Master of Business Administration Online (MBAO)
The Master of Business Administration Online (MBAO) program provides today's students with the tools necessary to become leaders in the workplace of tomorrow. The MBAO program pools the impressive resources and diverse perspectives of two accredited University of Texas System institutions, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). Students will find a highly skilled, statewide team of professors presenting an interactive curriculum. Two institutions confer the degree upon successful completion of studies.
All of the participating UT System universities are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.)
Forty-eight credits are required to complete the degree plan. Based on course load, students may complete the program in as little as two years or as many as six.
General Management Degree
The MBAO program in General Management includes areas of study in accounting, finance, administration, business law, economics, marketing, statistics and technology. Courses are designed for a clear understanding of a marketplace that has become increasingly complex with the addition of new technologies and communication tools.
General Management Degree with Finance Emphasis
The MBAO program in General Management with Finance Emphasis combines high-quality core curriculum with specialized finance courses to ensure relevancy in today’s business world. A focus on finance helps students learn how to optimize and add value to an organization's financial management.
Students can benefit by acquiring a better understanding of the fundamentals of exchange rates, including currency risk management, that will improve their ability to make sound financial decisions in their role as managers. In particular, students seeking a career as a financial analyst, corporate finance manager, investor relations manager, financial consultant, or portfolio manager would have a competitive advantage by earning this concentration.
GetEducated.com ranks the MBA Online program as a Best Buy in the category of Most Affordable AACSB Accredited Online MBAs.
Link to a listing of the available courses in the degree program. To see which courses are currently open for registration, link to the Course Schedule, select MBA Online (MBAO) from the UTOC Program menu and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.
Dr. Shuming Bai
Associate Professor, College of Business and Engineering
Master of Business Administration in General Management
Master of Business Administration in General Management with a Concentration in Finance
Dr. Clara Downey
Associate Professor, School of Business
Link to information about the MBAO Committees.
- Will my employer accept the MBA Online as a "real" degree?
Yes, they'll probably be impressed with your diligence in fitting your education around your demanding lifestyle by using online education. The quality of the MBAO program is administered by an Academic Affairs Committee made up of two MBA faculty and/or administrators from each of the participating campuses. All of the participating universities are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by AACSB International.
- What is the cost of the program?
Tuition and fees charged differ for each UT System campus as well as by residency status. As a result, the cost of taking a course in the MBAO program will vary depending on the host campus of the course and your residency status. Since the MBAO is a collaborative program, students will take courses from all of the participating campuses to complete the 48-credit degree plan. Students are billed by each campus for courses. Links to campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
- What resources and activities will faculty use to provide students with experiences that are comparable to residency programs?
Courses are designed to enhance interaction between faculty and students. Chat rooms, threaded discussions and e-mail will be used to facilitate discussions. Team projects will be used to help students share their business experiences with each other as part of the learning process.
- Will I have to visit any of the participating campuses?
The MBAO program is offered predominantly using the Internet, but may include supplemental materials such as video/audio tapes and CD-ROM. Students are not required to attend the campuses at any time.
- How can I find more information?
Please contact the advisors listed above for more information about the program.
To participate in the MBAO program, you must choose a home campus by applying to and being accepted by one of the two degree-granting institutions listed above. Students can apply for admission using the ApplyTexas website. Criteria, procedures and deadlines for admission vary slightly from one university to another, but are predominantly the same as the traditional residence programs. Consult the participating universities' websites for specific details.
Additionally, all MBAO students must have successfully completed a college-level course in statistics.
Link to Enrollment Services for information on admissions, registration and course access.