UTEP offers 72 bachelor’s, 74 master’s and 21 doctoral degrees – with more in development. The University is nationally recognized for offering innovative programs for student success, including service learning and other opportunities that help the community and give students practical work experience related to their majors through undergraduate and graduate research.
The Office of the Provost manages the University’s academic affairs. Its mission is the ongoing cultivation of a learning community that engages and challenges students, faculty and staff; inspires leading research, scholarship and creative inquiry; and promotes excellence in teaching.
College of Business Administration
The College of Business Administration (COBA) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in both business administration and accounting. Only 5 percent of the world’s business schools have earned this distinction. COBA offers the Bachelor of Business Administration in 11 major areas, the Master of Business Administration in three formats (executive, full-time and accelerated), specialized master’s degrees in accountancy and economics, and a Ph.D. in business administration. COBA is home to the Border Region Modeling Project; the Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Advancement, Research and Support; the Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship; the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness; the Center for Multicultural Management and Ethics; and the Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce (jointly managed with the College of Engineering). COBA was named the No. 1 graduate business school for Hispanics in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine for five consecutive years, and has received the “Best of the Best” ranking from 2012-16 by Hispanic Network Magazine, Professional Woman’s Magazine and Black EOE Journal. Graduates enjoy strong national demand for their employment in all business areas as well as in major corporations, financial institutions and in academia.
College of Education
The College of Education prepares teachers, counselors, diagnosticians and school administrators at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Alumni make an impact as scholars, educators, administrators and role models from K-12 through higher education to human services agencies and other organizations that provide learning opportunities. The college enrolls more than 2,000 undergraduate students who are supported throughout their program of study by services provided by the Center for Student Success. More than 80 percent of the teachers in schools within the Region 19 Education Services Center are UTEP graduates. The college also serves UTEP’s largest enrollment of students earning master’s degrees and has more than 100 students in two doctoral programs. Top Education Degrees, a national online guide to best education degrees, ranked the college’s online master’s degree in bilingual education No. 8 on the 2015 list of most affordable graduate programs in curriculum and instruction. Early Childhood Education Degrees has ranked the M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction in early childhood education as No. 9 for affordability, flexibility and academic prestige. The College of Education is proud of its graduates and the contributions they continue to make in education and society.
College of Engineering
The College of Engineering’s seven departments offer 34 degree programs at the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. levels. The departments of Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Metallurgical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering; and Engineering Leadership offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. The college also offers six global programs. In 2015, the college was ranked third among U.S. schools for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics. It was ranked No. 1 in percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2013.
College of Health Sciences
The College of Health Sciences prepares quality health professionals in a variety of fields including social work, public health, kinesiology, clinical laboratory science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation counseling and speech-language pathology. The college also offers a Ph.D. program in interdisciplinary health sciences in collaboration with the School of Nursing. It is home to two specialized University-based centers: the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living that promotes physical activity and healthy nutrition, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Research and Evaluation that helps to advance health-related programs throughout the region. Graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in health research and hand-son learning experiences unique to the border region that focus on the prevention of illness and the promotion and restoration of health. With two-thirds of graduates choosing to practice in the Paso del Norte region, the College of Health Sciences is committed to preparing leaders for the 21st century health care workforce.
College of Liberal Arts
With nearly 7,000 students, the College of Liberal Arts is the largest college on the UTEP campus, with degree programs in the visual and performing arts, the humanities and the social sciences. The college also provides most of the UTEP core curriculum to students in all colleges. Excellence is found throughout the college’s programs, from its online bilingual MFA in creative writing – the first of its kind in the country – to its doctoral degrees in borderlands history, rhetoric and composition, and psychology. Faculty members engage in interdisciplinary research in Hispanic health disparities, social justice, border studies and environmental communication. The Patricia and Paul Yetter Law School Preparation Institute, a program that helps prepare UTEP students for law school, is nationally known for its success. In several degree programs, students have the opportunity to enroll in internships, which provide valuable experience in their areas of interest. Students also benefit from an increasing number of study abroad opportunities, including courses taught by college faculty in Rome, London and Seville, Spain. The college’s honors program began in 2012 with a variety of academic enrichment components and an honors minor.
College of Science
The College of Science offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in biology, chemistry, geology, math and physics. It also houses programs in environmental science, computational science, forensic science and bioinformatics, plus programs that support current and future teachers. Students engage with faculty in cutting edge research and are able to use state-of-the-art equipment and tools to study areas of science that are critical to our future, such as energy, the environment and health. Engaged student learning takes place in the classroom as well as the laboratory and in field experiences that provide relevant career preparation.
School of Nursing
The School of Nursing prepares students to enter one of the fastest-growing and most competitive health care fields in the nation. The nursing program has been a regional lifeline for 40 years, producing highly recruited health care professionals who are readily placed in facilities across El Paso and the country. More than 60 percent of El Paso nurses earned their degrees at UTEP. The school is a leader in nursing education, offering innovative programs enhanced by experienced faculty, strong clinical partnerships and simulation technology. Students receive real-world training in the school’s 16,000-square-foot Center for Simulation, one of the largest university-based simulation centers in the country. In 2016, the school was ranked among the top nursing schools in the Southwest by NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com.
School of Pharmacy
The School of Pharmacy (SOP) at UTEP, approved by the University of Texas System Board of Regents in 2016, is the first standalone school of pharmacy on the Texas-Mexico border. The school’s vision to become a pioneer of excellence in pharmacy education for innovation, diversity, engagement, access and leadership (IDEAL) drives every facet of the students’ learning experience. The SOP’s Pharm.D. program will host an innovative curriculum, with Spanish classes integrated into every aspect of learning, as well as a host of global studies courses, a study away trip, seven experiential rotations, and a wealth of service learning and volunteer opportunities to better prepare students to serve a diverse 21st century demographic. UTEP has a long history with the Cooperative Pharmacy program at UT Austin, and is maintaining these ties, as well as building new ones, with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, University Medical Center, and many other health institutions. Faculty at the SOP come from a wide variety of backgrounds including medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutics, clinical expertise in pediatrics, ambulatory care, internal medicine, psychiatry and critical care. The SOP’s inaugural class will begin in fall 2017.
The Graduate School, located on the second floor of the Academic Services Building, manages admissions and progress to degree on behalf of almost 100 doctoral, master’s and graduate certificate programs at UTEP. With the addition of a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, there are now 21 doctoral programs on the UTEP campus. The Graduate School also plays an active role in recruiting potential graduate students and throughout the year offers a robust program of professional development and academic support activities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The Graduate School was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to promote diverse career opportunities for humanities Ph.D. graduates.
Extended University is UTEP’s hub for online and other nontraditional academic programs, professional training and education, and community enrichment. With a mission of expanding UTEP’s reach from its beautiful desert campus to the Paso del Norte region and beyond, the University strives to increase access to outstanding educational opportunities for all who seek them out through UTEP Connect.
Featuring a suite of fully online degree programs that combine the quality and engagement of a UTEP degree with the flexibility and convenience of an online education, UTEP Connect places higher education within reach.
In addition to UTEP Connect, Extended University houses Professional and Public Programs (P3).