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University of the Incarnate Word

Campus: San Antonio, TX.

Type: Private

Accreditation: ACBSP

Base Program Cost: $26,100

Per Credit Hour: $725 ($250 Military)

Minimum Credit Hours: 36

GMAT Required: Waived

Time Commitment: 24 months

Online Concentrations: General, International

On Campus Requirements: No

School Site: Overview | Tuition | Financial Aid


Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the school carries many of the same Catholic values it was established on into its education today. The school is also a member of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions, with approximately 68 percent of the school’s population of Hispanic descent.

The San Antonio campus is nestled among five military bases, and approximately one-third of the online students in the MBA program are military members. UIW sees part of its mission to serve those who serve others, and does this by offering reduced tuition and free textbooks to military students.

Started in 2000, UIW’s Virtual University offers fully online master’s level programs, including a general and international MBA.


The University of the Incarnate Word’s H-E-B School of Business and Administration is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. Regionally, the school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


The UIW online MBA program is 36 credit hours for the general degree program, and an additional three credit hours for the international concentration.


Applicants to the UIW Virtual University MBA program must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • An evaluation with a graduate admissions counselor
  • Application and writing sample

UIW has additional criteria for students entering through two other tiers of admissions. More details can be found at the UIW website.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2011-12 school year was $725 per credit hour for Virtual University graduate students.

UIW awards and/or administers many types of financial aid from federal, state, university and private sources. Federal loan programs are options for U.S. citizens and legal residents. Private education loan programs are options for all applicants, including international students. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Financial Aid Data forms are required to determine eligibility.

UIW cuts tuition in half for military members ($250 per credit hour) and nearly as much for their dependents as well as employees of the Department of Defense ($275 per credit hour).

School Resources

The UIW Virtual University system allows students to utilize the school’s library and bookstore online. The library provides access to electronic databases, journals and e-books. Bookstore services at UIW are provided by Follett Higher Education Group, which offers students access to products from its network of more than 900 brick and mortar college bookstores across the country.

Along with the online library and bookstore, Virtual University students have use of the Online Writing Center, which provides tutoring, revising strategies and formatting assistance.