COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES
Dr. Linda Jones, Dean
Administration Building, Room 141
The Texas A&M University System Board of Directors approved graduate degree programs at the master's level for Tarleton State University on November 26, 1969. Meeting in special session at College Station, the Coordinating Board of the Texas College and University Systems granted approval on December 4, 1969, for three initial master's-level programs, setting the Fall Semester of 1971 as the effective date of graduate course offerings for the programs.
Approved programs include the Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, and Master of Criminal Justice.
The mission of the College of Graduate Studies is to promote excellence in graduate education through teaching, research, and service. The College of Graduate Studies, in conjunction with the Graduate Council, accomplishes its mission through the planning and development of policy and procedures related to graduate education; the recruitment, admission, and retention of qualified students; and by providing support and coordination of high quality course offerings and degree programs.
The aims of the College of Graduate Studies are to:
1. increase the professional competence of students in their chosen fields;
2. train students in analytical methodology; and
3. provide advanced training in academic disciplines.
Administration of the College of Graduate Studies is the responsibility of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The Graduate Council, made up of graduate faculty from departments having graduate programs, assists in establishing policies concerning the graduate school. The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies is chair of the Graduate Council and has the authority to act for the administration and the Council within limits of policy.
GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
Tarleton State University offers the Master of Education degree with majors in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Physical Education, and Counseling; the Master of Arts degree with major fields in English, History, and Political Science; the Master of Science degree with major fields in Agriculture, Agricultural Education, Biology, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Environmental Science, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Liberal Studies, Management, and Mathematics; the Master of Business Administration degree; and the Master of Criminal Justice degree.
Admission policies, program requirements, and comprehensive examination procedures for each of these graduate degree programs are specifically described within the appropriate departmental sections that follow.
|College of Agriculture & Human Sciences|
|Department of Agribusiness, Agronomy,||Agriculture||MS|
|Horticulture, & Range Management|
Department of Agricultural Services & Development
|Department of Animal Sciences||Agriculture||MS|
|College of Business Administration|
Department of Accounting, Finance,& Economics
Department of Computer Information Systems
Department of Management, Marketing, & Administrative Systems
|Human Resource Management||MS|
College of Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
|Curriculum and Instruction||MEd|
Department of Educational Administration, Counseling, & Psychology
Department of Health & Physical Education
|College of Liberal & Fine Arts||Liberal Studies||MS|
Department of Social Work, Sociology, & Criminal Justice
|Department of English & Languages||English||MA|
|Department of Social Sciences||History||MA|
|College of Science & Technology|
|Department of Biological Sciences||Biology||MS|
|Department of Chemistry & Geosciences||Environmental Science||MS|
Department of Mathematics, Physics, &Engineering
GENERAL GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES
Admission to the College of Graduate Studies is administered for the Graduate Council by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Applicants seeking admission to the College of Graduate Studies must present the following credentials and materials indicating they possess the ability to pursue graduate work successfully:
1. A formal application for admission. Application forms are available from the office of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Room 141, Administration Building. For U.S. citizens, applications must be received one month prior to the regular registration dates indicated in the current University Calendar. A $25 application-processing fee must accompany applications of students who will be attending Tarleton for the first time or who have not been enrolled at Tarleton for one year. Checks should be made payable to Tarleton State University.
2. Official transcript(s) of all previous academic course work. The transcript must bear the date of bachelor's degree conferral and indicate that the applicant was in good standing at the last institution attended.
3. Scores on the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). These scores should be sent directly to the Graduate Office by the Educational Testing Service. GRE scores must be submitted by the end of the first long semester of enrollment in graduate courses at Tarleton.
4. A 200-300 word essay addressing his/her career and academic goals.
Beyond these general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, departments may set additional standards for admission to degree programs as necessary, subject to administrative approval.
CATEGORIES OF ADMISSION
Enrollment in the College of Graduate Studies requires that students obtain the following:
1. admission to a graduate degree program,
2. admission to a professional (graduate) teacher certificate program, or
3. provisional admission for Tarleton undergraduates.
Degree-seeking students are granted either full (unconditional) admission or conditional admission.
1. Admission to a Graduate Degree Program
Full Admission. Admission to any graduate degree program is granted by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies upon recommendation of the department of proposed study. Full admission is awarded to applicants who meet the following requirements:
1. a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution;
2. a minimum grade point average (based on a 4-point scale) of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of credit completed;
3. acceptable scores on the Aptitude Test of the GRE; (Master of Business Administration students may substitute acceptable scores on the GMAT.)
4. submission of a 200-300 word essay addressing professional and career goals.
Completion of specific departmental admission requirements and recommendation for admission from the appropriate department may be required for admission to the chosen field of study.
