Graduate and Professional Programs
All MBA candidates are expected to have computer literacy in the areas of word processing, spreadsheet analyses, databases, PowerPoint, and the use of the Internet. Students who do not have these competencies are expected to acquire this knowledge prior to enrollment in the program. At UH an appropriate undergraduate course equivalent is MIS 3300.
All students entering the Master of Business Administration program are required to have a four-year undergraduate degree or foreign equivalent from an accredited institution. The undergraduate degree may be in any discipline.
The MBA Program is comprised of sixteen courses (48 semester hours) of graduate level academic work. There are two categories of course work: core courses and electives.
CORE COURSES (30 Semester Hours)
A total of ten courses comprise the MBA core curriculum. Six of the core courses are presented in modules to facilitate the student's acquisition of cross-functional knowledge. These modules and courses are taken in the order shown.
Statistical Methods for Business
Business Communication & Ethical Reasoning
Organizational Behavior & Management
Production and Operations Management
*The sequence for students starting in the spring may be slightly different.
The following guidelines apply to core courses:
- M.B.A. core courses may NOT be waived.
- Non-modular core courses, except MANA 6383, may be taken as a third course in a module either on campus or online during any semester as long as course prerequisites are followed.
- MANA 6383 is the capstone course and is to be taken after completion of ACCT 6331, FINA 6387, GENB 6350, STAT 6360, FINA 6335, MANA 6332, and MARK 6361.
ELECTIVES (18 semester hours)
MBA candidates must take a minimum of six 6000-level or above business elective courses to complete the degree. Two UH graduate-level electives outside the Bauer College of Business may be counted toward the degree subject to prior approval from the MBA Program Office. These electives must be three-credit courses taken for a letter grade.
ELECTIVES (18 semester hours)
MBA candidates must take a minimum of six 6000-level or above business elective courses to complete the degree. Two graduate-level electives outside the Bauer College of Business may be counted toward the degree subject to prior approval from the MBA Program Office.
Electives can be selected from the following business areas: accountancy and taxation, finance, general business, international business, management, marketing and entrepreneurship, MIS, and supply chain management. There is a limited selection in accounting; if you wish to focus in accounting you should consider the MS/Accountancy program.
In the elective section, students may pursue one of the following three paths:
- Free Electives Path: A variety of courses may be taken from across the college in support of a generalist theme.
- Focused Path: 12 hours or more may be taken in a single department to focus on a specific functional area (for example, MIS or Finance).
- Certificate Path: 9-18 hours may be taken toward a certificate in a specialized area. Students selecting this option will be awarded a certificate in addition to the MBA diploma upon completion of their degree. Enrollment in the Financial Services Management Certificate (Cougar Fund) is determined by the Finance Department; other certificates may be self selected. Information on Certificate Programs is available in the MBA Program Office.
The Bauer MBA program does not accept transfer credit. Students who relocate due to a job transfer and are close to graduation should meet with an MBA academic advisor to discuss options regarding completion of their degree.
None of the 48 credit hours (16 courses) required for the MBA degree may be waived.
Students must complete the degree program within seven years; however, the last 36 credit hours of the program must be completed within the five-year period preceding the student's graduation.
Unless students petition for a leave of absence, they should maintain continuous enrollment during the fall and spring semesters. Students who are not enrolled for more than one calendar year will be under the jurisdiction of the catalog in effect at the time of reentry. Students who fail to maintain continuous enrollment for more than two calendar years must reapply for admission, pay the Bauer College application fee, and must meet the admission requirements in effect at that time.
Effective Semester of Admission
Admission is granted only for a specific semester. If students postpone enrollment, they must secure approval from the MBA Program Office. Admission may be deferred for up to one year. The first semester in which students, as graduate students, complete graduate-level work that applies toward a degree is the effective semester of admission.
Changes of Major, Degree, and Classification
Students who wish to change their field of study, degree objective, or classification to one in the Bauer College of Business should contact the MBA Program Office. If admitted, students will be subject to college policies in effect during the semester for which the change is approved. Graduate students in the C.T. Bauer College of Business who wish to change from one degree objective to another within the College should complete an online application form at applytexas.org. Students who receive approval for the change will be subject to policies and degree plans in effect during the semester the change is approved. Bauer graduate students who wish to change to another graduate college at the University of Houston should consult the dean's office of that college for procedural information.
