Nov 28, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 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 non-business and business graduates. The program is offered in three delivery formats - on-campus MBA, online MBA, and a weekend-based Executive MBA.

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

Student Learning Goals and Objectives

G1. To be effective communicators

O1. Students demonstrate the ability to integrate data and analysis effectively in written form (proper grammar, spelling, syntax, and construction).

O2. Students demonstrate the ability to present data and analysis effectively in public presentations with professional and technical presentation skills.

G2. To be competent in business practices

O1. Students demonstrate basic knowledge of business theories and understanding of how to apply correct business concepts.

O2. Students demonstrate the ability to integrate theories, concepts, and practices across disciplines to develop practical answers.

O3. Students demonstrate the ability to use technology effectively to analyze data

G3. To be good decision makers

O1. Students demonstrate the ability to identify valid and reliable information applicable to the issue at hand in an effective and efficient manner

O2. Students demonstrate the ability to generate multiple responses to issues and analyze the relative value of these responses

O3. Students demonstrate the ability to determine the appropriate response and provide rationale for the selected response

G4. To be good citizens

O1. Students demonstrate the ability to apply concepts of ethics to business practices and to assess the impacts of their decisions.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must comply with University procedures and meet University standards for admission. Applicants must submit an application to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. 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 or for Executive MBA applicants. 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. The GMAT or GRE is not required for applicants to the Executive MBA program. In addition to the admission requirements listed above, admission to the Executive MBA program requires a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience. A personal interview is required to assess the applicant’s scope of managerial responsibility and experience.

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

The number of hours required for the MBA degree requirements range from 30 to 42 and vary by concentration area, delivery format, and necessity for foundational courses for students with non-business degrees.  The program may require up to 42 hours of graduate work for non-business majors and may be completed in as few as 30 hours for students with an undergraduate degree in business.  The on-campus and online MBA formats both require 30 hours for students with an undergraduate degree in business.  The selection of a concentration would increase the number of hours in the program of study to 36 for a student with an undergraduate degree in business. The weekend-based Executive MBA program requires a total of 36 hours of coursework.

 

On-Campus and Online MBA


Students with Nonbusiness Degrees


Students who have had no undergraduate work in business may be required to complete 12 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: 12

 Note:

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 Accounting, 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.

Advanced Courses:


Total Advanced Hours: 30

 

*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.

 

Concentration Courses


A concentration is not required in the MBA, but is available to students desiring degree specialization.  Students who elect to concentrate in Accounting, 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. 

Accounting Concentration Requirements: (12 semester hours from the following)


See the College of Business section of the Graduate Catalog for details on the MAcc and the MBA programs. (An advanced degree is not currently required to meet the 150-hours standard for becoming a candidate for the CPA examination.) See the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy website for more information: https://www.tsbpa.texas.gov.

Students should also be aware that pursuant to TAC Rule 511.57(c), the Board will accept no fewer than 30 semester credit hours of accounting courses from the courses listed in subsection (e)(1) - (13) of this section. The courses must meet the Board’s standards by containing sufficient business knowledge and application to be useful to candidates taking the UCPAE. A Board-recognized institution of higher education must have accepted the courses for purposes of obtaining a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, and they must be shown on an official transcript. At least 15 of these hours must result from physical attendance at classes meeting regularly on the campus of the transcript-issuing institution.

Finance Concentration Requirements: (12 semester hours from the following)


Health Care Administration Concentration Requirements: (12 semester hours from the following)


International Business Concentration Requirements: (12 semester hours from the following)


Executive MBA


The Executive MBA provides working professionals with the analytic tools and business knowledge needed to improve managerial decision-making. The Executive MBA format requires 30-36 credit hours of course study. Cohort-based, weekend classes allow students to pursue the MBA degree without sacrificing current employment. Technology is used to enhance classroom learning and to facilitate student and faculty interaction when students are away from campus. 

In addition to the requirements listed above, admission to the Executive MBA requires a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience. A personal interview is required to assess the applicant’s scope of managerial responsibility and experience.

Executive MBA Core Courses


Total Core Hours: 6

Note: 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).

Executive MBA Advanced Courses


Total Program Hours: 30-36

*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.

Note:


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

For Additional Information


Website:

http://www.cob.tamucc.edu

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. Unit 5808
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5808