Business Administration with a Specialization in Human Resource Management (MBA) - Accelerated Online Program

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The UTRGV MBA program is accredited by AACSB International. The Master's of Business Administration (MBA) program provides students with advanced study in a multicultural business environment with the goal of enhancing their business and administrative careers. Specifically, the program is designed to meet the career needs of those who:

  • Wish to enhance their professional opportunities in executive or administrative positions in business, industry, government and service industries.
  • Seek to broaden their knowledge in the functional business areas in order to increase the effectiveness and self-assurance in their management abilities.
  • Are initiating their own business or business career.
  • Are preparing to seek admission to a doctoral program.

This program is accelerated and is 100% online.


The Master's of Business Administration degree is a broad-based 36-hour program designed to empower students with management and analytical decision-making skills needed to function in a changing business environment. The program may be completed within two academic years. Program courses are scheduled during evening hours or online to accommodate the large number of students with full-time day jobs.

The Master's of Business Administration program is open to students who have a bachelor's degree in any discipline. However, MBA foundation courses or their equivalents must be taken prior to enrolling in core courses.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in business administration, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours or a minimum of 3.0 GPA in the UTRGV Pre-MBA Graduate Certificate with no C grade.  
  2. Applicants with a GPA less than 3.00 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  4. Respond to 5 short answer questions provided on application to demonstrate writing competency and communication skills
  5. GMAT Exam with a minimum score 400 or the GRE test with minimum scores of 146 Verbal and 146 Quantitative

A waiver of the GMAT requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of one of the following:

  • Another graduate degree (master’s or doctoral)
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.25 in upper-division courses in the last 60 semester credit hours.
  • A waiver may be granted to those students who have more than four years of upper managerial experience in supervisory roles, control of budgets, and decision-making

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at

Academic Standing

Three C Rule

A student who earns three C’s in the MBA Program will be placed on suspension and is ineligible to continue. The student may appeal the suspension to the MBA Committee.

"F" Rule

A student who receives a grade of F will be automatically dismissed from the MBA Program. The student may appeal the dismissal from the MBA Program to the MBA Committee

Program Requirements

Leveling Courses - 9 Hours

All students entering the MBA Program can comply with the Leveling Courses requirement by completing equivalent undergraduate coursework with a grade of B or higher. Students without the required background must complete the following courses as applicable:

ACCT 6301Accounting for Managers


FINA 6303Introduction to Finance


QUMT 6303Statistical Foundations


Required Courses - 27 Hours

ACCT 6320Accounting and Financial Analysis


ECON 6350Managerial Economics


FINA 6340Advanced Corporate Finance


INFS 6330Information Systems for Managers


MARK 6310Marketing Strategy


MGMT 6330Organizational Behavior


MGMT 6360Operations Management


MGMT 6390Strategic Management


QUMT 6310Business Research


Specialization Courses - 9 Hours

Choose three from the following:

MGMT 6331Human Resource Management


MGMT 6333Human Resource Management in Healthcare


MGMT 6342Employment Law and Human Resource Management


MGMT 6343Global Human Resource Management


MGMT 6372Organizational Leadership and Change


Total Credit Hours: 36