UHD’s Business Degree Programs Earn High Marks
Three Marilyn Davies College of Business Programs Earn Top 10 Ratings by Intelligent.com
By Mark Kramer
The University of Houston-Downtown’s Marilyn Davies College of Business has once again earned accolades for the success of its degree programs.
Intelligent.com, a national higher education resource guide, gave top 10 rankings to three of UHD’s programs based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. The publication rated more than 2,200 accredited colleges and universities nationwide.
UHD’s Finance degree program received a No. 2 ranking out of more than 50 universities comparable in enrollment size.
“Our Finance courses and all of our degree plans have been designed with unique and specific learning outcomes that ensure that our graduates possess the necessary skills and knowledge that firms look for when they make their hiring decisions,” said Dr. Justo Manrique, Associate Dean at the Marilyn Davies College of Business.
Courses offered in the UHD Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance program prepare graduates for professions in financial management, investment management, banking and financial institutions. Another factor in the high rating included the flexibility of the finance degree programs and online class options.
“With the ability to take classes online and our offerings of small size capped classes, it makes the pathway to a degree convenient for students, especially those who are employed and pursuing their degree,” said Dr. Rahul Verma, UHD Professor of Finance.
In addition, UHD ranks fifth among Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in International Business, while the Bachelor of Business Administration program received a No. 9 ranking.
“Our Business programs generally draw on the past work experience of faculty, which includes work for major oil and gas companies, state and federal government agencies, banking, and major law and accounting firm roles” said Dietrich von Biedenfeld, Assistant Chair of General Business. “Our students are dynamic, motivated and diverse and they contribute to lively class discussions and varied perspectives toward shared advancement of learning.”
To that end, von Biedenfeld said UHD’s International Business program taps into the global business community found in the Houston-metro area. For example, UHD faculty connect students to local government, business, and chamber entities representing dozens of nations.
“Our students are equipped with understanding of international commercial, cultural, and legal concerns necessary to be successful in our interconnected business world,” he said. “The connections have resulted in jobs and internships, in addition to cross-cultural learning opportunities for our students.”
To learn more about the Marilyn Davies College of Business and its programs, visit the website.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.