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UHD Graduate Academic Programs - College of Business

D. Michael Fields, PhD, Dean
Gail Evans,  JD, Interim Associate Dean
Carmen Cuevas,, JD, Assistant Dean
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The College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). 


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

UHD’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program is structured to help current and aspiring business leaders develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s fast-paced business environment. The College of Business designed this career-friendly option for working professionals who want to pursue their studies while continuing to work. It fits the needs of those who have earned an undergraduate degree in business administra­tion and those who hold a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated area and want the flexibility, expertise and earning power of an MBA. Students who did not earn a business degree may need to complete leveling courses that will cover business fundamen­tals as part of their program. 


All UHD MBA courses use a concentrated hybrid, eight-week format combing face-to-face meetings with online instruction and interaction. Students in each class will meet for a single two-hour session each week for a total of 16 hours and will complete the equivalent of 17 hours of work online, bringing the total class-contact hours to 33 hours. This delivery method is career-friendly because it al­lows intense focus on one or two courses each term. 


Admission Requirements
Admission is competitive and selective.  Admission requirements for the UHD MBA are designed to iden­tify applicants who have the ability, interest, and qualities neces­sary to complete the program, with the potential to contribute to the field of business.


Mandatory Application Requirements
To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to submit the following:

•   Baccalaureate degree conferred by a regionally-accredited institution
•   Official University transcript(s) from which the applicant earned Bachelor’s degree and Advanced degree (if applicable).
•   Resume documenting  3 years of full-time Post-Bac  work experience  that emphasizes personal and professional accomplishments and leadership experience
•   Two  Recommendation Forms from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s professional work experience
•   A personal statement addressing why the applicant desires an MBA from UHD, as well as other circumstances the applicant desires to share with the admissions committee (optional)
•    GMAT score  less than 5 years old.
•   For graduates of universities where English is not the native language: minimum TOEFL scores of 550 with section scores of 50 or higher

Calculating Undergraduate GPA
The UHD MBA Admission Committee will recalculate an applicant’s undergraduate GPA in accordance with the rules of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. According to Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 5, Subchapter A, Rule 5.7, all grades assigned for academic course work shall be used in calculating the grade-point average, except that an institution may base the calculation on the last 60 semester credit hours (or equivalent) of undergraduate work and any previous work in a graduate or professional school. This means that all transcripted grades in an undergraduate course will be used to recalculate the GPA, not just the last grade earned.


Admissions Process

  1. Students must complete an application by going to the following website The college uses the Texas Common Application. It is to be completed and submitted online. At this point the UHD Graduate Admissions Office starts a file for the students.
  2. In addition to the application, the student must request that official academic transcripts and graduate test scores be submitted to  UHD Graduate Admissions . The current resume, the two recommendation forms, and the personal statement should be submitted in .pdf file format to The Graduate Admissions Office handles all graduate admissions Graduates of foreign universities  must submit official TOEFL scores and must also have a certified English translation of all transcripts that are not in English. The student must also initiate requests for recommendations and instructs his/her references to forward those letters to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  3. Once all necessary documents are in the Graduate Admissions Office, they are scanned and placed in a file by admissions staff that may be accessed by authorized university personnel. Once the application materials are scanned, the Director of Graduate programs is notified that the file is complete. Authorized personnel may access the file using a database called Fortis. This file includes the student’s name, ID number, test scores, GPA’s by institution attended, cumulative GPA, GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and all other application materials .This file is delivered to the Director of Graduate Programs.  
  4. The Director of Graduate Programs disseminates the files to MBA Admissions Committee for consideration. The committee assesses the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses, completes a Decision Review Sheet , and makes a recommendation (accept or deny ) to the Dean of the College of Business.
  5. The Director of Graduate Programs   will communicate to the student stating whether or not they have been accepted. The letter gives the student instructions on taking leveling courses, attending an orientation for new students, or contacting the Director concerning the next step.
  6. A copy of the letter  is also submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. They also notify the student about the status of their admission. If accepted, the Graduate Admissions Office instructs the student on how to register for classes, apply for financial aid, and the development of a student e-mail account.


