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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed for students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds. It is a program suitable for both nonbusiness and business graduates. Normally, the program requires 48 hours of graduate work for nonbusiness majors. With an undergraduate degree in business, the program may be completed with a minimum of 30 credit hours.

The goal of the MBA program is to prepare individuals for the responsibilities of management in a wide variety of business and nonbusiness endeavors. Optional concentrations are available, by taking additional hours, in Finance, Health Care Administration, and International Business.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate the ability to communicate solutions to diverse audiences effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • provide leadership to teams working in collaborative problem-solving situations;
  • demonstrate the ability to use analytical skills supported by information technology and quantitative tools to solve complex business problems;
  • recognize ethical and governance issues and resolve these in a socially responsible manner;
  • analyze and synthesize the integration of business functions in complex organizations, diverse cultural settings, and the global marketplace.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must comply with University procedures and meet University standards for admission. Applicants must submit to the College of Graduate Studies a Graduate Admission Application. Also required are a resume or curriculum vitae, an essay describing professional and educational goals in at least 500 words, and other information that may have impacted the applicant’s decision to pursue graduate study or deemed important to individual or career goals. Applicants are required to submit Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores prior to admission. Generally, GMAT and GRE scores will not be accepted if over five years old. The GMAT or GRE is not required of applicants with a last 60 hours GPA of at least 3.0 and a grade of at least B in a college algebra or higher level mathematics course. The GMAT or GRE is not required of applicants who earned a graduate degree (master’s, doctoral, etc.) from a regionally accredited university and have at least a grade of B in college algebra or a higher level mathematics course.

Admission decisions are made on the basis of undergraduate performance, GMAT or GRE scores (if required), experience, and other indicators of the ability to pursue graduate study successfully. To be accepted in the graduate program, in addition to other requirements, applicants must be in good standing at the college or university they previously attended. Official notification of the admission decision is issued by the Office of the Dean of the College of Business and is sent directly to the applicant. The College of Business does not have “conditional” or “non-degree seeking” graduate admission classifications. Normally, no credit will be applied toward a master’s degree for graduate classes taken prior to acceptance into a graduate degree program in business.


MBA Degree Requirements

Mathematics and Computer Proficiency Requirements

All MBA students must meet the mathematics and computer proficiency requirements or take additional approved courses to satisfy these requirements.

Mathematics Preparation Requirement. Entering students must present satisfactory credits for at least six semester hours of college-level mathematics excluding remedial mathematics and first-level statistics courses. This requirement will be satisfied with college algebra and an introductory calculus course.

Computer Proficiency Requirement. Entering students must have completed MISY 2305, or the equivalent, with a grade of “C” or better.

Students with Nonbusiness Degrees

In addition to meeting the mathematics and computer proficiency requirements, students who have had no undergraduate work in business may be required to earn up to 48 semester credit hours to fulfill the requirements for the MBA degree. Included are 18 credits of core courses designed to provide preparation comparable to the professional core in the undergraduate curriculum of the College of Business. Some or all of these core courses may be waived for students who have received a “B” or better in comparable undergraduate courses.

Core Courses

The following courses form the core knowledge in business required for students with nonbusiness undergraduate degrees. Core courses cannot be taken for advanced course credit. Students must be admitted to the MBA program before enrolling in graduate-level core courses.

Total Core Hours: 18


The Director of Master’s Programs may waive core courses if the student has previously completed appropriate business courses. Graduate students from other colleges should consult the Director of Master’s Programs in the College of Business for selection of appropriate courses. Courses need to be taken in an order that allows satisfying the prerequisite requirements (check course descriptions for prerequisites).

Master of Business Administration Advanced Requirements

In addition to satisfying the core requirements in business, all MBA students must complete a minimum of 30 credits of advanced graduate courses at the 5315 level or higher (36 hours for those electing to concentrate in Finance, Health Care Administration, or International Business as listed below). These advanced courses should be taken in the order listed to enhance understanding of course materials and satisfy needed prerequisites.

Total Advanced Hours: 30

Additional Information

*Must be taken at the end of the program after completion of all advanced, non-elective, courses. In unusual circumstances, it may be taken concurrently with the final required courses with the written permission of the Director of Master’s Programs.

Students with an undergraduate major in the field of an advanced course may substitute an additional approved elective in that field. At least 18 credits must be in areas other than the area of concentration. Electives (courses numbered above 5315) are selected from the offerings of the College of Business.

Students who elect to concentrate in Finance, Health Care Administration, or International Business are required to complete 36 hours of advanced courses: 24 hours of required credits and 12 hours in the area of concentration.

Master of Business Administration - Finance Concentration

Master of Business Administration - Health Care Administration Concentration

Concentration Requirements: (12 semester hours from the following)

Master of Business Administration - International Business Concentration

Concentration Requirements: (12 semester hours from the following)


Students in all graduate business programs must comply with the college academic policies and requirements described previously.

For Additional Information



Campus address:

Michael and Karen O’Connor Building, OCNR 234; Phone: (361) 825-2655

Mailing address:

Director of Master’s Programs, College of Business
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5808