Master of Business Administration

Degree Requirements

The University’s general degree requirements are discussed here.

The MBA degree is obtained by completing a 53-hour program beyond prerequisite courses consisting of 29 hours of core courses and 24 hours of elective courses. At the option of the student, a concentration may be developed by taking a set of electives related to an area of interest. Students may obtain further information about these concentrations from the School of Management Advising Office.

The Executive Education area of the School of Management offers four distinctive and separate MBA programs, which retain the same set of MBA core courses but have their own set of specific topical electives. These include: the Executive MBA (EMBA), the Global Leadership Executive MBA (GLEMBA), the Executive MBA with project management emphasis, and the Executive Healthcare MBA.  These are described at the end of this section. All four programs are supported entirely by participant fees and special admissions requirements apply. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in both core courses and in aggregate courses to qualify for the MBA degree.

Core Courses (29 hours) 

Each candidate must satisfactorily complete the following core of 11 courses.
AIM 6201 Financial Accounting
AIM 6202 Managerial Accounting
BPS 6310 Strategic Management
FIN 6301 Financial Management
IMS 5200 Global Business
MIS 6204 Information Technology and MIS Fundamentals
MECO 6303 Business Economics
MKT 6301 Introduction to Marketing Management
OPRE 6301 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business
OPRE 6302 Operations Management
OB 6301 Organizational Behavior

Elective Courses (24 hours) 

Each candidate must also complete an additional 24 hours of elective graduate course work. Students may develop a concentration within the 24 hours of electives, but are not required to do so. Students cannot include more than 15 hours in any single functional area (demarcated by the area prefix) beyond the required core courses. A student may elect to submit a Master’s thesis, which counts as three elective credit hours.

Concentrations are informal collections of electives that address a student’s educational goals. A concentration may be aligned with functional area specialties, or may cut across functional areas. Students are encouraged to develop their concentration with the help of a faculty member, area coordinator, or the Advising Office. Typical concentrations include:

Accounting and Information Management: In today’s global and technology-driven environment, managers need skills to effectively analyze accounting information and make value-enhancing decisions. Students may select accounting and information management (AIM) courses to concentrate in financial analysis, consulting, corporate governance and tax management.

Finance:   Prepares students for careers in corporate finance, investment management, or the management of financial institutions.  The curriculum emphasizes creative solutions to business financing problems, the development of value maximizing investment and financing strategies, and the analysis and management of fixed income and equity investments.  Students may choose to concentrate in either corporate financial planning or the analysis of financial securities and investment portfolios.

Information Systems: Information Technology permeates all aspects of modern business and our courses will enable you to make the most of information technology to solve business problems and gain strategic advantage. We also provide advanced courses for students who wish to be on the “supply” side of information technology in the areas of IT consulting, software management, and e-business.

Operations Management:  Leaning how to use operations effectively to create and sustain competitive advantages.  Students  gain a deeper and analytical understanding of how challenges posed by a fast and continuously developing business environment can be morphed into profit-making opportunities. Effective integration of various parties (suppliers, factories, stores) and various functional areas (marketing, finance, procurement) is an important theme.  In particular, incentives, contracts and information technologies fostering collaboration among financially independent parties are emphasized.   

Marketing: Learning to satisfy the needs of a firm’s customers while making a profit. In order to do that, one must not only understand customers’ needs and purchase behaviors but also understand the competition. This knowledge helps a manager develop an effective marketing strategy. Then one needs to learn to develop new products successfully, and manage the different brands, and product categories. In managing products, students can acquire expertise in pricing, in advertising and promotions, in market research, and in retailing strategies. In addition, students can learn about recent developments on the Internet and its effect on marketing and business.

Strategic Management: This concentration focuses on corporate level strategic management, including implementation of strategic designs; top management team leadership; the strategic implications of the social, governmental, technological, and international environments; organization structuring; and strategic alliances. Students will learn how to integrate accounting, finance, economics, and organization theory to create sustainable competitive advantage.

Leadership in Organizations: The leadership concentration is designed to prepare students for upper management positions through the study of the psychological, sociological, and organizational behavior disciplines. The program provides a foundation of leadership theory, building and problem solving in interpersonal work relationships, group dynamics, organizational decision making and change, and ethics.