Conditional Admission. A student who is not qualified for full admission may be granted conditional admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Conditional admission will not be granted, however, to a student whose GPA is less than 2.5 on the last 60 hours of course work completed. GRE scores must be submitted at the time of application if the GPA is below 3.0.
When a student entering on conditional admission has satisfied all conditions stipulated by the College of Graduate Studies, he/she will be granted full admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Upon completion of conditions for admission to a degree program, the student must be recommended by the department for full admission to the program of study.
Applicants who for reasons beyond their control cannot provide all documents required for admission to a degree program by the time of initial enrollment may be considered for conditional admission.
2. Admission to a Professional Teacher Certificate Program
Professional teacher certificate programs are open only to graduate students. Some of the programs do not require the completion of a master’s degree.
Admission to a professional teacher certificate program is granted upon the recommendation of the head of the department in which the program is offered and the submission of a certificate plan approved by the University Teacher Certification Officer.
Non-degree students are not required to submit scores on the GRE or the GMAT. However, official transcript(s) that indicate the conferral of the bachelor's degree and good standing at the last college attended are required.
3. Provisional Admission for Undergraduates
An undergraduate at Tarleton may be considered for admission to the College of Graduate Studies provided that the student
1. is within 12 hours of graduation;
2. is recommended by his/her major department; and
3. has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
Note: No graduate course work may be counted toward an undergraduate degree.
ADMISSION AS A POST-BACCALAUREATE STUDENT
An applicant who does not wish to pursue a graduate degree or graduate-level teacher certification program but who has earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution and who is in good standing at the last school attended may apply for admission as a post-baccalaureate student. These applications are received and processed in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Post-baccalaureate students are subject to all requirements and regulations that apply to undergraduates. They must meet the academic progress standards applicable to undergraduates and are subject to the same probation/suspension policies.
An applicant who matriculates as a post-baccalaureate student has no assurance that work completed while in this classification will be applicable to graduate degree requirements, should he or she subsequently gain admission to a graduate degree program. Ordinarily, credits earned as a post-baccalaureate student will not be counted toward a graduate degree. The use of such credits requires the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ ADMISSION
Admission of international students to graduate programs will be based upon holding a valid bachelor's-level degree from an accredited college or university. The quality of the applicant's secondary or college-level work is judged from the grades, class attained, or rank achieved in class. A processing fee of $50 (US) and an application fee of $25, both nonrefundable and payable by money order or bank cashier’s check, must accompany each international transcript submitted for analysis. The student is responsible for providing a translation into English and an evaluation of his/her foreign credentials. Any questions about this requirement should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies.
In addition to the undergraduate grade requirement and an acceptable score on the GRE,* evidence of proficiency in the English language must be presented before an international student will be allowed to enroll in courses that can be used for a graduate degree. A score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service would meet this requirement. Additionally, upon the recommendation of the prospective student's major department, he/she may be required to enroll in specific undergraduate English courses to prepare for demonstration of English proficiency.
The student must have a reliable sponsor in the United States. The sponsor may be a government agency of the student's native country, a company, or any responsible individual. Prior to enrollment, a letter must be on file from the sponsor advising the University that he/she is assuming responsibility for this student, should the student have financial or personal problems that have a bearing on the University.
International applicants must submit two passport-style photos taken within six months of application. Additionally, the Department of Immigration and Naturalization requires that all students have medical insurance with coverage in the United States. Students may wish to purchase insurance through the University upon arrival.
All application materials must be sent to the Office of International Academic Programs. Applications cannot be processed and an I-20 cannot be issued until all materials are received.
For more details about admission for international students, please consult our web page at www. Tarleton.edu/~iap.
* International applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may be granted conditional admission to the graduate program without GRE scores, but they must complete the GRE during their first semester at Tarleton State University. Students planning to pursue a master’s program in business may submit GMAT scores instead of GRE scores.
ENROLLMENT IN GRADUATE COURSES
GRADUATE ADVISOR AND STUDENT’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The graduate advisor, designated by a department, assists students in planning their initial course work prior to granting of admission to the program of study. Before seeking enrollment in any course that might be applied toward a master's degree, students must consult their advisors. A temporary advisor will be available to those enrolling for the first time in an off-campus course.
