The certificate program, offered by UTPA’s College of Business Administration starting fall 2009, is composed of six master-level business courses and designed to be completed in one year. It is directed toward the current business professionals who want to gain more knowledge in business and move up the corporate ladder but whose bachelor’s degree is in a non-business major; those who want to pursue a Master in Business Administration (MBA) but have a lower grade point average (GPA) than required to enter the MBA program or as non-business majors need to complete business administration foundation courses to enter the MBA program; and the longtime professional who wants to explore graduate-level business coursework without being matriculated in the MBA program.
|Contact MBA Program Director Dr. Angelica Cortes (pictured)for more information on the new Certificate of Advanced Business Administration being offered for the first time in the fall 2009 semester at UTPA.|
The courses will be held at the new UTPA McAllen Teaching Site located at 1800 South Main Street, which is along the Eastbound Frontage Expressway 83 in the Main Plaza Shopping Center adjacent to La Plaza Mall.
“By offering the certificate at our new McAllen site, we hope to provide greater convenience to those wanting to pursue higher education while juggling work and family responsibilities,” Cortes said.
The requirements for enrollment include completion of a bachelor’s degree; official college transcripts from the institution attended; a 2.75 or higher GPA for clear admission and no less than a 2.5 GPA for conditional admission; a current résumé and written statement of purpose indicating the applicant’s reasons to purpose the certificate; and a nonrefundable application fee of $50. The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is not required.
The application deadline for the fall 2009 semester is Aug. 1. The application deadline for the spring 2010 semester is Dec. 1.
Students can access the online application at the Office of Graduate Studies Web site at www.utpa.edu/gradschool (go to instructions to apply). For additional information, you can contact Sergio Palacios, graduate recruiter, at gradschool@utpa or by phone at 956/381-3661 or Dr. Angelica Cortes, MBA program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 956/381-3313.