The last day to drop a course (or courses) is the date indicated in the University’s academic calendar. Students taking courses in the College may not drop a C.T. Bauer College of Business course after that date. Please refer to Student Financial Services for information regarding deadlines to drop a course with and without a refund. Students who are dropping all their courses in a given semester must withdraw before the first class day in order to obtain a full refund.
Eligibility for Enrollment in Graduate Business Courses
All course work to be applied to the graduate business programs must be 6000-level or higher.
Students not enrolled as graduate students in the Bauer College of Business may take 6000-level (or above) courses in the Bauer College on a space available basis only if they have graduate standing in another program on the University of Houston main campus.
Non-Bauer students may register in a maximum of four graduate courses (12 hours)in the Bauer College. After completing these 12 hours, students are no longer eligible to take graduate hours in the college unless an application for a new degree objective and major in the Bauer College of Business has been submitted and approved. Undergraduate and post baccalaureate students are ineligible to enroll in graduate-level courses in business administration and will be dropped from any such courses for which they register. Drops can be generated by either the instructor or the Graduate and Professional Programs Office. Only students in the Professional Program in Accounting are granted an exception to take two graduate accounting courses in their senior year.
Students are classified as graduate students in the Bauer College only after their completed application for admission has been approved by the Bauer College. Students must go through the formal application process in order to obtain this classification.
Inapplicable Graduate Credit
Graduate credit is not granted for extension courses, advanced standing examinations, or courses taken prior to admission to a graduate program. The time limitation section specifies additional restrictions. Also, although grades of D+ and lower are included in the computed grade point average, the university awards no credit toward the degree for courses in which the student receives a grade below C-.
Prerequisites and Corequisites
Admission to a graduate program on this campus of the University of Houston System is a prerequisite for enrollment in any C.T. Bauer College of Business course numbered 6000 or higher. Students must meet the prerequisite and corequisite requirements of the graduate program to which they are admitted. Prerequisites to the programs are listed with each individual graduate program section. Prerequisites to individual courses are indicated under each course title and are strictly enforced.
Special Problems Courses
A master's or doctoral-level student who is interested in doing an independent study or research project may make arrangements to work individually with a faculty member by signing up for a special problems/independent study course. No more than six semester hours of special problems credit may count as electives toward the business administration graduate degree requirements.
The Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence is a college-based honor awarded to students who complete their graduate degrees in business with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.70 or above. The graduate GPA does not include grades in any undergraduate courses the student may have taken while in the graduate program. Students earning the Dean's Award are mailed certificates by the College. The designation does not appear on the University of Houston diploma.
Termination of Enrollment
Students must maintain a satisfactory rate of progress toward the degree. Satisfactory progress is measured by several means, including timely completion of courses required for the degree and maintenance of a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (A=4.00). In addition, the University’s 4C Rule applies. A graduate student who receives a grade of C+ or lower in 12 semester credit hours attempted at this institution for graduate credit or for application toward the graduate degree, whether or not in repeated courses, is ineligible for any advanced degree at this institution and will not be permitted to re-enroll for graduate study. The Dean, or designate, may terminate enrollment at any time if the student's rate of progress is not satisfactory. If enrollment is terminated, students will be notified with a written explanation. A hold will be placed on your account with Registration and Records and you will be unable to continue with graduate classes at this university.
Waiver/Transfer Policy for Previously Completed Courses
None of the 48 credits required for the MBA degree may be waived. Transfer hours are also not accepted. In rare cases waivers of a core course may be allowed with substitution of a higher level course in that area (this will not reduce the number of hours required to complete the degree). See a graduate academic advisor for details.
Students are expected to complete the MBA degree program within five years; typically part-time students will complete the program within three years. UH policy requires that all students complete their master's degree program within seven years; however, the last 36 semester hours must be completed within the five-year period preceding the students' graduation.
Unless students petition for a leave of absence, they should maintain continuous enrollment during the fall and spring semesters. Students who are out of the program for more than one calendar year will be under the jurisdiction of the catalog in effect at the time of their reentry. Students who fail to maintain continuous enrollment for more than two calendar years must apply for reinstatement to the program through a petitioning process, pay the Bauer College application fee again, submit an updated resume, and meet the admission requirements in effect at that time.
Effective Semester of Admission
Admission is granted only for the Fall semester. If students wish to postpone enrollment, they must secure approval from the MBA office. The first semester in which students, as graduate students, complete graduate-level work that applies toward a degree, is the effective semester of admission.
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