University of Texas at Dallas Review

The University of Texas at Dallas allows online MBA students to choose up to two business specializations. The school also offers online students access to great scholarship opportunities.

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The Good

Choose from multiple concentrations

University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) online MBA students can choose up to two areas of emphasis, including accounting, finance, information systems, operations management, marketing, international management, entrepreneurship, and strategic management. The online MBA program requires 53 credits total, with 24 of those credits dedicated to elective courses for one concentration. Although a concentration isn’t mandatory, studying one or two may be useful for students who have a specific career goal in mind.

Scholarship opportunities

About 80% of all UTD MBA students receive some type of merit-based scholarship. Every fall and spring term, the school provides easy access to a list of graduate business scholarships for their students. As an online student, you are fully eligible for many scholarship opportunities, and some are available strictly to nonresidents, a distinct advantage for many online students. The only restriction is that most of the school’s scholarships cannot be combined, meaning you are limited to just one award at a time.

Course load and scheduling flexibility

Online MBA classes are offered during three semesters throughout the calendar year. Fall semester starts in August, spring semester in January, and summer semester in May. If you take two courses each semester, you can finish the entire 53-credit online MBA degree program in three years, and taking three or more courses each term can further reduce your time as a student. You can complete your MBA degree at full-time or part-time status, and you can select the course load that fits with the pace of your work and life schedule.

The Bad

Online students pay extra fees

Tuition for online MBA students is the same rate as traditional, on-campus MBA students, but online students are charged an extra distance-learning fee. Online courses currently have an $80 per credit hour fee, which adds up over the course of the program. The total estimated cost of tuition at UTD is still relatively low compared to some other top online MBA programs, but there are other affordable programs that do not hit you with extra fees just because you’re an online student.

Proctored exams may be required

Most exams are administered online, but some instructors may require an exam to be taken at an approved proctored testing location. For any online course requiring a proctored exam, you are responsible for either making arrangements with a testing service located close to you or making a trip to UTD on the day of your exam. Proctored exams are only meant to add to the academic integrity of an online course, but having to make special arrangements to take an exam can be a hassle.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 1999-2000
  • Application Deadline: Domestic - July 1, International - May 1
  • Application Fee: $125
  • Location: TX
  • Region: Southwest
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (per Credit)

  • In-State: $663
  • Out-of-State: $1,200
  • Program Cost: $71,170 - $101,654

Concentrations

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Health Care Administration
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Production/Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management/Logistics
  • Tax

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 43%
  • Average GMAT Score: 627
  • Average Student Age: 27 Years
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.26
  • Average Work Experience: 3.4 Years
  • Gender Ratio: 51.3% female, 48.7% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 50
  • Total Enrollment: 1,117

Faculty

  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 7 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 47
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 7

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009): 73%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 86%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 100%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 86%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2009-2010): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2010-2011): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2011-2012):79%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): 78%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 1
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 100/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 87
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 79/100
  • Peer Reputation Mean Score (1-5): 2.6
  • Student Engagement Rank: 2
  • Student Engagement Score: 97/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 21
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 57/100

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