After receiving admission to the College of Graduate Studies and enrolling for graduate courses, the student should consult with the graduate advisor concerning appointment of an advisory committee. The advisory committee is responsible for guiding and directing the student's entire academic program, which includes initiating all academic actions concerning the student, developing the degree plan, and administering the comprehensive testing prior to conferral of the master's degree. Moreover, the advisory committee as a group and as individual members are responsible for counseling the student on academic matters, and in the case of academic deficiency, initiating recommendations to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
CAMPUS AND OFF-CAMPUS ENROLLMENT
Graduate courses are offered on the Tarleton State University campus in Stephenville, at the System Center in Killeen, and in certain off-campus locations approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The maximum load for a full-time graduate student is 16 semester hours in the fall or spring semester, 6 semester hours in each summer session, or 9 hours for an 8- or 10-week session. The minimum load to be considered a full-time graduate student is 9 semester hours in the fall and spring and 6 semester hours in the summer session. Exceptions to load limits require the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies upon written recommendation of the student's graduate advisor and department head.
GRADUATE STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Every student enrolled in the College of Graduate Students is required to maintain a high level of performance and comply fully with the policies of the institution. The College of Graduate Studies reserves the right to suspend any graduate student who does not maintain satisfactory academic standing or fails to conform to University regulations.
Students who have achieved admission to the College of Graduate Studies are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on work completed at Tarleton. If in a particular semester a student's overall GPA falls below the minimum, he/she will be given notice of unsatisfactory academic performance. The student must attain a 3.0 overall GPA during her or his next period of enrollment; failure to do so will result in suspension for one long semester or the summer term. At the end of any grading period, if a student's overall GPA falls below 2.0 he/she will be automatically suspended.
Students who have been admitted conditionally to a degree program must meet the requirements stipulated for attaining full admission status. Conditions may require a GPA greater than 3.0. If requirements are not met, conditional admission will be rescinded, and any further enrollment will be for undergraduate course work only, as a post-baccalaureate student.
Post-baccalaureate students are subject to the academic progress policies applicable to undergraduates at Tarleton State University. Academic deficiencies of students in this category will be calculated according to the current undergraduate probation/suspension policy.
Graduate students who are suspended must apply to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies for reinstatement. After review of the case, the Dean will make a recommendation to the Graduate Council for action. An appeal of the decision of the Graduate Council may be made to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs who shall render final judgment.
Graduate degree credit is allowed only for A, B, and C grades. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required:
1. for all courses included in a degree plan;
2. for all the courses comprising the major field; and
3. for the courses comprising the minor field, if one is selected.
Courses taken at Tarleton may not be repeated at another institution for degree credit. If a course is repeated at Tarleton, the better grade in the course shall be counted in computing the student's grade point average.
The grading system for graduate students is:
A-Excellent, 4 grade points per semester hour
B-Good, 3 grade points per semester hour
C-Fair, 2 grade points per semester hour
D-Not Passing for graduate course work. Course must be repeated.
I-In Progress (for thesis course only)
S-Satisfactory (for completion of thesis course)
W-Withdrawal from course, no grade designated
The grade K shall be recorded for a student only in case of extraordinary circumstances. This entry is used only in such cases after the instructor and his/her department head have concurred that the incomplete entry is justified. A grade of K must be made up by the end of the next semester and in all cases before registering for the next sequential course. If this grade is not made up within the prescribed time limit, it automatically becomes an F.
Internships in Education not completed during the first semester of registration will receive a letter grade of K (incomplete). Reregistration will be permitted for the following semester, at which time a letter grade will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the required work. If the work is not completed during the subsequent semester, the previous semester's K will become NC, and a letter grade of F will be placed on the transcript for the subsequent semester's work.
COMPLETION TIME LIMIT
Course credits more than six years old may not be counted for a degree. Credits are considered to be earned when they are recorded on the official transcript.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE
SEMESTER HOUR MINIMUM
The candidate must earn graduate credit amounting to a minimum of 36 semester hours. At least two-thirds must be in courses numbered 5000 or above.
CREDIT FOR UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
Courses at the 3000- and 4000-level may be counted toward the degree upon recommendation of the student's advisor and approval of the chair of the department in which the course is offered and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Students taking such courses for graduate credit will be expected to complete course requirements different from those ordinarily included for undergraduates.
LIMITATIONS ON TRANSFER AND CORRESPONDENCE COURSES
Upon the recommendation of the advisory committee and the head of the major department and the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, the University may accept as much as 12 hours of graduate work completed at another regionally accredited institution. Course work in which no formal grades are given or in which grades other than letter grades (A, B, C, etc.) are given (for example CR, P, S, U, etc.) is not accepted for transfer credit. Credit for course work submitted for transfer from any college or university must be shown in semester credit hours or equated to semester credit hours.
A maximum of 6 hours from courses that have been applied or counted toward a completed graduate degree program may be transferred into a Tarleton master’s degree program with the approval of the academic department in which the degree is sought. All courses accepted in transfer must have been completed within six years of the time that the student will complete his/her graduate degree program at Tarleton.
