Computer Science

Graduate Programs in Computer Science and Information Technology


The UTPA Department of Computer Science provides a wide range of opportunities for graduate level study, offering degrees in both computer science and information technology. Faculty members conduct research on topics as diverse as bioinformatics, wireless networks, computer algorithms, and the semantic web. There is ample opportunity for students to become involved in research projects by pursuing the Department’s Master’s of Science in Computer Science (MS-CS) and its thesis option. The MS-CS degree’s project option provides students more application-oriented experience.

The Department’s Master’s of Science in Information Technology (MS-IT) provides students state of the art training in the design and utilization of IT systems. Many students who pursue the MS-IT are working IT professionals. Courses for both degrees are offered in the evenings.

Costs at UTPA are among the lowest in the United States, and both the University and Department provide a number of programs of financial aid, including employment on campus. Many students are attracted to the benefits offered by the region’s warm climate and the “small city” feel of Edinburg and McAllen, Texas.

Application to both the University and Department is through a single online application. Students with a bachelor's degree in any field may enter either program. Information about the application process is available here and at the University’s Office of Graduate Studies.

Additional information about the programs is available on this site. The Graduate Student Handbook includes more detailed information about the programs' requirements, department and university policies and procedures, etc. It also includes sample curricula and completion timelines for the programs and their options. Schedules of course offerings for upcoming semesters are made available at this site several months before their publication on the university's web site, and tentative course offerings for upcoming years are also provided.

Why a master’s degree in Computer Science or Information Technology at UTPA?...We have the EXPERTS!

  • The UTPA Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W) won a Student Seed Fund Grant
  • Prof. Robert Schweller and Prof. Matthew Patitz have a paper accepted by FOCS.
  • Prof. Yang Liu received an NSF RUI Grant
  • Prof. Zhixiang Chen received the Most Influential Paper Award from PAKDD (2012)
  • Dr. Matthew Patitz and Dr. Robbie Schweller Won an NSF Grant. Time to Degree: 2 years Total Credit Hours: 36 hours Options: Thesis or Project

Time to Degree: 2 years

Total Credit Hours: 36 hours

Options: Thesis or Project

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