UTEP offers 74 bachelor’s, 76 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 work experience related to their majors through undergraduate and graduate research.
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, fulltime 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” MBA program ranking every year from 2012 to 2017 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 region, the College of Education strives to model transformative, boundary crossing education to develop innovative, engaged and contributing members of a global society. In partnership with local school districts and the surrounding El Paso community, the College of Education faculty has created exceptional educational experiences and has developed 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, showing a longstanding presence and commitment to the region. 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. Top Education Degrees, a national online guide to the best education degrees, ranked the college’s online master’s degree in bilingual education No. 8 of most affordable graduate programs in curriculum and instruction. Early Childhood Education Degrees ranked the M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction in early childhood education No. 9 for affordability, flexibility and academic prestige.
College of Engineering
The College of Engineering at UTEP is a national leader in graduating Hispanic engineers with the real-world experience and academic foundation to change the face of engineering. The college is consistently ranked in the top 5 schools in the continental U.S. in awarding bachelor degrees to Hispanics and was named the No. 1 graduate engineering school for Hispanics in the country. The college offers eight undergraduate programs, 14 master’s, and eight Ph.D. 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 key to the College of Engineering experience, and to that end, the college offers undergraduate pre-professional experiences such as internships, co-ops and study abroad opportunities. Student leadership and engagement is highly encouraged, producing well-rounded graduates who are heavily recruited by the industry’s leading companies. The W. M. Keck Center for 3D innovation and the Technology Research Innovation Acceleration Park (tRIAC) are some of the state-of-the-art research facilities in the college. The Keck Center, which focuses on additive manufacturing technology, holds the distinction of being selected as the first satellite center of America Makes. The tRIAC, located in Fabens, Texas, is a joint venture with the County of El Paso that will consist of a test site and data center, a rocket tower and incubator facilities for small businesses.
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 hands-on 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 healthcare workforce to improve and enhance the quality of life in the region.
College of Liberal Arts
With nearly 7,000 students and more than 25 departments and programs, the College of Liberal Arts is the largest college at UTEP. The college offers 52 bachelor’s, 25 master’s and three Ph.D. degrees in a broad range of fields encompassed by 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. Excellence is found throughout the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Many faculty have been recognized for their teaching and for being national and international leaders in their fields. The faculty engages in a wide range of creative activities and research that enriches our bicultural and binational region. Faculty across the college engage students in a variety of high-impact practices such as study abroad/study away, internships, capstone experiences, community engagement, and creative/research opportunities. These experiences help provide students with skills that will prepare them for lifelong success. The college includes the Patricia and Paul Yetter Law School Preparation Institute, which is nationally known for its success in preparing UTEP students for law school. In 2012, the College of Liberal Arts launched an honors program that allows students to earn an honors minor and includes a variety of academic enrichment components.
College of Science
The College of Science at UTEP offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in biology, chemistry, environmental science, forensic science, geology, math and physics. It offers a total of 32 degrees: 20 graduate and 12 undergraduate degrees, 23 fast-track programs, one undergraduate certificate program and eight graduate certificates. Students engage with faculty in cutting-edge research and use state-of-the-art equipment to study areas of science critical to our future. Hands-on student learning takes place in, and outside of, the classroom to ensure 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 longitudinal introductory and advanced interprofessional collaborative pharmacy patient-centered experiential 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), the Professional and Public Programs (P3) office, and the UTEP Connect office.
- Instructional designers within CID provide online instructors with guidance on best practices in instructional design and development 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.