No academic work completed by correspondence may be applied to graduate degree programs.
ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY FOR MASTER’S DEGREE
Full admission to graduate study is a prerequisite to admission to candidacy for the Master's degree. A graduate student may be admitted to candidacy when his or her advisory committee files an approved degree plan accompanied by the student's application for candidacy. The advisory committee will not file a degree plan until the student has completed at least 12 semester hours of graduate credit with an overall B (3.0) GPA.
A graduate student's degree plan includes those courses listed for degree credit on the official degree plan form. All courses on the approved degree plan must be completed with a satisfactory grade to meet requirements for the degree. Changes in an approved degree plan can be made by recommendation to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies by the student's complete advisory committee and head of his or her major department.
Courses listed for graduate credit on the approved degree plan in which the student has received a final grade may not normally be removed from the degree plan, although courses acceptable for graduate credit may be added. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the student's advisory committee, head of his or her major department, and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
All degrees require a minimum of 18 semester hours to be completed in the student's major field. At least 12 hours must be 5000-level courses.
The graduate major requires an undergraduate background of at least 24 semester hours, including 12 advanced hours. However, graduate students who have taken 18 hours of advanced undergraduate education courses as a prerequisite for a teaching certificate may be admitted to a Master of Education degree program. Students choosing the Political Science concentration for the MA may be admitted with a baccalaureate degree in any social science or valid bachelor's-level degree and one year's experience in the public service field.
A student may declare a minor of 12 hours in a second field. It is possible for anyone with an established major to take a minor in any department that offers 6 hours of graduate courses and 6 hours of upper-level undergraduate courses. If a minor is declared, one-half of the minor courses must be at the 5000 level.
RESEARCH AND PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT
All students seeking a master's degree must have credit for an approved research course.
Not every graduate program at Tarleton requires a thesis for completion of a master's degree. The Master of Arts, Master of Science, and some majors in the Master of Education degree provide a thesis option.
Students must have full admission to a degree program and the permission of the department head to enroll in thesis. A thesis will not be accepted unless a student has completed a minimum of six semester hours of thesis course work (5883). The Thesis Manual, which contains details regarding the preparation and submission of a thesis for approval, is available in the Graduate Office and on the graduate college website. Students who plan to pursue a thesis should obtain a copy of this manual early in their graduate programs.
Thesis Credit. Students who pursue a thesis are required to enroll each semester in at least one thesis course until the thesis is completed. Those who make satisfactory progress will be given the grade of I. Once the thesis has been approved and accepted, the final six semester hours of thesis will be assigned the grade of S. The thesis grade of S is not included in the GPA calculation for the degree major or minor.
THE COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Candidates for any of the master's degrees at Tarleton must satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination. A graduate student must be admitted to candidacy for a degree before he/she will be allowed to take the comprehensive examination.
The policies and procedures for the comprehensive examinations are available in the office of the department head of the student's major field of study. Early in their degree program students should review the requirements for taking the examination. Some departments require both oral and written examinations, which must be scheduled early in the semester in which they are to be administered.
The oral examination, when required, is conducted by the student's advisory committee. A representative of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies will be invited to participate in this examination.
Students whose performance on the comprehensive examination is unsatisfactory may reschedule an examination at the next regular administration, or, at the discretion of the advisory committee and head of the department involved, at an earlier date. Unless departmental requirements are more limiting, students who attempt the comprehensive examination three times and are not successful will be dropped from the graduate program.
APPLICATION FOR A DEGREE
Candidates for a degree must complete the following, not later than the dates
specified in the University Calendar:
1. apply for the degree and
2. file a "Diploma Name Card" with the Graduate Office.
To be considered for degree conferral, a candidate must be in good standing with the University. All contractual and financial obligations to the University must be satisfied.
Department of Agricultural Services & Development
MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
This degree, offered in the Department of Agriculture Services and Development, is specifically designed for those who have completed an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Services and Development. It may also be advantageous for those who have completed a bachelor of science degree in an agricultural discipline and who desire to complete the requirements for a teaching certificate and a master's degree simultaneously. Professional agriculturalists of numerous occupations may find the degree appealing because of the flexibility of taking courses in one or more disciplines that best meet the needs of the agricultural professional. The major objective is to increase the professional competence of teachers of agriculture, extension agents, and others pursuing professional agricultural careers.
BASIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The degree offers students the option of a non-thesis or thesis program.
The typical curriculum for the non-thesis program comprises Agricultural Education 5983 (Philosophy, Interpretation and Application of Research) and 15-21 hours of courses from the following: Agricultural Education 5023, 5113, 5133, 5163, 5183, 5193, 5403, 5851, 5861, and 5993. Other courses totaling 12-18 hours may be approved by the student's advisor, with a total number of 36 hours of course work required for the degree.
