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​​Online Graduate Degree Programs Receive National Rankings

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 8, 2014 – The University of Texas at Brownsville has been recognized by a nationwide magazine for its online education programs.     

U.S. News & World Report released its 2014 U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings on Wednesday, Jan. 8. UTB received rankings on three lists:

* 10th in Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs

* 60th in Best Online Nursing Graduate Programs (tied with Cleveland State University)

* 75th in Best Online Graduate Business Programs (tied with the University of Nevada – Reno, George Mason University and California State University – Sacramento)

Professor Kevin Cruthirds answers a student's question on a SAP training module during his Operations Management class on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

“Our goal at UTB is to offer the best learning experience in each of our graduate programs while continuously improving our graduate programs,” said Dr. Charles Lackey, Dean of Graduate Studies. “The college rankings provide a measure of our success based on the criteria used by the rankings agency. Thus, we use the rankings to promote our success to potential graduate students and to examine how we might improve our programs.”

The online Master of Science in Computer Sc​ience is a 36-semester credit hour program with a thesis and non-thesis option. Classes include Advanced Algorithm Analysis, Complexity Theory, Digital Image Processing and Numerical Methods.

The online Master of Science in Nursing is a 37-semester credit hour program. The Graduate Nursing Program had three students in its first graduating class in 2005 and moved to online in 2009. Since 2010, 34 students have graduated and were enrolled from as far away as Hawaii.

“We provide a foundation for continued advanced education such as entry into doctoral programs and nurse practitioner programs,” said Dr. Eloisa Tamez, an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing. “At least seven of our graduates have progressed to advanced education beyond the Master of Science in Nursing.”

The Master of Business Administration Online is a 48-semester credit hour program offered through the UT-Consortium with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and The University of Texas – Pan American.

“It is an online program that complements our campus-based MBA very nicely,” said Dr. Edith Galy, an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems and MBA Director in the School of Business. “Students have the flexibility to take courses in their degree program either online or on-campus. The programs are 80 percent compatible, meaning that most classes are offered in both formats. The MBAO concentrates its focus in the management area while the campus-based MBA provides more emphasis in marketing and finance.”

The university offers 17 online bachelor’s and master’s degrees and graduate certificates in e-learning, Spanish translation, Master Reading Teacher and Master Technology Teacher.

For more information about online degree programs at UTB, contact 956-882-6751 or Online Learning is located in Room 108 at Rusteberg Hall.​​​​


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