Highlighting the Schools and Colleges at UM

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 27, 2015) — The University of Miami offers a wide array of academic pursuits for undergraduate and graduate studies through its 11 schools and colleges. Below is a short synopsis of each of the schools.

School of Architecture
Rodolphe el-Khoury, Dean
Founded: 1983
Number of Students: 316
Number of Faculty: 55

The School of Architecture is housed in a prized collection of historical and award-winning structures that constitute a distinct area within the larger Coral Gables campus.  We offer a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and post-professional programs to prepare students for professional and academic tracks in architecture and related fields such as engineering, real estate development, and urbanism.

We are the birthplace of New Urbanism, an international movement led by former Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk that proposed viable alternatives to urban sprawl and continues to transform the world with the design and implementation of compact, resilient, and sustainable communities inspired by traditional models.  We have claimed an important place in the field by investing in the wisdom of history and the resilience of traditional neighborhoods. Our faculty develops student awareness of the profession within the context of a 5,000-year legacy of building; our students call upon that history for practical present-day application. Recently appointed Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury now seeks to align tradition with innovation in new programs that reinforce and extend our defining efforts with the use of cutting-edge technology.

We are a leader in training practitioners who view architecture as a civic art inherently linked to the work of community building. Faculty and students have helped communities rebuild in the wake of such disasters as Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. We are currently involved in the “Underline,” a project to green 10 miles of space under the Miami-Dade County MetroRail. Students are also invested in ongoing efforts to improve the quality of public spaces in a number of local neighborhoods.  The Miami 21 Zoning Code adopted by the city as a holistic approach to land use and urban planning is largely the intellectual product of the school.

We provide a personalized environment of small classes (a nationwide leading ratio of 10 students to 1 instructor) and hands-on, real-world experiences.  We also maintain a suite of study abroad programs that immerse students in rich and diverse learning environments from London to Tokyo. The Rome Program has a permanent base with studio/classroom facilities in Rome and offers a rich complement to the curriculum on the Coral Gables campus. 

College of Arts and Sciences
Leonidas G. Bachas, Dean
Founded: 1926
Number of Students: 4,905
Number of Faculty: 520

Founded at the University’s inception in 1926 and housed in 25 buildings located throughout the Coral Gables campus, the College of Arts and Sciences enrolls undergraduate and graduate students in 20 departments and 10 interdisciplinary programs. Sixteen departments offer graduate degrees in the fine arts, natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Several of the majors available to undergraduates are offered in partnership with other schools, including economics, offered in cooperation with the School of Business Administration, and microbiology and biochemistry with the Miller School of Medicine.

Among our faculty are award-winning teachers and research scholars, recognized nationally and internationally in their disciplines. Our faculty includes editors of prominent journals, fellows of numerous professional societies, research/scholarship award winners, prize-winning creative writers, and members of important government research review and advisory boards.

We also provide numerous community outreach activities, including art exhibitions at the Lowe Art Museum, South Florida’s oldest museum; student musical theatre and drama productions at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre on the Alvin Sherman Family Stage; student, faculty, and visiting artist exhibitions in the College of Arts and Sciences Gallery and the Wynwood Gallery near downtown Miami; lectures and other educational programs sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Miami Institute for the Americas; volunteer activities in public schools, hospitals and community clinics for developmentally disabled children; technology workshops for Miami-Dade public school teachers sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages Laboratory; and a series of programs, hosted by several departments and funded by various federal agencies and private foundations.

School of Business Administration
Eugene W. Anderson, Dean
Founded: 1929
Number of Students: 2,937
Number of Faculty: 161

The University of Miami’s unique multicultural campus, situated at a vibrant international crossroads, creates an ideal environment for developing ideas and leaders for the diverse, dynamic, interconnected business world of the 21st century. To leverage this privileged location, the School of Business Administration is pursuing a vision to become the most global U.S. business school and a school that is best engaged with its home university and business community.

We have made great progress towards achieving this vision. We have created international immersion courses that allow students to learn firsthand about doing business in Brazil, China, and India. We have developed a new Global Business major combining mastery of business fundamentals with deep regional and language studies. We have launched a new master’s of International Business and developed a new flagship EMBA program designed specifically for high-potential international executives, the Miami Executive MBA for the Americas. We have also created an EMBA taught entirely in Spanish and targeted at senior Latin American executives. We are taking four of our master’s degrees online in both English and Spanish to expand our reach throughout Central and South America.

