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The College of Business Administration

The College of Business Administration shares with the University of Texas at El Paso its fundamental mission to provide the highest quality education to the El Paso region and well beyond. The college celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, a half-century that has been marked with continual growth and success.

With over 3,000 undergraduates and 320 graduate students, it is one of the larger colleges on the UTEP campus. It offers certificates as well as bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in Business Administration disciplines including Accounting, Economics, Information Systems, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Operations and Supply Chain Management. Additional statistics can be found here:

The College has 75 faculty FTE’s, including 60 full-time faculty, organized into 10 research and teaching groups: Accounting, Business Law, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, International and Cross-Border Business, Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Quantitative Methods and Analysis.

The College has received national recognition including the following:

  • Ranked “Best of the Best MBA Programs” by Professional Woman’s, Hispanic Network and Black EOE Journal magazines since 2014
  • MBA Program ranked #1 by Hispanic Business Magazine for five consecutive years.
  • Ranked #1 Graduate Program in Nation by Excelencia in Education 2012
  • Selected with Dartmouth, Northwestern, and the University of Maryland by Public Relations Society of America for National Pilot Program in Strategic Communications Curriculum
  • In Diverse Magazine’s 2014 Issue in Higher Education, COBA was ranked 3rd in Finance, 5th in Accounting and Marketing, 6th in Management

The uptick in enrollment caused by such rankings spurred physical growth. In 2010, a 12,000-square-foot facility opened in the Chase Building in Downtown El Paso that featured classrooms, student work areas and administrative offices.

COBA has taken a direct role in economic development through an innovative and proactive approach. By creating academic programs that meet the demand for growing sectors, COBA has been able to help attract and retain Fortune 500 employers in the area. Since 2016, the college has launched Corporate Academies for Human Capital Management, Risk Management, and Enterprise Resource Planning that have created a direct talent pipeline to ADP, Prudential, and Lockheed Martin. (

COBA is also dedicated to spurring entrepreneurship through the Mike Loya Center for Innovation & Commerce ( which links the Business and Engineering disciplines. The Loya Center provides faculty from both colleges with research funding and supports students in the creation of new businesses. In 2014, the Loya Center launched a joint B.S.-MBA program that enabled undergraduate Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering students to earn a B.S. degree in their discipline along with an MBA in a compressed five-year format.

The Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship (CFHE), a research entity within the College of Business Administration conducts research in new business creation and to assist in the development of Hispanic businesses. It provides, in partnership with the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the necessary information and training to those in need of business knowledge, and supports the business community of professionals, students, and scholars.

The Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, founded in 2014, serves as a multi-disciplinary research platform for the creation and application of practical research to help foster the region’s competitive capacity. The Hunt Institute brings together regional stakeholders from the public and private sectors to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas such as business development, education, infrastructure and urban planning, energy and natural resources and public health.



To apply, applicants must submit a letter of interest, a CV, and a list of five professional references. No references will be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

COBA Nomination Form

Application queries should be sent to:
Dr. Robert Kirken
Search Committee Chair

To apply, please visit:

Applications will be reviewed beginning in October, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation information, applicants may contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at