Department of Management, Marketing and General Business
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Online Course Mode
WT's AACSB accredited College of Business has one of the top online MBA programs available today. The 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings list the WT online MBA #11 in the nation for student services and technology, #15 in student engagement, #26 in faculty credentials, and #32 overall. The Simple Dollar ranks the WTAMU online MBA program #1 in 2014 and #2 in 2015 for affordability combined with national ranking. Get Educated.com ranks West Texas A&M #8 as a Best Buy MBA program. Top 10 Online Colleges ranks the WT program #8 for Most Affordable Online Business Graduate Degrees. Online MBA Report ranks the WT online program #23 overall, #4 in the Southwest, #4 with for a concentration in Healthcare Management, and #10 for a concentration in marketing. College Choice ranks the WT online MBA Program #10 based on a combination of reputation and affordability for 2015. SuperScholar.org ranks the WT online MBA program #5 overall. Top Management Degrees ranks the MBA Healthcare Concentration #5 in the in their 2015 rankings of online Healthcare Management programs.
The College of Business offers a complete MBA program that is available exclusively via the Internet or can combine online courses with campus courses to meet degree requirements. Students are able to take every course required for graduation online. The online courses are the same that on-campus students must take, but feature the convenience of learning from home at any time of the day. Students that do not want to complete their course work exclusively online are welcome to complete courses on campus in addition to the online mode. The MBA program is generally designed for completion within a two-year period, although a few students complete the program in as little as 12-18 months while others that work full-time may work on degree requirements for three or more years. Admission and academic credit consideration may be provided for excellence in previous academic program, GMAT performance, career progression in industry and/or in military service.
MBA frequently asked questions
Students enrolled only in online courses may complete a Distance Education Fee Waiver Request. This request must be renewed each semester.
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.
Full Admission Requirements
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.
- Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher
- 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 (email@example.com). Alternately, you may submit an Electronic GMAT Score Waiver Request Form.
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
- 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.
- Resume showing career progress
- Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree
- Proficiency in foundation business courses
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 (CIS)****— nine semester hours of 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, an applicant 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 management courses.
- MBA—Marketing*—nine semester hours of marketing courses.
- MBA—Healthcare Management Emphasis— nine graduate hours from BUSI 5370, BUSI 6370 MGT 6370, MKT 6370, ECON 6370, FIN 6370, or CIDM 6375/MGT 6375. To join the MBA program with an emphasis in healthcare, an applicant needs 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 of graduate business program, elective graduate courses may be taken outside the College of Business.
Leveling courses ACCT 6330, ECON 6300, FIN 6300, CIDM 6300, BUSI 6300, MGT 6300, or MKT 6300 are not elective courses and can only be used to meet leveling requirements as part of degree completion.
Course descriptions for graduate-level courses in the College of Business can be accessed from the West Texas A&M University Graduate Catalog.
For information, contact:
Dr. Jonathan Shaffer, director of graduate business programs at 806-651-2489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. LaVelle Mills, associate dean of graduate business programs at 806-651-3866 or email email@example.com
Graduate Course Schedules
Registration for the 2015 Summer and Fall semesters will begin April 1, 2015 for currently registered students and April 20, 2015 for new students.