Prospective Graduate Students

Computer Science Graduate Studies

Graduate Prospective

The University of Texas at El Paso is an emerging national research university in the heart of the American Southwest, only a few hundred meters from the U.S.-Mexico border. Situated in the high desert and surrounded by mountains on three sides, El Paso enjoys mild days, cool nights and constant sunshine, making it possible to enjoy outdoor activities nearly all year long. El Paso adjoins both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, creating one of the most culturally diverse areas in the nation.

The graduate program offers courses in a variety of core and applied areas of CS that provide students with a strong foundation to build their individual research and professional programs. In addition to research focused directly in CS, the department engages in research in interdisciplinary areas, such as health, biological, geological, and environmental sciences, education, and engineering. Recognizing that solving our many complex problems today requires multidisciplinary perspectives, we encourage our students to collaborate with researchers outside the department.

The department offers the following five graduate programs: M.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Information Technology, M.S. in Software Engineering (w/a Secure Cyber-Systems Concentration option), Ph.D. in CS, and Graduate Certificate in Cyber-Security 

UTEP CS undergraduates may enroll in dual- credit courses if admitted to the graduate school Fast-Track program or begin taking graduate level courses in their final semester if admitted to the graduate school Reserve Credit program.

Graduate program applicants should review the requirements provided below for their program of interest and the graduate admissions-FAQ prior to submitting their graduate application.  Prior approval from a CS graduate program advisor is required before applying to the Fast-Track or Reserve Credit program (instructions for scheduling an appointment with a CS graduate advisor are available on the graduate admissions-FAQ).


Degree Requirements and Contact Information:

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. Students have an opportunity to be involved in research with Computer Science faculty. Students may choose three degree plans: coursework only, project, or thesis.


Master of Science in Information Technology

The Master of Science in Information Technology program is designed to prepare 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. Graduates of this program can utilize and manage information technology with the objective of increasing organizational productivity and competitive advantage.


Master of Science in Software Engineering

The Master of Science in Software Engineering 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. Graduates of the program can choose to specialize in Secure Cyber-systems. The program targets the following groups:

  • Individuals who have earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or closely related field and who wish to enhance their training;
  • Individuals 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 consists of 15 semester hours of study.