Research Requirement. Agricultural Education 5983 (Philosophy, Interpretation and Application of Research) is required of all candidates for the master's degree. A student may also take as many as 6 credit hours of Agricultural Education 586 (Problems) with approval of the student's advisor.
Comprehensive Examination General Policies. Agricultural Education graduate students must pass a written and an oral examination during the semester in which graduation is anticipated. A failed examination may be rescheduled with approval of committee.
The typical curriculum for the thesis degree program involves an original research project under the direction of a graduate faculty member and the preparation of a thesis in addition to prescribed course work. The degree may have a major advantage for students who plan further graduate study at the PhD level. Generally, students complete 18-21 hours of courses in agricultural education in addition to supporting course work for a total of 36 hours.
Research Requirement. Agricultural Education 5983 (Philosophy, Interpretation and Application of Research), 5993 (Practicum, Field Problems,or Internship), and 6 hours credit of 5883 (thesis) are required of all candidates.
Comprehensive Examination. Upon completion of the thesis, a final oral examination is scheduled with the advisory committee. Major emphasis will be directed toward defense of the thesis, although the examination will also include course work materials.
The oral examination may be attempted once per regular semester or summer. If the oral examination performance is not acceptable on first attempt, the specific area(s) of weakness will be identified to the candidate so that corrective action (additional review or required course work) may be taken before the next attempt.
Department of Agribusiness, Agronomy,
Horticulture, & Range Management
Department of Animal Sciences
The Department of Animal Sciences and the Department of Agribusiness, Agronomy, Horticulture, and Range Management offer a Master of Science in Agriculture with two tracks: (1) the thesis track, which is research based, and (2) the non-thesis track. The purposes of these tracks differ somewhat according to the objectives, plans, and employment areas of individual students. The following provides general information concerning the two tracks. For more specific information contact either department.
All students are required to demonstrate to departmental graduate faculty acceptable proficiency in both oral and written English prior to preparation of a degree plan. Successful completion of remedial English courses may be required in instances of insufficient proficiency.
The MS (non-thesis track) may be attractive to certain full-time students and to part-time or commuting students who desire advanced course work to further qualify for certain types of public or agency employment or to enhance advancement opportunities in their present employment. It is a more general degree with course work flexibility to allow students to design a program emphasizing specialized interests in certain subject matter areas or one emphasizing broader-based advanced studies. General requirements include 36 semester hours of advanced course work in agriculture and supporting fields above the bachelor's degree.
The MS (thesis track) involves an original research project under the direction of a graduate faculty member and the preparation of a thesis in addition to prescribed course work. Generally, successful pursuit of this degree necessitates full-time and uninterrupted graduate enrollment. The degree may be considered terminal in individual cases, but a major advantage is the preparation and background provided to pursue further graduate study to the PhD level. Also, for certain types of employment with agencies and corporations, the experience gained in research methodology and technical writing is invaluable in enhancing and broadening one's employment and advancement opportunities.
The Department of Agribusiness, Agronomy, Horticulture, and Range Management collaborates with the College of Business Administration, offering a concentration in Agribusiness Management for students pursuing the Master of Business Administration degree. For additional information, contact the MBA Director in the College of Business Administration.
Admission to the MS in Agriculture (non-thesis track) program is contingent upon application to and acceptance by the College of Graduate Studies. Upon meeting general requirements including acceptable scores on the Aptitude Test of the GRE, a student holding a bachelor's degree in agriculture normally can begin the 36-hour program. Prospective students with a bachelor's degree in non-agricultural fields are usually required to complete, as a minimum, 24 hours of undergraduate leveling courses (12 upper level hours in agriculture). In addition, 4 hours of biology and 4 hours of chemistry (prerequisites for upper-level agriculture courses) are required. During the completion of prerequisites and leveling courses, the student is designated as "special student-undergraduate leveling courses only."
General requirements and procedures for admission to an MS in agriculture (thesis) are similar to the MS (non-thesis). Because of the research emphasis in the MS (thesis), however, additional background courses or additional undergraduate leveling work may be required upon acceptance and admission. In addition to the general agricultural background as required for the MS (non-thesis), certain prerequisites (e.g., in chemistry, biology, statistics, biochemistry, economics, business) may be necessary on an individual basis to complement the student's thesis program.
