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Programs and Degree Options at Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University appears in our ranking of the Top 10 Online Colleges for Active Duty Military.

Saint Leo offers a liberal-arts based education through its offering of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate, major and minor, degree programs, many of which are offered both online and through an on-campus setting at one of 35 education centers located throughout the country. For example, a BA in Business Administration degree is offered both online and through specific education centers with tracks that include Logistics, Marketing, Project Management, and Technology Management. The BA in Criminal Justice is provided with tracks in Criminalistics and Homeland Security and can be obtained at the main campus, online, or at a large number of education centers, many of which are located on military bases around the country. A BS in Cybersecurity and BS in Computer Information Systems are also offered across various campuses and online. Conversely, BA degrees in liberal arts fields such as English, History, Theatre, and Global Studies are offered only at the main campus in Central Florida.

The majority of graduate degrees offered through Saint Leo University are offered through the online format, providing more convenience and flexibility to working adults seeking to advance their education. Degrees at the graduate level include MBAs in the fields of Cybersecurity Management, Data Analytics, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, and Marketing, to name a few. The MBA degrees are offered both on various campuses and online. Students can also choose a MS degree in Criminal Justice with specializations that include Forensic Science, Criminal Investigations, and Corrections. Doctoral degrees are offered in the fields of education, Business administration, and criminal justice, and are offered exclusively online.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University is a private, Catholic university that nonetheless has a long tradition of welcoming students of all faiths. Established in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida, it is the oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the state, with its main campus located about 30 miles north of Tampa in Central Florida. According to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list, Saint Leo is consistently ranked among the top universities in the South. In addition to the central campus, the university boasts 35 regional locations across seven states and a robust online presence, allowing enrollment to reach almost 15,000 across the various degree levels and programs offered. And because many of the regional locations are housed on military bases, Saint Leo is also one of the country’s leading providers of higher education to members of the U.S. Military and veterans.

Saint Leo University Accreditation Details

Saint Leo is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees ranging in level from Associate to doctoral. In addition, individual programs and degrees are accredited by those associations and commissions that oversee the appropriate subject matter. These include additional accreditations through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), and the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. Saint Leo also maintains memberships in various associations, such as the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES), the National Catholic Education Association, the American Council on Education (ACE), and the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education.

Saint Leo University Application Requirements

Undergraduate students applying to the main campus location need only submit either the Common Application or the school-specific application, which can be done online or downloaded and sent, along with transcripts reflecting the student’s most recent academic achievements. For incoming freshmen, these would be high school transcripts, while transfer students or those with some college already completed would provide transcripts showing previous college coursework. Letters of recommendation and standardized test scores for the SAT, ACT or both may also be submitted but are not required.

Undergraduate students applying to study through the online format would fill out the online application and submit it along with a $45 application fee. Academic transcripts for either high school coursework or previous college coursework are also required, as are any standardized test results that may apply, including SAT and/or ACT, but also including any CLEP scores, AP scores, or Regents exams, if applicable.

Graduate admission requirements vary according to the specific graduate level subject area, but generally include the online application submitted along with an $80 application fee and transcripts showing all previously obtained degrees and completed college coursework. Other requirements specific to certain programs include letters of recommendation, documentation of previous work experience in specific fields, including any internships completed, and prepared statements of professional career goals.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition at Saint Leo University is assessed at the undergraduate and graduate levels and based on whether the student chooses to study on one of the campuses or online. On campus, undergraduate tuition is assessed at $11,550 per semester for a course load of 12 to 18 credits. Students taking less than 12 credits per semester are assessed tuition at a rate of $600 per credit hour, up to 11 credit hours, and students taking 19 or more credit hours per semester are assessed tuition at a rate of $320 per credit hour. Online coursework for undergraduate studies is assessed at $370 per credit hour, with active duty military members paying only $250 per credit hour.

At the graduate level, students seeing a Masters degree are assessed tuition that varies based on the degree program, but ranges from as low as $495 per credit hour for degrees in Education or Theology to as high as $770 per credit hour for a Masters degree in Cybersecurity. These costs are regardless of whether the courses are taken online or at a campus location.

Financial aid is available for students who need help paying for higher education, with options ranging from grants and scholarships to loans and work-study programs. Students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, of FAFSA, at the same time or shortly after applying to Saint Leo, so that the Student Financial Services Office can provide the most options for helping with the cost of getting a degree.

Considering themselves proudly Catholic, Saint Leo University staff and faculty are committed to working toward a more socially just society for everyone, regardless of faith or belief systems. Offering as much flexibility as possible through its many locations and strong online presence, Saint Leo University is committed to providing access to quality education to anyone who seeks it.