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Online Graduate Degree Programs Nationally Ranked for Quality and Affordability 

 
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 29, 2014 – The University of Texas at Brownsville has recently received recognitions for the quality and affordability of its online degree programs.      
 
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.”
 
And on Wednesday, Jan. 8, U.S. News & World Report released its 2014 U.S. News Best Online Programs. 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)
 
“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 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 onlinecourses@utb.edu. Online Learning is located in Room 108 at Rusteberg Hall.

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