University of texas at dallas  richardson  texas   united states
US News Ranking 61
Qsranking Not Ranked
Timesranking 151-175

Brief background:

The University of Texas, which was started in 1969, is currently a Tier 1 public research university. It is one of the many Universities under the University of Texas System and though it is relatively new, it has been able to establish itself as one of the best universities for engineering and management.

According to Times Higher Education Young University rankings, UT Dallas ranks first in the United States and number 21 in the world. The University offers various degrees through schools such as The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Naveen Jindal School of Management.


The 710-acre UTD campus is located in Richardson, which is 20 km from downtown Dallas. The campus has modern green infrastructure along with state-of-the-art research facilities in different areas of engineering, management, and sciences.

Residing Options:

UTD offers on-campus living facilities to its students and charges approximately $5500 annually for it. Students can also go for off-campus housing – which offers greater space, freedom, and privacy. The average annual rent in areas of Richardson is $7500 a year and students can share an apartment and thus reduce their overheads.

Faculty and pedagogy:

Being one of the top schools in The U.S., it is no doubt then that UTD has some of the best faculty in the country. The last ten years have seen UTD add many notable faculties – who include members of National Academy and Fellows of various societies- to its staff. With three Nobel laureates in its faculty along with numerous faculty who hold endowed chairs in recognition of their contributions to education and research; UTD students certainly get to learn from the best. Engineering students going to UTD would like to know that The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science has 166 full-time faculties.

Financial aid:

Since UTD is a public University, it offers numerous scholarships. However, almost all of these are either merit-based or need-based and awarded to genuinely deserving students. Students can also apply for Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships.

Jobs and placements:

Some of the top Recruiting Companies of the university are Ericsson, Bank of America, Microsoft, IBM, Verizon, Raytheon, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, JP Morgan Chase and CoCo etc. Graduates from the university normally get hired for job positions such as engineer, director, analyst, web developer, researcher, consultant, sales manager, teacher, architect, software engineer etc. Career Expos are held for the different organizations through which they can  promote themselves and get in touch with the talent pool of the university. On-campus interviews and recruitments are conducted providing students with internships and full-time jobs. The average UT Dallas Graduate student salary is $72K. The average range of salaries for the MS graduates is between $50,780 - $97,107. Average salary for Financial analyst is $58,433 and data analysts get $67,589. The girl graduates earn between $40,686 - $84,092, and boys make between $49,529 and $97,358 for different courses.


Some notable alumni from UTD include Naveen Jindal - MD and Vice-Chairman of Jindal Steel & Power Limited;  Melendy Lovett - Senior Vice President of Texas Instruments Aziz Sancar, 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Dipak Jain - Professor of Marketing at Kellogg School of Management  


UTD is one of the top 3 public universities in Texas and has attained Tier 1 status. With good rankings, low fees, first-rate research facilities, and excellent job prospects; it is an ideal destination for Indian students looking to pursue an Engineering or Management degree.


Located in one of America's largest metropolitan regions of North Texas, the university's location offers access to Richardson, Plano, Dallas and Fort Worth. The university offers numerous transportation facilities which makes commuting for students a whole lot easier like Free DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), Comet Cab campus shuttle service,  Zipcar car sharing club, Zagster bike sharing club. Students can also access the campus map for directions. Students are provided with both on campus and off campus housing facilities such as hostels or apartments. Campus tours are also provided to the visitors by the staff. 
The nearest airports to the university are Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport which is 42 km away and Dallas Love Field Airport which is 32 km away.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 65%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 784
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 71
TA Appointments 228
RA appointments 374
Research funding $53,169,444
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics under the University of Texas at Dallas provides MS degrees in Biotechnology (thesis and non-thesis), Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Molecular and Cell Biology. The MS course provides 36 semester hours including a 4-course (12 semester hours) core. The 4 major courses are

  1. Applied Bioinformatics
  2. Genomics
  3. Proteomics
  4. Biotechnology Laboratory.

Some of the elective courses include chemistry, mathematics, science education, social sciences, molecular and cell biology, engineering, and computer science, etc. Students may also take a research course from the 4 core courses and complete a thesis along with the dissertation. 

Areas of Expertise: Computational biology; Neuroengineering; Biomedical imaging and ultrasound; Systems and synthetic biology; Biomechanics; Bioinstrumentation and devices

Computer Science 

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science under the University of Texas at Dallas provides BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science offering intensive preparation in design programming, theory, and application. The BS graduate program is a non-thesis theory course. The BS degree requires 2 semesters of calculus and 1 semester of linear algebra along with a strong foundation in programming to qualify for the MS course. The MS program with a large faculty of qualified professors has a thesis and non-thesis course options. The thesis plan requires a minimum of 27 semester credit hours of courses and completion of an approved thesis directed by a supervising professor (6 semester hours). The non-thesis course requires a minimum of 33 semester credit hours of courses. Some of the core areas include 

  1. Data Sciences Track
  2. Information Assurance Track
  3. Intelligent Systems Track
  4. Interactive Computing Track
  5. Networks and Telecommunications Track etc.

