Professional MBA FAQ

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General Program Overview
  • What are the technical and software requirements for participating in the Online MBA Program?
  • In addition to a confident level of computer and Internet literacy, certain minimum technical requirements must be met to enable a successful online learning experience.

    The system requirements include:

    • A Pentium processor PC or equivalent Mac system; Windows 98/Me/2000/XP or Mac OS 9.x or OS X 10.x.
    • Internet access with 56.6 kbps modem (minimum). A high-bandwidth connection is recommended.
    • 128 MB system Ram; 500 MB free disk space or sufficient storage
    • Sound card
    • CD-ROM capabilities

    The software requirements include:

    • Web browser: Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, AOL, Mozilla or Safari. For eLearning supported browsers and versions, please see the validated browser list. Please also see the browser configuration info below
    • Microsoft Office 2000 is the minimum standard. The latest version of MS Office and some other MS Software is available at a nominal cost from the UTD Microsoft program (see the Online Services page)
    • Virus detection/protection software such as McAfee (available free from UTD). Free downloadable

    “Plug-ins” including:

  • How should my browser be configured?
  • For eLearning courses, you need a full-featured browser that is supported by eLearning. Please see the recommended browsers listed above. Your browser should have JavaScript enabled and cookies enabled. It is also important that you set the cache settings to verify web documents “Every Time”. You should also disable any pop-up blocking for the eLearning site. The methods for configuring these settings vary among browsers and versions, you may find more information at eLearning’s Browser Tune-up page. You can also check your browser’s documentation for details.

  • How are exams administered?
  • The academic integrity of online courses is an important concern. Exams may be administered in several different ways: embedded in courses, uploaded by email, or proctored. For courses requiring one proctored exam, the online student is responsible for making arrangements with a testing service convenient to them, or must come to UTD on the exam date set by the course instructor. Specific information is available on the Proctored Exam Information page and also in each course syllabus.

  • How do students access courses?
  • Students register for online MBA courses by sending an email request to the School of Management Advising Office (see Registration). Students in courses with the section number ’0G1? or ’0G2? will receive course access instructions usually one day before the start of the course. Properly registered students use their NetID to access their courses at:http://www.utdallas.edu/elearning/.

    Students who do not have a UTD Net-account yet, can obtain one at: http://netid.utdallas.edu at the start of each semester. For assistance, please contact the UTD Help Desk at 972-883-2911 or go tohttp://www.utdallas.edu/ir/tcs/helpdesk/.

    Students taking one of the two UTD courses delivered through the UT System TeleCampus (with section number as “0T1?), should go to TeleCampus web site to gain access to the course. The UT Online Consortium will send further course access information to registered students.

  • I have received confirmation that I am enrolled in an online course, but I cannot access the course. What should I do?
  • After you have paid the applicable tuition balance for the online course by the payment deadlines, try the following steps:

    Please read carefully and follow the course access instructions on this web site and also in the email sent to you at the start of the semester. As a reminder, courses will be accessible on the first day of the semester (not before). You need to have a UTD Net Account to access the course. Make sure you have the correct account information. If you enrolled shortly before or at the start of the semester, please allow the UTD eLearning administrator time (up to three days) to add your account to the course. Make sure you meet the technical requirements and have the required web browser installed. If you experience further difficulty, you can always contact the UTD help desk at 972-883-2911 or go tohttp://www.utdallas.edu/ir/tcs/helpdesk/, or GMBA Tech SupportEmail(for courses with section 0G1 or 0G2) for further assistance. If you are having issues accessing a TeleCampus course (section 0T1), please visit the TeleCampus Technical Support Information Page.

  • Why can’t I login to UTD eLearning with the ID and Password I have been using?
  • It’s most likely that your account password is expired. UTD has a security policy requiring every user to update their UTD computer account (used for UTD eLearning access) password every 6 months. You can login at: http://netid.utdallas.edu to update your password. An email reminder with instructions for updating your password is sent to your UTD email account when it nears expiration. If you don’t intend to login to your UTD email account regularly, you may set it up to have all incoming emails automatically forwarded to your preferred email account at https://netid.utdallas.edu/. For any questions or assistance, please contact the UTD Help Desk at 972-883-2911 or go to http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/tcs/helpdesk/. It is very important for online students to be able to access eLearning. We ask students to follow the password updating procedures to avoid any interruption of this access.

  • When do online courses start?
  • The Online MBA courses track the regular Fall, Spring and Summer semesters at UTD. Generally, 3-credit courses begin in late May, late August, and mid-January. The 2-credit courses begin either at these same times and run for 8 weeks, or begin in mid-semester. See “Course Offerings” for the actual start and completion dates.

  • How do I drop an online course?
  • You may submit your drop request via email to the Records Office Email with a cc to EmailEmail. Please be aware of the applicable drop deadlines which are detailed in the Academic Calendar.

Admission Requirements/Procedures
  • What is the tuition for the Online MBA?
  • All new students at UT Dallas will automatically be included in the Guaranteed Tuition Plan for the semester they start in. You can view the tuition plan you fall under through the Office of the Bursar’s website. Remember that tuition is based on the number of credit hours you register in each semester, and that the additional fees, such as the Distance Learning Fee, are noted below the tuition table.

  • What is the process for applying to PPA?
  • The application can be downloaded from the PPA website, and it should be submitted to either Amy Troutman (SOM 4.419) or Matt Polze (4.233). The application deadline is SEPTEMBER 15. Selected applicants will be interviewed, and admissions decisions will be made by early October..

  • How do I transfer courses for credit?
  • Transfer (and Waiver) information as well as required documentation is explained on the School of Management Advising site. Please contact Email Email for more information..

Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Is financial aid available?
  • Information regarding financial aid is available at the UTD Financial Aid Office website. U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA information is linked to the UTD financial aid website.