Graduate Programs Overview
Master of Science in Computer Science
The Master of Science in Computer Science program provides students advanced knowledge in key core areas of computer science and an advanced study of specialized topics. In addition, students will be involved in research with Computer Science faculty, and this research will result in a body of work worthy of a thesis or project.
Master of Science in Information Technology
This program is designed to train graduates from any academic discipline in the application of information technology. The program provides application-level, technical knowledge in computer fundamentals and in the areas of database, data communications, networks, and the management of information technology. Upon completion of this professional degree, graduates will be able to apply information technology tools and skills in their work environments. Training in the areas of information technology impact assessment and innovation will enable graduates of this program to utilize and manage information technology with the objective of increasing organizational productivity and competitive advantage.
Master of Engineering, Software Engineering track
The MSSwE program is based on the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), the IEEE Certified Software Development Professional(CSDP), the Graduate Software Engineering 2009 curriculum (GSwE2009), and the needs of local and regional employers. We anticipate any of the following groups of students to be interested in entering the program:
- Students who have earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or closely related field who wish to enhance their training;
- Students are making a mid-career transition into software engineering; and
- Software professionals who want to advance their careers with an advanced degree.
Ph.D. in Computer Science
The Computer Science Ph.D. program seeks to provide students with:
- a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles and practices of computer science;
- the ability to advance the state of the art of computer science;
- the skills to become researchers and teachers who can excel in both the academic and professional spheres of computer science;
- a clear understanding of the professional, ethical, and societal implications of computer science research; and
- the ability to work across disciplinary boundaries, both within and beyond computer science.
Graduate Certificate in Cyber-Security
The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security is designed for students and practitioners who already hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree and are interested in further professional education in this field. The program was approved by the UTEP graduate council in June 2010 and is pending approval by the UT system. It will consist of 15 semester hours of study.