Organization ranks UHV online MBAs among most affordable in country, a national organization that rates online college programs, recently ranked two Master of Business Administration programs at the University of Houston-Victoria as national Best Buys.

Keith Akins

The organization rated UHV’s Global MBA fourth and strategic MBA 17th out of 133 programs at 69 schools accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It was the second time the Global MBA has been recognized and the fourth time for the Strategic MBA.

“ is one of the most reliable sources of information for students interested in distance learning,” Dean Farhang Niroomand said. “We’re so pleased to be recognized by this organization again for our efforts to provide our students with quality degrees at affordable prices.”

The national tuition average for an AACSB-accredited online MBA is $32,925, according to, but UHV charges considerably less. Students can earn a Global MBA for as little $10,290 and a Strategic MBA for as little as $14,178, based on fall 2009 tuition and fees.

The Global MBA started at UHV in the fall of 2006 and now has more than 200 students enrolled. UHV has almost 700 students in its established Strategic MBA program.

“Cost is the No. 1 factor that keeps working Americans from enrolling in higher education,” founder Vicky Phillips said. “The University of Houston-Victoria offers Texans a chance at a high-quality graduate business degree through distance learning at less than one-third the cost of the national average. That’s an amazing value.” first recognized UHV in 2004 when it ranked the Strategic MBA fourth as a “Best Buy” in regionally accredited universities across the nation. UHV received AACSB accreditation in 2005, and its Strategic MBA was ranked ninth in 2006 compared with other AACSB-accredited schools.  In 2009, UHV’s Bachelor of Business Administration was ranked the sixth best buy in the country and the best in Texas. The rankings come out every other year.

“In good or bad economic times, an education is one of the best investments anyone can make,” UHV President Tim Hudson said. “It offers the best rate of return over one’s lifetime and can pay dividends for generations. At UHV, we pride ourselves on offering our students a quality education from exceptional faculty at a great value.” has researched and published consumer data about online education since 1989. The online degree clearinghouse has been cited by CNN Money and Newsweek as a credible, trustworthy source for information about online degree programs.

The School of Business Administration has received numerous other awards and rankings, including being named the Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students in 2010 and the No. 10 Most Family Friendly school in 2009 by The Princeton Review, and being ranked among the top five Best Online Entrepreneurial Schools in 2007 by Fortune Small Business Magazine.

The school also recently was reaccredited by AACSB International for the next five years.

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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.

Paula Cobler