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Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua-USMA

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5,879

Overview

The Santa Maria La Antigua Catholic University “La Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua” (USMA) was established in 1965 with the support of a dynamic Panamanian Clergy, The Federation of Catholic Schools of Panama and the National Association of Parents of the Catholic Schools in Panama. It is functioning as a nonprofit private university in Panama and Law of the Republic of Panama.

 

The University´s more than 5000 students permanently receive a personal attention and are constantly advised of the mentoring opportunities. USMA´s academic work is conducted by investigation and extension in five (5) University Centers: Main Campus, Panama City, Chiriquí Campus (East frontier with Costa Rica), the Herrera Campus, and Veraguas Campus (Mid-Central Zone) and Colon Campus (North-Atlantic Region).

 

The academic quality of the programs and projects are conducted in different ways through: School Councils, Faculty Councils, Centers´ University Councils and Academic Council.

 

The Academic work of the University of Investigation and extension is conducted in the following faculties: Business (Administration and Logistics), Natural and Technology Sciences (Engineering, Structural Architecture and Design), Social Sciences (Psychology and Communications), Law and Political Sciences and Humanities and Theology.

 

The university promotes undergraduate research in virtually every discipline and has outstanding national reputation in many areas; we offer 27 different programs of undergraduate studies and bachelors’ degrees.

 

The Graduate School offers more than 31 graduate degree programs leading to master´s and doctoral degrees, preparing our students for the highest levels of success in their professional or academic careers. In addition, several specialist and certificate degrees are offered.

 

The extension is done through a series of Continuous Educational Activities such as: Courses, Seminars, Workshops, Certifications (CISCO, MS), IN-HOUSE Training, Advisory Services, Foreign Language Courses, English as a Second Language Program (ESL Program) and others.

 

The University conducts investigation and extension activities through the International Projects Management, Applied Investigations, Social University Service, National and International Apprenticeships, Practice on the Field, Volunteer Services, and Assistance in Learning (Tutors), Student Service, Psychological Counseling, Technology Services of Information and Communication (TICs).

 

The University develops financial projects for international organizations such as the Program for University Students with Leadership and Citizenship Responsibilities, Entrepreneurs with Social Business Responsibility. The University is member of different networks and international organization such as IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience), FUIC (Catholic University International Federation), UDUAL –OEI (Unión de Universidades de América Latina), UNIVERSIA, OUI (Organización Universitaria Internacional), Red INCA de Cooperación e Internacionalización de la Educación Superior, and AIESEC.

 

The academic year consists of three four-month periods (16 class weeks, class hour: 60 minutes):

o January - May,

o May - August,

o September - December

 

The extension is done through a series of Continuous Educational Activities such as: Courses, Seminars, Workshops, Certification (CISCO, MS) Programs, Company’s IN-HOUSE Training, Advisory Services, Technical Program Certifications, Foreign Language Courses, English as a Second Language Program (ESL Program) and others.

 

In addition, there is an Active University Life by means of Cultural, Musical, Theater, Poetry, Sports (American Football, Basketball, Flag Football, Football Soccer, and Baseball), Dance, University Choir and Folkloric Activities.

 

The University conducts investigation and extension activities through the International Project Management, Indexed Scientific Journal (Investigation and Critical Thinking Journal), Applied Investigations, Social University Service, National and International Apprenticeships, Field Professional Practice Program, Volunteer Services, and Assistance in Learning (Tutors), Student Service, Psychological Counseling, Technology Services of Information and Communication (TICs).

 

The Social Responsibility of USMA is profoundly structured with the UNIVERSITY SOCIAL SERVICE (SSU), which is an obligatory requisite in order to obtain a degree at an undergraduate level.

 

Knowledge of Level B1 English from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is mandatory for all students completing a Bachelor’s degree. USMA has a complete English Program for our students to meet this requirement.

