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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is available with concentrations in Health Care Management and Management. The program is designed to meet the needs of practicing executives in for-profit and nonprofit settings and focuses on sharpening skills in decision-making and problem-solving behavior for professional administrators. 

Program Design

The MBA is a 36-credit hour program. Classes meet every other weekend, eight times per term. The weekend format enables successful managers to continue to grow professionally without interruption in their careers, thus enhancing their competitive positioning in an increasingly sophisticated economic environment. The program's instructional design integrates scientific and technological advances with proven principles of management.

The MBA is offered at the Houston campus and completely online  to provide greater flexibility for students.

Dual Degree Program

Students in the MBA program can add a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership by taking six additional classes (18 credit hours). This dual degree gives business leaders the added skills and knowledge of the theories and practices of ethical leadership. Students must be accepted into both programs individually. 

Degree Plans and Course Descriptions

Graduate Certificates

Two graduate certificates are available for non-degree seeking students. To obtain the certificates, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Admission to the graduate certificate program (requirements are the same as admission to the MBA program).
  • Complete 15 hours consisting of the MBA core courses and three additional courses in the elective area (all courses must be completed at OLLU; no course will be allowed to be transferred in for the certificate program).
  • Complete all prerequisite course work and all preparatory courses in basic business fields

The following graduate certificates are available:

Leveling Courses

Students who do not have sufficient background knowledge in business are required to take certain leveling courses. These leveling courses will allow students to integrate into the program earlier and will help improve their learning experience. Students can take these leveling courses before, or once they have started, the MBA program. Leveling courses are prerequisites for specific MBA courses, and students do not need to complete them all to start the program.


All business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education, supporting, celebrating and rewarding excellence on a diverse global scale.

Weekend Degree Program

The weekend degree concept was pioneered at OLLU more than 40 years ago. It was designed for busy professionals who wanted to earn a degree without putting their career on hold. The format allows students to balance work, family and school.

Instructional contact hours in the weekend degree program are fewer than more traditional programs, so that much of the work is faculty-directed outside of the classroom. Some courses require additional networking and professional development outside of class hours. The weekend program requires a commitment to an extensive educational experience as well as a considerable degree of independence and discipline.


Many of the full-time faculty members in the School of Business and Leadership have doctoral degrees and/or professional designations. Seasoned practitioners who teach specialized courses complement the full-time professors to provide students with a well-rounded experience. View School of Business Faculty.


Admission Requirements