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MBA Program Overview

Affordable, Accelerated Graduate Learning

Our online MBA program is one of the most affordable you’ll find, with competitive tuition that may surprise you. There are no out-of-state tuition rates, so you can earn an affordable degree from anywhere in the world!  During your program, you’ll set your own learning schedule and complete coursework wherever it’s convenient for you. You can finish your online MBA in as little as one year

Still think you can’t commit to a graduate program? If being a standout business leader is your goal, can you afford not to? 

100% Online Master of Business Administration

A graduate degree is often a prerequisite for advancement into coveted business leadership roles. If, like many prospective students, you believe you don’t have the time or financial resources to pursue a graduate degree, let us introduce you to the online Master of Business Administration program from The University of Texas Permian Basin’s  AACSB-accredited College of Business.

Our Foundation Is Your Future

UT Permian Basin is one of 13 renowned Texas educational institutions known collectively as The University of Texas System. The University of Texas System is home to nearly one quarter of a million students and has been known for academic excellence since the 1880s.  Become a part of our tradition!

UTPB Get Educated Award MBA

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 ACCT 6301, BUSI 6302, FINA 6321, FINA 6320, 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: N/A
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: 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: 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: 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: Fall B 2021 Spring A 2022 Summer A 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: 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: 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: 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: MRKT 6310 - Marketing Management
Semesters Offered: Spring B 2022 Summer B 2022 Fall B 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: ACCT 6301 - Accounting Analysis FINA 6320 - Financial Management MNGT 6360 - Organizational Behavior MRKT 6310 - Marketing Management
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022 Summer B 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: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2022 Summer A 2022
BUSI 6302 - Business Analytics
8 weeks
3
This course introduces the practical and advanced data analytics for all business majors. The course covers topics of script programming, data/statistical analysis, and data visualization. Students will practice data analytic methods and use related software to solve real-world business questions.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2022
BUSI 6325 - International Business
8 weeks
3
The course investigates government and businesses across borders and the dynamics between countries/regions, including country profiles, national economic policies, 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. Cross-listed with MRKT 6301.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring A 2022 Summer A 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 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 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 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 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 2022
MNGT 6304 - Data Mining for Business Analytics
8 weeks
3
This course introduces data mining techniques to extract information form large databases and prepare for business analytics. Uses software packages such as R.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2022
MNGT 6305 - Energy Technology & Risk Management
8 weeks
3
This course will focus on the role of technology in the operation of an energy firm and expand the concept of risk management to an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) focus. Students will learn the risks associated with technological and the use of patents, trademarks, and trade secrets to protect technological advantage and the develop of a risk profile for a firm from and ERM perspective.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer 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 2022
MNGT 6324 - Energy Law
8 weeks
3
A study of energy law, including primarily the oil and gas industry, with a general overview of alternative energy sources.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Spring 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 6327 - Investments
16 weeks
3
Introductory course in investments. Topics include lessons from the history of financial markets, focusing on stock and bond markets; basic principles of stock and bond valuation; introduction to metrics for measuring market performance; introduction to diversification, market efficiency, and portfolio construction within this framework; and the economic and monetary environment in which security markets function.
Prerequisites: FINA 6320 - Financial Management
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021
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 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 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 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 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: N/A
ACCT 6316 - Topics in Auditing
16 weeks
3
A conceptual approach to the auditing process, stressing the interrelationships of objectives, standards, techniques, and procedures.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Fall 2021 Whole Fall 2022
MRKT 6316 - Marketing Research
8 weeks
3
Overview of methods for conducting marketing research. Use research information in marketing decision making. Students design and execute their own research projects.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2022
MRKT 6309 - Global Energy Business
8 weeks
3
The major objective of this course is to introduce students to energy marketing. The course will provide students with an overview of energy marketing and how to utilize, manage, and control risk in the competitive natural gas industry. The course is intended to help develop primary skills for the energy marketing industry globally. Students will complete a paper and presentation on an energy topic.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall A 2022

Admission Requirements

Waived GRE and GMAT 

Requirements for graduate entrance exams (GRE, GMAT) are temporarily waived for graduate applicants. This waiver will apply through Spring 2022. 

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

Anshu Saran, PhD, is a professor of marketing within the College of Business at The University of Texas Permian Basin. Graduating with his PhD from The University of Texas – Pan American, he joined UTPB in the fall of 2006. Prior to this, he served as faculty and taught at the APS University Rewa, Amity Business School Noida, and The University of Texas – Pan American. His research includes competing in the global marketplace, marketing strategies, social media ad marketing, and cultural differences in international business and marketing. His work has been published in the International Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Business Research, and Journal of Global Marketing. Accumulating work experience for 12 years in different parts of the world, he served as chief operating officer for Tata International Ltd. along with other accolades in India. Dr. Saran currently teaches the following classes within the MBA program: International Business (on-campus and online) and Marketing Strategy.

“My research interests and experience in international business and marketing have supported my academic endeavors and helped me incorporate industry examples in the curriculum, creating value for students and supporting their job and career progression.”

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

Roy Wayne Counts, PhD, is an associate professor of accountancy and associate dean within the College of Business at The University of Texas Permian Basin. Graduating from Texas Tech University with his PhD in 2005, he joined UTPB from 2004-2010 and rejoined in Spring 2015. Prior to this, Dr. Counts served as faculty and taught at Oklahoma City University and Youngstown State University between 2010 and 2015. His research interests focus around income wages, social security, and factors affecting finance. His work has been published in the Journal of the Academy of Business and Economics, International Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance. Dr. Counts currently teaches the following courses within the accounting undergraduate program and the MPA program: Intermediate Accounting I, Federal Income Tax, and Energy Accounting.  

“My interest in financial planning is what inspired me to specialize in tax accounting. Helping students to see how they can provide value-added services to clients is very rewarding. My passion is helping students get prepared for taking and passing the CPA exam.”

We’re pleased to offer program admission on a rolling basis.

Rolling admission refers to our process of accepting and evaluating applications as we receive them and moving any applications that miss the deadline to the next semester. However, if you want to enroll in courses for a specific semester, you will need to make note of the application deadlines found below. If you don’t complete your application and submit the required materials by the deadline, your application will be rolled over to the next semester. 

LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Whole Fall8/23/2112/10/218/9/218/16/214/1/218/31/218/20/2110/29/21
Fall A8/23/2110/15/218/9/218/16/214/1/218/25/218/20/219/24/21
Fall B10/18/2112/10/2110/4/2110/11/214/1/2110/18/2110/15/2111/19/21
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Whole Spring1/10/225/6/2212/17/211/3/2211/1/211/19/221/7/223/25/22
Spring A1/10/223/4/2212/17/211/3/2211/1/211/12/221/7/222/11/22
Spring B3/14/225/6/222/28/223/7/2211/1/213/16/223/11/224/15/22
LengthCourses BeginCourses EndApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration OpensRegistration DeadlinePayment DeadlineLast Day to Withdraw
Whole Summer5/31/228/4/225/17/225/24/224/1/226/2/225/27/227/8/22
Summer A5/9/226/24/224/25/225/2/224/1/225/11/225/6/226/10/22
Summer B6/27/228/11/226/13/226/20/224/1/226/29/226/24/227/29/22
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