UT Dallas is continuously improving and expanding upon the already wide array of academic programs available to students. Tuition proceeds allow us to offer new disciplines as well as extended education opportunities in existing ones. Below are the 35 degree programs that have been introduced into UT Dallas curriculum in recent years. These additions underscore the University's focus on equipping students to be competitive after graduation and its goal to be among the best research institutions in the nation.
School of Arts and Humanities
Additions include a new media and communications program, as well as the first engineering PhD in arts and technology in Texas.
Emerging Media and Communication degrees BA, MS: The emerging media and communication (EMAC) bachelor's and master's degrees focus on creating transmedia literate professionals. The rapid expansion of internet access — whether through smartphones or tablets — allows for immediate updates of news, ideas, opinions and business information. Students learn how to create compelling web content, use social media intelligently, work with the latest mobile phone technologies and create a substantial presence on the web.
MA in Latin American Studies: This degree builds on the expertise of current faculty in the fields of Latin American culture, history, literature, politics and economics, allowing students to approach the study of Latin America from a multidisciplinary perspective. Dr. Luis Martín, a scholar of Spain and Latin America and professor emeritus of history at Southern Methodist University, teaches selected courses.
PhD in Arts and Technology: The PhD in arts and technology is the first of its kind in Texas. Arts and Technology (ATEC) is a partnership between the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Arts and Humanities. ATEC encompasses and integrates coherent curriculum areas such as computer visualization and animation, interaction design, digital sound design, computer simulation and serious game design, and online worlds.
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
A master's in psychological sciences has students working with research mentors throughout training.
MS in Psychological Sciences: The MS in psychological sciences is designed for full-time student scholars who wish to expand their knowledge of psychology by engaging in advanced coursework, additional research training, and applied experience in psychological sciences. The program also offers students the opportunity to gain additional psychology training in preparation for applying to nationally prominent doctoral programs in clinical and experimental psychology. This research-focused program requires students to work with a research mentor from the beginning and to be actively involved in at least one research laboratory throughout training.
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and biomedical engineering programs have blossomed. Advanced materials science degrees have also been added to this school's programs.
Mechanical Engineering: The BS, MS and PhD degree programs in mechanical engineering train students to be the engineering world's jack-of-all-trades because they design and build a wide array of commercial and industrial products and systems.
BS in Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical engineering involves the application of engineering principles and methods to define and solve problems in medicine and biology. Students choose biomedical engineering to be of service to people, for the challenge of working with living systems, and to apply advanced technology to health care delivery problems.
Biomedical Engineering Graduate Degrees: MS and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering are offered in conjunction with UT Southwestern Medical Center and UT Arlington. Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach, our curriculum includes a rich selection of courses from electrical engineering, computer science, materials science and the life sciences. Graduates can find careers at medical facilities, universities and biotechnology companies.
MS in Systems Engineering and Management: This joint program with the Jindal School also includes a certificate in systems engineering and a certificate in systems management. The SEM interdisciplinary program is designed for professionals who design, develop, engineer, manufacture, manage, plan or perform research regarding large and complex systems. The typical SEM student is a high performer with at least five years of industry experience. Classes provide a blend of expertise from faculty in engineering, computer science and management.
BS in Computer Engineering: The computer engineering curriculum is centered on system-level design, computer architecture and computer applications. This includes circuits and devices, computer systems and engineering software systems. Computer engineering at UT Dallas is a broadly based engineering discipline dealing with the sensing, processing and transmission of information by making extensive use of electrical engineering and computer science principles. The CE program also encourages students and faculty to develop synergies with disciplines outside of engineering such as the life sciences.
MS in Materials Science and Engineering: The MS degree in materials science and engineering provides intensive preparation for the professional practice in modern materials science by engineers and scientists who wish to continue their education.
PhD in Materials Science and Engineering: The PhD program in materials science and engineering prepares individuals to perform original, cutting-edge research in materials science, particularly in the areas of nano-structured materials, electronics, optical and magnetic materials, bio-mimetic materials, polymeric materials, microelectromechanical materials and systems, organic electronics, and advanced processing of modern materials.
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Among many new additions to this school: degree programs focusing on the international political economy and graduate programs in criminology.
