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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

How many courses do I need to take to complete the MBA program?
What is the MBA Portfolio course? 
Can the program be completed entirely online?
How long is each semester?
What is the cost of the program?
How do I apply to the MBA program?
What is the process for dropping a course or withdrawing from the University?
How do I apply for graduation?


How many courses do I need to take to complete the MBA program?

Our program ranges from 31 to 46 credit hours. There are three types of courses in our MBA program—foundation courses, core courses, and elective and emphasis courses. Please keep in mind that we can provide you with an early review of your degree plan requirements if you send a copy of your resume and unofficial transcripts to Catherine Lee in our MBA office (crlee@wtamu.edu).

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

·         For students whose undergraduate degree is outside the College of Business, the three areas where they are most likely to need leveling or foundation courses are: Financial Accounting, Statistics, and Corporate Finance. We have found that students without an academic background in these three areas tend to struggle with the related core courses and we prefer our students to be prepared for success. The core courses in these three areas are, in our opinion, the backbone of a quality MBA program.

·         The determination of whether or not a student would need leveling work is made from a review of a transcript of their previous academic coursework. This will be determined before a student begins the graduate program so they will have advance knowledge about all degree program requirements.

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

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Computer Information and Decision Management
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Management
  • International Business
  • Capstone course: MBA Portfolio

Courses for Emphasis Areas (3 to 9 graduate hours)

We also offer several options for students who are interested in specific areas of concentration. Students who wish to earn a formal emphasis in one of the areas listed below must complete 37 credit hours (9 core courses, 3 elective courses from the emphasis area, and our capstone MBA Portfolio course).

    • Management: Complete 9 elective credit hours from the MGT area.
    • Marketing: Complete 9 elective credit hours from the MKT area.
    • CIS: Complete 9 elective credit hours from the CIDM area. Note: To be eligible for this area of concentration, applicants must have (a) an undergraduate degree in CIS, MIS, CS, or another technology related area or (b) at least two years of work experience in the technology field.
    • Healthcare Management: Complete 9 elective credit hours from BUSI 5370, CIDM 6375/MGT 6375, ECON 6370, FIN 6370, MGT 6370, or MKT 6370. Note: To be eligible for this area of concentration, applicants must have (a) an undergraduate degree in a healthcare-related area or (b) at least two years of work experience in the healthcare field or a closely related equivalent.

Course descriptions for graduate business courses can be found in Graduate Catalog.                                  Back to top


What is the MBA Portfolio course?

MBA Portfolio serves as a capstone event in your MBA program. Rather than have you complete a comprehensive examination or a master's thesis, we instead ask each of our prospective graduates to compile their best graduate work into a portfolio that illustrates the knowledge they have gained, the skills they have honed, and the goals they have accomplished. Once completed, your portfolio will represent a tangible symbol of the time and effort you put into your graduate education.

You can visit the webpage for the MBA Portfolio course to learn more.                                                             Back to top


Can the program be completed entirely online?

Yes. Overall, there is no on-site commitment required for our MBA program. In addition, all of our courses are asynchronous. That is, you do not need to log in to the courses at specific times to participate in discussions or attend lectures.       Back to top


How long is each semester?

During the fall and spring semesters, courses are 12 weeks in duration. During the summer there are 5-week courses and 8-week courses that are offered.                                                                                                                                   Back to top


What is the cost of the program?

The cost of our courses is roughly $1,100 per 3-hour course. This cost is nearly the same for out-of-state and in-state students. Overall, we think that you will find that our program is one of the most affordable, highly-ranked programs in the country. Please note that this estimate does not include books. Each instructor uses something different and costs of books can vary from course to course.

For a more specific estimate, we recommend that you take a look at the tables found HERE. This page provides tables for both in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. Each table lists the total tuition and fees bill for a given number of credit hours. For graduate courses you should add $66.43 per semester credit hour to the total presented in the tables. You should also add in $30.66 per credit hour for the College of Business differential tuition rate.

If you are a true distance student (taking only online courses), each semester you can complete the Distance Education Fee Waiver Request. This allows you to waive fees for campus-based services from which you cannot benefit. Completing this waiver each semester can result in considerable savings over the course of your studies. The following fees can be waived if you are a true distance student:

  • Health Fee
  • Student Center Complex Fee
  • Recreational Sports Fee
  • Athletics Fee
  • Transportation/Traffic Fee                                                                                                                     Back to top

How do I apply to the MBA Program?

We recommend that you visit our MBA Application Guide for details about how to apply to the program. The guide includes all of the links, email addresses, and street addresses that are relevant to the application process.                        Back to top

How do I drop a course or withdraw from the University?

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.                          Back to top

How do I apply for graduation?

If it is time for you to apply for graduation, let us first say this: Congratulations! To apply for graduation, please contact Ms. Janet Wood in the Graduate School by email (jawood@wtamu.edu) or by phone (806-651-2730).                                          Back to top


 

 

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