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UTEP Business, Engineering Grad Programs Top National List


UTEP Business, Engineering Grad Programs Top National List

JOE VELARDE | September 16, 2011 | NEWS@UTEP

The University of Texas at El Paso has reached another milestone of academic excellence. The graduate programs at the College of Business Administration (CoBA) and the College of Engineering were ranked among the best in the country for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine.

In the magazine's September edition, CoBA was ranked No. 1 for its graduate program for the second year in a row. Other schools with graduate business programs ranked in the top 10 included Yale University, Stanford University and the University of Virginia. The University of Texas at Austin was ranked No. 2.

The College of Engineering was ranked No. 2 among engineering schools for its graduate program, just behind the Georgia Institute of Technology.

"We are extraordinarily proud of these rankings and congratulate students, faculty, staff and all associated with the colleges," said UTEP Provost Junius Gonzales. "These rankings are particularly noteworthy because they are comprised of multi-dimensional criteria, including reputation, faculty, and retention rates, not solely numbers of students. The colleges truly epitomize excellence and further advance UTEP's national prominence."

Each school was judged and ranked according to five primary criteria – Hispanic enrollment, student services, reputation, faculty and retention rate.

CoBA enrolled 403 Hispanic graduate students, representing a 75.9 percent Hispanic graduate enrollment, during the 2010-11 academic year. A total of 140 M.B.A. degrees were awarded that year, 104 of which went to Hispanic students.

"We at the College of Business Administration are happy and excited to have had this distinction for the second year in a row," said Robert Nachtmann, D.B.A., dean of CoBA. "This nationally recognized accomplishment is a testament to our college's and University's standard of excellence in higher education."

CoBA is the only regional business school to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this designation.

In the College of Engineering, 137 of the 365 students enrolled in 2010-11 were Hispanic. A total of 164 postgraduate degrees were awarded that year, 49 of which were given to Hispanic students. Statistically, the college enrolls the greatest percentage of Hispanics on the Top 10 list with 37.5 percent, followed closely by the University of Texas at San Antonio with 28 percent.

"Our ranking is evidence of our commitment to this region by promoting engineering as an optimal career choice, and by providing high-quality research experience to our graduate students through our ever-expanding research and development activities," said Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering.

Best Graduate Schools in Business

  • 1. The University of Texas at El Paso
  • 2. The University of Texas at Austin
  • 3. The University of Texas as San Antonio
  • 4. New York University
  • 5. University of Miami
  • 6. University of Virginia
  • 7. University of New Mexico
  • 8. Stanford University
  • 9. Yale University
  • 10. Florida International University

Best Graduate Schools in Engineering

  • 1. Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2. The University of Texas at El Paso
  • 3. University of Central Florida
  • 4. Purdue University
  • 5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 6. University of Florida
  • 7. The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • 8. Cal Poly Pomona
  • 9. University of New Mexico
  • 10. The University of Texas at Austin

To view the rankings as they appeared in the magazine, go to and navigate to pages 50 and 54.


The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Engineering
Engineering Building Room A148
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968

Phone: (915) 747-6444
Fax: (915) 747-5437

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