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Online BBA Degree at the University of Houston

Online BBA Frequently Asked Questions

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What majors are available?

The Online BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration degree) offers standard tracks in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Supply Chain Management. The BBA degree is the same and looks the same on the transcript and diploma.

 

Are Face-to-Face Classes Available?

The Online BBA Is 100% online, with immersive hyflex, online synchronous, and online asynchronous delivery options, but not face-to-face options which are designed for the regular BBA.

 

If I am a current business major in the regular BBA, can I switch to the Online BBA?

Current business majors in the regular BBA have the option to switch to the Online BBA at this time, but should fill out the Inquiry Form for Current Students and meet with the Online BBA Advisor prior to making a final decision.

 

If I start in the Online BBA, can I switch to the regular BBA?

Yes, students admitted to UH as a business major in the Online BBA may later switch to the regular BBA, however, once you switch you may not switch back to the Online BBA. Switching may not occur mid-semester. The regular BBA would require all fees and for non-residents of Texas, would require out-of-state tuition. To request information on switching, you can email [email protected].

 

What is the cost of the Online BBA versus the regular BBA?

For the 2021-2022 academic year, tuition is $409.25 per semester credit hours for both in-state and out-of-state students (out-of-state fees are waived), which is the same cost as the regular BBA. Non-resident students living in Texas who are required by law to pay out-of-state tuition will receive an automatic scholarship to cover tuition costs above the $409.25 per semester credit hour for the online program. For the Online BBA, regular university fees are waived (not including fees for orientation, international service fees for international students, graduation application fee, and other specialty fees). Tuition is subject to change annually based on authorization by the UH Board of Regents.

 

May students in the Online BBA participate in UHin4 and fixed rate tuition?

The Online BBA allows students to participate in UHin4 (entering freshmen taking 15 hours their first fall semester), which provides priority registration, but they do not have access to fixed rate tuition. Students pay the relevant Online BBA tuition rate.

 

Do students in the Online BBA qualify for financial aid and scholarships?

Students in the Online BBA may qualify for need-based financial aid, both federal and institutional, if they meet specified criteria, but may not qualify for certain UH and Bauer College scholarships. UH Extend students are not eligible for centrally awarded merit-based scholarships, such as Tier One or Academic Excellence Scholarships.

UH Extend students' eligibility for Bauer College scholarships is determined by donor and college criteria. (Note: The Bauer Excellence Scholarship is not open to students in the Online BBA.) For questions about other specific scholarships, consult with the Online BBA Academic Advisor.

 

What university services and programs would be available to students in the Online BBA?

All university services and programs are available to students in the Online BBA except those funded by the Recreation and Wellness Center, Student Services fee, and the University Center fee. Students in the Online BBA are exempt from those fees.

Inventory of Services Eligible to Students in the Online BBA
Service Eligible
Cougar Card Yes: a digital card
Cougar Line (Shuttle) Yes
Cougar Ride (after hours shuttle) Yes
Meal Plans Requires purchase
Textbooks Requires purchase
Parking Requires purchase
Vending Yes
Financial Aid Yes
Admissions Yes
Registrar Yes
Bursar's Office Yes
LAUNCH (UH tutoring services) Yes
Challenger Program Yes
UH Writing Center Yes
MD Anderson Library Yes
Online Orientation & Academic Advising Yes
Bauer Leadership & Engagement Programs: ELASP for Transfers (currently ELASP for Freshmen is not available), TBLCP, StrengthsQuest Series Yes
BAUER+ Yes
Bauer Undergraduate Mentor Program Yes
Rockwell Career Center BUSI 3302 Connecting Bauer to Business is offered as an Asynchronous course each Fall providing virtual projects with top companies across a variety of industries in partnership with Forage. These will be individual projects to provide maximum flexibility for online students in different time zones. Also, RCC offers an online career fair each fall so online students will have access to a full career fair; however, individual online career counseling is not available.
Student Organizations Limited, depending on the specific organization and mode of delivery of their events
Bauer Digital Lab (available remotely) Yes
Residential Mail No
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center No
CAPS No
Health Center No
Veteran Services: The Veteran Services office is not available; for VA benefits, contact the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) for UH Extend students. No
University Career Services No
LGBTQ Resource Center No
AD Bruce Religion Center No
Women and Gender Resource Center No
Center for Diversity & Inclusion No
Urban Experience Program No (except grant funded programs)
Center for Student Involvement No
Student Accessibility Center Yes