ADVISEMENT AND COMMITTEE’S ROLE
MS NON-THESIS TRACK
Upon approval for admission by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, the major department notifies the MS (non-thesis) student of assignment to an "interim advisor" who counsels the student in early course work and tentative program direction. As soon as possible thereafter, and normally prior to completion of more than 12 hours, the student selects, with assistance of the interim advisor, an advisory committee, which then assumes the advisory role. When full admission is achieved, the student is responsible for preparing and securing committee approval of a formal degree plan and submitting the degree plan with an application for candidacy for the master's degree to the Graduate Dean.
MS THESIS TRACK
Prior to or immediately upon acceptance for graduate study by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and the student's declaration of intent to pursue an MS (thesis) program, the student must consult with his or her major department's graduate faculty concerning potential research projects and thesis topics. Because of the close interaction and cooperation required between the student and the graduate faculty advisor, pursuit of the MS (thesis) degree must be arranged in advance. Upon agreement between the student and his/her major advisor, a research topic is selected and determinations are made as to a program of study, background courses, and the composition and appointment of the advisory committee. During the first semester of enrollment or before the completion of 12 semester hours' credit, a formal degree plan and thesis proposal are submitted to the advisory committee for approval and submission through appropriate channels.
MS NON-THESIS TRACK
Of the 36-hour MS (non-thesis) requirement, a minimum of 18 hours of courses offered by the above departments is required for a major in Agriculture. A 12-hour minor may be chosen in another field but is not required. Two-thirds (24 hours) of the total 36 hours must be 5000-level courses. At least one-half of all hours in a 12-hour minor must be 5000-level. A rigid, standard curriculum required of all students is not imposed; instead, the graduate curriculum is individually planned within certain guidelines by each student and approved by the advisory committee and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
All candidates are required to take a graduate-level research course selected from a discipline area most appropriate to their interest and approved by the committee. A curriculum summary and guideline for the MS in Agriculture (non-thesis) includes the following:
Agriculture sciences (major) 18-30 hours
Supporting fields (may include a 12-hour minor) 0-12 hours
Required research course 3 hours
(May be a part of a major or support field depending upon discipline emphasized in MS program)
AGRI 5803 (professional writing requirement) 3 hours
36 hour minimum
MS THESIS TRACK
Minimum requirements for this track are 36 hours above the BS, excluding any required leveling or background courses. The thesis and associated research may be counted as six hours toward the total. Of the remaining 30 hours, a minimum of 18 hours must be in the major. No more than one-third of the major hours may be approved upper-level undergraduate courses. A 12-hour minor in another field may be chosen but is not required. If a minor is declared, no more than one-half of the hours may be approved upper-level undergraduate courses. Of the total 36-hour minimum requirement, no more than one-third may be undergraduate level.
Because of the diversity of agricultural specialties, the student and advisory committee are given discretionary latitude in developing the specific course of study to allow desired specialization in major and minor courses. A typical program of study is as follows:
Agriculture sciences 14-26 hours
Agricultural Education 5851 1-3 hours
Agriculture 5886 (Thesis) 6 hours
Supporting fields (may include a 12-hour minor) 0-12 hours
Approved research course 3 hours
(Selected from discipline most appropriate to research)
36 hour minimum
The comprehensive examination for the MS (non-thesis) consists of a written examination. An oral examination may be required of any candidate with a marginal performance on the written examination. Instructors of degree plan courses and committee members are invited to submit questions for these examinations. Upon admission to candidacy, the student and committee schedule the examinations in order that they will be completed at least 20 class days prior to final exams during the long semesters or at least 10 days prior to final exams in summer sessions. Students must be enrolled during the semester in which the examinations are taken.
Both written and oral examinations may be attempted once per regular semester or summer. If either the written or oral component is not successfully completed on first attempt, the specific area(s) of weakness will be identified to the candidate so that corrective action (additional review or required course work) may be taken before the next attempt. If a second attempt is unsuccessful, the candidate will be required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of specified course work with a B average before scheduling a third attempt. A maximum of three attempts is allowed.
For the MS (thesis) candidate, upon completion and acceptance of the thesis, a final oral examination is scheduled with the advisory committee. Major emphasis will be directed toward defense of the thesis, although the examination will also include course work materials.
The oral examination may be attempted once per regular semester or summer. If the oral examination performance is not acceptable on first attempt, the specific area(s) of weakness will be identified to the candidate so that corrective action (additional review or required course work) may be taken before the next attempt. If a second attempt is unsuccessful, the candidate is required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of specified course work with a B average before scheduling a third attempt. A maximum of three attempts is allowed.
GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
Graduate degree programs offered in the College of Business Administration are the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Human Resource Management, and Master of Science in Management.
Policies that apply to all these degree programs are described in this section of the catalog; requirements that apply to a specific program are described below.
