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Department of Management, Marketing and General Business - Master of Business Administration Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Management, Marketing and General Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the basic information relating to the MBA program?
     
  2. How do I access information about applying to the MBA Program? 
     
  3. What are the course requirements, course formats, and length of courses?

  4. What is the MBA Portfolio?

  5. What are registration requirements/processes?
     
  6. What is the cost of the MBA Program?

  7. What is the process for dropping a course or withdrawing from the University?

  8. How do I apply for graduation? 

1. What is the basic information relating to the MBA Program

Answer

The MBA website contains the following information:
·         Introductory information about the MBA program;
·         Full Admission Requirements;
·         Provisional Acceptance Requirements and the Three Step Admission Process;
·         Graduate School Application Materials;
·         College of Business Application Materials;
·         MBA Requirements (31 to 49 graduate hours);
o   MBA Foundation Courses (0 to 9 hours)
o   MBA Core Courses (28 graduate hours)
o   Courses for Emphasis Areas (3 – 9 graduate hours);
·         Learning Objectives for the MBA Program; and
·         Graduate Level Course Offerings (updated each semester as scheduling is completed).

2. How do I access information about applying to the MBA program?

Answer

To access information about applying to the MBA program, select the ‘Apply Now’ link located on the upper right side of the MBA web site.
·         Select the ‘Graduate’ link for access to:
o   International Admissions Application;
o   Texas Common Application;
o   Other Important Information including transcript requirements, test score code, application deadlines, scholarship information, and contact information for the Graduate School.

3. What are the course requirements, course formats, and length of courses?

Answer

The exact courses required for each student will vary depending on each student’s academic background. If a student has a degree outside the College of business or has lower grades in courses directly related to the MBA program, that student may be required to complete 3 to 9 hours of foundation coursework.
 
The overall course requirements will be determined through review by the Graduate Admissions Committee based on the student’s undergraduate GPA, previous graduate GPA (if student has completed previous graduate work), Career progression as reflected in work experience, and a Statement of Goals discussing how earning the MBA degree will help them meet their career goals.
 
Students can take courses in a traditional classroom format, an online format, and/or a hybrid format (combination of classroom and online formats).
 
It is possible for a student to complete all course requirements for the MBA program through taking only online courses.
 
Courses are also offered in a compressed format of 12 weeks or the more traditional 16 week format. The compressed time period for graduate course offerings allows students to spend more time with family during the holidays or it can allow students to focus on another course that is scheduled for the traditional 16 week time period.
 
A list of graduate business courses offered in the College of Business for the current registration cycle is available at the very end of the MBA program web site.  Information is included regarding both the format and time period for each course.
 
Additional information is available in Buff Advisor. Students can select ‘Registration: Buff Advisor’ and follow the prompts. Graduate courses offered in the College of Business are available in seven different academic areas: ACCT (accounting), BUSI (business), CIDM (computer information and decision management, a combination of CIS courses and quantitative analysis courses), ECON (economics), FIN (finance), MGT (management), and MKT (marketing).
 
Links to course descriptions for core MBA courses are included on the MBA web site. A link to the graduate catalog is also located on the MBA web site. Course descriptions for all graduate courses offered in the College of Business are included.
 
The College of Business home page contains a link, ‘Syllabus Search.’ From this site you can search by Instructor name; by department and year; or by semester and year. Instructors typically upload course syllabi to this site each semester.
 
The WTAMU Bookstore has current information each semester about books or other materials that will be needed for courses. From the WTAMU home page, select the Pull Down menu in the upper right side of the screen; select ‘Bookstore’ and follow the prompts to see book selections for the course(s) you are taking.
 
On the first day of classes as shown in Buff Advisor, you will be expected to access your online course(s). From the WTAMU home page, select, ‘My Buff Portal.’ If you do not have a user name and password for access to this site, you can contact the WT Help Desk at 806-651-4357 and they will walk you through the steps to set up your Username and Password.

4. What is the MBA Portfolio?

Answer

BUSI 6105 (MBA Portfolio) is one of the final courses completed by MBA students. It provides an opportunity for students to showcase their academic accomplishments over the course of the MBA program.

