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