To be granted full admission, the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of credit completed. The applicant must also have submitted GRE or GMAT scores and have satisfied applicable program prerequisites. An applicant who is not qualified for full admission may be granted conditional admission. Conditional admission will not be granted to an applicant whose GPA is less than 2.5 on the last 60 hours of credit completed. A student who is conditionally admitted must satisfy all conditions before receiving full admission.
Upon the recommendation of the department head or the MBA Director and the Dean of the College of Business Administration, and with the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, a student may transfer as much as 12 hours of graduate work completed at another regionally accredited institution. Normally students are counseled not to transfer core courses. Because students will take the comprehensive exam from Tarleton professors, they should take the core courses at Tarleton.
Course work in which no formal grades are given (for example, CR, P, S, U, etc.) is not accepted for transfer credit. Credit for course work submitted for transfer from any college or university must be shown in semester credit hours or equated to semester credit hours. No academic work completed by correspondence may be applied to graduate degree programs.
Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA at all times in the program. Should a student earn a grade below C in a graduate course or fall below an overall GPA of 3.0, that student may be placed in a conditional admission status and may be advised to repeat a course, reduce course load, or take some other corrective action until the deficiency is removed. Students are expected to remove deficiencies as specified by the terms of their conditional admission status and may be suspended from the program if the deficiency is not corrected within the time allowed.
Each of the graduate programs offered in the College of Business Administration is a 36-hour, non-thesis program. Research may be required as a part of graduate course work, but a separate thesis is not a degree requirement.
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
GRADUATE COURSE OFFERINGS AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Tarleton’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is offered in Stephenville and at the Tarleton University System Center – Central Texas, where courses are offered both in Killeen and on Fort Hood.
The MBA program is designed to provide opportunities that develop the student’s leadership and interpersonal relations skills. MBA courses emphasize effective decision-making skills based on critical thinking and quantitative abilities. Students are given opportunities to make decisions based upon critical evaluations of real-life situations. Upon graduation, the student will be able to apply the skills obtained in an administrative setting. Graduate faculty members strive to prepare MBA students for current career opportunities and for competing effectively in the global arena of business.
The MBA program is administered by the head of the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, who implements the policies of the University, Graduate Council, and College of Business Administration and works under the Dean's direction. The Dean of the College of Business Administration establishes policies governing the MBA program and is responsible for maintaining consistent operations and standards in the program. All questions of policies, appeals, and petitions regarding the operation of the MBA program are directed to the Dean of the College of Business Administration and are submitted through a College of Business Administration department head.
BASIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the MBA program requires that transcripts be evaluated in terms of preparatory background in specific areas. Students must meet the following minimum preparation requirements to begin graduate-level course work in business: 6 hours of economics (Macro & Micro); 6-8 hours of accounting (2 courses); 3 hours in finance principles; and 3 hours of statistics.
In addition to these requirements, students must demonstrate acceptable competency in use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software, and the Internet.
Any deficiencies in leveling requirements must be made up prior to: (1) enrollment in graduate courses in an area of deficiency, (2) obtaining full admission status, and (3) completion of the first 12 hours of graduate credit.
Courses taken without prior approval of the head of the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics may not be accepted toward completion of the MBA requirements as specified on the student's degree plan. An approval form must be completed prior to enrolling in a problems course. Students may, with the approval of the academic advisor, apply a maximum of two problem courses to their degree plan.
The MBA degree program requires completion of a minimum of 36 hours of graduate-level course work and a minimum 3.0 GPA with no grade below a C. A core of 7 courses (21 hours) is the standard requirement for all MBA candidates. This core is made up of the following courses: ACC 5033; CIS 5153 or 5113; FIN 5073; G B 5883;* G B 5983; MGMT 5013, 5033, or 5053; and MKTG 5093.
* Please note: to be eligible to enroll in G B 5883, a student must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in each of the other core courses.
Exceptions to this core may be made in individual cases upon recommendation from the academic advisor with final approval by the Dean of the College of Business Administration. The remaining 15 hours (5 courses) will be selected based on the advisement of each student in order to consider individual needs and preferences as well as scheduling and other problems. A student may choose to use elective courses to complete a concentration in a given area. Information about approved concentrations may be obtained from the student’s academic advisor.
The MBA candidate will be advised on a degree plan beginning with the first semester of enrollment at Tarleton. After the student has obtained full admission to the graduate program, a final official degree plan will be prepared and filed the semester in which the student will have completed 24 hours of graduate course work. The degree plan will be initiated at the request of the student. Students may petition changes in this degree plan at a later date, but these changes must be approved by the advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
To be eligible to sit for the MBA comprehensive examination, the student must be admitted to candidacy for the master's degree and must be in good standing with the University and the College of Graduate Studies.
