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University of Texas- PanAm/Edinburg College of Business Administration Part Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Evening Part Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 47% accepted out of 78 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 31
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.0
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Applicants seeking admission to the College of Business are asked to submit the following materials to the Admissions Committee: sealed copies of official transcripts sent directly from all post-secondary institutions previously attended; official GMAT scores; three letters of recommendation; a current resume; a personal essay answering five specif...Applicants seeking admission to the College of Business are asked to submit the following materials to the Admissions Committee: sealed copies of official transcripts sent directly from all post-secondary institutions previously attended; official GMAT scores; three letters of recommendation; a current resume; a personal essay answering five specific questions; and the general application for the UPTA Graduate School. The most important criteria are the GMAT score and GPA. The committee will also consider extracurricular activities and work experience. Most applicants average two years work experience. The average GPA of accepted students is 3.0, and the average GMAT score is 450. Roughly one in two applicants is admitted.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 186
Percent International Students 15%
Total Full-Time Faculty 19
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

Students describe fellow students as “the type of people who go the extra mile for any­body.” They are “smart,” “extremely friendly,” and “always willing to lend a helping hand.” The student body at UTPA is “honest,” “mature,” and “easy to talk to.” UTPA “has a great cultural feel.” “One of my classes has students from India, Mexico, Texas, China, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, France, Romania, and I’m sure I’ve missed a couple oth­ers.” Students are “very open to new cultures” and “create a learning environment that is conducive to expanding one’s ideas.” Another student says, “We are all like one big family.” Students “keep in touch even when the final days of a course are over.” The University of Texas is located in Edinburg, Texas, where the cost of living is low and the “weather is good.” UTPA is “far south of the northern snow.” The gym “is brand new,” and has “very good equipment.” There are “movie nights when new releases come out for free” and other “events, from poker tournaments to trips to Europe.” Some stu­dents “work full time” and have families, so their “time on campus is spent in the class­room during the week and in the library on the weekends.” However, “a good portion of students don’t have kids and often enjoy hanging out with each other on the week­ends.” There are also collaborative projects every semester, so even when students don’t have time to socialize, they are still creating friendships through schoolwork.

Career

The career office at UTPA serves both graduate and undergraduate students. CARIR, or the Center for Advisement, Recruitment, Internships, and Retention, offers career coun­seling and job-related assistance. However, most students feel that the “career center needs a lot of improvement.” They would like to see “more efforts for career placement.” One student believes that there are “no internships” readily available to students, and that it is “hard to be placed after graduation.” However, both regional and national job databases do exist. Students can access them through their UTPA accounts. The office also hosts workshops on resume writing, networking, and other helpful career strategies. The following are just some organizations that hire UTPA graduates: Proctor and Gamble, Texas Instruments, Boeing Ernest and Young, and Northrop Grunman.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

The University of Texas – Pan American offers two tracks to an MBA, one through evening courses and another via online classes. Both are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Students with an undergraduate degree in business can complete the evening program in just two years. Further special­ization is offered upon completion of nine extra credit hours in one of the following dis­ciplines: accounting, economics, finance, management, management information sys­tems, and marketing. Students agree that UTPA “offers quality education at an affordable cost.” It’s “close to the border” with a big focus on Latin American business. Class sizes are small. “You aren’t only a number, but you have an identity.” Students say professors know their names and are “dedicated” to their professions. They are also well versed in the materi­al, and at the same time, “open to debate.” The program’s director “is always available and knows everyone in the program personally.” She “demands the best of her instruc­tors and makes changes if they are not providing the quality of work she expects.” This results in classes that “are interesting and interactive. Everyone is given the chance to speak and have an opinion.” “Each and every professor is knowledgeable in their field of study, and they are accessible.” Professors respond “promptly to emails,” “even late at night and on weekends.” One student says, “I have enjoyed every class, and I utilize the knowledge gained on a daily basis.” Students feel challenged, yet supported. “Every MBA class I have taken has required numerous case study reviews and numerous team projects. We have reviewed approximately 50-60 case studies of different subject matter in a year. These have been instrumental.” Students “work well together, both in and out of the classroom environment.” “Everyone is willing to contribute.” As far as the administration is concerned, “they do the best they can with what they have. Improvements can always be made.” Students say, “The number of elective class­es needs to be improved.” They’d like to see more variety and perhaps different times for classes. Also, some feel frustrated when classes that are offered get cancelled. However, “for the most part, everything runs smoothly.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Border Studies (CBEST) Populations Health Studies Center Valley Markets & Tourism Research Center

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Border Studies (CBEST) Populations Health Studies Center Valley Markets & Tourism Research Center

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