Graduate Degree Programs Nationally Ranked for Quality and Affordability
The university was ranked 24th among
25 institutions nationally in the 2014 Most Affordable Colleges for Online
Internet Technology and Computer Science Degrees. The rankings were recently
compiled by Kirkland, Wash.-based SR Education Group
for its OnlineU.org web site. The firm was founded
in 2004 and uses tuition rates, quality-for-cost ratios, available scholarships
and other information to help students decide where to pursue academic degrees.
“The online degree in computer
information technology is an outstanding degree in terms of academic level,
employment opportunities and affordability,” said Dr. Juan R. Iglesias,
Professor of Computer and Information Sciences and Chair of the School of
Engineering and Computational Sciences. “The entire degree is available online
which helps students with schedule constraints to attend college. We receive a
high amount of transfer students from technical colleges who finish their
bachelor’s degree in about two years.”
Professor Kevin Cruthirds answers a student's question on a SAP training module during his Operations Management class.
Jesus G. Villafranca, 28, a senior
computer information systems technology major from Brownsville and a graduate
of Porter High School, said he has had an interest in electronics and computer
since he was a child.
“It is more convenient for me to
take classes online because I can make my own schedule on when and where to
study and take the assignments, quizzes and tests,” said Villafranca.
“Currently I have an internship with Pronto Insurance in their Internet
technology department. Once I graduate, I plan to improve my skills and
knowledge by getting computer certifications. This will assist me in doing a
better job at my workplace and get a permanent position with them.”
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 –
“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 Science 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
“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.”
“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 email@example.com.
Online Learning is located in Room 108 at Rusteberg Hall.