 

Main Language of Teaching: Spanish

English taught program: None at this time

Elective academic course of other language: Portuguese (levels 1 and 2)

Other language courses taught at Language

Center: French, Mandarin, Professional

English

Job Placement within the first 12 months or less

(per surveys conducted 2016/2017/2018): 80%

 

USMA University has the following statistics:

* Undergraduate students: 4953

* Graduate students: 225

* Doctoral Program students: 21

* International Students: 549 (10% are international students of 33 different countries)

* Male students: 2338

* Female students: 2861

 

* Full time Faculty: 57

* Part time Faculty: 578

* International Full time Faculty: 3

* International Part time Faculty number: 27

* Fulltime Faculty with PhD: 16

* Part time Faculty with PhD: 8

The outstanding facilities and services USMA offers:

  • Bookstore
  • Student Orientation Office
  • Maria Eugenia Perez de Aleman Psychological Clinic
  • Dr. Rodrigo Arosemena Medical Clinic
  • Monsignor Marcos Gregorio McGrath Library and Museum
  • Rafael Aleman Specialized Library
  • Social Innovation Center
  • International Relations and Agreements Office
  • Business and Entrepreneur Development Center (CAEDE)
  • Pastoral Community Office
  • Continuous Education Office
  • Language Center
  • Virtual Education Center (e-learning)
  • Audio Visual Reproduction Center
  • Alumni Association
  • Technical Certification Center
  • Casiciaco Haren Alde Sustainable School Farm
  • Catholic Chapel
  • Prayer Room for other non-Catholic religions
  • Legal library of Law
  • Gymnasium and Sports Fields
  • USMA Student Federation Recreation Room

CIBER USMA (technological center of attention to students)

There is an Active University Life by doing Cultural, Musical, Theater, Poetry, Sports (American Football, Basketball, Flag Football, Football Soccer, and Baseball), Dance, and Folkloric Activities.

 

The university life includes the active participation of students and promotes their same Associations, which have an active participation in the decision making through a representative before the Board of Directors.

 

For our university it is very important to keep a direct contact with the alumni this is the reason why we have an (Alumni Association Office). This office informs other facilities that look forward into keeping the contact with our students, not only as part of the university community but also as the receivers of relevant feedback of the careers, future potentiality of the relationship of them as future professional and integral part of the development of the university.

Requirements for Undergraduate Studies (also applies to international students)

·         Official High School Diploma (original and 1 copy)
·         Apostil official High School Diploma (original and 1 copy) for international students
·         Complete High School Transcripts (original and 1 copy)
·         Apostil Complete High School Transcripts (original and 1 copy) for international students
·         Personal ID card, birth certificate for minors or passport and immigration ID (if available) for non-Panamanian citizens
·         Aptitude tests (academic and mathematics)
·         2 photographs
·         Health certificate
·         A USD 100.00 application fee

 

Requirements for Graduate Studies (also applies to international students)
·         Bachelor´s degree from an accredited university (original and 2 copies of diploma)
·         Apostil Bachelor´s degree from an accredited university (original and 2 copies of diploma) international students
·         University transcript of credits (original and 2 copies)
·         Apostil University transcript of credits (original and 2 copies) international students
·         Minimum 1.5 GPA on a 3.0 scale
·         Submit application form
·         Provide an up to date CV
·         Personal ID card or passport and immigration ID (if available) for non-Panamanian citizen (2 copies)
·         2 recent photographs
·         2 letters of recommendation
·         Health certificate
·         Interview with the program director
·         Sufficient knowledge of English to read and understand academic texts
·         A USD 135.00 application fee for Graduate Programs
·         A USD 215.00 application fee for Doctoral Programs


Undergraduate Studies

Bachelors: Bachelor’s degrees with a high level of academic preparation. The modality of these programs is face to face.

On line Programs:  Bachelor’s degrees with a high level of academic preparation.  The modality is virtual (on line).

