. Program can be completed online, on our main campus or at a satellite location close to home.

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    • Diaconate Program

      ACADEMIC FORMATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN MINISTRY

      The University of St. Thomas School of Theology (USTST) diaconal program is in full conformity with the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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    • M. Div.: Master of Divinity (Non-Ordination Track)

      PREPARE FOR MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP

      The 90-hour Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a professional degree program designed to develop the academic and pastoral skills necessary for ministerial leadership. The program is available to students preparing for lay ministry in the Catholic Church or pastoral leadership in other Christian denominations.

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    • M.Div.: Master of Divinity (Ordination Track)

      PREPARE FOR ORDINATION TO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD

      The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a professional degree program designed to develop the academic, spiritual and pastoral skills necessary for ministerial leadership in the Church. The program is available to men preparing for ordination to the Roman Catholic priesthood.

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    • Maestria de Artes en Teologia Pastoral (MA en TP)

      Comience en una Carrera Profesional Centrada en la Fe

      Prepara para ministerio pastoral en la Iglesia. En esta programa, ofrecida 100% en Espanol, completara 36 horas de credito a cursos se ofrecen en UST's main campus un día a la semana (por la noche) durante la primavera y el otoño y un curso intensivo en el verano. La programa se ajuste a las directrices más recientes establecidas por la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos.

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    • MAPS: Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

      PREPARE FOR PASTORAL MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH

      The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) is a 36-hour professional degree program that prepares individuals for pastoral ministry in the Church. The program is oriented toward persons who are or who desire to be involved in full-time professional pastoral ministry. All MAPS courses are offered at a variety of convenient times and venues.

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    • MAPS: Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (Spanish)

      The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) is a 36-hour professional degree program that prepares individuals for full-time professional pastoral ministry in the Church. Candidates for diaconal ordination and lay ministry in the Catholic Church will study in a program following the most recent guidelines established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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  • Cooperative Engineering

    CREATE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR COMPLEX REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS

    As a Cooperative Engineering student, you'll have the opportunity to earn two degrees in five years: a B.S. in the engineering discipline of your choice from a partner school and a BS in Applied Mathematics from UST. Following a 3/2 plan, you'll study for three years at UST and then transfer to complete the last two years of your engineering degree at one of our partner schools, University of Notre Dame, the Catholic University of America, or the University of Texas at San Antonio.

     The engineer who can articulate the problem and the solution is the engineer in charge. 

    - Dr. Henry Foust, Cooperative Engineering founder

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  • Pre-Dental

    PLAN YOUR PATH TO DENTAL SCHOOL AND BEYOND

    The Pre-Dental Track at UST ensures you meet every requirement for getting into dental school. Combine any major with the pre-dental track to complete all the prerequisites for a standout application to any Texas dental school. Plan your path with the guidance of your advisor, and make use of resources to support your goals.

     With the great education and individual attention at UST, you develop a lot of discipline and confidence, which gives you a big advantage. 

    - Drew Rossi, DDS MSD Biology major ‘07

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  • Pre-Health

    SUPPORT THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF PATIENTS

    Our Pre-Health professions track can help ensure you meet all your requirements if you aspire to become a doctor, dentist, or other healthcare professional. You’ll work with a dedicated Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) advisor to plan your roadmap to a health professions school and utilize many resources to help you each step of the way.

     The quality of instruction at UST is excellent. The professors made sure I was ready for my med school interview. 

    - Michelle Dang, MD B.A. Biology, Music ‘02

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  • Pre-Law

    BECOME PROFICIENT IN THE LAW

    Bolster your aspirations of attending law school with our Pre-Law track. All students in the program declare a major and participate in the core curriculum of pre-law courses, which cover LSAT prep, forensics and mock trial, and a comprehensive understanding of law, all with the guidance of a pre-law advisor who will assist you as you begin your law school application process.

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  • Pre-Med

    SET YOURSELF APART FROM MED SCHOOL APPLICANTS

    Get on the Pre-Medical track at UST to ensure you meet every requirement from coursework to MCAT scores and more. Combine any major with the Pre-Med Track to complete all the prerequisites for a standout application to any Texas medical school. Work with your advisor to plan your path and utilize helpful resources to prepare for the MCAT, medical school interviews, and application statements.

     My UST professors were fantastic. The practice interviews, research and liberal arts education helped with my medical school application. 

    - Ronald Vilela, MD B.A. Chemistry, ‘98

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  • Pre-Optometry

    SUPPORT EYE HEALTH IN PATIENTS

    Our Pre-Optometry track can help ensure you meet all your requirements if you aspire to become an optometrist. You’ll work with a dedicated Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) advisor to plan your roadmap and utilize many resources to help you each step of the way.

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  • Post-Bacc Pre-Health

    BECOME AN INFORMED AND ACTIVE CITIZEN

    No matter your career and degree, it’s not too late to change your path to become a doctor, dentist or other healthcare professional. Reinvent yourself with the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Professions Program at UST, which allows you to check off every requirement as efficiently as possible, including all prerequisites for any Texas medical or dental school. Your advisor will support you along the way, helping you to plan your path towards a new career.

     The HPAC advisors were extremely helpful with my med school application, from the committee recommendation letter to interview prep. 

    - Hannah Rosenthal, Post-Bacc Pre-Med ‘17

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  • Pre-Pharmacy

    PROVIDE PATIENTS WITH LIFESAVING PRESCRIPTIONS

    Our Pre-Pharmacy track can help ensure you meet all your requirements if you aspire to become a pharmacist. You’ll work with a dedicated Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) advisor to plan your roadmap and utilize many resources to help you each step of the way.

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  • Pre-Physical Therapy

    RESTORE MOBILITY AND MOVEMENT IN PATIENTS

    Our Pre-Physical Therapy track can help ensure you meet all your requirements if you aspire to become a physical therapist. You’ll work with a dedicated Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) advisor to plan your roadmap and utilize many resources to help you each step of the way.

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  • Pre-Physician Assistant

    PURSUE A CAREER OF HIGH-QUALITY HEALTH CARE

    Our Pre-Physician Assistant track can help ensure you meet all your requirements if you aspire to become a physician assistant. You’ll work with a dedicated Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) advisor to plan your roadmap and utilize many resources to help you each step of the way.

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  • Pre-Veterinary

    TREAT FOUR-LEGGED, FINNED, AND FEATHERED PATIENTS

    Our Pre-Veterinary track can help ensure you meet all your requirements if you aspire to become a physician assistant. You’ll work with a dedicated Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) advisor to plan your roadmap and utilize many resources to help you each step of the way.

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  • Electronic Technology

    Discover the world of electronics and electrical circuitry. You will learn how to troubleshoot different types of circuits using software simulations and test equipment, how to program a microcontroller, and how to describe the basic hardware and software components of a computer system.

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  • Networking Technology

    Learn how to manage and maintain a computer network. By graduation you will know how to install a network operating system and configure services to set up local area networks (LANs) or wide area networks (WANs). Prepare to support and secure network infrastructure and to work in networking.

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  • Cybersecurity

    Protect and ensure the security of an organization’s networks. With a cybersecurity associate degree, you will work to analyze threats, conduct threat assessments, install firewalls and other protective software, and implement data recovery plans.

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Proposed programs will be offered beginning in Fall 2019, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 713-522-7911 for questions about the accreditation of the University of St. Thomas.

Elevated programs with a strong return on your investment.

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Average Class Size for undergraduates at University of St. Thomas - Houston

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Average First-Year Salary
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68%

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