Master of Business Administration


Designed specifically for working professionals, the MBA Professional Cohort program, also called the Cohort MBA, allows you the ability to earn your degree in only 15 months. Part of UTA’s renowned College of Business, UTA Fort Worth offers the MBA Professional Cohort as a convenient, close-to-home educational option for Fort Worth and Tarrant County professionals. With only 36 required classroom hours, courses are divided into consecutive and accelerated 5 and 10-week sessions, allowing you to focus on one subject at a time while still receiving 9 credits each semester.

Throughout the program, you will develop business skills, learn to work within a team environment, and enhance your project management abilities. Thanks to its unique cohort-style approach, you will remain with the same colleagues and classmates for the entire program, allowing for better collaboration and increased networking opportunities.

The MBA Cohort program admits new students each fall semester, and classes are scheduled twice a week, on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Program highlights:

  • Accelerated 5 and 10-week class sessions
  • 36 hours of coursework
  • Evening and weekend classes for schedule flexibility
  • Cohort, team-based approach
  • Completed in 15 months
  • Affordable tuition
  • AACSB Accredited
  • Convenient downtown Fort Worth location



The Professional Cohort MBA format (CMBA) is designed for career focused individuals who are looking to balance education while working full-time. In the cohort format, courses are taken in sequence, in accelerated 5- or 10-week sessions. This format, which is only offered at the Fort Worth campus, allows students to complete their MBA degree in 15 months.

The cohort MBA is 36 semester credit hours (depending on admission qualifications) and includes the same curriculum requirements as the main campus MBA program.  There is only one elective offered in the cohort format.

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MBA Curriculum

Admissions Requirements

The MBA Graduate Studies Committee has two alternative sets of conditions that allow applicants to be admitted without review by the MBA Admissions Committee. The MBA Graduate Advisor reviews all applications and determines if they qualify for admission under one of these two sets of criteria. Applicants who do not satisfy the conditions for admission are referred to the MBA Admissions Committee for consideration.

Admission to the MBA program is based upon a score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the record of one’s undergraduate academic performance (typically the last 60 hours of the GPA is used as calculated by Graduate Admissions*). A GMAT or GRE score need not be the sole criterion for determining admission to the MBA program. The GRE is scored differently, the percentile on the GRE will be matched to that of the GMAT. 

A graduate grade point average is used when it is 3.0 or above and is based on at least 24 semester hours. It is not necessary to have completed prior academic work in business administration. 

Please contact for information updated MBA admission standards


Application Procedures

In order to begin the admissions process, the following items are required:

  • Submit online application at
    • Please note “Cohort MBA” as the program of study on the application
  • Submit application fee ($75 – U.S. citizens and permanent residents with no foreign transcripts/$90 – applicants with foreign coursework)
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university you attended to the Office of Admissions. Currently enrolled or former UTA students do not need to request their UTA transcript. If you have foreign coursework, you must submit official foreign transcripts, or mark sheets and diplomas, that bears the original university seal and original signature of the Registrar. View our Official Transcript Guidelines for more information. (View transcript guidelines)
  • Submit official GMAT scores – official test score reports should be sent directly from the testing agency. UTA’s ETS institutional code is 6013. For more information regarding the exam, visit GMAC website. Official TOEFL scores, if required, issued by Educational Testing Services (ETS)
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation – addressing the applicant’s potential for success in the graduate program from persons knowledgeable of the applicant’s abilities. Email directly to MBA Advisor, Dr. Emmanuel Garcia at 
    • You may utilize the Recommendation Form or official company letterhead with signature for recommendation letters
  • Personal statement – the reasons why you want to pursue an MBA (approximately 200 words). Email directly to 

You may contact the Graduate Business Services Office to check the status of your application. USA students should allow 4 weeks between submission and status check. International/Permanent Resident students should allow 6 weeks between submission and status check.

Upon receipt of all application materials, applicants may be contacted by the MBA Advisor for a personal interview.

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