UHV graduate economic development degree receives national ranking

The University of Houston-Victoria’s graduate business degree in economic development and entrepreneurship recently was ranked fourth in the nation for its affordability and accreditation.


The national website Grad School Hub placed the UHV School of Business Administration’s Master of Science in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship in its 2018 10 Most Affordable Master’s in Entrepreneurship Online list.

When determining rankings, the website looked at programs offered completely online. It also examined tuition costs and accreditations. UHV is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The UHV School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which accredits less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

David Summers

UHV’s MSEDE program is unique because it originally was created as an economic development program, said David Summers, UHV associate professor of economic development and entrepreneurship. Students learn about the process of starting and running a business in terms of the life of a business from start to finish and its impact on the community’s economy.

“For the entrepreneurship part of the program, we concentrate on what is needed every step of the way in a business’s life cycle,” Summers said. “We teach students from the beginning of taking a business concept, evaluating the market and getting the business started before we move on to more specialized topics such as finance and marketing.”

The program originally was intended for students interested in learning about economic development and how to start, attract and grow businesses to develop a community’s economy, Summers said. That focus on overall community growth gives entrepreneurs an important perspective about how their successes or struggles are part of a larger economic trend, and the program helps them learn how to be positive influences on their local economies.

“We’ve had some very successful businesses come out of this program,” he said. “This program offers a holistic view of a community and how its economy operates. We even have adapted our projects so students can use their hometown economies, no matter where they are, to put together economic development and entrepreneurship proposals.”

To learn more about the program, contact Summers at 361-570-4243 or

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.