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UHD MBA Ranked No. 1 for Best Return on Investment in Houston


By Mike Emery


One of the most important decisions a professional can make is selecting a solid Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Based on the consistent growth of the University of Houston-Downtown's MBA program, it's apparent that many Houstonians are making the right choice.

Offered through the University's Marilyn Davies College of Business, the program has been cited as the city's largest, and now, it's ranked No. 1 on a list of local MBAs providing return on investment. Recently, MetroMBA issued its "Best Return on Investment in the Houston Metro" rankings with UHD's program topping the list. In its assessment of the University's MBA, MetroMBA cites the Davies College Career Development Center as an asset, as well as the salary potential for its graduates.

MetroMBA is an online guide to MBA programs across the nation that aids prospective students in selecting appropriate programs in their respective regions. The site's mission is to provide "timely, accurate, insightful information about regional MBA programs in and around urban centers in the U.S. and beyond."

Davies College Dean Dr. Michael Fields added that a team-teaching approach to MBA curriculum also has helped UHD's program stand apart from those at other institutions. Students learn from business faculty and industry veterans, who merge academic and industry insights.

"I've heard from students that this has been a game changer for them," Fields said. "They're getting theoretical foundations and practical applications. It's the best of both worlds, and we're using this teaching model throughout the MBA program."

UHD's MBA enrollment has steadily increased since the program was introduced in 2012, and it's been ranked by the Houston Business Journal as the Largest Houston-Area MBA Program for two years in a row.

The University's MBA concentrations include accounting, business development/sales management, finance, human resources management, international business, investment management, leadership and supply chain management. All courses are delivered in UHD's Shea Street Building, which is home to the Davies College of Business.

"We're moving the needle in terms of student satisfaction and the development of quality curriculum," Fields said. "We have talented faculty and staff who work to ensure our students are prepared for success in our classrooms and ultimately, in their respective careers."