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Highest Accreditation
The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business is accredited at both the graduate and undergraduate levels by AACSB International, placing it among the top 6% of business schools worldwide.

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Graduate Degree Programs  

• Master of Business Administration
Concentrations: Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems Management, Innovation Management, International Business, Marketing, Nonprofit Management   
• Executive M.B.A.
• M.S. in Accounting
• M.S. in Finance
• M.S. in Marketing
• Certificate in Nonprofit Management  

Health Sciences and Human Performance
• M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science
• M.S. in Nursing  
Concentrations: Family Nurse
Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

• M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology
• M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Creative Writing
• M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Companies that have hired UT business graduates include:
• Bank of America
• Bloomberg
• Citi
• Coca-Cola
• Dell
• Deloitte
• Ernst & Young
• Franklin Templeton Investments
• GE
• Home Shopping Network
• Humana
• Jabil
• Marriott
• Microsoft
• Nielsen
• Procter & Gamble
• Raymond James
• Shell
• Tampa Bay Lightning
• Target
• U.S. Department of Defense
• U.S. Department of State
• Verizon
• Walt Disney Company
• Wells Fargo

The University of Tampa’s top-ranked graduate programs are recognized for their academic rigor, alumni outcomes, and superior faculty. UT’s innovative degrees encompass the latest tools and techniques, equipping students with the advanced problem-solving and analytical skills needed to excel in an increasingly competitive global market.

A private university located on a scenic riverfront campus in downtown Tampa, UT serves nearly 7,500 students from all 50 states and around the globe. With an average class size of 21, UT promotes close interactions between students and faculty, 90% of whom have a Ph.D.

In the last 15 years, The University of Tampa has invested $375 million in new construction, facilities, and technology. It offers new business-technology classrooms, science labs, a nursing skills lab, and a human performance lab, as well as a state-of-the-art student center, pool, track, and fitness facilities.

The University of Tampa is ranked by The Princeton Review as a “best college.” U.S.News & World Report rates it among the top universities in the South and names it one of the 10 “Best Colleges to Avoid Winter.” UT is also included in Forbes’ ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.”

The University’s historic connections to Tampa Bay–area businesses, sports teams, hospitals, school districts, nonprofit organizations, and cultural institutions provide valuable real-world learning experiences for students through internships, research, and travel. Whether you are just starting your career or are an experienced professional ready for advancement, UT’s diverse academic offerings will equip you with the knowledge and credentials to succeed.

Graduate business programs
The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business has been named among The Princeton Review’s The Best 295 Business Schools since 2005, top ranked in U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” and listed as a best-value Executive M.B.A. program by Fortune magazine. In addition, The Princeton Review’s “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools” named UT’s M.B.A. Marketing program one of the top 15, alongside programs at Duke, Harvard, and the HEC School of Management in Paris.

UT’s uniquely designed curriculum promotes business fundamentals with the understanding that innovation and technology are essential for success. The Sykes College of Business offers an M.B.A. program with seven concentration options (business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, information systems management, innovation management, international business, marketing, and nonprofit management), an Executive M.B.A. program, three M.S. degrees, and a nonprofit management certificate.

Highly qualified students of diverse ages and backgrounds receive advanced training from talented faculty members with a pulse on the business community. Ninety-seven percent of business faculty hold a Ph.D., and 80% have practical business experience. As researchers, they invite students to assist in their studies and are regularly published in academic and industry journals.

One of the most established and exclusive in Florida, UT’s M.B.A. program helps each student develop the sophisticated, strategic mind-set of a successful business executive. Extensive hands-on learning is provided through internships and real-world client projects, including case studies, consulting, strategic planning, and data collection and analysis. International travel courses to countries such as China, Argentina, Chili, and India help UT’s business students incorporate a global view into their studies.

The University of Tampa offers three options for completing an M.B.A.:
• Full time: Accelerated course work leads to a degree in as few as 12 months.
• Part time: Ideal for students who work full time and want to take classes at their own pace, earning a degree in approximately two years.
• Executive: In a format designed for experienced business professionals, classes are offered every other Saturday. Earn your degree in two years.

Coaching and networking
M.B.A. students may elect to participate in the University’s coaching program, which pairs them with Tampa Bay business executives from a variety of industries. Coaches meet with students regularly to work on strategies such as interview techniques, career changes, negotiation, and networking. More than 800 community and business leaders are involved with UT, providing students with invaluable professional connections. Career fairs are also held regularly on campus, attracting hundreds of companies recruiting for jobs and internships.
Accounting, finance, marketing, and nonprofit management

M.S. in Accounting
UT’s dynamic M.S. in Accounting program combines the benefits of a structured, technical program with unique opportunities for in-depth examination and real-world applications. The curriculum is designed to offer students depth and flexibility in career preparation, including courses in financial and managerial accounting, taxation, auditing, and accounting information systems. Electives are offered in nonprofit or governmental accounting, advanced financial accounting, international accounting, and federal tax accounting.

Classroom studies closely mirror the subjects and material on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Graduates consistently earn high scores on the exam, which is a testament to both the caliber of students and the dedication of professors at UT’s Sykes College of Business.

M.S. in Finance
UT’s M.S. in Finance program gives students the training needed to excel in the ever-changing global financial industry. The complex nature of today’s world of investment and finance requires professionals equipped with advanced quantitative, analytical, and decision-making skills to manage change and create value.

The curriculum focuses on practical financial management and modern valuation, qualifying students for careers in areas such as banking, brokerage, individual and institutional investments, insurance, portfolio management, and financial analysis and planning. Students may also take electives in special topics of interest such as venture capital and alternative investments, commercial real estate valuation, accounting and value creation, advanced investments, and portfolio management and advanced corporate finance. All courses are geared toward helping students advance in their finance careers and prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) common body of knowledge (CBOK) Levels I, II, and III.

