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Known for its affordability, convenience and personal attention, a graduate degree from UHV will prepare you to take your career to the next level.

Quality – The University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education. The business school has been ranked No. 1 for the Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students. The school serves students from nearly 25 countries with an award-winning faculty from more than 12 countries.

Value – The school has been named one of the “Top 25 Ranked Best Buys” nationally in distance learning by for the past five years, and UHV consistently ranks in the top four best value Texas universities for its affordability.

Convenience – All MBA courses may be completed online. Students in the Greater Houston area also have the option to take face-to-face evening courses at the UHV Katy Campus located close to Interstate 10 W. and Highway 99 N. in Katy, Texas. Students may combine face-to-face and online courses to create a schedule to fit around their professional life. UHV is considered a national leader in distance education and online course delivery. The MBA has been offered completely online since 1999. The convenient program formats allow students to continue their education part time in conjunction with a full-time career or accelerate degree completion as a full-time student. Applicants who have recently completed a Bachelor of Business Administration from an AACSB-accredited business school may be eligible to waive some foundation courses. Those with a strong GPA and relevant professional experience may be eligible to waive the GMAT requirement.


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Applications are processed on a rolling admission basis. Application deadlines only apply to international students. The individual attention the UHV School of Business Administration is known for begins with the admission process. Admission requirements for the MBA program include the following:

  • An overall GPA of 2.5, or a GPA of 2.5 based on 60 hours of coursework.
  • A GMAT score of 450. Students may enroll in ONE semester (maximum nine hours of gradu¬ate coursework) without official GMAT scores on file. Students who have earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and have relevant professional work experience are eligible to apply for a GMAT waiver.
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  • Online application with no application fee or admission essay.
  • Admissions decisions are made promptly, and early application is encouraged but not required.
  • Temporary graduate admission allows one semester of enrollment before GMAT/GRE scores are filed.

To apply, complete the Apply Texas application form and send official, sealed transcripts to:
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University of Houston-Victoria
3007 N. Ben Wilson St.
Victoria, TX 77901

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Degrees Offered

The University of Houston-Victoria's School of Business Administration has one of the largest AACSB-accredited MBA programs in Houston for a reason. We make it our mission to transform your life's aspirations into reality through our unique and specialized MBA degrees. Here are some reasons that UHV stands out:

  • Affordable tuition lower than most private, online schools
  • Faculty who are full-time researchers with doctoral degrees
  • Classes taught by full-time faculty, not adjuncts

Our degrees are designed to boost our graduates’ careers and elevate their knowledge base in a targeted specialty. We offer three unique degrees and two special programs that allow students who received their undergraduate degrees with 90 hours to obtain an MBA in the U.S.

  1. Global MBA
  2. Strategic MBA
  3. M.S. in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship
  4. Fourth-Year Bridge Global MBA
  5. Fourth-Year Bridge Strategic MBA

The MBA concentration comprises one-fourth of the curriculum and allows students to customize their program to best fit their interests and career goals. The concentration choices are: Accounting, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Human Resources Management, International Business (except Global MBA), Management and Marketing. Fourth-Year Bridge MBA and Global MBA programs are designed for students who hold a three-year bachelor’s degree from outside the U.S. and want to earn an MBA. The M.S. in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship consists of 36 credit hours offered entirely online. This is ideal for entrepreneurs and those working in the economic development field of attracting and growing businesses.

Academic Programs

Recent graduates from an AACSB-accredited business school may be eligible to waive some of the Strategic and Global MBA foundation courses depending on their undergraduate coursework and grades. Waiver decisions are at the discretion of the UHV School of Business Administration on the basis of:

  • An equivalent undergraduate course or sequence of courses completed within the past five years, with a grade or sequence of grades of B or better; or
  • completion of a full undergraduate major in that field within the past five years.

The UHV School of Business Administration allows students to develop the business competencies and global mindset for success in today’s competitive business environment, thus preparing future leaders who are capable of managing in constantly changing markets and environments.

Students may combine live evening courses and online courses to suit their schedules. MBA students participate in the MBA conference while the Global MBA students compete in a business simulation against other teams from the U.S. and around the world.

Our mission is to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully manage organizations in a dynamic environment by offering an integrated curriculum blending theoretical concepts with practical applications. Specifically, the MBA program seeks to develop in each graduate the capacity to:

  • Understand and adapt to the changing business, political and social environments.
  • Evaluate and respond to emerging threats and opportunities.
  • Interact with and effectively lead diverse groups.
  • Analyze and evaluate business operations and processes.
  • Synthesize and apply cross-functional approaches to organizational issues.

Integration and cross-functional approaches to organizational issues are embedded throughout the MBA core through close coordination of course content using the strategic planning process. Strategic management consists of the analysis of decisions and actions an organization undertakes to create shareholder value and sustain competitive advantages. Each course in the MBA program will enhance students’ understanding of the strategic management process and assist students in acquiring the tools and skills needed to be a successful manager. The syllabi for the MBA core courses explain how they connect to the mission and objectives of the MBA program and to other courses.

Special Academic Programs

In addition to the Strategic MBA, UHV offers a Global MBA and an M.S. in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship. The MSEDE is the only program of its kind, combining traditional economic development (attracting businesses) with entrepreneurship (starting businesses). The 36-hour curriculum may be completed part time in two years and is available entirely online.

The Fourth-Year Bridge programs provide those who have earned a three-year bachelor’s degree from outside the U.S. with the opportunity to earn an MBA from UHV.

Certificates in finance and marketing also are available.


Business programs are taught by faculty from more than 12 countries, with doctoral degrees from schools such as the University of Texas in Austin, Arizona State, Indiana University, Michigan State, University of Illinois, Georgia State and Syracuse. Most importantly, faculty members are dedicated teachers who are responsive and accessible to students, and are active researchers with publications in leading journals in their fields.