BA and BS in International Political Economy: The undergraduate degrees in international political economy prepare students to manage today's increasingly complex international environment. Students study material from multiple disciplines, including government, economics, geography, literature, foreign language and interdisciplinary classes. International political economy students at UT Dallas have two undergraduate degree options. The BA student will take more literature and history courses to prepare for diplomatic, governmental or nongovernmental organizations. Those seeking a BS degree will take more economics courses to prepare for employment in areas related to international business or government.
MS in International Political Economy: The international political economy program offers an education focused on helping individuals succeed in the dynamic, global work force. In addition to developing strong analysis and evaluation skills, students gain knowledge of different geographic regions and better understand issues of development, security and international policy. Students will be prepared for analytical and administrative positions in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.
Criminology Graduate Degrees: The MS in Criminology has a three-pronged objective. First, the program delivers a high-quality education to a diverse body of students on the etiology, control, and variation of law-breaking across space and time. It also serves local, regional and national communities through professional development programs, public policy analysis and evaluation research, and program and policy design. The third goal is to advance the understanding of criminology through a multidisciplinary mix of theoretical and applied research. Graduates of this program will be competent to teach in community colleges or to take up analytic, managerial, or research positions in various sectors of the criminal justice system.
The doctoral program in criminology is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree offered in conjunction with other graduate programs in the school. The coursework emphasizes theories of criminal behavior, research methodologies in criminology and society's response to crime. The objective of the program is to provide students with a coherent and intellectually challenging research degree that prepares them for an academic appointment or an administrative one with oversight of research and development within a criminal justice organization.
MA in Political Science: This program can satisfy the interests and talents of students who "fast-track" as undergraduates and who want an additional year of more rigorous, focused graduate coursework in Political Science. More specifically, the degree offers advanced instruction in the social science literature and theories about politics, citizenship and governance.
MPP of Public Policy: The master of public policy degree program offers students an interdisciplinary graduate education designed to develop skills for careers in which a solid understanding of the public policy process and the analysis and evaluation of public policies are essential. Students will be prepared for analytical and administrative positions in a wide array of professional settings in the public, non-profit and private sectors, and careers in research. Specific skills include knowledge of the policy process and related ethical concerns, rigorous research skills that provide students with an essential grounding in statistical and data analysis and research design, and effective communication skills.
MA in Constitutional Law Studies: The mission of the MA in Constitutional Law Studies degree is to equip students with the reasoning and analytical abilities necessary to understand the technical rules of law, legal practices and policies, and of law more generally as a social phenomenon. It serves the interests and needs of students who want an intellectually rigorous legal education as preparation for law school, for more advanced graduate learning, or for law-related careers in teaching, journalism, government, policy-making or the private sector.
MA in Legislative Studies: Students interested in positions as legislative staff, political consultants, or other careers in professional politics will find this degree of interest. They will receive instruction that moves beyond the standard coursework in American and Texas government and politics by advancing their knowledge of legislative processes and the role that legislatures play at the local, state and national levels of government. Graduates will have the communication, research and project management skills that are necessary for undertaking policy or political analysis in legislative and public affairs offices of the state of Texas and elsewhere.
MS in Justice Administration and Leadership: The MS in Justice Administration and Leadership provides students with a coherent and intellectually challenging degree that prepares a new generation of leaders to manage and administer criminal justice and other social service organizations. The program will deliver an innovative and integrated curriculum that connects such key components of leadership as organizational behavior, organizational change, policy analysis, research design and program evaluation, and conflict resolution to prepare students for leadership positions.
BS in Geospatial Information Sciences: The BS degree in geospatial information sciences (GIS) focuses on harnessing groundbreaking technologies to analyze features of the Earth's surface in new and novel ways that make location and interaction key to our understanding. GIS graduates will master technologies that not only guide us to our destinations but also help us manage our environments. Recent technological innovations have greatly enhanced our ability to collect and analyze information regarding the Earth's surface and to combine data with other types of economic, social and environmental information.
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
A growing number of pre-medical students on campus have inspired a new major that can be custom-designed to student interests.
BS in Healthcare Studies: The bachelor's degree in Healthcare Studies lays an academic foundation for pre-health students to prepare for advanced study. Science courses include biology, chemistry and physics. Health care studies cover pre-health professional development, medical terminology, psychological aspects of health and illness, the U.S. health care system and patient education. A healthcare internship is included. This degree is ideal for undergraduates pursuing careers in medicine or other healthcare professions.