Closer to home, we are investing in experiential learning opportunities to help students hit the ground running in today’s complex, fast-paced, results-driven economy. Student-managed investment fund participants make “buy and sell” decisions for a real stock portfolio. Entrepreneurship majors are placed in local startups to learn how to create and grow new businesses. Business analytics students test and develop big data skills on data projects provided by South Florida businesses. MBA students act as consultants to University startups, as well as established companies such as Citibank and Royal Caribbean. Business Plan Competitors test ideas for new businesses and compete for valuable seed money. We are already beginning to receive worldwide recognition for these innovations.

Our Executive MBA program now ranks 17th among all U.S. EMBA programs, according to the Financial Times; BusinessWeek recently ranked our undergraduate program No. 13 for International Business; and America Economia now ranks the school as the No. 1 U.S. executive education provider in Latin America. Looking forward, we are committed to continuing to reinvent business education to be more global, entrepreneurial, and relevant—and to advancing our position as a leader in global business and an anchor institution for the business talent and ideas that the Miami business community needs to achieve its full potential.

School of Communication
Gregory J. Shepherd, Dean
Founded: 1985
Number of Students: 1,179
Number of Faculty: 103

The School of Communication is distinguished both by its breadth and its excellence. Many universities have stand-alone journalism schools, schools of film, and departments of communication studies that are housed in Arts and Sciences, but here all these programs and more have been pulled together into our school. This presents our faculty and students with a nearly unique set of opportunities to study and collaborate across the various fields and sub-disciplines of communication. We have, for example, game and web design experts working directly with health communication scientists on behavioral change research, and film, advertising and public relations students working together to build awareness and fundraising campaigns for local non-profit organizations. Many students are double-majoring across the school in unique combinations, such as media management and film and communication studies and public relations, or putting together a major with multiple minors, such as broadcast journalism with public advocacy and interactive media.

This breadth of programming has created particular areas of excellence. At the heart of our school is the newly created Center for Communication, Culture, and Change, with its strong focus on health communication research. This research center’s mission is to promote positive social and behavioral change through communication. Our Ph.D. program is closely affiliated with the center, and faculty from across the school’s departments participate in research facilitated by the center. The center is also the point of collaboration with a number of other schools and colleges, including the Miller School of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and the School of Education and Human Development.

We also feature a number of graduate degrees in addition to the Ph.D. There is a large and highly regarded Master of Fine Arts in film, and a newly created M.F.A. degree in interactive media was named by the Princeton Review as one of the best graduate programs in game design after only its first year in operation. We continue to move at the forefront of communication education with proposed M.F.A.s in Data Journalism and Visualization, Gaming, and Interactive Storytelling. The undergraduate program currently has eight different majors across its four departments as well as a stand-alone minor in Interactive Media.

We recently completed a $1.4 million upgrade to our broadcast studios so that they are fully high definition and we are about to begin a $2 million project to create an interactive media center that will be home to a full-service student run agency. Our various undergraduate media and student organizations routinely win national awards, as does the debate team.

School of Education and Human Development
Isaac Prilleltensky, Dean
Founded: 1929
Number of Students: 844
Number of Faculty: 90

The School of Education and Human Development shapes the next generation of educators, scholars, and change agents. We have three departments: Teaching and Learning, Educational and Psychological Studies, and Kinesiology and Sport Sciences. Dean Isaac Prilleltensky, an international authority on community-based approaches to psychological and social health, holds the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. We are also the home of the Dunspaugh-Dalton Research Center in Community and Educational Well-Being. Professors in the school are nationally and internationally known and are productively involved in the educational, psychological, and health fields.  Our students benefit directly from this focus on research and academics, as well as the strong emphasis on student success. Our professors and staff care deeply about our students and are devoted to helping them achieve their goals.

We have a number of programs and projects underway, including working in Barranquilla, Colombia to deliver Spanish language master’s degree programs in Education, Counseling, and Community and Social Change. We have just launched a fully online master’s degree program in Sport Administration.

New degree programs include a Ph.D. program in Community Well-Being we developed and a unique new master’s degree program in Nutrition for Health and Human Performance, which combines pertinent biochemistry, human biology, and exercise physiology. We developed and operate a multidisciplinary health and fitness project that addresses the national problem of childhood obesity and incorporates a fully programmable robot “teacher.” The program, Translational Health in Nutrition and Kinesiology (THINK), has not only provided service to the community but has also produced a wealth of research data.

