Florida International University was founded in 1965 on an abandoned airfield in Miami. When it opened its doors in 1972, it had the largest opening day enrollment in U.S. collegiate history. It’s a tradition that continues to this day, as it has more than 42,000 students enrolled in its wide selection of courses at its main campus and in its online program. The U.S. News & World Report ranked the university 3rd in student services and technology of all online business programs in its 2012 “Best Colleges” rankings. The school was also highly ranked by the U.S. News & World Report for its graduate programs in occupational therapy, public affairs, and social work.
Florida International University offers 200 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a wide variety of fields at its campus in Miami. Undergraduate students can major in advertising, accounting, dietetics and nutrition, electrical engineering, journalism, mathematics, and more. The university takes its diversity in degrees a step further in its master’s program. Along with the more commonly found hospitality management, business administration, and criminal justice, the university also offers graduate degrees available in athletic training, civil engineering, and interior design. Its selection of doctoral degrees is extensive; it includes programs in nursing, physics, Spanish, and geosciences.
The school’s also has 12 bachelor’s and master’s degrees available through its online program. Business programs comprise the lion’s share of the online degrees, and those undergraduate programs in finance, human resource management, and international business, as well as a Master of Science in Business Administration. There are also certificates in banking, export-import management, and sales and customer relationship management.
The university has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1974. It also holds 15 specialized accreditations, including from the American Bar Association, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The admissions requirements are different depending on the type of student who is applying. Those who would be incoming freshman must have a high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a minimum GPA of 2.5 if they scored a 460 on the reading and mathematics portions of the SAT, and a 440 on the writing section. ACT scores can be used in place of the SAT, with the requirement being a 19 on the reading and mathematics section, and an 18 on the writing portion. Applicants must also have graduated from an accredited high school, completed 18 credit hours of college preparatory courses, which includes four units of English and mathematics, three units of natural science and social science, and two units of a foreign language and academic electives.
The requirements are different for transfer students. A transfer student is defined as a person who has earned at least 12 credit hours of college academic credit since graduating from high school. The university requires a minimum 2.0 GPA of all college-level courses completed, and the student needs to submit official transcripts and SAT or ACT scores, as well as complete the admissions application. The requirements for each master’s and doctoral degree program differ as well; some require a minimum GRE scores, letters of recommendations, and experience, while others don’t. You can find the full list of the university’s master’s degree programs, as well as their requirements, here.
Florida International University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 659003
Miami, Fl. 33265
Graduate Admissions Office
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, Fl. 33199