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Extended University (EU) is UTEP's gateway to students and communities near and far.  Extended University serves as the hub for non-traditional academic programs, professional training and education, and community enrichment.

Through UTEP Connect, EU works with the university's academic colleges to coordinate and manage UTEP's rapidly growing portfolio of fully online degree and certificate programs.  EU also houses UTEP's Office of Professional and Pubic Programs (P3), which provides everything from customized training for businesses, government, and non-profits to personal enrichment courses ranging from archery to yoga. 

Extended University's mission is to expand UTEP's reach beyond its beautiful desert campus to the Paso Del Norte region and the world beyond.  We see opportunities to educate adult learners and military personnel, train corporate and government leaders, and enrich the lives of children and older adults through our broad array of credit and continuing education courses and programs.  We strive to live up to our name--Extended University--by increasing access to UTEP's outstanding educational opportunities for all who seek them out.

Office of the Dean

INTERM DEAN: Beth Brunk-Chavez, P.h.D.
ASSISTANT DEAN: Josefina Carmona, M.A.

Professional and Public Programs

The office of Public and Professional Programs provides everything from customized training to businesses, government, and non-profits to personal enrichment courses ranging from archery to yoga.

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UTEP Connect

UTEP Connect works with the university's academic colleges to coordinate and manage UTEP's rapidly growing inventory of fully-online degree and certificate programs.  For a list of online programs, please see the UTEP Connect website.

Students accepted to UTEP Connect's fully online programs are subject to the policies and procedures in this section as well as UTEP's general policies and procedures applicable to all UTEP students.

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State Authorization:

The University of Texas at El Paso is an approved SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements) institution in the State of Texas.  Thus, operation of UTEP’s online programs is authorized in Approved SARA states, except where noted on the UTEP Connect State Authorization website.  For a current list of approved SARA states, please refer to the NC-SARA website, http://nc-sara.org/.

UTEP Connect program availability varies by state.  Program admission at the time of acceptance is dependent upon the student’s physical location at the time of admission.  Should a student change location prior to completion of the program, continuation in the program is contingent upon program availability in the student’s new location.  It is the student’s responsibility to notify the university in the event of a change in their physical location.

The following states have approved enrollment of their residents in fully online programs.

State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama.  Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application.  Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter the practice.  www.abn.alabama.gov.

This institution is authorized by:
The Indiana Board of Proprietary Education
101 W. Ohio St, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984
The University of Texas at El Paso is a public institution registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

New Mexico
In the event of an unresolved student complaint, please contact the following office:
New Mexico Higher Education Department/Private Postsecondary Schools Division
2044 Galisteo Street, Suite 4
Santa Fe, NM 878505, 505-476-8442                                                                                                     


The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to providing the highest quality educational experience to our online students. Should a current or prospective online student have a complaint, U.S. Department of Education regulations require institutions offering online programs to provide students with information on how to file complaints with the institution’s accrediting agency and/or with an appropriate state agency in the student’s home state.

A UTEP student with a complaint should first follow the UTEP complaint process.

A student may also file a complaint with the designated agency in the state where he or she is receiving instruction or with UTEP’s accrediting agency using the contact information provided on the UTEP Connect Complaints website.


UTEP Connect students enrolled in fully-online programs are generally not permitted to take face-to-face courses on campus. If an exception is required, the student can make an appeal to their academic program advisor.

Advising for UTEP Connect students

Students interested in online programs at UTEP should follow the process outlined in the Admission section of the catalog.  Questions can be directed to UTEP Connect Enrollment Counselors at 1-800-684-UTEP or utepconnect@utep.edu.

Graduate students will be academically advised through their home departments, and they will also receive the assistance of a UTEP Connect Student Success advisor as needed.


1.    Individuals interested in a UTEP Connect fully online program should apply to the university according to the academic program’s guidelines and deadlines.

2.    Once admitted, UTEP Connect students will be permitted to register as soon as registration becomes available.

3.    Every effort will be made to accommodate students into the online courses they may need.  Students needing to enroll in a class that is full will first be advised to select another course when possible.  If no other course is possible, capacity override requests may be made at the department where the course is offered.  Please note that the capacity override is not guaranteed.

4.    Tuition and fees must be paid no later than the Friday prior to the course start date.  Students who fail to pay tuition and fees on time will be dropped from their courses.

5.    Ordinarily, enrollment into a seven-week online course is not permitted after the Friday prior to the course start date.  In extraordinary circumstances, late enrollment may be permitted no later than the first day of course.  In the event that a student needs to late enroll in a course, the student must first secure the permission of the faculty member teaching the course.  Requests should be made via email, which should then be forwarded by the student to UTEP Connect not after 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard/Daylight Time on the first day of class.

Maximum course load for UTEP Connect graduate students

UTEP Connect offers courses in six, seven-week terms throughout the year (two terms in the fall, spring, and summer semesters).  UTEP Connect graduate students are permitted to register for the maximum number of semester credit hours listed below.  Permission to take additional hours must be obtained from the department graduate advisor, the college dean, and the Graduate School.  Graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to request permission.

Fall12 with no more than 6 hours in one seven-week term
Spring12 with no more than 6 hours in one seven-week term
Summer12 with no more than 6 hours in one seven-week term

Nursing students please refer to the policies listed in the Nursing section of the graduate catalog for enrollment limitations and approval processes.

Graduate change of major between on-campus and online degree programs

1.    Current UTEP students wishing to change their major to a fully online UTEP Connect program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

2.    Any petitions for change of major from a fully online UTEP Connect program to a campus-based UTEP program are subject to approval by the head of the program receiving the student.  UTEP Connect students may change their major to a campus-based major one time only.

3.    Students wishing to return to a fully-online degree program (after having changed their major to a campus-based program) must appeal to the academic program advisor in writing. 

Graduate change between online degree programs

Students wishing to change from one fully online UTEP Connect Graduate degree program to another fully online program must apply to the new Graduate program.  Acceptance is at the discretion of the academic program.  Contact the Graduate School for additional information.