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Spotlight on UT Dallas engineering

Prodigy Finance - May 17, 2018

Ready to learn everything you need to know about engineering and STEM masters degrees at University of Texas at Dallas? You're in the right place!

Prodigy Finance UT Dallas Engineering spotlight

Although UT Dallas is still a young university, it’s definitely making a mark for itself and is currently ranked #1 in the Times Higher Education’s Top Universities in the World Founded Less than 50 Years Ago list.

And, in addition to the thriving Asian and Latin American student populations, the University of Texas is focused on growing the number of international students over the next several years. 

UT Dallas fast facts

Public university

University enrollment: 27,641

Living alumni: 100,000+

Graduate students: 9253

International grad students: more than 6000

Countries represented: more than 100

Engineering grad students: 2299

Engineering masters students: 1729

Most represented countries: India, China, Iran, Taiwan, and Bangladesh

Where is UT Dallas?

  • City: Dallas, Texas (TX)
  • City population: 1.318 million, with a metropolitan population of 7,233,323
  • Region: Southwest
  • Climate: Humid subtropical climate type: winters are mild to cool (Jan avg: 8.3°C/47°F), sometimes with 1-2 days of snow; summers are hot and humid (Jul avg: 36°C/96°F)
  • Nearest airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Time zone: CST from November-March (GMT -6); CDT from March to November (GMT-5)

What can you study at University of Texas at Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science?

In addition to its place in first position on the the Times Higher Education’s Top Universities in the World Founded Less than 50 Years Ago, the university is growing in rankings and recognition.

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science itself has plenty to be proud of, including ranking 7th among all schools in the number of MS engineering degrees awarded to women; some departments rank as high as second position according to the American Society for Engineering Education.

Indeed, with just six departments, UT Dallas engineering is drawing attention from employers and engineering associations





MS in Biomedical Engineering

Grads in this department begin with a median salary of $77,339.


MS in Computer Science

MS in Software Engineering

Executive Masters in Software Engineering


MS in Computer Engineering

MS in Electrical Engineering

MS in Telecommunications Engineering


MS in Materials Science and Engineering


MS in Mechanical Engineering

not rank available

MS in Systems Engineering and Management 

UT Dallas Engineering job placement

UT Dallas hosts career fairs throughout the year, notably:

  • Career Expo Days (February and September)
  • Graduate School Expo (October)

There are often specific days for STEM field students.

UT Dallas engineering places a lot of emphasis on internships and practical training during your studies to prepare you for a career. 

This is a more personal approach than large-scale career fairs and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science tends to prepare students for internships with the expectation that many will find and accept permanent employment through these opportunities.

In addition to a range of career search workshops, UT Dallas’ Career Centre hosts on-campus interview days and an employment search platform exclusively for UT Dallas students. 

Many UT Dallas grads, including international students, remain in Texas for employment after graduation. Want an MS Engineering degree from this university? Begin your job search by looking at in-state companies.

UT Dallas MS electrical engineers have a median salary of $84,714 in the first year which rises to $104,473 within 5 years of graduation and to $128,534 in 10 years. 

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F-1 Visa holders interested in remaining in the US for the Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa option should inquire at the International Student Services Office regarding OPT workshop dates. 

Do this as early as possible to understand your options before attending recruiting events. 

What's it like to live at the University of Texas at Dallas?

International students make up a large portion of the UT Dallas population and there are no shortages of international clubs and associations to join. In addition, there are plenty of sports and activities to get involved in while making yourself at home.

The university offers a couple of apartment-styled on-campus housing options which are both affordable - and filled with everything you need to remain comfortable in Dallas. International students may want to consider these options before looking at off-campus accommodation. 

Grad students travelling with their families (spouses and/or children) may be able to secure on-campus family housing if they apply early and act quickly.

Meal plans are available for graduate students and there are plenty of options for on-campus dining including cafeterias, a campus pub, and a number of national fast food chains.

Getting around campus is simple enough due to the university layout, climate, and on-campus transportation options - and you may only need to rent a car if you’re planning a road trip with your classmates or you plan to live quite far from campus. Companies such as ZipCars are designed to meet students’ needs for just such occasions

How to get into UT Dallas Engineering

UT Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science does rank among the best engineering schools in the world and you can expect the admissions process to be somewhat competitive.

Last year, the 6,291 hopefuls applied for acceptance for a seat in the various engineering departments at masters level - and 1,371 were accepted for an acceptance rate just over 20%, so you’ll need to ensure your application is as polished as it can be.

Keep in mind that UT Dallas master’s level engineering courses do have a minimum undergraduate GPA. Students that fall below this level may want to consider taking an additional class or two in order to boost their admissions chances.

When applying to the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, remember that it’s located in one of the largest US metropolitan areas. At the same time, the number of graduate students in the engineering department make it one of of the cozier offerings when it comes to MS engineering class sizes (for most departments, that is). When crafting your Statement of Purpose essay, you may want to think about how you’ll thrive in a smaller engineering department within a large, thriving city.

You’ll also want to consider the following averages in addition to the minimum marks required by your department:

  • Average undergrad GPA: 3.39
  • Average GRE scores: 150 verbal, 163 quantitative
  • Mean TOEFL score: 97 iBT

UT Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science admissions details

Spring admission deadline: 1 October

Fall admission deadline: 1 May

Application fee: $50

International credential evaluation fee: $50

Resume: required

SOP essay: required for some departments, but not all

Recommendations: 3, completed online

GRE test: required, no min score

GPA: 3.0 minimum, some departments have higher minimums

Language test: required for all non-native English speakers with exceptions for undergrad study in English; TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores are accepted

  • Min TOEFL score: 80 iBT, 550 pBT
  • Min IELTS score: 6.5
  • Min PTE score: 67

UT Dallas engineering cost of attendance (for 2017/18 academic year)

Tuition*: $25,452

Living expenses*: $16,034

Health insurance*: $2,335

Total CoA for academic year*: $43,821

*These are the I-20 minimums

You might expect to break living expenses into**:

Room: $7786

Board: $3746

Books and supplies: $1300

Transportation: $1480

Personal and misc: $3202

** Estimates only

Does the University of Texas at Dallas offer scholarships to international students?

In addition to offering plenty of information on scholarships on their financial aid pages (including those aimed at international students), UT Dallas also offers graduate teaching and research assistantships - but you’ll need to get in touch with the department directly.

But, your first stop should be the fellowships and scholarships promoted by the UT Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science itself. You may just find one to alleviate your expenses while pursuing your degree at this amazing university in one of the most exciting US cities. 

Prodigy Finance international student loans for UT Dallas

Prodigy Finance offers loans for international masters students at Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas.

Students from supported countries pursuing masters programmes that can be completed in less than 2 years are eligible to apply.

  • Maximum loan amount: up to 100% of the school-provided cost of attendance (tuition plus living expenses)
  • Minimum loan amount: $15,000
  • Typical interest rates: 7 - 8.13% (fixed) over the 3-month US Libor base rate (variable)
  • All loans disbursed directly to the university according to due dates

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