The Ph.D. course requires 75 semester credit hours. In addition, BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees are also available for Software Engineering along with an executive MS program in Software Engineering. 

Areas of Expertise: Complex networks; Artificial Intelligence; Control systems theory and applications; Computer Systems; Software Engineering; System identification; Theory and Algorithms; Computer Networking; Optimization and optimal control; Cyber Security; Systems architecture, modeling, and simulation

List of Labs: Cyber Security Research and Education Institute; Institute for Data Analytics; Net-Centric Software and Systems Center; Human Language Technology Research Institute; perform Center for Assistive Technologies to Enhance Human Performance

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science under the University of Texas at Dallas provides MS and Ph.D. options in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering. BS options are only available in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.
The BS graduate course is a non-thesis graduate program. The MSEE (Master of Science in Electrical Engineering) course has thesis and non-thesis options. The course requires 33 semester hours and provides 5 major study areas -

  1. Circuits
  2. Computing Systems
  3. Devices 
  4. Power Electronics and Energy Systems and
  5. Signals and Systems.

Each concentration is defined by 3 core courses. For each major course, students need to complete 3 core courses and 8 elective courses (6 courses from electrical engineering and 2 offered by the Erik Jonsson school). The thesis option requires 9 semester hours of research (of which at least 3 must be thesis semester credit hours) along with a dissertation. The PhD program has 9 research areas:

  1. Circuits and Systems
  2. Communications
  3. Control Systems
  4. Digital Systems
  5. Photonic Devices and Systems
  6. Power Electronics and Energy Systems
  7. RF and Microwave Engineering
  8. Signal Processing
  9. Solid-State Devices and MF.

Students need to select a research area and complete a minimum of 75 semester hours. The Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory provides extensive research in microelectronics along with a Class 10000 microelectronics cleanroom facility. There are 5 other laboratories catering to research in nanoelectronics and optical communications.

Areas of Expertise: Controls and Robotics; Energy and Power; RF/Microwave/Optical Devices, Materials and Systems; Analog/Mixed-Signal, Circuits, and Systems; Communications; Signal Processing (Speech and Image); Digital Systems;Solid-State Devices and Micro Systems Fabrication
List of Labs: Center for Robust Speech Systems (CRSS); Texas Analog Center of Excellence

Material Science 

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science under the University of Texas at Dallas provides MS and PhD degrees in Material Science. The MS program requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and completion of a thesis. The core courses include:

  1. Thermodynamics of Materials
  2. Materials characterization
  3. Quantum Mechanics for Materials Scientists
  4. Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials.

9 semester hours should be given to the elective courses. The Ph.D. course requires a minimum of 75 semester hours along with the completion of a thesis. The major areas of research include:

  1. Nanostructured materials
  2. Electronic
  3. Optical and magnetic materials
  4. Biomimetic materials
  5. Polymeric materials
  6. MEMS materials and systems
  7. Organic electronics
  8. Advanced processing of modern materials.

Students need to pass a qualifying exam to get admission in the PhD course. The Cleanroom Research Laboratory provides advanced research facilities to the students. 

Areas of Expertise: Ceramic Materials; Biomaterials; Surface Engineering, Thin Films, and Coatings (corrosion, wear, lubrication); Energy Materials; Mechanical Properties of Materials, Fatigue, and Fracture; Computational Materials / Materials Modeling; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Electronic Materials and Sensors
List of Labs: Silicon Water Engineering and Defect Science Center


The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science under the University of Texas at Dallas provides BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. The BS graduate program is a 4-year non-thesis course. The MS program requires the completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours and a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Students must take a total of 4 core courses (12 semester hours) from the major concentration areas of

  1. Dynamic Systems and Control,
  2. Manufacturing and Design Innovation
  3. Mechanics and Materials
  4. Thermal and Fluid Sciences.

3 electives should be chosen (9 semester hours) from the major areas. The PhD program requires a minimum of 78 semester hours out of which 12 hours to be spent on 4 core courses (same as those of MS) and 12 hours for elective courses (4 courses), 2 courses for mathematics elective ( 6 semester hours) and completion of a thesis from the 4 major areas (minimum 30 semester hours) along with a dissertation (minimum 6 semester hours). 

Area of Expertise: Thermal Science and Energy Systems; Structural Mechanics and Structural Optimization; Systems and Control; Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics and Propulsion; Design, Manufacturing and Multidisciplinary Optimization
List of Labs: Wind-Energy Science, Technology and Research Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

Annual fees for Indians $24,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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