UTRGV ranked sixth in the nation for its online MBA in financial planning

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 11, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been ranked sixth among the 50 most affordable online Master of Business Administration in Financial Planning degrees in the country by master-of-finance.org.

UTRGV was recognized in part because there are multiple start dates throughout the year that allow students to get started shortly after being accepted, and for program features that save students time and money.

“The online MBA in Financial Planning at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley can be completed in as little as 12 months of study. The 36 credit hour program is offered 100% online in an accelerated format, saving both time and money,” the website says. “Courses cover financial planning fundamentals, wealth management, retirement planning, and communication skills.”

The ranking cites the convenience and accessibility of the multiple start dates which “allow students to jump right in and get started shortly after being accepted. Graduates are well prepared to start new business endeavors or be successful in a corporate or non-profit environment.”

Dr. Mark Kroll, dean of the UTRGV Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship, said graduating from an online master’s degree program can successfully solidify a student’s career path and position that student for financial success. 

“We work hard to provide every opportunity for people interested in a career in finance, and encourage both traditional and non-traditional students to take advantage of our online programs,” Kroll said. “Our goal is to position students to be competitive in the job market, even as they balance the demands of life and family.”



Master-of-finance.org uses information gathered in part from the NCES College Navigator database to identify schools that offer master’s degrees in finance as distance education options. The website then selects the 25 most affordable online Master of Finance degrees, using in-state tuition rates whenever available.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016. 


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