From the School
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.
- Global MBA
- Strategic MBA
- M.S. in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship
- Fourth-Year Bridge Global MBA
- 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.
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.