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UIW Academics

At UIW you’ll learn from internationally-recognized faculty who are leaders in their fields. They don’t just impart knowledge; they create it and provide opportunities for you to work with them in pursuit of academic excellence. With these inspired thinkers as your guides, you’ll be motivated to engage your mind and explore new ideas. Achieve your goals and experience an atmosphere steeped in tradition and committed to academic excellence. Students at UIW experience an education through a global perspective, while undergoing an enriching spiritual voyage, all at a great value. Providing an affordable education is important to us. In fact, approximately 80 percent of UIW students receive some type of financial assistance.

At Incarnate Word, students enjoy small classes and a close network of family-like relationships between students and professors. With a remarkable student/faculty ratio of 14 to 1 and an average class size of 25, students build relationships that extend beyond the classroom and provide a solid foundation for their future. UIW professors understand the needs of individual students and are ready to help them tackle the issues affecting their community and the world. “The Universe is Yours” is not just our motto but a way of life at UIW. Through classroom learning, community service, internships, mentors, and nurturing faculty-student relationships, UIW is committed to shaping tomorrow’s leaders.

While at UIW, students enjoy a diversified curriculum and may choose from a variety of interesting and challenging majors. In addition to the traditional course offerings, UIW also
offers unique programs such as Theatre Arts, Fashion Design, Computer Graphic Arts, Nuclear Medicine, Nutrition, and Broadcast Meteorology. In all, Incarnate Word offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Colleges and Schools

Adult Degree Completion Program

You know that getting that bachelor's degree is the key to better job opportunities and advancement. What's been holding you back? Time? Cost? Location? We give you:

  • Reasonable tuition
  • Flexibility
  • Convenience

At UIW, working adults get that valuable education in an accelerated, evening, format that costs almost 50 percent less than the tuition of a regular private school rate. The Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) has seven full-service learning centers in San Antonio: Alamo Heights Center on the UIW main campus, Northwest Center near Wurzbach and I-10, Northeast Center at Rolling Oaks Mall, the Saidoff Center on Guilbeau Road, the Pecan Valley Center, and the Alamo University Center in Live Oak. We also have a full-service learning center at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.

If you are looking for a classroom experience, at a time when you are available, and at tuition you can afford, take a closer look! We have no added fees and all undergraduate students get their textbooks free.

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) provides a well-rounded liberal arts education to its undergraduate students. The degree programs offered by the college include English, Political Science, Psychology, Art, Music, and Theatre Arts. Students interested in medicine, dentistry, law, and other professional fields often major in liberal arts as an excellent foundation for entrance into professional schools.

Incarnate Word’s Theatre Arts program provides students with a strong foundation in the performing arts, a foundation that will enable them to pursue educational and/or professional opportunities in theatre. The Theatre Arts Department presents its theatrical productions in two theaters located on the UIW Campus. This program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Theatre. It is one of the few accredited programs in the state.

Dreeben School of Education

The Dreeben School of Education prepares future educators for life working inside a classroom. With small classes of 8 to 20 students, the teacher education faculty is able to provide individual support and assistance to students as they progress through the program. UIW offers a B.A. in Child Studies and certification in interdisciplinary studies, secondary certification, and offers an all-level teaching program resulting in certification for kindergarten through twelfth grade. In addition, UIW’s J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library is also the primary research facility for children’s play and play environments in the state. In 2005-2006, UIW’s education students had a 98 percent pass rate on the Texas Examination of Educator Standard (TExES).

Feik School of Pharmacy

Established in 2006, the Feik School of Pharmacy is the only private professional school of pharmacy in Texas. The pre-pharmacy curriculum is a rigorous two-year preparatory program designed to prepare students for admission to the professional Doctor of Pharmacy program. The Feik School of Pharmacy offers students a highly sought after Spanish-language track. Upon graduation, pharmacy school graduates can expect a starting salary of approximately $85,000 per year. The class of 2010 will be the first to graduate from this world class program.

School of Graduate Studies and Research

The Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word provides the guiding principles for all of the graduate studies programs that are offered.

For the convenience of employed persons, the majority of the University’s graduate courses are offered in the late afternoon, evening, and on Saturday. Most graduate courses in the master's programs are available in an eight-week format. Graduate students are expected to assume responsibility for knowing policies governing their program, registration, change of schedule, withdrawal, and other policies and procedures of the Graduate Program. For information about their curriculum and graduate policies, students may call their advisor or the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

H-E-B School of Business and Administration

Undergradaute students in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration may pursue bachelor's degrees in Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) or Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a choice of several concentrations ranging from accounting to international business, which has a required study abroad component.

All business programs are nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. The goal of the BBA degree program is for each student to develop a broad understanding of how the elements and processes of business organizations relate to one another and to the external environment.

School of Media and Design

The School of Media and Design (SMD) integrates five academic programs in a dynamic way to better serve the needs our students. Our programs emphasize the use of the latest software and computer technology.

SMD offers five dynamic programs: Communication Arts, Computer Graphic Arts, Computer Information Systems, Fashion Management and Interior Environmental Design. Each program takes an immersive, hands-on approach, focusing on real-world technologies to provide students with a firm foundation in theory as well as application.

School of Math, Science and Engineering

The School of Math, Science, and Engineering offers degree programs for science-minded students. Bachelor's degrees are available in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Nutrition, and Meteorology. All programs promise to challenge students and to prepare them for their professional careers or for graduate school. Graduates are prepared for careers in biology, medicine, dentistry, teaching, and research. One of the larger programs, biology, incorporates a broad range of research areas, from biochemistry-molecular biology to ecology. In addition, UIW offers the only broadcast meteorology program in Texas. The Meteorology degree program is designed for students who wish to receive a comprehensive education for the purpose of research into the dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere, weather analysis, and weather forecasting. Students take major courses in the new AT&T Science Center and the recently renovated Bonilla Science Hall.

Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

The goal of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions is to provide an excellent studentcentered education that will promote leadership development in the respective health disciplines. For nearly a century, Incarnate Word’s Nursing Program has been a regional leader for nursing excellence and education. The faculty is comprised of skilled practitioners who constantly strive for new ways to foster student learning and is respected in the community for their teaching, research, and service. In 2005, UIW nursing graduates had a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). In addition, UIW has the only Nuclear Medicine degree program in the state offering an accredited curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science. The mission of our program is to prepare students with the experience necessary for successful entry into the nuclear medicine technology profession.

Rosenberg School of Optometry

Established in 2009, the Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Optometry is to educate and prepare future leaders in optometry through excellence in education, patient care, vision research, and public service, within a context of faith and personal development.

UIW Online

If you think you can't afford to go to school, think again.
UIW Online has you covered. Manage your budget and your time with UIW Online.

At UIW, we understand the specific needs of career-oriented learners and offer the ability to pursue your degree program in the privacy of your own home, working at times that fit your busy life. Quality academics, convenience AND affordability is yours with UIW Online. Our free textbooks for undergraduate students make it easy on your wallet too!

As an online accredited university, UIW Online offers an accelerated degree program of six eight-week sessions per year, giving you the opportunity to finish your degree 'just in time.'

We ensure our online college classes meet your expectations for quality and professionalism while giving you the tools to enhance your career.

Our distance learning programs provide:

  • Dedicated Academic Advisors
  • Credentialed Faculty
  • Regional & National Accreditation
  • Relevant and Applicable Course Curriculum

Don't compromise on your education. You can have it all: affordable tuition, free textbooks for undergraduate students and a flexible class schedule.

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