Business Administration MBA with a Concentration in Sustainability
Protect the Environment and Drive Innovation
Worrying about the environment isn't just for the eco-friendly and non-profits any more. Many top industries have redefined success to encompass a "triple bottom line" theory that views social and environmental profit to be as vital an objective as economic profit.
With a an MBA with a Concentration in Sustainability from University of Houston-Clear
Lake's College of Business, you will have a leg up compared to your peers, as you'll
be able to discuss legal, economic and strategic concerns related to how a business
can become more environmentally friendly.
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An Education that’s Convenient for Your Career
Many of our students work full-time jobs while pursuing an MBA, so we've taken this reality into account with how we've crafted this 36 credit-hour degree*. You now have options in how you attend UHCL, though it does depend on each 16-week-long course you take:
- Completely online classes;**
- The "hybrid" format where half the class time is face-to-face, while and the other half is online;** or
- Completely in a traditional classroom experience.**
Qualified candidates can even earn a waiver from taking the GRE or GMAT!
*One pre-requisite foundation course may be required.
**Required MBA coursework is available completely online or in hybrid format in 8-week
sessions. Some of the classes required for the sustainability concentration are available
in full-semester length in online format.
A Career-Focused Education
The coursework will be taught exclusively by professors and experience businesspersons – no graduate assistants for you. You'll learn about key models and theories as well as research and application projects that tackle issues confronting sustainable communities, environmental management and strategic management. The program seeks to integrate the perspectives of multiple stakeholders and actors impacted by the pursuit of sustainable economies, while integrating the associated business managerial challenges and opportunities. It is designed for graduate students seeking to practice a career in environmental consultancy or environmental compliance responsibility.
2016-2017 Texas-Resident Tuition Rates: $1,691 for one, three-hour course*
*Students receive a tuition and fee break by taking more courses per semester. Use the tuition calculator to compare how tuition and fees vary the more courses you take per semester. The calculated tuition and fee total is an estimate and may be subject to change. Excludes special fees that do not affect all students.
- Business Administration MBA
Admission DeadlineStandard Graduate Admission Deadline
ApplicationA standard university application is required.
Applicants to the MBA program may qualify with a standardized test waiver if any of the following conditions are met:
- earned a bachelor’s degree from a qualified institution with a 3.000 or greater cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution, or
- earned an advanced degree from a qualified institution, or
- completes the MBA certificate start with a 3.000 or greater GPA in the certificate.
MBA Certificate Start
Domestic applicants who have completed a bachelor's, degree from a qualified institution with less than a 3.0 GPA, may choose admission to the MBA program with a standardized test waiver through the MBA certificate start. Applicants to the MBA certificate start must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 (on a 4.0 system). Qualified applicants who are admitted to MBA certificate start program must complete their graduate certificate with a 3.000 or greater GPA in the certificate to be granted acceptance into the MBA core program.
Admission Review Process
All other applicants will be reviewed for admissions by program faculty. This evaluation will consider all academic coursework and standardized test performance.
Understanding the classes you need to take for your degree in the College of Business
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Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
FallNew Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
Returning UHCL Students - August 15
SpringNew Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
Returning UHCL Students - January 15
SummerNew Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
Returning UHCL Students - May 25
Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.
Applying After the Priority Deadline
New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.
Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.
- International Deadlines
Deadline - May 1
Deadline - October 1
Deadline - April 1
For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.
Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline
*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.
Hybrid programs combine the flexibility and convenience of online learning with the benefits of in-person instruction.
Accreditations and Distinctions
The College of Business at the University of Houston-Clear Lake holds both business and separate accounting accreditation with The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Recognition by AACSB symbolizes the commitment to continuous improvement of educational quality, regional engagement with business partners, and the effectiveness of our societal impact. AACSB holds its member institutions to standards of excellence as interpreted by peer review teams, accreditation committees, and Board of Directors. Fewer than 1 percent of the business schools in the world, and only one other public university in the Houston region, have earned both business and separate accounting accreditation.
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