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
  • 2 areas of specialization (Health Care Administration and Real Estate)
  • Cohort, team-based approach
  • Completed in 15 months
  • AACSB Accredited

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.

Students in the Cohort MBA may elect to pursue a general MBA, an MBA with a concentration in Health Care Administration, or an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate.

This 36 credit hour degree program consists of:

  • A lock-step schedule laid out from program start to finish
  • Evening and weekend courses
  • A team-based learning approach offering built-in career networking
  • 2 areas of specialization (Health Care Administration and Real Estate)
  • Joint JD-MBA degree option with Texas A&M School of Law
  • Completion in 15 months
  • Fall semester only start


  • Functional areas of accounting and finance
  • Information technology
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Organizational behavior
  • Strategic management


  • Financial Management
  • Measurement & Analysis for Business Decision Making
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Leadership & Teams

The MBA program is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students from business and non-business backgrounds. It is not necessary to have completed prior academic work in business administration to gain admission to the program. Students who are admitted unconditionally will complete a 36 credit hour program without the need for background instructional content.


At the MBA Advisors discretion, a course substitution may be provided in the MBA if a student holds an undergraduate degree in an area of study that aligns with an MBA core course.  A prerequisite is considered fulfilled when the student is granted a substitution of that specific required course.  Required courses may not be taken as electives in the program.


The MBA Graduate Studies Committee has three 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 three 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 an acceptable 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 is not the sole criterion for determining admission to the MBA program. An applicant can also be admitted to the program on probation with a GPA of 3.0 and passing scores of 85 percent or greater on three business subject area exams taken through a College of Business approved vendor.

A graduate grade point average is used when it is 3.0 or above and is based on at least 24 semester hours.

An applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of skill with the English language to assure success in graduate studies as defined in the TOEFL and IELTS Test Score Minimums section under Admissions Requirements and Procedures the Graduate Catalog.

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Unconditional Admission without Committee Review

Applicants qualify for unconditional admission without the need for review by the MBA Admissions Committee if they have a bachelor’s degree (with a GPA* of 3.0 or better) and take the GMAT scoring at least 500 with a 30th percentile or higher in the verbal and quantitative areas. The GRE is accepted but the GMAT is preferred.  

Unconditional Admission without Committee Review (GMAT/GRE Waiver)

A waiver of the GMAT/GRE and unconditional admission will be considered for applicants who meet one of the following conditions:

  • Have earned a 3.5 GPA (or higher) in two calculations (cumulative and last 60 hours) with an earned undergraduate degree from an AACSB (or EQUIS/AMBA) accredited school no more than seven academic years prior to the semester for which admission to the MBA is sought. 
  • An earned graduate degree or a graduate certificate (at least 9 credit hours) from a professionally and/or regionally accredited school with a 3.0 GPA (or higher) for all graduate coursework.

Probationary Admission

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a GPA* of 3.0 or better who choose not to take the GMAT can be admitted to the MBA program on probation after earning passing scores of 85 percent or greater on three exams in Business Statistics (BSTAT), Economics (ECON), and Management (MANA) taken through a College of Business approved vendor. Modules are available in these areas for exam preparation. Retaking exams is permissible however successful completion of exams is required prior to admission. Upon successful completion of all three exams, the applicant will be admitted on a probationary basis to the MBA program.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a GPA* less than 3.0 may be admitted to the MBA program on probation by taking the GMAT or GRE and meeting minimum score requirements (as stated above).

If GMAT/GRE minimum scores and at least 3.0 GPA* are not met, the MBA Admissions Committee will review for admission decision.

Applicants admitted on a probationary basis must complete the first two semesters of the MBA program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to gain unconditional admission.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required official documentation prior to the admission deadline but otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission. Complete and satisfactory credentials must be received by Graduate Admissions before the end of the semester in which the student has registered in a provisional status.  Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent admission on an unconditional basis.

Deferred and Denied Admission

A deferred decision may be made when an applicant’s file is not sufficiently complete to make an admission decision, or when an applicant needs to improve certain criteria to enhance their competitive status for future admission consideration.  For an applicant lacking sufficient evidence to indicate potential for academic success as an MBA student, admission will likely be denied. All applicant data will be carefully reviewed before an admission denial is made.  The decision to defer/deny admission is not based on any single criterion.

Scholarship Information

Students unconditionally admitted, have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 as calculated by Graduate Admissions (or 3.0 at the graduate level), and enroll for a minimum of six semester credit hours will be eligible to apply for available fellowships and/or scholarships.  A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining fellowship and/or scholarship opportunity.


Follow these steps to complete the admissions process.


Apply online through ApplyTexas.


If you did not submit your application fee at the time of submitting your admissions application, you can pay it online. PAY APPLICATION FEE ONLINE (fee waivers are now offered to applicants for the MBA Cohort – contact us for details)


Students can submit unofficial transcripts for admission through summer 2023. Students who submit unofficial transcripts to be reviewed for admission will still need to submit their official transcripts once the institution(s) have made them available. SUBMIT OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS


Official transcripts must be received no later than the 12th class day of a student’s first semester. Submit your official transcripts electronically or by mail. If you have foreign coursework, you must submit official foreign transcripts, or marksheets and diplomas, that bear the original university seal and original signature of the Registrar. UTA will accept course-by-course evaluations from companies with NACES or AICE membership as long as it includes a copy of your official transcript. LEARN MORE ABOUT SUBMITTING OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS


Test scores may be required by your academic department. Official test score reports should be sent directly from the testing agency. UTA’s ETS institutional code is 6013. Individuals may be eligible to receive a 50 percent GRE Fee Reduction voucher for the general test and/or a subject test. Visit the GRE website to learn more about the GRE Fee Reduction Program. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GRE FEE REDUCTION PROGRAM


As part of the admissions review process program related documents may be required. Each academic department sets its own admissions criteria. Review program requirements in the University Catalog for more information about these documents, including letters of recommendation, statements of purpose, resumes, portfolios, and more. Departmental application process times vary greatly and some programs require applications up to one year in advance.


Students who wish to apply for financial aid must meet certain general eligibility criteria to apply for most need-based financial aid. To be eligible for scholarships students must come FAFSA or TASFA application. LEARN MORE ABOUT FAFSA OR TASFA


You can check your admissions status through the MyMav student portal, where you can also review if you have any missing items needed to complete your application.

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