The University of Texas- Pan American - UTPA
The University of Texas- Pan American - UTPA
Students at UTPA

The University of Texas- Pan American

The Right Choice

Everything you need to be successful is all right here at UTPA. Even though we have over 19,000 students on campus, our small classes, personal attention from faculty and convenient residence halls make you feel right at home. We've got a long list of things to brag about, from cutting edge research taking place in our labs to our award-winning Robotics team.

An active Graduate Resource Center offers valuable tools to help you succeed such as informative monthly workshops, a Teaching Academy, assistance with thesis and dissertation preparation and a Writing Center – at no additional cost. Learn more about the graduate school at 


Be in the Right Place  

Exciting things are happening in South Texas. Did you know that the region is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation? And UTPA's main campus, in Edinburg, is right in the middle of it all. Edinburg is near the U.S.-Mexico border and only a short drive to the sandy beaches of South Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico —a great place to study and enjoy sunny, warm weather year-round.


Making the Right Move

We have a variety of choices for your home-away-from-home that will best match your lifestyle.


Unity Hall is UTPA Residence Life’s newest residential facility and closest to our award-winning Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex.


There are also Living-Learning Communities in our Heritage Hall residential facility where student communities generally share floors, attend classes together and ultimately, study together. Space is limited and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more about living the Bronc Life, visit


College of Business Administration
Whether to enhance your career opportunities, to learn about the most current practices in international business or whether you want a rewarding career in higher education, the College of Business Administration at UTPA has a program for you. Each business program is delivered by highly qualified academic professionals from around the world who focus on bringing you the latest trends and findings from international business research in a culturally rich environment.


Graduate Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Business Administration - Online (MBA)
  • Master of Accountancy (MACC)

College of Science & Mathematics
Classes are taught in four modern facilities, which house state-of-the-art resources, to give you the best university experience possible.  Additionally, the University of Texas- Pan American Costal Studies Lab, located on South Padre Island, serves the missions of university education, coastal research and public services.


The faculty has been carefully chosen to be sure they have the latest technical knowledge and skills needed in the 21st century.  They all have personal motivation to work with our students to help them achieve success. 


Graduate Degrees Offered:

  • Biology (MS)
  • Chemistry (MS)
  • Mathematics (MS)
  • Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) - Chemical Education
  • Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) - Physics

College of Engineering and Computer Science
We boast outstanding faculty, innovative programs and state-of-the art facilities.  Smaller classrooms and labs mean more direct interaction with leading researchers and opportunities to participate in cutting edge research. All programs provide students with practical experience that provides unique skills that are in high demand by employers. Visit the college and learn more about its innovative work in nanotechnology, solar power and robotics.


Graduate Degrees Offered:

  • Computer Science (MS)
  • Engineering (MSE) - Electrical
  • Engineering (MSE) - Manufacturing
  • Engineering (MSE) - Mechanical
  • Engineering (MS) - Engineering Management
  • Information Technology (MSIT)

College of Health Science and Human Services
A holistic approach to health and human services care is a shared value among all of our disciplines. You will have the opportunity to work alongside our faculty, many of whom have been nationally recognized for numerous publications and awards. We are a college that prides itself in its focus on hands-on, field-based learning.  Internships, practicum, clinical rotations, and other field-based experiences are an integral part of learning in all our programs.  Clinically-based learning experiences occur regularly in over 600 affiliated sites within the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.


Graduate Degrees Offered:

  • Rehabilitation Counseling (Ph.D.)
  • Adult Health Nursing (MSN)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (MS)
  • Occupational Therapy (MS)
  • Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
  • Rehabilitation Counseling (MS)
  • Social Work (MSSW)

For more information contact:
The Office of Graduate Studies
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 665-3661


The English Language Institute

Established in 1982, the UTPA English Language Institute (ELI) provides English language instruction to students, professionals and other individuals whose first language is not English.  It enhances ESL students' ability to participate successfully in an American cultural environment; and academically prepares students to pursue a degree at an American university. 

The institute has two state-of-the-art audio labs and dynamic instructors. Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired a level of English that will enhance their opportunities for advancement. 

ELI offers 5 eight- week sessions (Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, Spring II, Summer I) and a three (3) week Summer II program for adults.  A Special Children’s Program is also offered in the summer for students eight years and older.

Students who complete the highest level of ELI will also be exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS, if applying to graduate programs at UTPA.

Find out about admission requirements, registration and more information about the program at
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