MBA Program


Program Description

MBA Program

About the Program

Lamar University's MBA is

  • Less than $25,000
  • Designed for working professionals with evening/online courses
  • Customized to fit your career aspirations
  • Fully Accredited by the International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Ranked as one of the top 294 business schools in the nation by Princeton Review

MBA students with undergraduate business degrees can earn their MBA in just 16-18 months through Lamar University's Traditional MBA.

Professional Development

The MBA Program at Lamar University has teamed up with, Leadership Beaumont, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, and SETX YPO to offer workshops and networking. Current students, LU alumni, and young professionals in the community have an opportunity to learn business topics from prominent community members and business leaders.

What can an MBA do for you?

Our MBA Program blends passionate teaching, active learning, specialized knowledge, and professional development to enhance your career potential. The Lamar MBA program delivers dynamic, integrated management education.

The Lamar University MBA places a heavy emphasis on an experiential-based approach to problem-solving, including the knowledge, skill, and ability to incorporate ethical considerations, leadership, teamwork, and a global perspective into the decision-making process.

A Lamar MBA will provide you with a unique experience, developing the business knowledge and skills required in today’s competitive business world.


Application fee
  • Domestic: $25.
  • International: $75.
Program Costs
  • Lamar University's MBA Program is shockingly affordable when compared with similarly accredited universities. For less than $25,000, you can earn the 36 credit hours needed to complete your MBA.
  • In addition to other university fees, there is a $50 per credit hour MBA Program Fee.
  • Our formula for determining scholarship qualification, like the admission formula, takes into account your undergraduate GPA and your score on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).
  • (GPA x 200) + GMAT score = 1,150
  • In addition, you must have a minimum of 450 on the GMAT to qualify for scholarships.
Graduate Assistantships
  • Graduate Assistantships will be available beginning Fall 2019. If selected, students will receive a tuition & fees waiver and 9-month stipend ($10,125/$1,125 per month). To be eligible students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher AND GMAT of 550 or higher. Students must be enrolled full time in the Lamar University on-campus MBA or MSA programs and work 20 hours per week. For consideration, students must complete the application and provide additional documents.


Guidelines for Receiving MBA Internship Credit

Your internship is your opportunity to gain experience before starting or while completing your studies in the MBA program. Internships are rewarding and can lead to exciting careers. Real world, practical experience can enrich an already top-notch curriculum.

Process for internship approval:
  • You review guidelines posted on MBA website
  • You print and complete forms, obtaining employer signature where necessary.
  • You submit completed forms to MBA office
  • MBA office approves/denies internship (If approved, MBA office verifies if the internship will count in degree plan)
  • Instructor of record approves the internship
  • MBA office notifies the student of approval and registers the student in the course
Guidelines for approval
  • You won't receive credit for general work experience. It must be an internship-not a job.
  • The employer provides duties and project descriptions.
  • You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • You must agree to work a minimum of 120 hours during the internship.
  • Your internship must have a beginning date, an end date, and concrete professional development and goals.
BUSI 5360

To receive course credit for an internship, you must be enrolled in BUSI 5360. This packet is the first step in the process of enrolling for BUSI 5360. MBA students can only use one enrollment in BUSI 5360 in their degree plan, but with the approval of the MBA Office and instructor, may enroll in the course multiple times if they intend to do multiple internships.

Professor’s Requirements:
  • Three assignments due at varying times throughout the semester
  • Attendance at three class meetings during the semester
  • The following items must be completed and submitted prior to the last class meeting:
    • Written Internship project report
    • Log of hours from the entire semester
    • Activities journal from the entire semester
    • Presentation of the project to the class
    • Supervisor’s Evaluation (this will be emailed to the employer by the Career Center)
    • Student’s Evaluation (this will be emailed to you by the Career Center)

You should print all the attached forms (listed below). You will complete some forms, and your prospective employer will complete others. MBA students should submit these items to the MBA office at least two weeks prior to the start of the internship. The MBA office and BUSI 5360 instructor will approve the internship and notify you of your enrollment in the course.

