As an institution dedicated to student success, UTRGV works to provide outstanding faculty, online programs and resources that enable you to progress through your program in a way that is most convenient for you. As an online student, you'll benefit from the same high quality education and renowned faculty that all UTRGV students enjoy.

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is located at the southern tip of Texas, one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. UTRGV provides affordable education and global opportunities to people in the region and is creating a steadfast commitment to excellence in higher education.

UTRGV's online accelerated programs operate with the goal of optimizing the student experience.

UTRGV was ranked third among the UT System schools listed in the Forbes magazine 2016 list of America's Top Colleges.

Poised to be the second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation, UTRGV emphasizes educating 21st-century leaders and professionals who are culturally fluent and have a deep understanding of the perspectives, languages and values of people from different backgrounds.

UTRGV History

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013. UTRGV enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine opened in 2016.



The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters', and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

AACSB Accredited


UTRGV's Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship has the distinction of AACSB International accreditation.


CCNE Accredited


The School of Nursing offers four programs: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and three Master of Science in Nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is fully accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460 Austin, TX 78701-3944, 512-305-7400

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, Master’s Degree in Nursing, and the Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791

Student Testimonials

What do our graduates say?

When you make the decision to earn your degree online at UTRGV, you are making a commitment to a better future for yourself and your family. We are dedicated to providing our online students with the best resources available, including outstanding, readily-accessible faculty, accelerated courses and a degree that you will be proud to earn.

Hear more from our graduates about their experiences with UTRGV online.

We Will Achieve.

Whatever your goal, UTRGV can take you to the next level.

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We Will Be Lifelong Learners.

Our MPA online was the perfect option for Richard Lopez after 35 years of being out of school. Find out why.

"The assistance provided by the professors was really great. Through everything, there was that helping hand, that push, that motivation that keeps your spirit alive to finish the program."

-Richard Lopez, MPA

Learn more about earning an MPA from UTRGV>>

We Will Fill Big Shoes.

Earning his MPA online fulfilled Juan Gonzalez's lifelong dreams of success. Find out more.

"It makes me feel proud. That's the bottom line. My parents made lot of sacrifices to see us succeed, and this is success."

-Juan Gonzalez, MPA

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We Will Excel.

Since earning his MPA, William Cox has been promoted - twice!

"I was immediately able to accept a job in the Hill Country as an Assistant [Fire] Chief and now that I have a graduation date I was able to accept a job that required a master's degree."

-William Cox, MPA

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We Will Succeed.

Apply what you learn to your day to day activities.

"This program is... to prepare students to advance in their careers, whether they're looking in public service, public sector, not-for-profit organizations... as well as the private sector."

-Aziza Zemrani, Associate Chair of Online MPA Program

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We Will Prepare Leaders.

Juan Gonzalez applied what he was learning in the MPA online program to his current role as Business Manager at World Radio Network.

"The courses... [apply] to what I currently do, and I've been able to take a step back and see the organization in different ways."

-Juan Gonzalez, MPA

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We Will Achieve Together.

"The MBA puts me on track... in my career, opening up new business opportunities. The online [program]... gives you freedom to take control of your education."

-Jazmin Ochoa, MBA

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We Will Make a Better Future.

Venessa Ramos took a chance – and completed her M.Ed in 10 months.

"To anyone that is contemplating going back to school, I would highly recommend it. You can never put a price tag on education. It's going to help you in the long run, and not just you yourself, but your whole family."

-Venessa Ramos, M.Ed

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We Will Make a Difference.

Whether you're looking to put your career on a new track, or gain new skills for a current career, or a working mom with an eye to the future, a UTRGV online degree can improve your life.

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We Will Follow Our Dreams.

Edna Sanclemente pursued her passion for working in the public sector by graduating from UTRGV’s online MPA program with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“I think my heart was more for serving the general public than serving private industry. That’s when I figured I really needed to get my MPA to get the knowledge and the skills I needed for that career change.”

-Edna Sanclemente, MPA


We Will Accomplish Big Things.

Melissa Ipina was part of the first graduating class of UTRGV’s online MPA program. She’s a single mother who appreciated the program’s flexibility.

“It was very good with my work and time management. Completing my degree online while maintaining a work/life balance really worked out for me.”

-Melissa Ipina, MPA


We Will Be Supportive.

Diana Almaguer had a lot of encouragement from family and friends when deciding to enroll in UTRGV’s online MPA program.

“My husband and my children said, ‘Go for it. It’s online, and we can help you.’ That’s why I decided to go back.”

-Diana Almaguer, MPA