International Management: In this concentration, students will take a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of international management, with courses in finance, marketing, strategic management, and the legal and cross-cultural differences that effect business. This course of study will prepare students for careers in international industries.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Focused on the processes of technological innovation in both large and small organizations, this multidisciplinary sequence of courses seeks to prepare students for successful careers either as principals or key functional managers in emerging growth firms, or as leaders of technological innovation in established firms. These concentrations include three required and two elective courses in the field.

Healthcare Administration:  The primary goal of this concentration is to prepare students for leadership positions in healthcare organizations.  The healthcare concentration is cross-functional and industry focused.  Courses will contain cases, projects, and assignments that are centered around applying management skills to healthcare issues and organizations.  Classes are taught by School of Management faculty and healthcare executives who bring special expertise and experience to the program.

Executive MBA Programs

Executive MBA Program – EMBA

The Executive MBA – EMBA -- creates successful careers for busy, working managers and experienced professionals. The program provides a transformative, educational and personal improvement experience that profoundly enhances your success on the job and that takes you as high in your career as you wish to go. The 21-month program has only 3 class days per month, so that students miss fewer days of work.  Students also work with their own executive coach, learn from projects at area companies, and participate in a 10-day international trip.

The EMBA program is supported entirely by participant fees and special admissions requirements apply.   Further information may be obtained from the program website: 

Global Leadership Executive MBA Program – GLEMBA

The Global Leadership Executive MBA –GLEMBA --is specifically designed for experienced professionals and managers who desire knowledge and skills to lead with a global mindset.  GLEMBA is delivered in 23 months through a defined degree plan that expands the MBA core curriculum with an international curriculum. 


GLEMBA is supported entirely by participant fees and special admissions requirements apply.   Further information may be obtained from the program website:

The following courses are specific to the Global Leadership Executive MBA Program curriculum.

·         International Business Plan

·         International Entrepreneurship and Innovation

·         Globalization and Sustainability

·         Global Marketing

·         International Business Implementation

·         International Study Tour

·         Global Communications and Negotiations

·         Intercultural Savvy

·         Global Supply Chain Management

Executive MBA - Project Management Emphasis

This program is taught by faculty who have industrial project management experience, consulting and teaching experience. Students can achieve three levels of recognition in the project management program: a Graduate Certificate in Project Management is awarded after 21 credit hours; a Master of Science degree after the completion of an additional 18 credit hours; and then the Executive MBA degree with project management emphasis is earned by waiving the Master of Science degree and completing an additional 14 credit hours, for a total of 53 hours.

The UT Dallas Project Management program curriculum is delivered both on campus and online. The on-campus program is in a three day, Thursday-Friday-Saturday format. The online program is designed around weekly lessons. Students enjoy the challenge of being in a virtual class and on a virtual team — a solid plus in this age of globalization.

The Executive MBA with project management emphasis is supported entirely by participant fees and special admissions requirements apply.   Further information may be obtained from the program website: .

Courses specific to the Executive MBA with project management emphasis program curriculum include: Project Overview, Strategic and Process Management; Project Initiation, Planning, Execution, and Closeout; and, Advanced Project Management and Simulation.

Healthcare Management Executive MBA

The Healthcare Management Executive MBA is a specialized business degree available to licensed MDs and DOs and a select number of senior healthcare administrators. The program requires completion of the executive healthcare management curriculum plus an additional eight non-healthcare related general business classes.   Participants in the Healthcare Management EMBA can also achieve an intermediate level of recognition, a Certificate in Healthcare Management, prior to completing all of the course work for the MBA.

The program builds powerful business and leadership skills for physicians who have moved—or are ready to move—into a leadership role in their healthcare organization. It provides them with practical knowledge of:

A flexible format minimizes time away from clinical practice. The healthcare management curriculum consists of nine 4-day classes extending Saturday through Tuesday.  Classes meet every other month and may be started at any time and taken in any order.   The general business curriculum consists of eight semester-based classes which may be taken on-line for maximum flexibility and convenience. 

The curriculum is centered on real-life healthcare problems and cases. Classes are jointly taught by senior business and medical school faculty with outstanding academic credentials and real-world healthcare experience. Physicians and faculty work collaboratively in small teams to examine facts, evaluate alternatives and develop workable solutions.

The Healthcare Management Executive MBA is supported entirely by participant fees and special admissions requirements apply.   Further information may be obtained from the program website: .