UTEP offers 74 bachelor’s, 74 master’s and 22 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 experience related to their majors.
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 13 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 six consecutive years and has received the “Best of the Best” MBA program ranking every year from 2012 to 2018 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. Building on the multicultural and multilingual richness of the Paso del Norte border region, the College of Education strives to model transformative, boundary crossing education to develop innovative, engaged and contributing members of a global society. A central focus of the college is building and sustaining collaborative partnerships with local school districts and other El Paso community-based organizations in order to co-design exceptional educational experiences and unique curricula for its state-approved educator programs. The college serves approximately 2,000 students in its undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. In 2017, the College of Education celebrated its 50th anniversary, highlighting a longstanding presence and commitment to the region. Over its 50-year history, the College of Education has developed a large and impressive alumni network, which makes vast contributions throughout El Paso in the areas of scholarship, education and leadership from K-12 through higher education to human services agencies and other organizations that provide learning opportunities.
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
The UTEP College of Engineering is a national leader in graduating engineers with the academic foundation and professional experience to change the face of engineering. Demographics include 23 percent women, 78 percent Hispanic and 81 percent U.S. citizens. The college’s seven departments offer eight undergraduate; 19 master’s, including two online; and eight doctoral degree programs. The college houses one of the few Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering degrees in the nation and the only Bachelor of Science in Engineering Leadership program. Undergraduate success is a priority, and to that end, undergraduate pre-professional experiences include internships, cooperative learning experiences, meaningful undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities. Student leadership and engagement experiences are highly encouraged, producing well rounded graduates who are heavily recruited by leading companies. The college houses the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation, the first America Makes Satellite Center (platinum-level), with printing capabilities including large-scale aerospace components, mid-scale exotic electromagnetic and photonic devices, tailored skin and organs at the cellular level as well as drug-delivery systems at the nanoscale. The college is home to the National Security Agency Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. UTEP is one of 16 institutions in the U.S. with this designation. Another effort is the college’s active role in three National Science Foundation (NSF) centers: the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment, the Future Aerospace Science and Technology Center, the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) and Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Center for Advanced Materials Research. In fiscal year 2017, the college had research expenditures of $33.5 million and awards of more than $42 million.
COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES
The College of Health Sciences offers nationally accredited degree programs leading to careers that consistently rank among the 100 best jobs in health, including clinical laboratory science, kinesiology, public health, social work, physical and occupational therapy, speech language pathology and rehabilitation counseling. The college also offers a Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences in collaboration with the School of Nursing. With more than 400 clinical training facilities, students receive hands-on practicum experience and community engagement opportunities throughout their education, and they participate alongside award-winning faculty in interdisciplinary and translational health research projects. The College of Health Sciences is home to the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program, which places UTEP students in research internships with internationally based partners. With over two-thirds of graduates practicing locally, the College of Health Sciences is committed to preparing socially accountable and globally responsive health professionals who will improve quality of life and help eliminate health disparities in the Paso del Norte region and beyond.
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
With nearly 7,000 students and more than 20 departments and programs, the College of Liberal Arts is the largest college at UTEP. The college offers 36 bachelor’s, 24 master’s and three doctoral degrees in the visual and performing arts, the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. The college also provides most of the UTEP core curriculum to students in all colleges. The college’s undergraduate and graduate programs house many excellent faculty members who have been recognized as national and international leaders in their fields. Faculty conduct interdisciplinary research in Latinx culture, health disparities, social justice, border studies, migration, environmental communication and numerous other fields that enrich our bicultural and binational region. Faculty and students across the college engage in a variety of high-impact practices including community engagement and research on both sides of the border, study abroad/away, internships and capstone experiences that help prepare students for lifelong success. The college includes an online bilingual Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, the first of its kind in the country; doctoral degrees in Borderlands History, Rhetoric and Composition and Psychology; the Patricia and Paul Yetter Law School Preparation Institute; and the Liberal Arts Honors Program.
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
The College of Science at UTEP offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to meet student interests in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, forensic science, geology, math and physics. Students may choose from 22 graduate and 35 undergraduate degrees, 24 fast-track programs, one undergraduate certificate program and eight graduate certificates to support their goals. In addition, students engage with faculty in cutting-edge research and use state-of-the-art equipment to study areas of science that are critical to our future. Hands-on learning takes place in, and outside of, the classroom to ensure that students receive relevant career preparation to compete on a global level.
SCHOOL OF NURSING
The School of Nursing prepares students to enter one of the fastest-growing and most competitive healthcare fields in the nation. The nursing program has been a regional lifeline for 40 years, producing highly recruited nursing 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 undergraduate and graduate nursing 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. The undergraduate programs include the traditional BSN and the RN to BSN programs. The MSN programs include nursing education, administration and four nurse practitioner concentrations (Family, Adult/Gerontologic Acute Care, Pediatrics Primary Care and Pediatrics Acute Care). The post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a five-semester program delivered by meeting face-to-face one weekend a month.
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 Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program hosts an innovative curriculum, with Spanish classes integrated into every aspect of learning, as well as a host of global studies courses, a study away experience, multiple inter-professional collaborative pharmacy patient-centered learning experiences, 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 with The University of Texas at Austin and is maintaining these ties, as well as building new ones, with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, University Medical Center and many other healthcare institutions. Faculty at the SOP come from a wide variety of backgrounds including pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and have clinical expertise in pediatrics, ambulatory care, internal medicine, psychiatry and critical care. The SOP’s inaugural class began in fall 2017.
The Graduate School, located on the second floor of the Mike Loya Academic Services Building, oversees more than 100 master’s degree programs and certificates as well as 22 doctoral programs. The Graduate School team helps students explore options for graduate education, complete the admissions and enrollment process and graduate promptly through professional development, advising and mentoring. The Graduate School also offers resources for undergraduates preparing to enter graduate school, postdoctoral fellows in residence and those who supervise these emerging scholars.
With a mission of expanding UTEP’s reach from its beautiful desert campus to the Paso del Norte region and beyond, Extended University strives to increase access to outstanding educational opportunities for all who seek them. Extended University houses the Center for Instructional Design (CID), Professional and Public Programs (P3) office and the UTEP Connect office. Instructional designers within CID provide online instructors with guidance on best practices in to help maximize students’ online learning experience. P3 offers high-quality lifelong learning opportunities for personal enrichment, workforce and professional development and academic growth. 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 for undergraduate and graduate students.