The Business Student Association, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, the Houston chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and the UHV chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs are among the organizations available to join.

The Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series is held in the fall and spring semesters, and brings business leaders to campus where they candidly share their experiences for the benefit of students. During the spring semester, alumni speak to classes, connecting the MBA program to a wide range of careers in finance, information technology, engineering management, healthcare administration, accounting and real estate.

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Students Say

The University of Houston—Victoria (UHV) School of Business Administration "has excellent accreditations and is also one of the most cost effective schools available." The "high-quality programs are convenient and affordable." UHV offers many different ways for students to earn their degree. One may enroll full-time or part-time, choose on-line courses or a traditional classroom setting, or a combination of both. With so many options and so much flexibility, many can take advantage of the opportunity to earn a graduate business degree. Students can choose from the Strategic MBA, which can be completed full-time in sixteen months or part-time over the course of three years; the Global MBA, which can be completed full-time in eleven to twenty-one months and provides a specialized curriculum for students interested in international business; or the MS-Economic Development/Entrepreneurship, which takes nearly twenty-four months to complete on a part-time schedule. There is also a program designed especially for international students: the Fourth Year Bridge (Strategic or Global) MBA.

According to current students, "The education is great, challenging, and affordable," and the school's excellent reputation is well deserved. The professors at UHV are an excellent resource and are "very helpful, professional, [courteous], caring, fair, and highly knowledgeable in their areas of study." They understand what a suitable workload is for graduate students who most likely work full-time and may have a family besides. "While they show mercy they do push us to become the best that they can train us to be." Diversity exists both in the student body as well as in the faculty. This variety of experiences that come from a global classroom enriches all of the courses, especially those conducted in a classroom setting. "The professors are experts in their fields, and encourage real-world, practical applications of the concepts discussed in class." Students attest that "the quality of the curriculum is very high" and courses do a great job at staying relevant so that they "relate to current events around us."

The University of Houston—Victoria has auxiliary facilities at Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch. Courses at these locations, as well as at Victoria, include comprehensive coursework in economics, management, finance, marketing, and leadership. One student describes the courses as "very challenging," yet feels that "the academic experience is priceless." Administration at each facility is "helpful," and they "care about ensuring a quality educational experience for the students."


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Career services here are not so predominant as at other graduate schools. Rather than students hoping to land a new job after graduation, many are just looking for a "career boost," such as a promotion, to propel them upward at the job they already have. "Most students are currently employed in the professional field, and are married with children. They see the MBA program as a chance to improve their careers." Others, like this student comment, "It was suggested that I attend UH-Victoria by my manager."

Although the school provides the "best courses and professors," they tend to provide "[fewer] opportunities for graduate students in the job market." One student notes that the University provides fewer internship opportunities to graduate students than expected. Help is available for those who are looking for a new career, and "the campus always has career fairs and resume workshops." In addition, "the school sends out many emails with job, internship, and special training opportunities." However, students who are working full-time may find it hard to attend these events. An alumni network might better serve these students who could network on their own schedules. Regardless of what the career center provides to graduate students, students profess that just being a part of the program promotes continuous "opportunities to network and build profes- sional relationships."


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For 2016-2017, tuition and fees for Texas residents are $397.08 per graduate credit hour. Non-residents pay $805.06 per credit hour. The UHV School of Business Administration has been named one of the “Top 25 Ranked Best Buys” in distance learning by for the past five years.

UHV offers scholarships, grants and loan options as well as payment plans to assist students with funding their education. A limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships also are available.


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Graduate Enrollment: 558

School of Business Administration
Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,101

Percent male/female: 43/57
Percent ethnic minority: 61
Percent all minority: 71
Percent international: 5
Percent part-time: 62
Average age: 30

The Business Student Association, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, the Houston chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and the UHV chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs are among the organizations available to join.

The Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series is held in the fall and spring semesters, and brings business leaders to campus where they candidly share their experiences for the benefit of students. During the spring semester, alumni speak to classes, connecting the MBA program to a wide range of careers in finance, information technology, engineering management, healthcare administration, accounting and real estate.

Students Say

Student life varies greatly, depending on where, when, and how classes are taken. Since taking classes online "doesn't leave much interaction," these students will miss some of the diversity and bonding experiences traditional classroom-learners experience. Fellow students are described as "very diverse," with a "wide variety of ages, experience levels, and backgrounds." They are also noted as being "very creative," and they do their best to "support each other in achieving goals."

UHV students are proud of their school. They take classes seriously and expect a high degree of professionalism from not only their professors and administration but from their fellow students as well. Therefore, it is not surprising that they are not only "friendly" but "great to work with." The busy life of most students allows for some activities outside of class but not many. Most commuters simply "attend class and get back home." Others are able to find time to "arrive early to talk and [to review] questions on class and mingle."

The Houston area is very conducive to jobs in the energy industry. Here, students are surrounded by multinational global energy companies so "the location is perfect."

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Campus and Location

Victoria is located 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico in the Coastal Bend of Texas, two hours from Corpus Christi, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. The city is a safe, small city that serves as the regional hub for a seven-county area known as the Crossroads because of its location. The population is about 65,000 people. Business programs also are offered at an off-campus location in Katy close to the energy corridor.

University of Houston-Victoria
3007 N. Ben Wilson St.
Victoria, TX 77901

UHV Katy Campus
Grandway West, Building 2
2002 W. Grand Parkway N.
Katy, TX 77449


University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, Texas
UHV Katy Campus, Katy, Texas

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3007 N Ben Wilson St
Victoria, TX 77901
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