Through a foundation grant, we have been able to develop and deliver a curriculum for Jewish congregational and day schools that emphasizes values and learning through literature.  It features an interactive website with lesson plans, songs, and an appendix of research-based strategies. We operate the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling (IIFC), a center for training counselors and serving the community.  The center’s recently renovated facility features seven modern therapy rooms, a children’s play therapy space, a reception suite, and advanced technological resources to facilitate training and counseling services.

We partner with the nation’s fourth-largest and sixth-largest school systems and more than 30 organizations to offer community-based programs, such as a series of capacity-building workshops for the nonprofit community, and involve our students, from the undergraduate to the Ph.D level, in reality-based research and training experiences. Our research and grant activities take advantage of our location in the diverse South Florida area.  Our projects involve the large and unique multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual population in our schools and communities.

College of Engineering
James M. Tien, Dean
Founded: 1947
Number of Students: 1,401
Number of Faculty: 84

Founded in 1947, the College of Engineering is comprised of five academic departments that offer B.S., M.S., Ph.D. and executive education programs. Ensuring quality and diversity in its educational and research objectives, the college includes undergraduate and graduate students. We are dedicated to educating engineers to deal with the major issues of society over the next generation— enhancing both economic and creative competitiveness, advancing health care, enhancing environmental sustainability, and supporting a sophisticated infrastructure.

Our students come from all parts of the United States and from around the globe, and make up one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan engineering student bodies in the nation. The student body has increased dramatically in the last few years, almost doubling in size, while simultaneously becoming more academically selective. Female enrollment is 28 percent, compared to the 19 percent national average; 29 percent of the students are Hispanic and 8 percent are African-American.

The college is renowned for its research efforts in health care and technobiology, informatics and risk management, and sustainable and smart systems. We are committed to integrating research and education on every level by opening labs and research projects to all students. Our internally developed Virtual Academic Computing (ViAComp) cloud platform allows students to access educational and research software anywhere, any time. Students are able to work in a state-of-the-art prototyping facility, the latest in 3-D printing technology and a new cybersecurity lab.

Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music
Shelly Berg, Dean
Founded: 1926
Number of Students: 713
Number of Faculty: 115

The Frost School of Music’s innovative leadership and faculty are bringing new technologies and teaching approaches into higher music education through impressive academic-business partnerships and sponsored research.

We became the first entity at the University to offer fully accredited online degrees through our new Frost Online portal (frostonline.miami.edu), produced in collaboration with Academic Partnerships, one of the world’s largest collaborators in online learning. The first programs, a Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries and a Master of Arts in Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management, feature full-time Frost faculty in engaging video lessons, interactive chats, and more. Other degrees, all of which maintain the highest educational standards, will be rolled out in upcoming years.

We also launched a strategic partnership with the world’s largest record label, Universal Music Classics (a division of Universal Music Group) to create Universal Music U @ Frost, a research initiative to identify and innovate new ways for aspiring young professional musicians to build broad-based audiences for “classic” music genres. The initiative will center around four areas of innovation— reimagining the concert, reimagining the training of performers, reimagining the record label, and building a worldwide network of young consumers of classic music.

In an intensive push to expand its research footprint, the Music Engineering Technology program, led by Associate Professor Colby Leider, garnered over $5 million in corporate and sponsored research grants to develop new audio-based technologies to help civilian amputees and wounded warriors walk better, safer, and stronger on their prosthetic legs.

In performance, the Frost School has attracted some of the most legendary music performers and pedagogues to join the faculty, including violinist, recording artist, and chamber music expert Professor Charles Castleman and the in-demand solo and collaborative pianist Professor Evelyne Brancart. We also hired Professor Jay C. Rees, B.M. ’84, widely regarded as the best in his field, as the new director of athletic bands to build the Frost Band of the Hour program and lead the band at Miami Hurricanes sporting events.

School of Law
Patricia D. White, Dean
Founded: 1928
Number of Students: 1,148
Number of Faculty: 183

The School of Law fosters the intellectual discipline, creativity, and critical skills that prepare our graduates for the highest standards of professional competence in the practice of law in a global environment.