Students who hold an undergraduate degree from an AACSB accredited program in a field of business administration may be deemed to be prepared for graduate study if the degree is not more than ten years old and if the core courses were completed with a grade of "C" (or equivalent) or higher.  Students who hold an undergraduate degree in a field other than business administration or in business from a non-AACSB accredited program will be required to demonstrate preparation for graduate study in business.   These students will be required to complete one or more 5000 level courses in order to gain the basic theoretical concepts and tools that are the foundations for graduate management study.


5000 Level Courses
The 5000 level courses serve as prerequisites for the graduate business courses and are required for students who did not take the equivalent courses as part of their baccalaureate program, have a degree in business from a non-AACSB accredited program, or for students with a baccalaureate degree from a non-U.S. university.  . The graduate 5000 level courses do not apply to the 34-hour graduate credit hour requirement of the MBA degree.  When a student is admitted to the program, the Graduate Program Director will notify the student of courses that must be taken.  Students are not allowed to register for 5000 level courses on their own; a student must have approval from the Graduate Program Director to register for these courses.
These 5000 level courses are condensed to the essential core knowledge that a student must possess in order to do valid graduate business study.  The foundation set of management 5000 level courses consists of 7 short courses designed to provide only the theoretical concepts and tools that are the foundations for management decisions. All 5000 level courses are two (2) semester credit hours (SCH) each and are offered every eight weeks once a term begins.   All 5000 level courses are taught online.

 14 SCH Leveling Courses

Course Number

Course Name


GBA 5202

Foundations of Management Theory


GBA 5203

Accounting/Financial Information


GBA 5206

Production & Operation Management


GBA 5207

Management Information Systems


GBA 5208

Marketing Information


GBA 5212

Quantitative Methods in Business


GBA 5215

Legal Environment of Business






Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration degree requires satisfactory completion of 34 credit hours offered by the College of Business. The required courses are:

34 SCH Required MBA Courses for all students

Prefix and Number

Required Courses


MBA 6201

Leadership, Team Building and Team Management


MBA 6202

Strategic Management


MBA 6203

Managerial Accounting and Budgeting


MBA 6204

Managerial Finance


MBA 6205

Management of the Supply Chain 


MBA 6206

Operations Management


MBA 6207

Management of Information Flows


MBA 6208

Marketing Management


MBA 6209

Human Resource Management


MBA 6210

Legal Environment of Management


MBA 6211

Managerial Decision-Making


MBA 6212

Managerial Economics


MBA 6213

Management of Organizational Behavior


MBA 6214

Management in a Global Context


MBA 6415

Capstone Project Courses


MBA 6290

Current Topics in Business






Graduation is dependent upon successful completion of all course work with a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 and successful completion of the Capstone Project.


Minimum Grade Point Average to remain in the MBA program
No more than two grades below a "B" in required  graduate 6000 level courses will be accepted toward the MBA degree and then only if the GPA is 3.01 or higher.  Upon receipt of the third grade below a "B" in any three required graduate courses, or if the GPA drops below 3.00,  the student will be academically dismissed from the program.


Transfer of Graduate Credits
A maximum of two approved courses (4 SCH) may be transferred from another AACSB accredited university. A minimum grade of B is required for the course to transfer. All petitions for transfer credit must be submitted to the UHD MBA Admissions Committee at the time of application for the committee’s approval.


Attendance Policy
Students enrolled in the UHD MBA program are expected to attend all scheduled classes. These are hybrid courses that meet half the normal class time; therefore, absences can be devastating to academic performance and should be avoided. However, working professionals occasionally may have unavoidable absences as a result of unexpected business travel or other emergencies. Professors should be informed of the nature of the absences at the earliest practical opportunity, preferably in advance. Students are responsible for all information and assignments from missed classes.
In cases where absences reach a frequency that, in the professor's opinion, make it unlikely that the student can successfully complete the course, withdrawal from class will be recommended.


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