Students will typically draw from work completed in their first 30 hours of core/elective MBA coursework. One purpose of the course is for students to show how assignments they have completed meet each of the eight learning outcomes for the MBA program.

To be prepared in advance for this course, it is important that students keep copies of their assignments from all MBA graduate work completed during their program. It is strongly recommended that students keep duplicate copies of their work so that if their computer crashes or falls victim to a virus, at least one other copy of their MBA course assignments will still be available.


5. What are registration requirements/processes?

Answer

Generally the information on the MBA web site sections, ‘Graduate School Application Materials’ and ‘College of Business Application Materials’ will need to be submitted in order for the student to be eligible for initial course registration. Students with questions about registration eligibility are encouraged to contact the associate dean (lmills@wtamu.edu).

In the MBA student’s first semester of course work, it is usually faster and easier to work with the director of graduate programs in the College of Business to be enrolled in courses at the same time the Graduate Advising Agreement and Plan of Study for the MBA program are completed. This paperwork can be completed in person or through email.

In subsequent semesters, after an MBA student has been green-lighted by their graduate advisor (director of graduate programs), it is usually possible to register for most courses through Buff Advisor. If the student encounters difficulties enrolling through Buff Advisor, they are encouraged to contact the associate dean.

Students are encouraged to access the current Academic Calendar, the current Registration and Class Information, and Key Dates for Upcoming Semesters. Links to both of these sites are located in Buff Advisor. Students can access ‘Registration: Buff Advisor’ from the WTAMU home page.

Information about priority registration, payment deadlines, late registration, the last day to register or add classes, course start and end dates, holidays, graduation, etc. are located on these sites.

Students who have not taken any courses for only one long semester (spring or fall) will need to complete the short returning form for graduate students. From the MBA web site students can select ‘Apply Now’ in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. They will then select ‘Graduate’ and ‘Short Application Form’ and complete and submit this form as described.

Students who have not taken any courses for MORE than one long semester will need to complete the Texas Common Application form. From the MBA web site students can select ‘Apply Now’ in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. They will then select ‘Graduate’ and ‘Texas Common Application Form’ and complete and submit this form as described.


6. What is the cost of the MBA Program?

Answer

From the WTAMU home page students can select ‘Registration: Buff Advisor’ and access information about tuition costs under the link ‘Registration and Class Information.’ After registration is completed, if you do not have a user name and password for access to this site, you can contact the WT Help Desk at 806-651-4357 and they will walk you through the steps to set up your Username and Password.

If you have other questions about course payments, you can contact the Business Office at 806-651-2080.

There is also a link for ‘Cost Calculator’ located on the WTAMU home page and the Admissions web site.

Students who are interested in information about Financial Aid eligibility and requirements can select ‘Student Support’ from the WTAMU home page. This link provides access to information about applying for financial aid as well as contact information for personnel in the Financial Aid Office.

The ‘Student Support’ web site also contains information about applying for scholarships as well as contact information for personnel in the Scholarship Office. 


7. What is the process for dropping a course or withdrawing from the University?

Answer

In the event it should become necessary to drop a course or to withdraw from the University (drop all currently enrolled courses), on the WTAMU home page, select the link ‘My Buff Portal’ and log in as directed. You can then select ‘Students’ and ‘Drop Classes.’ Select only the course or courses you want to drop.
 
If you are unable to drop a class through Buff Advisor, please contact the registrar’s office directly.
 
To withdraw from the University (drop all courses), you will need to contact the registrar’s office directly. Once classes begin, this option cannot be completed through Buff Advisor.
 
The phone number for the Registrar’s Office is 806-651-4911.
 
Contact information is also available from their web site at:
 
Information about drop/withdrawal dates from the academic calendar located in Buff Advisor.

8. How do I apply for graduation?

Answer

To apply for graduation, please contact Ms. Gail Hall in the Graduate School by email (ghall@wtamu.edu) or by phone (806-651-2730).


 

 

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