Bauer to Offer Energy MBA At Northwest Campus

Published on November 22, 2011

Coming in 2012: Expanded Programming Addresses
Needs of Students and the Region’s Business Community

UH Bauer is responding to community and industry need with its Energy MBA offering at the Northwest satellite of the University of Houston.

Taking a major step to address the region’s dynamic growth and make MBAs more accessible to far-flung Houstonians, the C. T. Bauer College of Business will offer an MBA program on the University of Houston – Northwest Campus, effective Fall 2012.

Starting next year, students in Bauer College’s Part-Time Evening MBA Program can pursue an Energy MBA at the university’s Northwest satellite. This means students may earn a Bauer MBA without traveling to the main campus on Calhoun Road. “The only thing that they are going to have to come here for is Commencement,” says Daniel Currie, Bauer’s assistant dean for graduate and professional programs.

As envisioned in the newly announced offerings, Energy MBA candidates can take Bauer’s 10 core MBA courses, plus the six energy electives needed for certificates in Energy Investment Analysis and Energy Accounting and Finance. Students interested in of other fields of study can complete their electives on the main campus. Bauer College also operates graduate programs in Beijing and Dubai, where students can earn an MBA in Global Energy Management.

Deadline to apply for the Northwest MBA is June 1. A series of information sessions will be offered beginning Nov. 29. The first session runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Northwest campus, located on SH 249 at Louetta Road (click here for driving directions).

Bauer’s suburban presence anticipates an increased demand for MBAs in a region where energy jobs are abundant.

“The city is obviously expanding in that direction,” Currie says of the Northwest sector. “All the expansion is north and west. We really are just tracking where our population will come from.”

The energy focus is a response to the “critical mass of energy people in the western corridor,” says the assistant dean. “It may be a more friendly ride than driving downtown or driving into the main campus for class.”

While the university wants to make the MBA process easier for students, Bauer’s Northwest presence speaks to a greater vision, Currie says. It will give Bauer a competitive edge with other universities offering MBAs and make Houston more attractive to businesses.

“To attract quality companies to locate and stay in our region, which is essential to maintain our quality of life, we have to produce an educated workforce,” he says. “We do not produce enough educated people to support the kind of growth we need to compete with New York, Shanghai, Mumbai or São Paulo. Expanding our programs is part of our response to this need.”
Meanwhile, Bauer is making it easier for MBA students to attend weekend classes on the main campus. Also coming in Fall 2012: the Global Energy EMBA program will offer Friday and Saturday classes on the main campus, along with its Monday and Thursday evening schedule.

By Wendell Brock