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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 100 ranking.  At a ranking of #98 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. The online MBA program was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 (#56) and 2014 (#27). 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 welcome to take the GMAT exam, those with an undergraduate 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  gradbusprograms@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
We recommend that you visit our MBA Application Guide for details about how to apply to our program. The guide includes all of the links, email addresses, and street addresses that are relevant to the application process.

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

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

We review the academic background of each applicant to determine whether they will need to complete foundation courses. The three areas in which applicants are most likely to need foundation courses are Financial Accounting, Statistics, and Corporate Finance, but might also include Economics, Management, Marketing, or Business Law.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree in business administration may or may not be required to take foundation courses.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree outside of business administration or an undergraduate degree in business administration may be required to take up to 9 semester hours from the following: ACCT 6300, ECON 6300, CIDM 6300, MGT 6300, MKT 6300, FIN 6300, and BUSI 6300. This determination is made 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:

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:

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:

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:

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 general information, please contact gradbusprograms@wtamu.edu

For specific questions, please 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 2016   Summer 2015   Fall 2015  Winter 2015-2016

Registration for the 2015-2016 Winter intersession and Spring 2016 semesters will begin at 12:01 am November 2, 2015 for currently registered students and 12:01 am November 23, 2015 for new students.