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UTEP Launches Build-Your-Own Master’s Program

山ּ or in-person program provides the opportunity to earn a degree with coursework in multiple colleges

EL PASO, Texas (Oct. 4, 2023) – From engineering to nursing and business to criminal justice, master’s students can now have their pick from a diverse array of coursework thanks to a new degree offered by The 山ּ of Texas at El Paso. The master’s program gives students the option to earn a degree by completing a graduate certificate and complementary master’s-level courses across UTEP’s colleges.

Prospective students can now apply to the Master of Multidisciplinary Studies program and ramp up their career with graduate coursework across UTEP's different colleges.
Prospective students can now apply to the Master of Multidisciplinary Studies program and ramp up their career with graduate coursework across UTEP's different colleges.

The Master of Multidisciplinary Studies degree is UTEP’s response to a student need for a program that could be tailored to a student’s specific interests, background and professional goals.

“We observed that many students, whose interests are not restricted to one college, were electing to take classes as non-degree students or pursuing graduate certificates so they could get the breadth of graduate coursework they desired,” said Lucia Dura, Ph.D., director of the program and associate dean of UTEP’s Graduate School.

Students who have previously completed a graduate certificate program at UTEP are eligible to apply to the program and earn a master’s degree after completing complementary coursework in one or more disciplines. 

The 30-hour program, which students can elect to do in person or online, includes two parts: completion of a graduate certificate and complementary coursework in one or more disciplines, which could also result in a second certificate. Students will have the opportunity to elect from UTEP’s 53 graduate certificates and will work closely with their program advisor to create a degree plan that best combines their interests and marketability potential. Students can also transfer previous graduate coursework into this master’s, which can reduce the number of new courses that are required.

“We’re meeting people where they are and helping them reach their goals,” said Stephen Crites Ph.D., dean of UTEP’s Graduate School. “The creation of this degree program reflects UTEP’s continued efforts to transform the lives of our graduates, their families, and our community.”

If you’re ready to jumpstart your career, you can learn more about the program and begin your application at /graduate/.

UTEP’s Graduate School offers 150 programs across the 山ּ’s eight colleges and schools, including 25 doctoral programs, 72 master’s degrees and 53 graduate certificates.

About The 山ּ of Texas at El Paso

The 山ּ of Texas at El Paso is America’s leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, 84% of our 24,000 students are Hispanic, and half are the first in their families to go to college. UTEP offers 171 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs at the only open-access, top-tier research university in America.

Last Updated on October 04, 2023 at 12:00 AM | Originally published October 04, 2023

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