Our faculty is among the most intellectually and culturally diverse in the country, with members distinguished in their respective fields, and dedicated to furthering the uppermost standards of academic excellence.  Their imaginative, influential scholarship and enthusiastic, effective teaching bring acknowledgment at the highest levels. They are regular recipients of distinguished awards such as the Faculty Senate’s 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award and the honor by the Society of American Law Teachers with the 2015 Great Teacher Award.

An integrated part of a research university situated at the gateway to the Americas, Miami Law offers significant opportunities for innovation as well as multi- and interdisciplinary study and research, especially in the area of international law. We  offer more than 250 courses and seminars in specialized areas of law, as well as 20  joint degree programs, including the new Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law J.D./LL.M. We are the only law school to offer a J.D./Master’s in Music Business and a J.D./M.A. in Arts Presenting.  We are home to LawWithoutWalls®, an innovative academic model that brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the country and the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice.  We offer an extensive array of foreign exchange programs in Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Spain, and Switzerland.  In 2014 we launched the International Arbitration Institute— led by the top arbitrators in the world and ideally situated in Miami— the backdrop is one of international arbitration’s most crucial hubs.

Drawing on talent and diversity from every state in the nation and many other countries, Miami Law students are consistently recognized for their accomplishments. The international moot court team has twice won the prestigious Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court, and the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board finished as the ninth best moot court team in the U.S. Through our ten award-winning clinics, students won victories for veterans and undocumented farmworkers, and advocated nationally and internationally for victims of domestic violence and gun violence.

We are regularly ranked among the top law schools by Hispanic Business Magazine and U.S. News & World Report for Tax Programs, and our alumni are regularly featured in Super Lawyers magazine, which rates lawyers in more than 70 practice areas.

Miller School of Medicine
Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.
Founded: 1952
Number of Students: Graduate 563; Clinical 801
Number of Faculty: 1,467

The Miller School of Medicine, an academic medical center founded in 1952, serves South Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean and is home to some of the brightest minds in the world. Our faculty members teach students who represent the future of medicine. Our scientists are currently pursuing more than 1,600 projects, including 960 clinical trials, funded by $254 million in external grants and contracts. UHealth physicians represent more than 100 specialties and subspecialties, and have more than 1 million patient encounters each year. In addition to our students, we have more than 1,200 residents in 21 core programs—the third-largest graduate medical education system in the country. Miami-Dade County’s cultural diversity—more than half of its residents were born outside the U.S.—makes it a medical training ground of unmatched opportunity.

The Miller School comprises 20 clinical science departments, six basic science departments, 45 centers and institutes, and 23 administrative groups. We are consistently ranked among the top 50 medical schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, which has also ranked one of our units, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, as the No. 1 eye hospital in the country for the past 11 years. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is on a fast track to become the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in South Florida. World-class clinical care is provided at University of Miami Hospital and county-owned Jackson Memorial Hospital on the medical campus, and at a number of satellite clinics throughout the region, to be joined in 2016 by The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, a 200,000-square-foot outpatient center now under construction on the University’s Coral Gables campus.

We are also consistently ranked among the top 40 medical schools as measured by NIH grant funding, receiving $101.6 million during the 2013 fiscal year. Five departments ranked in the top 20 nationally against their peers. Twenty-two principal investigators, ten of whom ranked in the top five percent nationally in their departmental specialty, received more than $1 million each.

School of Nursing and Health Studies
Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, Dean
Founded: 1968
Number of Students: 722
Number of Faculty: 67

The School of Nursing and Health Studies’ mission is to educate students and support faculty committed to excellence and diversity in health care. Our programs offer a diversified range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree options in nursing and health studies. Our curriculum integrates research instruction, evidence-based practice, and state-of-the-art simulated learning in the International Academy for Clinical Simulation and Research. A network of more than 250 community partners provides our students with mentorship and real-world experiences at clinical practice sites that serve largely minority populations. Rigorous academic and clinical preparation is reflected in NCLEX-RN (nursing licensure) first-time passing rates that exceed national averages. 

Our culturally and racially diverse faculty’s accomplishments have contributed to a research portfolio that ranks first in Florida and 18th nationwide for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among nursing schools. The cornerstone of this program is the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro, established in 2007 with the first P60 grant ever awarded to a school of nursing and renewed for the 2012-2017 funding cycle. El Centro’s studies on the development of culturally tailored interventions to address conditions that disproportionately affect minorities have engaged over 2,800 subjects since its inception. Undergraduates participate in El Centro initiatives under the mentorship of successful minority scientists and are thus engaged as possible future health care researchers.

