Top-Tier Spotlight

UTSA is home to the nation’s top cybersecurity program, an interdisciplinary approach that spans three colleges: the College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Sciences. Research centers and outreach programs provide UTSA’s top-tier students and faculty with additional opportunities to explore the various facets of this ever-changing field.

Students at UTSA may choose to specialize in computer science, computer engineering or information systems. Additional programs are offered in data center design, network and data center management, digital forensics and data analytics.

UTSA has three research centers: the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, the Institute for Cyber Security and the Center for Education and Research in Information and Infrastructure Security. Research conducted at UTSA aims to combat global security challenges encountered by individuals, industry, government and the military. The university’s research specialties include information security management and strategy, applied network and information systems security, government and industry cyber preparedness, and secure software and hardware design and engineering.

UTSA has long been a pioneer in cybersecurity. In 2002, the university conducted the nation’s first mock terrorism exercise in San Antonio. Three years later, it hosted the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, a challenge that has grown from five Texas teams to more than 200 teams from schools around the country and 10 regional qualifying events. The challenge has become an annual scouting ground for industry, government and military organizations looking to hire the nation’s top talent.

Graduates of UTSA secure jobs with the military, industry and government – supporting this burgeoning industry sector with leadership and a highly sought-after skillset.

Degree Programs

UTSA Research Centers and Institutes

Areas of Specialty

  • Information security management and strategy
  • Applied network and information systems security
  • Government and industry cyber preparedness
  • Cyber crime and digital forensics
  • Secure software engineering
  • Data mining for security
  • Programming languages and compilers
  • Embedded systems
  • High performance computing


One of the top 400 universities in the world
One of the top 66 public universities in the nation
One of the top five young universities in the nation
— Times Higher Education
No. 1 Hispanic Serving Institution in the nation and one of the top five programs in Texas.
— Businessweek's Best Undergraduate Business Schools
No. 1 cybersecurity program in the nation.
— Hewlett-Packard / Ponemon Institute
Graduate programs ranked No. 2 in the nation.
National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research
National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense
— National Security Agency / Department of Homeland Security
2016 Best for Vets College
— Military Times


UTSA at a Glance

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Research Expenditures

$56.8 million


167 degree programs

Library Print and E-resources


Total Budget

$533.3 Million

Local economic impact

$1.2 billion

UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

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