The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas or informally UTD) is a public research university in the University of Texas System. The main campus is in Richardson, Texas, Telecom Corridor, 18 miles (29 km) north of downtown Dallas. The institution, established in 1961 as the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest and later renamed the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (SCAS), began as a research arm of Texas Instruments. In 1969, the founders bequeathed SCAS to the state of Texas officially creating The University of Texas at Dallas.
The 2015 edition of the Carnegie Foundation classifies UT Dallas as an R1 doctorate granting university with the "Highest Research Activity". The University of Texas at Dallas offers more than 138 academic programs across its eight schools and hosts more than 50 research centers and institutes. With a number of interdisciplinary degree programs, its curriculum is designed to allow study that crosses traditional disciplinary lines and to enable students to participate in collaborative research labs.
The school has a Division III athletics program in the American Southwest Conference and fields 13 intercollegiate teams. The university recruits worldwide for its chess team and has a nationally recognized debate team. For spring 2015 commencement, the university granted 1,779 bachelor's degrees, 1,685 master's degrees and 89 PhDs for a total of 3,553 degrees.
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Systems (BS ITS) is a 120 credit-hour science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree program that provides students with a solid foundation in business and information technology. The Information Technology degree focuses on addressing business challenges and creating new opportunities with technology. ITS students will gain the necessary skills to solve business challenges using information technology while also creating new opportunities with technology.
The program features a series of core information technology courses designed to provide a solid foundation in the design and delivery of IT in business processes across many industries. Students specialize in a particular area of information technology by taking guided elective courses. A capstone course in the program allows students to apply their knowledge to solve real-world business problems.
The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MS BUAN) is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree program (18-24 months) at the Naveen Jindal School of Management that provides students with a broad foundation in Business Analytics and Data Science. The program prepares students for jobs in Data Science, Big Data, and Analytics. The core courses are designed to provide the foundation of tools and techniques to be used in the analytics domain whereas the electives allow for business application of the core techniques in Finance, Marketing, Healthcare, IT, and Operations.
The Master of Science in Information Technology and Management (MS ITM) is a 36 semester credit hours STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree program (18-24 months) that prepares students to better understand the complex world of Information Technology, its management and issues that occur at the interface between IT and business.
Course requirements consist of core courses, IT elective courses, and free elective courses. Core courses provide foundational knowledge regarding information technology and management practices, IT elective courses provide students with opportunities to learn specialized knowledge in one or more focused tracks, and free elective courses enable students to select courses that maximize their individual educational and professional goals.