Friday, November 22, 2019
  Awards and Recognitions

By Melissa Vasquez

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Multiple online degree programs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley have been awarded top ranking status by

Listed amongst hundreds of other competing institutions across the nation, UTRGV’s programs ranked:

“This is great news for our online programs that have been helping many professionals take the next steps in their careers and futures,” said Dr. Parwinder Grewal, UTRGV Executive Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, and New Program Development. “UTRGV is committed to supporting and empowering individuals who want to change not only their lives, but also transform their own communities and beyond, and we are so proud that our programs play a role in their success.”

UTRGV’s Master of Science in Kinesiology, which ranked No. 1 and No. 15 in sports medicine, was also recognized as a “Most Customizable Program.” In addition to its No. 5 ranking, the Master of Business in Administration in Financial Planning, which is an accelerated online program, was named “Best in the South.” UTRGV’s Master of Public Affairs online program was touted as a program with the “Most Flexible Start Terms.” The Master of Science in Social Work stood out for its Latinx-focused program on Latino individuals, families and groups.


The student-focused comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. The 2020 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment, and leading third-party evaluations. analyzed hundreds of schools with comparable programs on a scale of 0 to 100, with UTRGV making it to the final list for 6 degree programs. The methodology uses an algorithm that collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each university’s degree program.

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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, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.