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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)



The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine.


The University wants to transform the Rio Grande Valley, the Americas, and the world through an innovative and accessible educational environment that promotes student success, research, creative works, health and well-being, community engagement, sustainable development, and commercialization of university discoveries.


The Division of Research, Innovation and Economic Development at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) promotes, encourages, and provides assistance for research and scholarship and creative activities in all disciplines by the university faculty, staff, and students. The services cover guidance on all research administration including funding opportunities, proposal development, research compliance and post award administration. The office also facilitates the transfer of discoveries, creative works, inventions, and processes resulting from research and scholarly activities to the private sector to enhance the quality of life for society.


The Recruitment division coordinates and advises on every aspect of the hiring process.Working in close partnership with university hiring officials, Recruitment identifies and attracts potential applicants via social media and networking events to meet the university’s staffing needs.

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Student services

Student Accessibility Services exists to facilitate students’ equal access to university programs and services, promote student learning and development, foster independence and self-advocacy, and provide leadership to the campus on disability issues.

Housing services

Accommodations provided are unique to each individual and are based on the nature of the disability and the resulting functional limitations. UTRGV is not required to provide a student’s first choice of accommodation as long as the accommodation provided is effective.

Library services

Here at the University Library it is important to us that all patrons be able to access the resources they need to. We offer special services to those who have a disability of any kind. Please click the links above to find out more about our disability services unique to each campus.

ICT services

Information Technology (IT) at UTRGV provides the IT infrastructure, resources, and services that support and empower our students, faculty and staff to effectively achieve their outcomes in student learning, teaching and research.

Medical services

Health Services at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is here to meet the health care needs of our students so they can focus on their studies. As a UTRGV student you have paid a Medical Service Fee that allows you to be seen at the clinic as often as needed. The office visits are free of charge as are most educational services.

Student Life

Campus life

Living on campus is a significant part of the UTRGV Vaquero experience. The residential program is designed to support student success. The Department of Housing and Residence Life focuses on academic success, civic and community engagement, social and recreational involvement, healthy relationships, inclusive communities and personal wellness. 

Sports facilities

Sport Clubs at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley are student led, student run, and student initiated. This philosophy puts the control into the hands of students, allowing an opportunity for valuable leadership experience. Sport Clubs begin as a general student organization and must apply to be part of UREC’s Sport Club program.

Student clubs

  • Journal Club
  • Biology Club
  • Pre-Med/Bio-Med Society
  • Pre-Dental Society
  • Operation Smile Club
  • Pre-Pharmacy Association
  • Pre-Optometry Society
  • Global Medical Brigades
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Awareness Club
  • Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society
  • K.A.T.Z. Animal Awareness Society
  • VLink


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) has been placed on probation for 12 months by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). UTRGV remains fully accredited by SACSCOC while on probation. 

Student Reviews

it could have been better
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

it was okay. i didn't feel my very best at the university. however, it had to do mostly because of my unwillingness and poor attitude.

Good experience and a great place to study.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university is located on two campuses which are about 1 hr away from each other so you have to commute between the two for some classes and free transportation is available. One of the campuses is right on the border with Mexico. The faculty is well prepared and available to assist with any help you might need. Both campuses are very nice and well equipped. The...

UTRGV affordable, and a great experience.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I liked the program, mainly because of the staff. They are very helping and understanding that as a graduate student you have also other things in your life than just study. The university I would say is a medium size, but it is a beautiful campus and because of its size, I was able to find a job as a graduate assistant very fast. The school is also very affordable and...

Edinburg, Texas, United States

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