The University of Texas at Brownsville's School of Business (UTB) has announced that it will launch a Spanish language MBA program this fall.
The program will take place entirely online, and will last five semesters.
The Spanish-language program aims to students conduct business more effectively south of the border. "Offering the MBA in Spanish is a vehicle by which graduate students of business can learn and perfect their Spanish and thereby be prepared to conduct business in Mexico and South America with fluency," says UTB's MBA director Edith Galy.
The curriculum covers the same material as the school's traditional online MBA, only delivered in Spanish. Required courses cover topics such as "General Accounting," "International Trade Law," and "Business Ethics."
UTB is accredited by AACSB International. The school is located on the very southern tip of Texas, just across the border from Mexico.
The new program is not the first US-based MBA program to be offered in Spanish. For over a decade, the University of Miami has offered a Global Executive MBA in Spanish, aimed at those who already work in Latin America but are interested in studying business in the US.
And some students who are interested in a more rigorous approach to the language choose to pair the MBA with a second degree.
Wharton, for instance, offers a joint MBA/MA in Spanish Language and Culture, which includes a summer Spanish immersion component, where students are able to apply their language skills in a professional context.
Likewise, Tulane offers a dual-degree MBA/MA in Latin American Studies, where students are required to demonstrate fluency in either Spanish or Portuguese by graduation. This program also allows students to pursue an internship with a firm operating in Latin America.
The UTB Spanish-language online MBA program is set to launch this fall.