Graduate Assistantships

Selected Graduate Assistantships will receive:
  • Tuition and Fees Waiver
  • $10,125 Stipend over the Fall/Spring Semester ($1,125 a month)
Selection Criteria
  1. Applicant must be accepted by the on-campus MBA or MSA program.
  2. Applicant must have a minimum overall cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  3. Applicant must have a GMAT of 550 or higher.
  4. Applicant must be enrolled full time during the semesters of appointment.
  5. Applicant must be pursuing a graduate degree from Lamar University during the semesters of appointment.
  6. Applicant must work 20 hours per week during the semesters of appointment.
  7. Applicant must complete the information below, including the one-page essay question.
  8. Optional: Competitive applicants can submit up to 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicants' potential for success as a GA.

MBA Concentrations

On Campus
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Experiential Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Leadership
  • Service Marketing and Management
  • Thematic
  • Dual MSA/MBA
  • Construction Project Management
  • Criminal Justice Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • General Business
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Port Management
  • Dual MSN/MBA

Course Requirements

If you have no previous undergraduate study in business, the Lamar University MBA consists of 48 semester hours (16 courses). The program consists of four leveling courses, a required core of eight courses and four elective courses that will allow you to develop a concentration. One or more of the leveling courses may be waived if you have completed equivalent undergraduate coursework. If you are an international student whose admission to Lamar University required a TOEFL or IELTS exam, you will take Business Communications (BCOM 5300) as part of your leveling requirements.

The MBA portion of your program will then consist of 36 semester hours (12 courses), including eight core courses and four elective (concentration) courses.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines


Domestic applications must be received 30 days before Fall, Spring, or Summer registration.


The international applications must be received by the following dates:

Term Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Fall (August) April 15 July 1
Spring (January) September 1 December 1
Summer (June) January 15 April 15
How to Apply

Prospective graduate students should submit all admissions materials at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester in which they wish to begin studies. Upon receipt of all university-required documents, the Admissions Office will forward your file to your desired academic department for an admission decision.

Required admissions materials include:

  1. An admissions application completed online through the Apply Texas system.
  2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended, including the accredited institution from which the applicant earned a bachelor’s degree.
  3. Scores GMAT. The GMAT is administered by the LU Career & Testing Center. Scores may not be more than five years old.

Transcripts and test scores should be sent to:

  • Lamar University
  • Graduate Admissions
  • P.O. Box 10009
  • Beaumont, TX 77710

International Students

For general university requirements for international students, including score requirements for English language proficiency, please visit the International Graduate Information page.

International Graduate applicants must have an official report of course-by-course evaluated transcripts of all post-secondary work sent to Lamar University directly from one of the evaluating agencies listed in the previous link. (Beginning Spring 2016: Graduate students who enroll at Lamar University will be reimbursed the cost of the evaluation up to $200.00). Lamar University does not evaluate transcripts internally, so you do not need to send official transcripts to our office. These agencies may deliver your evaluation by email at, or to the mailing address listed below.

  • Lamar University
  • Graduate Admissions
  • P.O. Box 11614
  • Beaumont TX 77710
Types of Admission

Traditional MBA

  • A Traditional MBA consists of 12 hours of leveling courses (dependent on undergraduate curriculum), 24 hours of core courses, and 12 hours of concentration courses. To be entered into the program, you must first meet the general university requirements for admission. In addition, all students must take the GMAT to be accepted in the MBA program.


  • The Pre-MBA program allows you to take up to nine hours of graduate level coursework to apply toward your MBA before you take the GMAT. In order to qualify for Pre-MBA admission, you must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. *After completing your nine hours you must submit an acceptable GMAT score to fully enroll in the MBA program.

Graduate Certificate Program

  • The Graduate Certificate Programs allow you to take up to 12 hours of study counting towards your MBA before you take the GMAT. You must meet the general university requirements for admission. We currently offer certificate programs in Enterprise Resource Planning, which includes an optional academy to gain SAP certification, and Leadership.

*After completing your 12 hours you must submit an acceptable GMAT score to fully enroll in the MBA program.

Admission Requirements
  • Our formula for determining admission takes into account your undergraduate GPA and your score on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).
  • (GPA x 200) + GMAT score = 1,000
  • The Graduate Management Admissions Test may be waived for applicants with a minimum 3.0 GPA and 4 or more years of increasing professional and/or managerial experience.
Last updated Oct 2019

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