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

University of Houston Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The University of Houston full-time MBA program is an intensive program that offers students a deep background in business as well as networking and career development opportunities.

Programs for the full-time program begin every fall. In this program, students must complete 21 core credit hours and 27 elective credit hours over the course of 22 months. Students participate in a cohort structure for classes.

During the first year, students complete their core classes, which they take during the day. The second year is spent on elective courses and students will take these in the evenings.


Students spend the first year of the program building a business knowledge foundation. During the second year, students are able to customize their education to their career goals through electives and elective certificate programs.

Elective certificates give students the chance to concentrate their learning in an area of interest. There are more than 20 certificates and 100 courses students can pick from. Certificate topics include accounting, energy, management, entrepreneurship, supply chain, and others.

Class Profile

Students in the University of Houston full-time MBA are an average age of 28 and have five years of professional work experience. The average GMAT score for full-time program students is 610.

Students most recently admitted to the full-time MBA program have an average GPA of 3.3. There is no minimum GMAT or GPA requirement for admission but a competitive score is advised.

Around 65 percent of full-time MBA students are male, with just under 35 percent are female. Around 30 percent of full-time students are international students and around 31 percent are of minority status.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition costs for the full-time program at Bauer are estimated at $41,000 for Texas residents and $65,500 for non-resident students. The cost for full-time international students increases to $69,500. These costs can change depending on how many classes a student is taking and their student status.

MBA students can get financial assistance in the form of student loans and scholarships. The federal government offers various student loans to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and nationals. Up to $20,500 a year can be taken out in unsubsidized federal loans for grad students meeting the qualifications. A small amount of need-based grants are also available.

Bauer offers several scholarships for students including the MBA Bauer Excellence Scholarship. Students can receive up to $10,000 per year, qualify for in-state tuition (for nonresidents) and receive a two-year subscription to The Wall Street Journal. Other scholarships offered to Bauer students and information on how to apply for these scholarships can be found online.


In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have a four-year undergraduate degree in any subject, complete the online application for graduate studies, provide two copies of official transcripts, submit official GMAT or GRE scores, pay the $75 nonrefundable application fee, provide two letters of recommendation, complete a self-appraisal form, and provide a resume and a goal statement.

International applicants that are non-native English speakers must submit either a TOEFL score of 550 or above on the paper-based test or 79 on the internet-based test or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS. Non-native English speakers who completed a Bachelors from a school where English was the language they were taught in do not have to submit test scores. There’s an additional $75 international application fee alongside the standard $75 application fee.

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

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