Technical or Associates degree: short professional development programs that allow continuation of a bachelor´s degree

 

Undergraduate Careers

 

Business School

·         Business Administration

·         Administration of Touristic Enterprises

·         International Business

·         Marketing

·         Accounting

·         International Logistics

·         Banking and Finance

 

 

 

Architecture and Design School

·        Structural Architecture

·         Graphic Design

·         Interior Design

·         Fashion Design and Marketing

 

Humanities and Theology School

·         Education (Middle School and High School)

·         Religion, Moral and Ethics

·         Technical Studies or Associates Degree in Religion, Ethics and Values

·         Theological Sciences

 

Law and Political Science School

·         Law and Political Science

 

Social Sciences School

·         Social Communications Sciences

·         Psychology

 

Engineering and Technology School

·         Civil Engineering

·         Electronic Engineering

·         Telematics Systems Engineering

·         Administrative Industrial Engineering

·         Animal Production Engineering

·         Natural Resources Engineering

·         Hotel and Restaurant Administration

·         Technical Studies or Associates in Hotel and Restaurant Administration

·         Technical Studies or Associates in Livestock Production

·         Technical Studies or Associates in Natural Resources

 

Requirements for Undergraduate Studies (also applies to international students)

·         Official High School Diploma (original and 1 copy)

·         Apostil official High School Diploma (original and 1 copy) for international students

·         Complete High School Transcripts (original and 1 copy)

·         Apostil Complete High School Transcripts (original and 1 copy) for international students

·         Personal ID card, birth certificate for minors or passport and immigration ID (if available) for non-Panamanian citizens

·         Aptitude tests (academic and mathematics)

·         2 photographs

·         Health certificate

·         A USD 100.00 application fee

 

Undergraduate Tuition (also applies to international students)

·         Cost per credit – USD 50.00

·         Total credits per program 180 – 240

·         Average tuition cost per academic year: USD 2556.00

·         Transfer cost per credit:

Foreign universities – USD 75.00

 

National universities – USD 50.00

 

Graduate Careers

 

Business School

Specializations in:

·         Senior Management

·         Financial Business

·         Human Resources Management

·         International Business and Marketing

 

Strategic Management with Emphasis on:

·         Senior Management

·         Financial Business

·         Human Resources Management

·         International Business and Marketing

·         Agricultural Business Management and Agricultural Food Chain Management

Master’s Degree in:

·         MBA

·         Business Management

·         Risk Management and Audit

·         Actuarial Sciences and Finance

·         Agricultural Tourism

·        International Management of Maritime Port Companies

·       Strategic Management with an emphasis in Human Resources Management

·       Strategic Management with an emphasis in International Business and Marketing

·       Strategic Management with Emphasis in Financial Business

 

Humanities and Theology School

Specializations in:

·         Education

·         Ethical Studies

Master’s Degree on:

·         Education

 

Architecture and Design School

            Master’s Degree on:

·         Construction Administration

·         Regional and Urban Planning

·       Restoration, Conservation and Management of Urban and Architectural Heritage

·       Interior Design of Commercial Spaces and Window Dressing

 

Engineering and Technology School

            Specialization in:

·         Integrated Water Management

Master’s Degree on:

·         Biotechnology and Animal Reproduction

·         Integrated Water Management

·        Strategic Management with Specialization in Integrated Water Management

·         Engineering Sciences with emphasis on Project Formulation and Evaluation

·         Engineering Sciences with emphasis on Quality Management

 

Law and Political Sciences School

            Specialization in:

·         Labor Law

Master´s Degree on:

·         Labor Law

·         Maritime Law

·         Commercial Law

·         Procedural Law

·         Political Leadership and Public Management

 

Social Sciences School

            Psychology – Specialization in:

·         Addictions

Master´s Degree – Psychology

·         Family Sciences with a Specialization in Family Counseling

·        Family Sciences with a Specialization in Family Therapy

·        Organizational and Industrial Psychology

·        Clinical Psychology on Children and Young Adults

 

Master´s Degree – Social Communications

·         Organizational Communications

·         Journalism

 

Doctoral Studies in:

 

·         Clinical Psychology

 

 

 

Programs available

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

University Highlights

Total students - 5,879

4.2%
84.2%

Total students - 5,879

4.2%
84.2%
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