Rita Mitra, DMA, MSCS

Director of College of Business Online Programs and Associate Professor in Practice of Information Systems and Cyber Security


  • M.S. Computer Science New York University
  • D.M.A. Manhattan School of Music
  • M.M. Juilliard School of Music
  • B.A. Texas Tech University


Dr. Rita Mitra is an associate professor in practice in the Information Systems and Cyber Security Department and the director of Online Programs in the College of Business at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She teaches and develops computer science and cybersecurity courses for the Bachelor of Business Administration in Cyber Security (BBA). A focus of her work revolves around testing and piloting labs and exercises to maintain a relevant competency-based curriculum. She is the faculty advisor for the Online Cyber Security Association.

Prior to joining UTSA, Dr. Mitra worked as an educational technologist with a focus on testing, training, prototyping and curating innovative methods of content delivery in new platforms and applications. Her contributions in these initiatives focused on identifying gaps and driving agile innovation. Dr. Mitra was a classical pianist, violinist and educator for many years before starting a second career in computer science, and a third in cybersecurity. She finds it a privilege to work and learn alongside her students, to impart an artistic, creative, and improvisational mindset and to foster an attitude of immediacy towards today’s security challenges.

Courses Taught

  • Unlocking Cyber
  • Programming in Java
  • Operating Systems Security