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C.T. Bauer College of Business – University of Houston - Executive MBA

University of Houston Executive MBA Program Structure

The Bauer College of Business Executive MBA program is ideal for experienced professionals who want to advance their expertise while maintaining full-time employment. The program has two offerings to create a more flexible schedule.  The program consists of a lock step curriculum and delivered in cohorts.  Lock step means the academic curriculum is chosen for the students in a manner that allows for comprehensive study. Participants are not able to choose any electives. The program consists of 30 hours of core courses set by the college and 18 hours of elective courses chosen by an academic committee.

Executive Program I classes are offered at the Bauer College campus on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Students take one course at a time.  The curriculum is focused on leadership and has an international business residency.

The Executive Program II is offered in a 20-month format.  Classes meet 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays on alternating weekends. Students take two courses at a time with the curriculum focusing on leadership and has an international business residency.


The curriculum for both the Global Leadership Executive MBA is leadership and energy focused. This is the first EMBA program offered at the University of Houston. For each version of the Global Leadership Executive MBA there are 19 modules; 9 core and 10 specialized, making up 48 credit hours.  Students do not pick electives, electives are set based on track.

All of the Executive MBA programs require students to participate in an International Residency, which takes place between the first and second year and lasts for seven days. Students will be able to use this opportunity to learn about how business is conducted around the world. They will get to meet politicians, tour companies, and explore different aspects of a new culture.

Class Profile

The average class size for the University of Houston Executive MBA programs is between 70-80 students. The average age of students in this program is 31, with an average of 12 years of professional work experience. About two-thirds of the students identify as international or a U.S. minority.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The cost for the University of Houston Executive MBA program is $74,000 for Texas residents. Fees for non-Texas residents and international applicants will be higher, subject to change. This includes registration, fees, books, all class materials, the International Business Residency, parking, and food. Individuals receive a number of outstanding services, including a lock-step curriculum, minimal time spent dealing with administrative tasks, and the inclusion of essentially all costs associated with the degree program.

Financial aid is available to US citizens, US nationals and U.S. permanent residents through the federal government. Financial aid is made up of loans. Students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st of the year they plan on attending UH. A graduate student in one of these categories is eligible for $20,500.00 per year in Federal Direct unsubsidized loans. Repayment for both types of loans begins 6 months after graduation or anytime the student drops to less than 5 hours per semester.

If the Federal Direct loans are not sufficient to cover a graduate student’s cost of attendance (as set by the UH Financial Aid Office) other types of loans are available. Students eligible for Federal Stafford Loans may also be eligible for the Grad Plus Loan or a private bank loan. These loans do check credit history. International students may receive a private loan so long as they have a creditworthy cosigner.


Requirements for entrance to the EMBA programs are a four-year undergraduate degree in any background and a minimum of seven years of professional working experience.

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must complete the online application for graduate studies, provide two copies of official transcripts, pay the $50 (domestic)/$80 (international) nonrefundable application fee, provide two letters of recommendation, complete a self-appraisal form and provide a resume.The GMAT and GRE are NOT required for admissions.

International applicants must follow the same guidelines as domestic students, and will also need to prove their English language proficiency.

If an applicant is selected to continue with the admissions procedure, an interview is required before an official admissions decision will be made. Official decisions will be made after the interview process is complete.

Application deadlines are as follows:



NOVEMBER 1, 2021

Spring 2022


OCTOBER 1, 2021

Spring 2022


JUNE 1, 2022

Fall 2022


APRIL 1, 2022

Fall 2022

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