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MBA Program Overview

Our AACSB-accredited online Master of Business Administration is a 30- to 36-credit program designed to equip you with highly sought-after operational knowledge and people-focused leadership skills.

Designed with working professionals in mind, this flexible and cost-effective online MBA program will enable you to strengthen your ability to think strategically, improve decision-making skills, and explore ways to adapt to changing business environments in any industry. Whether your goal is to advance within your current field, change careers, or explore entrepreneurship, our program can help you get there.

Program Benefits

  • Reputation - AACSB-accredited business school
  • Flexibility - 36 credit hours, completed at your own pace and 100% online; waivers for up to 6 hours available based upon previous coursework
  • Opportunity - Complete the program in as little as a year while you continue working
  • Accessibility - Learn from the same PhD business professionals who teach on campus

Careers for MBA Graduates

An online MBA from UT Permian Basin can provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to take on competitive leadership roles, including:

  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial Analyst
  • Business Consultant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Strategy Analyst

Accreditation

UT Permian Basin’s College of Business is accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Preparation Courses

Upon admission (regular and conditional), students will be evaluated for statistical literacy. Students who need additional skills in this area are referred to BUSI2342 until literacy requirement is fulfilled. Statistical literacy, BUSI2342, must be remedied in the first semester in which the student is accepted into the MBA program and must be taken before the student enrolls in FINA 6321, FINA 6320, MRKT 6302, MNGT 6366, or electives in accounting, finance, management, or marketing.

Courses
Duration
Credits
BUSI 2342 - Principles of Statistics
8 weeks
3
The course is an introduction to the principles of statistics and their application to problems in business and economics. Topics include the basics of probability theory, descriptive statistics, sampling methods, statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, and the basics of linear regression.
Prerequisites: MATH 1324 - Applications of Discrete Mathematics
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2021 Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021
Core Courses

12 Credit Hours. Students must complete the following core courses. Business undergraduate students may be eligible to waive up to 6 hours.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
8 weeks
3
A foundation in the fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting information designed for the planning, assessment, and control of business entities. Emphasizes the use of information for decision-making.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
FINA 6320 - Financial Management
8 weeks
3
Survey of foundational concepts in finance; in particular, discounted cash flow analysis and its applications to valuation of bonds, stocks, and corporate capital assets. Introduction to the following topics: bond and stock markets; pricing mechanisms in those markets; relationship between risk and return; capital budgeting methods based on discounted cash flow valuation.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
MNGT 6360 - Organizational Behavior
8 weeks
3
The systematic study of individual, team, and structural characteristics that influence behavior within organizations. Cross-cultural applications are discussed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MRKT 6310 - Marketing Management
8 weeks
3
An analysis of the customer/market relationships with the company in an open market system characterized by the presence of strong competition within a very fluid business environment. Managerial decision making with this matrix will be stressed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
Courses Beyond Core

21 Credit Hours

Courses
Duration
Credits
ACCT 6311 - Information Systems Management
8 weeks
3
Methods and problem resolution in developing and managing company-wide information systems.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MNGT 6301 - Legal Environment of Business
8 weeks
3
A foundation in the role of law in our system of business and commerce both facilitating and constraining business decision-making. In addition, this course will introduce the operation of legal institutions and the fundamentals of legal reasoning.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
FINA 6321 - Corporate Finance & Strategy
8 weeks
3
Foundational concepts of modern corporate finance. Course topics include capital budgeting and long-term financing, capital budgeting concerns, and application of valuation methods to long-term investment decisions by the company. Long-term financing concerns and how the firm will raise funds to pay for its investments in capital projects is also explored. Other key topics include capital structure of the firm, managerial incentives and corporate control, and financial risk management.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MRKT 6302 - Marketing Analytics
8 weeks
3
This course includes concepts of business and marketing analytics and practices the analytic methodologies to assist making better business and marketing decisions with hands-on learning experiences. Topics will include: Using R in Marketing Analytics; Marketing Content Analysis; Segmentation, Targeting & Positioning Analysis; Data Visualization, etc.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
MNGT 6366 - Strategic Management
8 weeks
3
Opportunity for development and implementation of knowledge from multiple disciplines and integration of viewpoints of different functions of an organization. Case evaluation and discussion are stressed.
Prerequisites: MATH 6301 - Statistics
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
MRKT 6301 - International Business
8 weeks
3
The course investigates government and businesses across borders and the dynamics between countries/regions, including country profiles, regional integration, trade, law and foreign direct investment. This course is macro in nature and focuses on international business and its overriding theories, and how to apply them in management decisions.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Fall A 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
MNGT 6320 - Production & Operation Management
8 weeks
3
The role of the operations management function within the context of an organization, be it public or private, profit or nonprofit, manufacturing or service. The course emphasizes the application of concepts of in process analysis, material management, and quality management. Both quantitative and behavioral perspectives are presented.
Prerequisites: MATH 6301 - Statistics
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022
Elective Courses

