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Frequently Asked Questions – Future Graduate Students

Are the UTSA Carlos Alvarez College of Business graduate programs accredited?

The graduate business programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This distinct accreditation places the UTSA Carlos Alvarez College of Business among an elite group of business schools worldwide – with less than 5% of the world’s business programs accredited by AACSB.

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Which graduate business programs does UTSA offer?

Visit our graduate program page to view our certificate, master's and doctoral degree programs.

What are your STEM designated graduate business programs?

What professional development services do you offer for business graduate students?

The Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) is a distinct resource within the Carlos Alvarez College of Business designed to advance students’ professionalism, knowledge and leadership, equipping them with the skills necessary to thrive in obtaining internships, securing employment and in their professional careers.

The CSPD provides career preparation programs and services to give business students a competitive edge in securing employment. They offer workshops for all stages of career development, as well as special events and networking opportunities.

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Can I meet with a Graduate Advisor?

We encourage you to reach out to one of the Graduate Advisor’s listed below to setup an appointment.

Advisor Areas of Responsibility Schedule a session with your Advisor
Jim Aviles Master of Accountancy and 150-hour program, MS IT Book a virtual advising session
Cara Jones MBA Book a virtual advising session
Daisy Saucedo MS Business, MS Data Analytics Book a virtual advising session

** If your personal advisor is not available, feel free to meet with any of our advisors.

Department Information

Main Office: BB 4.01.18
Phone: 210.458.4641
Email: gradbiz@utsa.edu

Advising Hours: Monday through Friday | 9 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m.

Where can I start my application?

The online application is available through UTSA’s The Graduate School website: utsa.embark.com/apply/utsa

What is the deadline to apply?

Application deadlines are listed on our Graduate Admissions page.

Please note: Not all graduate programs offer admission every semester, check the specific program page under "Program Overview" to confirm the available program start dates.

What is your minimum GPA requirement?

Although we do not have a minimum requirement, admission is competitive and an overall GPA of B (3.0) is required for admission without conditions.

Is professional work experience required to apply?

For most graduate degrees in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business, work experience is generally not required, but may be considered during the review process.

The Executive MBA (EMBA) program requires approximately eight years of professional experience with increasing managerial responsibility. Less experienced applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate exceptional accomplishment.

How long should my Statement of Purpose be?

Application requirements vary by program, confirm on your specific program page under "How to Apply" to confirm your application requirements and details.

Do I need to submit official transcripts?

Unofficial transcripts must be submitted with application materials. If your application is successful, official transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended by the end of your first semester. Transcripts must be received in a completely sealed envelope, or emailed directly from the issuing institution to be considered official.

  • Electronic official transcript submissionsgraduate.documents@utsa.edu
  • Mailing address for official transcripts:
    • The University of Texas at San Antonio
      Attn: The Graduate School
      One UTSA Circle San Antonio, TX 78249

What is VIP admission?

The VIP Graduate Admissions Program was established to retain talented University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) undergraduate students and alumni in pursuit of their graduate education. As a benefit, selected VIP candidates are fast-tracked through the graduate admissions process to include an abbreviated application. All test scores and supplemental documentation for the graduate application are waived including:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV

VIP requirements and admission deadlines

Please note: The GRE/GMAT test requirement has been waived for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 applications.

Can my GRE test scores take the place of the GMAT?

The majority of the master’s business programs will accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. However, there are a few programs that will only accept the GMAT or GRE. Please contact a Graduate Advisor to verify which test score is required for your program of interest.

Can the GMAT/ GRE requirement be waived?

The GMAT or GRE is required for the majority of all applicants applying to the master’s programs in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business. The GMAT/GRE may be waived on a case-by-case basis based on an applicant’s extensive work experience, education history, etc. Please contact the COB Graduate Advising office at GradBiz@utsa.edu for more information on the waiver criteria.

What score should I aim to achieve on the GMAT/GRE?

While UTSA does not have a minimum score to be considered for admission, the GMAT/GRE is an important component of the application. Please contact the Carlos Alvarez College of Business Graduate Advising office (GradBiz@utsa.edu) for information on average test scores for the program of your interest.

GMAT/GRE test scores are valid for up to five years. You may take the exam more than once. The committee will consider your highest test score.

Does UTSA offer GMAT/GRE prep courses?

UTSA Office of Extended Education offers GMAT and GRE prep classes: utsa.edu/ee

Where can I register for the GMAT/GRE exam?

What is the average percentage salary increase upon graduation?

The average percent salary increase for our working professionals after graduation from a business master’s program is around 35 percent.

What is the estimated cost for a master's program?

The total cost will vary depending on your residency status, the number of required courses, and the course load per semester. Visit our Graduate Tuition and Fees page or contact GradBiz@utsa.edu for more detailed information on the tuition and fees.

Can I apply for financial aid?

The One Stop office can help you with applying for aid, understanding the types of aid available and receiving your offered funds.

Do you offer assistantship positions?

Teaching and Graduate Research Assistantships are offered on a competitive basis. The standard appointment is approximately $3,000 per semester and students work 20 hours per week. Non-resident and international students appointed to these positions are also eligible for Resident Tuition, if appointed before or by census date.

Are scholarships available?

Numerous scholarship opportunities exist in the College of Business. Currently, the college annually awards over 175 scholarships totaling more than $200,000 each year to undergraduate and graduate students.

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