M.S. in Marketing
UT’s M.S. in Marketing program is designed for students pursuing careers in marketing or for professionals seeking development in specific areas of marketing. Students learn the global nature of business from a marketer’s perspective, shaped by a combination of classroom and real-world experiences. The program’s comprehensive curriculum sharpens skills in marketing management, brand and product strategy, marketing research, and sales management. UT also offers applied experiential marketing classes in specialty areas such as research methods, integrated marketing communication, global marketing, and e-commerce.

Multiple hands-on, company-sponsored projects throughout the program offer students unique exposure to case study development, data collection and analysis, consulting, and strategic marketing plans. Students are involved in making decisions about product development, pricing, promotion, marketing research, sales compensation, cost containment, and production scheduling—experiences that serve them well in their marketing careers.

Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Nationwide, it is estimated that more than 600,000 new senior managers will be needed in the nonprofit sector during the next five years. At UT graduate business faculty, together with leading nonprofit practitioners, teach courses that aim to strengthen current nonprofit managers and train the rising generation of industry leaders. UT’s graduate-level certificate program in nonprofit management was developed in partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay. The curriculum focuses on effective board governance, strategic planning, understanding and creating budgets, marketing, fund development, conducting feasibility studies, and tapping leadership potential.

This innovative program is taught by Ph.D.-level faculty in cooperation with leading nonprofit practitioners. The courses are cohort-based, one-week seminars representing 12 credit hours of graduate instruction. Students can participate in the program while on a certificate track, or they can apply to the M.B.A. program. Scholarships are available.  
Health sciences, education, and creative writing

M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science
The University of Tampa’s cutting-edge M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science bridges the gap between laboratory science and practical application. Through a rigorous program combining hands-on training, classroom learning, and research with internationally known faculty, students are prepared to excel as practitioners or pursue doctoral studies. Topics of study include sports nutrition, strength training, physiology and energetics of exercise, sports supplements, ergonomic aids, and exercise laboratory techniques.

UT’s extensive industry connections facilitate internship opportunities with professional sports teams, top nutrition companies, and athletic performance experts. The program offers flexible scheduling and can be completed in as little as a year. Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Sports Nutritionist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exams.

M.S. in Nursing
The University of Tampa’s NLNAC-accredited graduate nursing program prepares advanced practice nurses to serve as primary care providers. Designed for licensed registered nurses, the M.S.N. program offers family nurse practitioner and adult/gerontology nurse practitioner concentrations. The in-depth curriculum emphasizes clinical experience, critical thinking, and leadership.

UT maintains formal affiliations with more than 120 clinical agencies and practices, providing students with expanded education experiences and broad clinical exposure. Students also benefit from individualized attention from faculty and close interactions with their peers. A high priority is placed on the mentoring role of faculty, who are recognized internationally for their expertise and contributions to the field of nursing.

M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology
UT’s M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology prepares students to excel in the growing field of learning and human performance. The innovative curriculum couples hands-on, technology-based course work with theories of education. Students come from a broad array of backgrounds, including education, management, psychology, business, marketing, and communications. They learn to develop effective cross-media curricula for diverse audiences and are prepared to practice in numerous settings, including industry, K-12 schools, higher education, government, and the military.

The program, which can be completed in as little as a year, emphasizes technology in education, theories of learning and cognition, multimedia design and development, systematic instructional design, and open learning environments. Students are also encouraged to develop areas of specialization based on their individual interests and career goals.

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for teachers seeking to enhance their classroom and leadership skills and advance their careers. Graduates are prepared for administrative roles within a school system or to pursue doctoral studies in education. The degree may be completed in 13 months and is structured around a full-time teacher’s schedule.

The program emphasizes curriculum theory, pedagogy and innovation in education, social dimensions of learning, instructional design, leadership, research, advocacy, and politics. Students also benefit from numerous opportunities for mentoring and scholarly collaboration with faculty.

M.F.A. in Creative Writing
The University of Tampa’s low-residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing program offers students a literary community free of bias toward any singular aesthetic. Small classes and one-on-one mentoring help students gain a greater command of the writer’s craft and a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the literary arts.

Students may choose to focus on fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The course of individualized study covers four semesters over two calendar years, followed by a fifth culminating residency. Students attend a 10-day working residency on campus each January and June, where they attend classes, workshops, and special events with visiting writers, editors, agents, screenwriters, songwriters, and even visual artists. Each residency period is followed by a semester-long one-on-one tutorial with a faculty mentor focused on the student’s written work and readings.

A Top City to Live, Work, and Play
Ranked as one of the nation’s top places to live, work, and play, the Tampa Bay area is home to more than four million people. With 351 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 72 degrees, it’s easy to stay active outdoors year-round. The region abounds with professional sports, world-famous theme parks, museums, restaurants, and performing arts venues. Beautiful white-sand beaches are just a short drive from campus.

Alumni Success
Within six months of graduation, 98% of UT’s graduate business alumni report achieving their goals, including a new job or a promotion. All alumni enjoy free lifetime access to programs and services provided by UT’s Office of Career Services, including job coaching, résumé reviews, skills workshops, and networking events.

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21 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Business-Management, MS/MA              
Evening MBA Programs                
Executive MBA Programs                
General MBA                
MBA - Accounting                
MBA - Economics                
MBA - Finance                
MBA - Financial Planning                
MBA - Information Systems                
MBA - International Business                
MBA - Leadership                
MBA - Marketing                
MBA - Non-Profit Admin                
MBA - Technology                
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Student Body

900 students

630 full-time

270 part-time




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