 

Obtaining a student identification card

Once enrolled, students in the Online BBA may receive digital Cougar Cards online using the UHGO mobile app to have access to the mobile Cougar Card credential with photo submission available remotely. The digital card includes the same information as a physical card, including classification, MyUH id number, and the card number assigned to them. It is recommended that online students submit a photo online so that the picture can feed to the digital card. With this digital card feature, online students would not need to come to campus to get a physical card.

 

What Bauer College student services and programs would be available to students in the Online BBA?

Academic Advising: Students in the Online BBA will meet their academic advisor during orientation when admitted as Pre-business majors, and will retain the same advisor when declaring a specific major in business (Finance, Management, Marketing, MIS, or Supply Chain Management), through graduation.

Career Services: Students in the Online BBA will take a course offered online called BUSI 3302 “Connecting Bauer to Business” to prepare them for internships and jobs using a website called Career Gateway. This website allows students to post resumes and search for internships and jobs with corporate partners in the greater Houston area and throughout Texas, many of whom have a global presence. Students in the Online BBA would also have access to any online career events that are held by the Rockwell Career Center.

College Programs: Students in the Online BBA can apply to the Ted Bauer Leadership Certificate Program, offered in both a face-to-face and an online format. It is a competitive selection process, but applications by students in the Online BBA will be considered. Other leadership development programs may also include an online component. Student organizations are encouraged to cater to online members as much as possible, but are not always able to do so, depending on their size and type of activities. Bauer Honors is not open to students in the Online BBA.

 

International Students Planning for Optional Practical Training (OPT)

The Online BBA does not allow for OPT since international students must study in the U.S. for one year prior to applying for OPT, and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is not an option. International students wanting OPT can make a one-time request to switch from the Online BBA to the regular BBA for their final year of study, which would require out-of-state tuition and all fees. One cautionary note: the US Embassy in some countries may be reluctant to grant a visa for that final year since students in the Online BBA would be able to complete their degree online. Also, even if a visa is granted, OPT opportunities may be limited.

 

The Regular BBA Compared to the Online BBA

Regular BBA Online BBA
Offers all seven business majors, specialty tracks and certificates, and all business minors. Currently only offers five majors — Finance, Management, Marketing, MIS, and Supply Chain Management — and does not offer specialty tracks and certificates, or business minors at this time, but with a goal to have addition options in the future.
Offers all the delivery options: face-to-face, immersive hyflex, hybrid, online synchronous, and online asynchronous. Only offers immersive hyflex, online synchronous and online asynchronous delivery options.
Offers in-person opportunities for engagement in student organizations, leadership programs, advising, and career services. Offers online academic advising, career events, and leadership programs, but not services included in the university fees.
Students pay the university fees in addition to tuition. Student only pay tuition and no additional university fees for on-campus services.
Students pay tuition based on residency and are eligible for the Fixed Rate tuition program. All students in the Online BBA pay in-state tuition (out-of-state residents living in Texas receive a scholarship to cover the amount above in-state tuition, and students living out-of-state pay in-state tuition). Students are not eligible for the Fixed Rate tuition program.
Students have the option for scholarships and financial aid. Students in the Online BBA may qualify for need-based financial aid, both federal and institutional, if they meet specified criteria, but may not qualify for certain UH and Bauer College scholarships. UH Extend students are not eligible for centrally awarded merit-based scholarships, such as Tier One or Academic Excellence Scholarships.

UH Extend students' eligibility for Bauer College scholarships is determined by donor and college criteria. (Note: The Bauer Excellence Scholarship is not open to students in the Online BBA.) For questions about specific scholarships, consult with the Online BBA Academic Advisor.
International students qualify for CPT and OPT. International students may not switch to the Online BBA and remain in the US on a student visa. Check with ISSSO on guidelines for students in the Online BBA.