Masters Degree Programs in Texas with School Summaries

The University of Texas at Austin is the largest master's degree-granting university in the state. The UT system's campuses in San Antonio, Arlington, El Paso and Brownsville also make the top 20 list of largest universities in Texas that offer master's degree programs.

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Largest Master's Degree-Granting University in Texas

The University of Texas at Austin

Founded in 1883 and recognized by author Richard Moll in his book Public Ivies: A Guide to America's Best Public Undergraduate Colleges and Universities, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) has one of the largest student enrollments in the nation. Approximately 10,000 students at this University of Texas System flagship school are graduate students. The university has many master's degree programs, including business, engineering, education and law. Of the 12,861 degrees awarded during the 2008-2009 academic year, 22.6% were master's degrees.

The School of Architecture

The school currently offers 10 master's degree programs. Some of the master's degree specialties in architecture include sustainable design, urban design, interior design, architectural studies and historic preservation. Most of the master's degree programs can be completed in two years, while professional master's degrees may take up to three and a half years to complete.

Cockrell School of Engineering

The Cockrell School of Engineering offers 12 master's degree programs in various engineering specialties. Some of these include aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, civil engineering and biomedical engineering. Dual master's degree programs are offered, such as the mechanical engineering and Master of Business Administration program. Some engineering master's degree programs are offered on the weekends only to accommodate working students.

College of Natural Sciences

Nine departments and schools make up the College of Natural Sciences, which was founded in 1883. Master's degree programs are available in biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, marine science, computer science and mathematics. Research is key to students enrolled in master's degree programs, and the College of Natural Sciences is home to numerous research centers and institutes.

Jackson School of Geosciences

The Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) degrees are awarded by the Jackson School of Geosciences. The primary distinction between these two degrees is that the M.S. in Geological Sciences requires a thesis while the M.A. degree includes an optional report. Current M.A. programs include petroleum geology and hydrogeology. The Jackson School of Geosciences also offers a pioneering master's degree program in energy and earth resources that is coordinated with the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the McCombs School of Business.

College of Pharmacy

Currently the College of Pharmacy offers Master of Science (M.S.) programs in pharmacotherapy, pharmacy administration and pharmacy practice. For each program option, students can tailor the curriculum to reflect their research and professional interests. Graduates of the pharmacy administration master's degree program often find employment with health care institutions, pharmacy organizations or government agencies.

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing offers various Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs and a Doctor of Philosophy program. The MSN program allows students to choose from among 11 degree concentrations. Some of these include public health, neonatal nurse practitioner, acute care pediatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. The school's alternate entry MSN program allows people who hold a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing to become RNs. Seven concentrations are available for alternate entry MSN students.

McCombs School of Business

The McCombs School of Business was established in 1922 and now has master's degree programs in areas such as business and accounting. Some of the business concentrations available in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program are marketing, finance, management and information, risk and operations management.

School of Information

Currently the School of Information offers one master's degree program in information studies and three dual degree program options. Dual degree programs allow students to earn the Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) in conjunction with the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Women's and Gender Studies; the M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies; or the Juris Doctor (J.D.), a law degree. Students enrolled in the master's degree program in information studies have the option to choose one of three concentration areas. Unlike traditional information studies programs that focus solely on information architecture, usability and digital design, the master's program in information sciences allows study in librarianship and the preservation of the cultural record.

College of Communication

Six departments make up the College of Communication. These include advertising, communication sciences and disorders, public relations, communication studies, radio, television and film and journalism. Dual master's degree programs are common to the College of Communication. For example, the Department of Journalism allows dual master's degrees in journalism and public affairs as well as journalism and business administration.

College of Education

Recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as having the tenth best graduate program in education in the U.S., the College of Education has graduate programs in curriculum and instruction, kinesiology and health education, special education, educational psychology and educational administration. Many of these master's degree programs allow students to choose a concentration area.

College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts offers many graduate degree programs, including theatre technology, acting, directing, dance, art, design, art history and music. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is available to students enrolled in either the studio art or the design program. Both of these MFA programs require students to display their work in a master's exhibition towards the end of their residency. Scholarships and financial aid are available for prospective students planning to enroll in a master's degree program in art history, art education, studio art or design.

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas in Austin encompasses 21 academic departments and offers more than 55 majors. Master's degree programs are available in comparative literature, Middle Eastern studies, medieval studies, anthropology and more.

School of Law

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree offered by the School of Law at the University of Texas in Austin allows students to choose an area of interest. This flexibility in curriculum allows students to study human rights, intellectual property law or international and comparative law. The LL.M. is considered to be the second professional law degree in the U.S. and is only open to prospective students who have already earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.).

LBJ School of Public Affairs

The LBJ School of Public Affairs offers two master's degree programs. The master's degree in policy affairs allows students to choose an area of concentration. Some emphasis areas include technology, innovation and information policy, urban and state affairs, and public management and leadership. Master's degree candidates in global affairs must complete eight core courses before they can declare an area of specialization. The global policy program distinguishes itself from most international affairs programs by incorporating an interdisciplinary approach that considers political, economic and technological factors.

School of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program comprises 60 credit hours and allows students to choose between emphasis areas in clinical social work or community and administrative leadership. Three dual master's degree programs are offered. These programs allow students to pair the MSW degree with the Master of Divinity, the Master of Public Affairs or the Master of Public Health degree.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin doesn't grant any degrees. Rather, the school oversees students' progress in earning graduate degrees in other divisions of the university. Student academic services are also provided by the Graduate School, which ensures that eligible post-graduate students are participating in fellowship programs.

Contact Information

  • Address: Graduate and International Admissions Center, University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box 7609, Austin, TX 78713-7608
  • Phone Number: (512) 475-7391

Largest Master's Degree Granting Universities in Texas

College/University Student Population Institution Type
The University of Texas at Austin49,984 4-year, Public
Texas A & M University 48,039 4-year, Public
University of Houston 36,104 4-year, Public
University of North Texas 34,830 4-year, Public
Texas State University - San Marcos 29,105 4-year, Public
Texas Tech University 28,422 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at San Antonio 28,413 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at Arlington 25,084 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at El Paso 20,458 4-year, Public
The University of Texas - Pan American 17,534 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at Brownsville 17,189 4-year, Public
Sam Houston State University 16,662 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at Dallas 14,913 4-year, Public
Baylor University 14,541 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Lamar University 13,465 4-year, Public
Texas Woman's University 12,465 4-year, Public
University of Houston - Downtown 12,283 4-year, Public
Stephen F. Austin State University 12,000 4-year, Public
Southern Methodist University 10,965 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi 9,007 4-year, Public
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