The MBA comprehensive examination requirement will be met by earning an evaluation of satisfactory on a written comprehensive case analysis completed while enrolled in G B 5883. The case analysis will be evaluated on a "blind" review basis by a standing committee of graduate faculty from the College of Business Administration. There will be one faculty member from each discipline represented in the MBA core curriculum. The committee will grade the students' examinations on a pass/fail basis.
A student who receives a grade of fail or unsatisfactory on the examination will be eligible to retake the written examination the following semester. Students needing to retake the examination are advised to audit G B 5883 as part of their preparation for the exam. Students who fail the exam a second time will be required to meet with their graduate advisor, who will identify additional course work to be completed before taking the exam a third time. Any student failing the comprehensive examination three times will be dropped from the MBA program. The materials that are evaluated to determine students’ grades on the comprehensive examination will not be included in determining their grades in G B 5883.
Department of Computer Information Systems
MASTER OF SCIENCE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS
MS INFORMATION SYSTEMS CURRICULUM
The Master of Science in Information Systems program is designed to meet the needs of two distinct groups of students: those who have completed a baccalaureate degree in Information Systems, and those with a baccalaureate degree in another area who desire to develop new career skills in Information Systems. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Information Systems should complete CIS 5013 (Computer Based Information Systems) and CIS 5023 (Procedural Language Programming and Design) early in their graduate program.
The MS in Information Systems requires completion of at least 36 hours of graduate credit. Students may choose to do a thesis as part of this degree program.
Core Requirements and Required Courses Hours
CIS 5033, 5043, 5113, 5163, 5183, 5203 18
CIS electives 12
A student must satisfactorily complete the comprehensive exam before receiving the MS, Information Systems degree. The student’s academic advisor should be contacted for information about comprehensive examination requirements and policies.
Department of Management, Marketing,
& Administrative Systems
MASTER OF SCIENCE, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
The Master of Science, Human Resource Management provides students opportunities to develop critical skills in areas such as research and job analyses, recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and organizational effectiveness. Students gain knowledge and skills that are applicable in business and not-for-profit entities including state and local governments and military organizations. This non-thesis program requires completion of at least 36 semester hours in graduate level courses.
PROGRAM PREREQUISITES (Leveling Requirements)
Business Statistics, 3 hours
Principles of Management, 3 hours, or appropriate work experience
Program prerequisites must be satisfied by the time a student completes 12 hours of graduate credit in the program. Leveling requirements may be satisfied by taking undergraduate courses, CLEP tests, or DANTES tests. Work experience must be evaluated by the graduate advisor in the HRM program.
MS, HRM CURRICULUM
Core requirements Hours
CIS 5013 or 5113 or MGMT 5133 3
G B 5983 3
HRM 5003, 5073, 5953 9
MGMT 5083 3
Each student must complete at least 6 electives (18 hours). Four electives must be taken in a specific area or concentration. Concentrations for this degree are available in human resource management functions, information systems, business, management and leadership, and training and development. Additional information about requirements for a concentration is available from the student’s academic advisor.
Each student in the MS, HRM program is required to pass a comprehensive examination before receiving his/her degree. Information about the comprehensive examination requirement is available from the student’s academic advisor.
MASTER OF SCIENCE, MANAGEMENT
The Master of Science, Management program (MS Management) is designed for students who have management experience in public or private organizations and who wish to sharpen their management skills. The program focuses on management and leadership skills that can be applied in any organizational setting, regardless of the functional area in which the leader works. Students gain knowledge and skills that are applicable in business, the military, government organizations, and private not-for- profit organizations.
PROGRAM PREREQUISITES (Leveling Requirements)
Business statistics, 3 hours
Principles of management, 3 hours, or appropriate work experience as a manager
Leveling requirements may be met by taking undergraduate courses, CLEP tests, or DANTES tests. In addition to these specific course requirements, students must demonstrate acceptable skills in the use of word processing, spread sheet, database, and presentation software, and the Internet. A student’s transcript will be evaluated to determine any leveling requirements yet to be satisfied. Leveling requirements must be satisfied by the time a student completes 12 hours of graduate credit in the MS, Management program.
CIS 5113 or MGMT 5133
G B 5983
12 hours selected from following courses:
HRM 5003; MGMT 5013, 5043, 5053, 5063,
5683, 5853, 5863; G B 5653
Electives, 12 hours
A student may choose to use these electives to complete a concentration in a specific area. Concentrations for this degree are available in Economics and Finance, Human Resource Management Functions, Information Systems, Business, and Training and Development. Additional information about requirements for a concentration is available from a student’s academic advisor.
Students in the MS, Management program are required to pass a comprehensive examination before receiving their degrees. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of management and leadership.
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