Naveen Jindal School of Management
Several new master's degrees are among the highlights, from marketing to finance to supply chain management.
BS in Global Business: This curriculum caters to students who want to focus on the global dimensions of business. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for succeeding as a global manager while developing an understanding of the cultural, political and regulatory environments that shape international business and trade.
BS in Information Technology and Systems: This degree track trains future information technology leaders for challenging and rewarding careers as enterprise systems professionals, information security analysts, healthcare technology professionals and IT consultants. The program is unique in its emphasis on how information technology supports, improves and restructures business processes.
BS in Marketing: The BS in marketing provides students with practical and theoretical training so they can make strategic, effective and ethical decisions in their careers. The program is designed to prepare students for jobs in advertising and promotions, market research and analytics, product and brand management, and sales and business development. One distinguishing feature of UT Dallas' marketing degree is the significance it places on the quantitative aspects of marketing.
MS in Supply Chain Management: In the MS in supply chain management students explore the key issues associated with the design and management of industrial supply chains, including methods for improving supply chain operations by lowering costs, speeding delivery, improving quality and expanding variety. The ultimate objective is to use SCM to mold traditional business operations into competitive tools for today's global economy. Students acquire not only fundamental knowledge of business management but also analytical decision-making skills, especially for complex systems, along with real-life experiences gained through projects with area companies.
MS in Finance: Finance programs at the Jindal School provide students with the quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills in high demand across the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. Students are exposed to the international dimensions of business activities and to social and political factors that impact business behavior.
MS in Marketing: The MS in marketing is designed to meet the needs of students in today's marketplace, preparing those seeking higher level positions in marketing or pursuing a graduate program to further advance their marketing knowledge. The Marketing Industry Advisory Board has assisted with the program design and continually monitors the course work to ensure the curriculum is both relevant to commercial enterprises and generates future industry leaders with successful career paths. The marketing program emphasizes a proficiency in quantitative skills such as statistics, databases and market research as well as qualitative skills such as consumer behavior.
MS in Innovation and Entrepreneurship: This degree program prepares students for successful business careers in entrepreneurial new ventures, entrepreneurial finance or in innovation-related roles in mature organizations. Responding to a business climate increasingly driven by innovation, the Naveen Jindal School of Management designed the new program both for individuals piloting startups and those leading pioneering ventures within established organizations.
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
A bachelor's degree in actuarial science prepares students for well-paying jobs.
BS in Actuarial Science: UT Dallas offers a rigorous program that prepares students for jobs in analyzing data to estimate the probability and the likely cost of events such as death, sickness, injury, disability or loss of property. Students graduate ready to take actuarial exams and accept opportunities for summer internships at leading insurance and consulting companies.
Quality Faculty and Staff
Our faculty includes Nobel laureates, members of the national academies and their teams of researchers.
- Nobel Laureate Dr. Russell Hulse
- Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, president ad interim
- Accounting associate professor Dr. Daniel Cohen
- Nanotechnology expert Dr. Ray Baughman
- Geographer Dr. Brian Berry
- Dr. Marion Underwood, associate professor of psychology
- Dr. Gregory S. Thielemann, head of the Center for the Study of Texas Politics
- Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara, professor of engineering and mechanical engineering
State-of-the-art Classrooms and Laboratories
Enriching Research Programs
Highly Valued Degrees
Not only do UT Dallas graduates have high acceptance rates for medical school and other post-graduate programs, but our alumni also go on to prominence in a variety of other fields:
- Naveen Jindal, member of India's Parliament, executive and vice chairman and managing director of Jindal Steel and Power Limited
- Dr. Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Vilas Research Professor and Sir Frederick C. Bartlett Professor of Psychology at University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Dr. Paul Waddell, professor of city and regional planning at University of California-Berkeley
- Former Texas Rep. Jerry Madden
- Astronaut Dr. James F. Reilly II
- James Von Ehr, founder and CEO of Zyvex
- Alan Halliburton, Halliburton Investor Relations
- Former television news anchor Tracy Rowlett
- Sam Gilliland, former chairman and CEO of travel industry giant Sabre Holdings