Any 6XXX-level ACCT, FINA, MNGT or MRKT course not otherwise required.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ACCT 6302 - Contemporary Control Systems
16 weeks
3
A study of the design, implementation, and evaluation of control systems intended to support and direct strategic objectives of various organizations.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Fall 2022
ACCT 6305 - Topics in Financial Accounting
16 weeks
3
Development of the theories, principles, and techniques of accounting for partnerships, branches, business combinations, and consolidations as well as multinational business organizations. Completion of the course requirements qualifies for 1 hour of research credit with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. 6 credit hours of Intermediate Accounting are required.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ACCT 6313 - Professional Ethics
8 weeks
3
Historical development of ethical theories, roles of the professional in contemporary society with respect to economic, social, political, and technological problems. Case evaluations and discussion designed to develop professional standards for ethical behavior. ACCT 6301 or equivalent is required prior to enrolling in this course.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
ACCT 6315 - Topics in Federal Income Tax
16 weeks
3
Federal Income Tax law, rules, and regulations relating to partnerships, corporations, estates, and trusts. Completion of the course requirements qualifies for 1 hour of research credit with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. 3 credit hours of tax are required.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2021 Whole Spring 2022
ACCT 6320 - Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting
8 weeks
3
An advanced approach to fraud examination and forensic accounting. Topics include legal environment for fraud examiners, fraud prevention, investigation techniques, and financial statement frauds.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
FINA 6322 - Management of Financial Institutions
8 weeks
3
This course is a study of management of financial institutions in a global financial services environment. The course covers risk identification, measurement, and management; regulatory compliance; capital adequacy; liquidity; and profitability from the perspective of a financial manager.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Fall B 2022
FINA 6325 - Financial Derivatives I
8 weeks
3
Introduction to futures and forward contracts and their markets, including how these derivatives are created and traded. The course covers how businesses can use these contracts to hedge risk. Students are introduced to the principles of valuation and pricing for these securities and the mathematical models that apply. Swaps may be covered if time permits.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2021 Spring B 2022
MNGT 6312 - Human Resource Management
8 weeks
3
Manpower planning and development, organizational climate, and the provision of personnel services will be investigated.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
MRKT 6314 - International Marketing
8 weeks
3
Globalization of markets and market entry across borders. Internationalizing of product, price, place, and promotion decisions. Standardization and adaptation decisions in a marketing context.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2022
FINA 6330 - International Finance
8 weeks
3
A comprehensive study of international financial markets that covers currency exchange mechanisms in theory and practice, including international monetary systems, offshore financial markets, and currency risk management.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
FINA 6331 - Energy Finance
8 weeks
3
This course introduces students to the principle concepts and application in energy finance. Topics include: fundamental of petroleum and value chain, oil and gas financial statement analysis, financing energy companies and projects, O&G database application, and energy risk management using derivative instruments. Students will complete an energy projects incorporating major components of the course to tackle real-world problems.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2022
FINA 6335 - Energy Investment and Risk Management
8 weeks
3
New offering, course details to be added soon. Please reach out to an MBA faculty member for more information.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer A 2022
MRKT 6335 - Supply Chain Management
8 weeks
3
This course focuses on management of supply chain processes and concepts. It discusses topics in operations, marketing, or finance functions in a manufacturing or distribution firm, and important supply chain metrics in a globalizing business environment. It will also discuss how to make supply chain decisions in the context of production planning and inventory control, order fulfillment coordination.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer A 2022
MRKT 6366 - Marketing Strategy
8 weeks
3
The course discusses and emphasizes market analysis, target customer identification, and development of a marketing mix from a strategic perspective. It also focuses on superior value creation and strategy development, evaluation and implementation, in a dynamic environment.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2021

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours leading towards a bachelor’s degree
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better*
    • Entrance score: ES = (GPA X 200) + (GMAT): above 1120
  • Official transcripts

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours leading towards a bachelor’s degree
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better*
    • Entrance score: ES = (GPA X 200) + (GMAT): above 1120
  • Other evidence (at least one of the following):
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Professional experience and/or awards
  • Official transcripts

*GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 and above or a GPA of 3.25 and above in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Students who are granted the GMAT waiver may be required to submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an immediate supervisor or instructor that can testify to the applicant’s professional experience.

Official Transcripts

Copies of official transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and can be mailed to: 

UT Permian Basin
Office of Admissions
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Supporting Documents

All supporting documents related to a graduate program, such as letters of recommendation, essays, statements of interest, resumes, professional work experience, and awards should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office:

UT Permian Basin
Graduate Studies
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79762-0001

Electronic versions of supporting documents may be emailed to gradstudies@utpb.edu. 

Waiver Policy

If you have an undergraduate degree in business, you may be able to complete the program with as few as 30 credit hours. If your undergraduate degree is not in business, you will have to complete all 36 credit hours.

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

Director of Graduate Programs, UT Permian Basin College of Business
Professor of Marketing
saran_a@utpb.edu

Dr. Saran is the director of graduate programs at The University of Texas Permian Basin’s College of Business. He also teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses as a professor of marketing. His research focuses on business and marketing concepts globally. Dr. Saran joined UT Permian Basin in 2006 after earning his PhD in international business and marketing at The University of Texas Pan-American (UTRGV). He holds an MBA in strategy from the Asian Institute of Management and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Allahabad.

Associate Dean
Associate Professor of Accounting
UT Permian Basin College of Business
counts_r@utpb.edu

Dr. Counts is the associate dean and associate professor of accounting at the College of Business at UT Permian Basin. He is currently responsible for teaching intermediate accounting and regularly teaches federal tax and oil and gas accounting. He received his BBA in finance from UT Permian Basin in 1985. He received his MS in accounting, specializing in taxation, in 1995 and his PhD in accounting in 2004, both from Texas Tech University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Certified Financial Planner designation. In addition to UT Permian Basin, Dr. Counts has taught at Oklahoma City University, Youngstown State University, and TianJian University of Finance and Economics. His research interests include energy accounting issues and tax policy/public finance issues.

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