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Department of Management, Marketing and General Business - Master of Business Administration

Department of Management, Marketing and General Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Introduction                                                                                                           MBA Brochure

COB PinThe MBA program at West Texas A&M University offers a variety of options for students seeking a professional business degree from a program with AACSB accreditation.  Students in the MBA program have the option to concentrate in management, marketing, health care administration, and computer information systems (students interested in an accounting concentration should consider the MPA program while those interested in an economics or finance concentration are encouraged to consider the MSFE program).  The MBA program at West Texas A&M University has been recognized with distinction by The Financial Engineer as the only regional program in the Southwest to earn a top 150 ranking.  At a ranking of #140 overall, the West Texas A&M University MBA program is the highest rated regional university in the Southwest. This places the program in the top two percent overall.  Earlier this year, the online MBA program at West Texas A&M University was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the #32 program overall and the second highest rated regional university in the West.  Superscholar.org ranks the online MBA program at WT #5.  

Consideration may be provided for excellence in previous academic program, GMAT performance, career progression in industry and/or in military service.

The 31-49 credit hour MBA program is designed for completion within a two-year period, although the program can be completed in as soon as one year for some students.  Courses are offered on campus, in Amarillo (primarily at night) and online.  Students are able to take every course required for graduation in the online, campus or Amarillo environments.  In addition, students have the option of combining online courses with traditional campus or Amarillo courses to meet degree requirements. 

For more information about the MBA program please refer to MBA frequently asked questions. If you would like us to send you general information about the program, please complete an Electronic Inquiry and someone from our program will contact you.

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is also available completely online.


Full Admission Requirements

1. Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher
2. While all applicants are encouraged to take the GMAT exam, those with an UG GPA of 3.0 or higher may request to have this requirement waived by completing a GMAT Score Waiver Request Form and emailing it to Catherine Lee (crlee@wtamu.edu). Alternately, you may submit an Electronic GMAT Score Waiver Request Form.
3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
4. Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter must be a professional recommendation. The College of Business Recommendation Letter Form is available for downloading.
5. Resume showing career progress*
6. Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree*
7. Proficiency in foundation business courses

*To be emailed to Ms. Catherine Lee, Office of Graduate Business Programs (crlee@wtamu.edu)

Provisional Acceptance Requirements

1. Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher but less than 3.0
2. GMAT score comparable to that of students who are currently successful in the program
3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
4. Three letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be a professional recommendation)*
5. Resume showing career progress*
6. Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree*
7. Proficiency in foundation business courses

*To be e-mailed to Ms. Catherine Lee, Office of Graduate Business Programs (crlee@wtamu.edu)

Provisional acceptance to a graduate program in the College of Business can consist of multiple steps, dependent on each applicant’s overall background as described above.

Step One

Consistent with historic Graduate School admission policy, basic provisional acceptance may be granted when both of the following conditions are met:

  • At least a 2.5 undergraduate GPA and
  • At least 25th percentile in one or more categories of the GMAT.
Students not qualifying for basic provisional acceptance will be denied acceptance and may consult with the dean of the Graduate School for assistance on future admission possibilities.

Step Two

Consistent with requirements established for provisional acceptance to a graduate program in the College of Business, the Graduate Business Admissions Committee will review all student materials as listed above, in addition to any initial graduate work completed, and determine requirements needed to maintain provisional acceptance (e.g., repeat the GMAT to earn a score comparable to that of students who are currently successful in the program or provide clarification with respect to professional goals). It is expected that students who have provisional acceptance will earn grades of B or higher in all courses.

Step Three

The Graduate Business Admissions Committee will review materials for all students in Step Two of provisional acceptance at the end of each fall and spring semester and at the end of the second summer session. Depending on student performance as described in Step Two above, the Graduate Business Admissions Committee may recommend the student be moved to full admission in their elected graduate program in the College of Business. Recommendations for students not meeting the requirements for full admission will be considered on an individual student performance basis and can include recommendation to end provisional acceptance and encourage the student to consult with the dean of the Graduate School for assistance on other program admission possibilities outside the College of Business.

Graduate School Application Materials

A complete Graduate School application packet includes the Graduate application, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, GMAT scores (as required), and a non-refundable graduate application fee. The complete application packet must be received by the Graduate School by application deadlines to ensure consideration for the semester selected. Application deadlines are August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring), and May 1 (Summer).

An administrative “hold” preventing the applicant from enrolling in subsequent semesters is placed on the student’s file if the student has not completed the admission procedure before the end of the first semester of graduate course work.

NOTE: Students must be admitted before being eligible for federal financial aid. Programs may require additional documents for admission.

College of Business Application Materials

Applicants for the MBA program in the College of Business are requested to provide the office of graduate business programs with a copy of their career resume, a statement describing their career goals and how earning a MBA degree will help them achieve those goals, and three letters of recommendation.