We capitalize on our location in Miami to promote dialogue and the mutual exchange of health care knowledge with our Iberoamerican neighbors. The school is a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, an elite designation in place since 2008. Global studies programs now include bi-directional student and faculty exchange agreements with hospitals and health care institutions in Australia, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Spain, and Taiwan. Our faculty, students and alumni also participate in regularly scheduled mission trips to Haiti.

Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Roni Avissar, Dean
Founded: 1969
Number of Students: 675
Number of Faculty: 95

Triggered by the needs to adapt to higher education in the 21st century, many remarkable changes have taken place recently at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The most noticeable infrastructure improvement on our Virginia Key campus is our new 86,000-square-foot Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex that was dedicated in the fall of 2014. The complex includes the one-of-a-kind Alfred C. Glassell Jr. SUrge- STructure-Atmosphere-INteraction (SUSTAIN) building capable of simulating 3-D wind-wave flow and surge produced by Category 5 hurricane force winds in complex coastal conditions. Another significant change to our campus is the construction of a state-of-the-art scientific scuba-diver training center, which includes an 18-foot-deep pool and a high jumping tower for the training of rescue divers. Furthermore, our research and education infrastructure was recently boosted by the acquisition of a helicopter that is being transformed into a one-of-a-kind Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP), a flying scientific laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art technology and scientific instrumentation.

Our faculty and scientists continue to excel in research grant awards, with $60 million to $70 million in federal, state, and private foundations research grant competitions awarded annually. This success is also well illustrated with the recent announcement by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) of two awards made to the School totaling $29 million to lead research teams to continue investigating the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We use these funds for our research infrastructure, but more importantly, as the main source of funding for our graduate student fellowships. We offer all our Ph.D. students a competitive package that allows them to dedicate their time to their study for a period of five years. This has helped tremendously in our effort to recruit the very best students— nationally and internationally. Our Ph.D. program has grown by about 50 percent in the past few years while significantly increasing the average GRE and GPA of each class.

We are also particularly proud and committed to our undergraduate programs in Marine Sciences, Meteorology, and Marine Affairs, which have about 400 students and have nearly doubled in size in the past few years, while steadily increasing in quality and ranking. Having the unique opportunity to be on and/or in the water the vast majority of the year presents a clear advantage to our students interested in Marine Science. The proximity to coral reefs, our semester abroad program that includes a semester in the Galapagos (among many other destinations), our RJ Dunlap Shark Tagging programs, just to list a few opportunities, all contribute to our goal of offering our students a unique learning experience. Our undergraduate program is arguably ranked the best among our competition. It attracts the best students nationally and internationally and greatly contributes to the reputation of the University of Miami.

Research at the University of Miami

Research and scholarly/creative activities are a key part of the mission of the University of Miami.  While the Miller School of Medicine contributes nearly 70 percent of the roughly $350 million in sponsored expenditures, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the schools/colleges at the Coral Gables campus provide significant research activity that ranges from natural resources to nanotechnology and biomedical engineering to music therapy.

Our research ranking has increased steadily since 2006, and the Miller School of Medicine is consistently ranked among the top 40 medical schools. With our position at the gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean and our multicultural population, we are perfectly situated to contribute to research that addresses diversity and aspects of multicultural cohabitation that cannot readily be studied elsewhere, yet are becoming increasingly important in a globalized world. 

We are known for our multidisciplinary research centers. The Center for Computational Sciences has rapidly emerged as a leading center providing the cyber infrastructure to address major challenges in workflow management, data management, data mining, decision support, visualization, and cloud computing. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked No. 1 in the country for the past 11 years by U.S. News & World Report, and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics is dedicated to using the latest in cutting-edge technologies to identify genes involved in human diseases. Investigators at the institute are world-renowned for their contributions to our understanding of the genetics of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and autism. Finally, biomedical research is strengthened considerably by our top research centers, including the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (the largest comprehensive spinal cord injury research center in the U.S.), the Diabetes Research Institute, the Center for AIDS Research, and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The recent openings of advanced new facilities are supporting notable multidisciplinary initiatives. The Cox Neuroscience and Health Annex brings together scientists, clinicians, and engineers to work on fundamental aspects of brain function and neurological diseases. The Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex provides a one-of-a-kind research facility— the only place in the world with a wind-wave-storm surge simulator capable of generating Category 5 hurricane-force winds in a three-dimensional test environment.