MBA Programs in Houston, Texas with School Overviews

Oct 12, 2018

The Houston, Texas, area has around ten colleges and universities that offer MBA programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within five miles of downtown Houston to make an informed education decision.

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Houston MBA Schools

The Houston, Texas area has a number of schools for people interested in studying business administration through a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. This article provides details on three of the closest schools, all of which are less than 15 minutes from downtown. Included is a table comparing the three schools and a brief section highlighting two additional school options.

  • The University of Houston is located in downtown Houston and offers both a day and evening MBA program, as well as an executive MBA program.
  • Located roughly two miles from downtown, Texas Southern University offers a general MBA, as well as an MMIS degree, executive MBA degree and a dual Juris Doctor (JD)/MBA.
  • Rice University, which is about 5 miles from downtown Houston, offers a full-time MBA, executive MBA and a professional MBA.

Comparison of Schools

Use the following table to compare important school information, such as enrollment numbers and tuition figures.

University of Houston Texas Southern University Rice University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Graduate Enrollment (2017) 1,512* 2,270* 3,021*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Graduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $8,096, in-state; $14,666, out-of-state* $7,569, in-state; $14,139, out-of-state* $38,381*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

University of Houston

Students interested in earning an MBA at University of Houston have the option of three tracks at the school's C.T. Bauer College of Business. With students enrolled from all over the world, Bauer is one of the most diverse business schools in the country. All applicants to University of Houston's MBA programs must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and those applying to the full-time and evening MBA programs must take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

Full-Time Day MBA

Designed to be completed in just under two years, the full-time day MBA program requires 21 hours of general business courses, including financial accounting, managerial analysis and quantitative analysis for business decisions. The core curriculum is accompanied by a number of elective courses targeted toward an area of concentration, like marketing and entrepreneurship, finance or human resource management. In addition to a traditional classroom format, the program includes a recommended internship component, as well as other social and academic activities designed to provide students with valuable experiences in real-world situations.

Professional MBA - Evenings

With flexible evening scheduling, this program attracts students from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. This program takes 2-3 years to complete and does not require an internship component. Students must also meet for evening courses over the summer term.

Executive MBA (EMBA)

Designed for working professionals, the University of Houston offers two different EMBA programs. The Global Leadership EMBA, started in 1978, offers executives leadership skills that help them in a global setting. The Global Energy EMBA prepares executives for the changing environment of the global energy industry. There is also an option to take Global Energy EMBA classes off-site in The Woodlands, Texas. These 18- or 22-month programs include a 7-day international business residency trip with instructors to such destinations as Singapore, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Spain. Applicants do not need to submit a GRE or GMAT score but will need an official transcript for undergraduate and other college work.

Texas Southern University

Founded in 1955, the Jesse H. Jones School of Business (JHJ) offers innovative MBA programs for students who choose to continue their education. The School of Business is housed in a state-of-the-art facility which allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations and circumstances. The school offers full-time, part-time, and online options.

General Business MBA

In this program, students prepare for leadership positions in the global marketplace. Applicants must have bachelor's degrees from accredited schools and GMAT scores. This full-time program is completed in two years and includes courses such as information systems, managerial accounting and global strategic management.

Masters in Management Information Systems (MMIS)

The MMIS program prepares students to use and manage computer-based management information systems. This program trains students in information systems and supply chain management of construction, healthcare, energy, wholesale/retail, and manufacturing. Admission requirements include an undergraduate degree as well as adequate GMAT scores. This is a 33-hour program with 3 hours of elective work.

Executive MBA (EMBA)

Texas Southern University offers an EMBA in energy finance or general business. The EMBA in energy finance helps mid-career professional to lead in the energy sector. The general business EMBA offers students the knowledge and skills to enter upper management positions with a special emphasis on virtual team work. An undergraduate degree and 5 years of management experience are preferred. Both EMBA degrees are delivered in an online format.


For students who would like to develop a comprehensive understanding of law and business management, the dual Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration degree program can be completed in four years. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the business school and Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law. In addition to their MBA classes in accounting, management, entrepreneurship and economic analysis, students take law school classes in contracts, criminal law, civil procedures, property law and torts, among others.

Rice University

Located in the heart of Houston, Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, often referred to simply as the Jones School, offers several MBA programs tailored to meet the educational needs of business professionals. In addition to degree-granting programs, the school offers a wide array of non-degree, executive education and customized courses for business and industry.

Full-Time MBA

The curriculum for the full-time MBA program includes comprehensive coursework in fundamental business principles, real-world practice through both an action learning project and a summer internship, and a number of elective courses that allow students to choose an area of concentration. Concentration tracks include accounting, real estate, marketing, energy, entrepreneurship, health care and finance. The full-time MBA program tends to attract students who have recently earned their bachelor's degree in a related field.

MBA for Professionals

This MBA program requires little-to-no career interruption as students have the option to pursue the degree through evening or weekend study. The 22-month program consists of a core curriculum of business classes plus elective courses in areas such as healthcare, organizational behavior, operations and finance. In addition to that coursework, students are required to participate in two 6-day immersion periods at the university's main campus.

MBA for Executives (EMBA)

This 22-month MBA program is designed specifically for business executives and provides focused instruction in management, business strategy and leadership. This program is comprised of a rigorous course schedule taught by expert faculty that includes elective coursework in the areas of brand management, venture capital, financial reconstruction and marketing decision models. A health care track is available. Students can take advantage of an optional international experience; past destinations have included China, Central America, South America and India. With a diverse student body, this program provides an opportunity for students to share business successes and challenges as well as expand their professional network. Preference will be given to applicants with at least 10 years of work experience.

Other School Options

MBA programs are also available at University of St. Thomas located 2.1 miles from downtown Houston, Texas, and at Houston Baptist University, located 10.8 miles away.

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