Upon approval by the College of Business Graduate Business Admissions Committee, a student with provisional acceptance may enroll in a maximum of 12 – 18 semester credit hours of graduate courses selected with the student and the MBA advisor for the office of graduate business programs. The graduate business admissions committee will consider students for full admission to a graduate program in the College of Business based on their review of the student’s undergraduate GPA and:

  • earning grades of B and above on graduate level work completed as a provisionally accepted graduate student in the College of Business,
  • submitting a GMAT score that is comparable to successful students in the MBA program,
  • providing three letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be a professional recommendation),
  • providing a resume showing career progress,
  • providing a statement of goals and objectives and how attainment of an MBA degree will
    enhance their ability to reach their career goals.
The Graduate Business Admissions Committee will review progress of students with provisional acceptance at the end of each fall and spring semester and at the end of the second summer session.

M.B.A. Requirements (31 to 49 graduate hours)

M.B.A. Foundation Courses (0 to 9 graduate hours)

  • Students with an undergraduate degree in business administration or a closely related field and a grade point average of 2.8 or higher may not be required to take foundation courses. 
  • Students with an undergraduate degree outside of business administration or an undergraduate degree in business administration with a grade point average below 2.8 are required to take 9 semester hours from the following: ACCT 6300, ECON 6300, CIDM 6300, MGT 6300, MKT 6300, FIN 6300, and BUSI 6300.  The explicit nine semester hours are determined by the associate dean.  In addition, the associate dean may select more than 9 semester hours of foundation courses in special cases where student academic background in business administration, grade point average or work experience are limited.

M.B.A. Core Courses (28 graduate hours)

Courses for Emphasis Areas (3 to 9 graduate hours)

  • MBA-General Business*—three semester hours of graduate business electives.
  • MBA—Computer Information Systems— nine semester hours of graduate CIDM courses, which must include six hours from CIDM 6325, CIDM 6330, CIDM 6340, CIDM 6350, CIDM 6355, or CIDM 6363.  To join the MBA program with an emphasis in CIS, the person needs an undergraduate degree in CIS, MIS, CS, or technology related area of concentration or at least two years of work experience in the technology field.
  • MBA—Management*—nine semester hours of graduate management courses.
  • MBA—Marketing*—nine semester hours of graduate marketing courses.
  • MBA—Healthcare Management Emphasis— nine graduate hours from BUSI 5370, BUSI 6370, MGT 6370, MKT 6370, ECON 6370, FIN 6370, CIDM 6375/MGT 6375.  To join the MBA program with an emphasis in healthcare applicants need at least two years of work experience in the healthcare field or a closely related equivalent.
     
*An elective course may be any graduate-level course in the College of Business (except 6300 leveling courses) or, with approval from the associate dean, elective graduate courses may be taken outside the College of Business.

Course descriptions for graduate-level courses in the College of Business can be accessed from the West Texas A&M University Graduate Catalog.


Learning Objectives for the MBA Program

Goal 1: Professional Communication:

Objectives:
1.1 Professional Writing: Demonstrate capacity to employ written presentation channels to effectively communicate with different levels of personnel and meet organizational goals.
1.2 Oral Communication: Demonstrate capacity to employ oral presentation channels to effectively communicate with different levels of personnel and meet organizational goals.

Goal 2: Leadership:

Objectives:
2.1 Capacity to Lead: Demonstrate understanding of the leadership skills necessary to foster team effectiveness for making decisions.
2.2 Goal Setting: Demonstrate capacity to establish and evaluate organizational goals.

Goal 3: Business Environment:

Objectives:
3.1 Business Ethics: Demonstrate capacity to recognize and evaluate ethical dimensions of business decisions and the effects on stakeholders.
3.2 Global Business Environment: Demonstrate knowledge of the issues involved in conducting business in a diverse, global environment.

Goal 4: Business Integration:

Objectives:
4.1 Decision Making: Demonstrate capacity to integrate quantitative and qualitative techniques from functional business areas to analyze business alternatives.
4.2 Strategic Planning: Demonstrate capacity to formulate strategies that are feasible, understandable, and foster long-term sustainability within the context of achieving organizational goals and social responsibilities.

MBA Learning Goals, Objectives, and Rubrics


Contact Information

For information, contact:

Dr. Jonathan Shaffer, director of graduate business programs at 806-651-2489 or email jshaffer@wtamu.edu

Dr. LaVelle Mills, associate dean of graduate business programs at 806-651-3866 or email lmills@wtamu.edu.



Graduate Course Schedules  

Spring 2015   Summer 2015   Fall 2015

Registration for the 2015 Summer and Fall semesters will begin April 1, 2015 for currently registered students and April 20, 2015 for new students.



 

 

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