Percentage of Students Enrolled By Distance Education

MBA Concentrations

Texas MBA students often have the option to focus their program into a more niche or concentrated area. There are a variety of these specializations offered across the country including public policy, info systems, business analytics, strategic planning, human resource management, international business, tech security, law and legal studies, and more. While any MBA concentration comes with ample job opportunities in the state, Texans who choose to intensively study business topics pertaining to cyber security, energy, and agriculture will find that their courses center on some of the biggest opportunities in the state. Even if adding a concentration increases the time spent in school from 18 months to up to three years (if you attend part-time), it will still be worth it.

Here are two examples of concentrations with content that makes them wise choices for MBA students in Texas.

Energy Management

In this concentration, students will learn the skill requirements for making managerial level decisions within an energy company. These may include topics relating to risk assessment, financial analysis, operations management, and supply chain management, as well as issues pertaining to environmental sustainability.


Texas has a robust banking industry, and MBAs with a concentration in finance can hop right into the hustle and bustle. This focus prepares students for a career in corporate finance, investment analysis and management, and/or financial consulting. Students in this concentration will know how to identify and fix areas of financial hemorrhage, as well as how to set up their company and clients up for fiscal success.

Accreditation in Texas

Accreditation is a way that schools can prove to prospective students that they pass muster. Accrediting agencies assess areas such as finance, faculty, and academic rigor, and the Department of Education permits them to assign either a national or regional accreditation, the latter of which tends to be more academically prestigious. For schools in Texas, the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools provides regional accreditation.

Students may also wish to look for schools that have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and/or the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. These agencies are specifically geared to assess business schools.

Top Texas Employers by Number of Employees

Company Industry Headquarters City Number of Employees
Shell Deepwater Development Energy Houston 44,000
Dell, Inc Technology Round Rock 21,000
Lockheed Martin Manufacturing Fort Worth 10,500

These businesses are just a few of the major job providers for business school graduates in Texas. An online MBA can be the key to unlocking opportunities and higher salaries at companies all around the state without upending your life.

Average Salaries by Degree Level in Texas

Careers for MBAs in Texas

A marketing consultant may choose to work independently or as part of a consulting group. They keep an eye on sales to identify trends, and work with clients to develop a marketing strategy that suits their needs. They may also stay on with the organization for a period to work with marketing teams when the time comes to implement their new strategy and train staff accordingly.

A financial analyst collects and studies data relating to the financial market. They identify trends and forecasts, provide analysis of the current financial environment, and recommend actions to their employers to help their companies reach their financial goals.

A business development manager works to build up their company’s customer base, and looks for opportunities to build relationships with new clientele. They work with the sales team, marketing department, and internal operations staff to keep business moving forward and maximize company growth.

For people who aren’t financially savvy, it can be daunting to figure out how to invest and protect their assets. Personal finance managers have their finger on the pulse of the financial market, and can identify the best options for their clients’ portfolios while guiding them to make the best investments available.

A health services manager ensures that healthcare organizations follow the protocol set by state and federal regulations while making sure patients receive the best care possible. They make sure the facilities or departments that they oversee operate smoothly and efficiently, and handle issues pertaining to staffing, training, administration, and patient satisfaction.