Master of Business Administration

The Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) will develop in each student a broad understanding of how the elements and processes of business organizations relate to one another and to the external environment. The MBA will develop proficiency and confidence in all of the functional areas of business. In addition to providing the technical skills required for an executive-level business position, this degree also emphasizes ethical considerations of doing business. The programs are supported by experienced faculty with expertise in all functional areas of business.

Degree Highlights

  • MBA program can be completed in as few as 10 months
  • No GMAT or GRE scores required
  • Build your own specialization or choose from Human Resource Management, Data Analytics or Asset Management
  • Aligned with the Society for Human Resources (SHRM). See more info below
  • Ranked as a 2023 Best Online MBA Program by Abound

Watch the video below to learn about benefits, specialization tracks and more about the MBA program.

Degree Requirements

Major Curriculum (24 hours)

PMBA 6310 Managerial Accounting and Control Systems
PMBA 6311 Managerial Finance
PMBA 6312 Quantitative Methods and Research
PMBA 6313 Managerial Economics and Decision-Making
PMBA 6314 Management of Information Technology
PMBA 6315 Leading Organizations and Human Resources
PMBA 6316 Strategic Marketing, Communications and Research
PMBA 6317 Global Strategy, Policy and Regulation

Optional Specialization (6 hours from one of the following)

Asset Management

PMBA 6320 Investments
PMBA 6321 Portfolio Management
PMBA 6322 Real Estate Investments

Data Analytics

PMBA 6330 Applied Data Analysis
PMBA 6331 Forecasting Methods in Business
PMBA 6332 Data Management

Human Resource Management

PMBA 6309 Applied Human Resource Management
PMBA 6340 Metrics and Measures of HR
PMBA 6341 Strategic Human Resources Management


Six hours in transfer credit or 3 hours from two chosen specializations.

Foundation Courses

Students who wish to pursue a Master of Business Administration must have the appropriate business course foundation to successfully complete a graduate level of study in Business. At UIW, this constitutes the following courses:

  • ACC 2301 Accounting for Non-Business Majors, or ACC I and II
  • MSC 3370 Business Statistics, or any inferential statistics course
  • ECN 2302 Microeconomics

Here are several options to meet the requirements for the MBA degree program:

  • Option One: Complete required prerequisite undergraduate coursework through our 8-week terms.
  • Option Two: Complete the coursework through self-paced online courses through our Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) department. The courses are offered at $200 per course and must be completed prior to your desired entry term. For more information, visit our website.
  • Option Three: Complete a graduate-level PMBA 5300 Foundational Concepts Business course. PMBA 5300 course provides students with the prerequisite knowledge required in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Please note: Military students may use tuition assistance to pay for this course only if they do not meet PMBA prerequisite requirements (cannot be taken as a refresher course). Federal Financial Aid is also available for this course.

UIW offers convenient Common Professional Components (CPC) courses that will satisfy several of the MBA foundational prerequisites listed above.

*Active-duty military are considered to have fulfilled the Global Environment foundational course.


The Master of Business Administration (Professional) at the School of Professional Studies is accredited nationally by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The University of the Incarnate Word is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Society for Human Resource Management

The Professional Master of Business in Administration program has been acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for its full alignment with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum human resources content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Students who are enrolled in their final year of an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college or university that has been approved by SHRM’s Academic Initiatives staff as being aligned to SHRM's curriculum guidelines are eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP exam. Students must also have accumulated at least 500 hours of an internship or practical HR experience and must be in good standing with their school. See a current listing of approved schools at SHRM Institution Program Directory. The SPS Office of Professional and Continuing Education is also certified to offer the SHRM Essentials course and the SHRM Exam Prep course.


Compare the School of Professional Studies MBA

Table comparing UIW's SPS Professional MBA and a typical MBA
MBA Program Who Should Apply Length of Commitment Features/Benefits
UIW Professional MBA Working professionals wanting to advance in their current jobs, change careers or start their own business 10 months (30 hours)
  • Students can specialize
  • Faculty are scholar-practitioners with real world experience
  • No academic fees
Typical MBA Professionals with work experience who seek career advancement 18-24 months (usually 36+ hours)
  • May or may not have specializations
  • Primarily full-time professors
  • Varied term lengths
  • Various additional fees