C.T. Bauer College of Business – University of Houston

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, classes are held Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each course meets twice a week for one and a half hours. Students participate in eight core courses over their first year. During the second year, students participate in one core course and the capstone course requirement. These courses meet from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. twice a week. Students also participate in six elective courses. These elective courses meet 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., once a week.


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 allow students to focus their learning in a particular discipline or area of study. Bauer currently offers more than 15 elective certificates within more than 100 elective courses offered. Students may earn elective certificates in areas of energy, finance, marketing, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, leadership as well as many more.

Class Profile

Students in the University of Houston full-time MBA are an average age of 29 and have on average six to seven 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.

Over 56% of full-time MBA students are male, with just under 44% female students. Around 53% of full-time students are of international or minority status.


All Bauer MBA students have access to a wide range of developmental, job searching, networking and recruitment opportunities, as well as career guidance from experienced and well-respected career specialists at the Rockwell Career Center and the University of Houston Career Services.

The Rockwell Career Center has a team of specialists who work exclusively with Bauer MBA students on professional development.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition costs for the full-time program at Bauer are estimated at $40,000 for Texas residents and $63,500 for non-resident students. The cost for full-time international students increases to $67,500. Program costs vary depending on the number of academic hours undertaken and the status of the student.

Financial aid is available to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. permanent residents through the federal government. Financial aid is made up of grants and loans. Grants are very limited and need-based, so students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 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.

The Bauer College of Business offers more than 100 merit-based scholarships to well-qualified Full-Time MBA students. 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 non-residents) 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.

Admissions Procedures

Admission eligibility for the University of Houston full-time MBA requires a four-year undergraduate degree (or foreign equivalent) from an accredited institution. The undergraduate degree may be in any discipline.

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must complete the online application for graduate studies, provide two copies of official transcripts, submit official GMAT or GRE scores, pay the $75 non-refundable 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 603 or above on the paper-based test or 100 on the internet-based test. Applicants who do not wish to take the TOEFL must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, or a minimum of 70 on the PTE. 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.

Application Deadlines

The full-time program begins every fall semester. After the June 1 deadline for U.S. students and April 1 deadline for international applicants passes, applications are accepted at Bauer on a rolling basis.