BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

      Graduate degree programs offered in the College of Business Administration (COBA) are the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems, Master of Science in Human Resource Management, and Master of Science in Management and Leadership. All four programs are offered at Stephenville and at Tarleton Central Texas. In Fall 2003, Tarleton began offering online the MS in Information Systems and the MS in Human Resource Management. Authorization is currently being sought to offer the MBA and MS in Management and Leadership online, as well. For more information about business graduate programs, see the COBA website at www.tarleton.edu/~coba/

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

        Policies for graduate programs in the College of Business Administration (COBA) are developed by the COBA Dean, the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate Council. The Dean of the College of Business Administration is responsible for maintaining consistent policies and standards governing graduate programs in business. Direct authority for administering the programs rests with the following administrators:

MBA program – Head of the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics

MS Information Systems – Head of the Department of Computer Information Systems

MS Human Resource Management and MS Management and Leadership – Head of the Department of Management, Marketing, and Administrative Systems.

All questions of policies, appeals, and petitions regarding the operation of graduate programs in business should be directed to the Dean of the College of Business Administration and submitted through the appropriate COBA department head.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

        To be granted full admission, the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US 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 (GRE is generally preferred) and have satisfied applicable program prerequisites. The applicant will be notified of program prerequisites (leveling requirements), if any, soon after he/she is admitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

        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.

TRANSFER CREDIT

        Upon recommendation of the academic advisor and department head and with approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, a student may transfer up to 12 hours of graduate work completed at another regionally credited institution. Because students take the comprehensive examination from Tarleton professors, they should complete core courses at Tarleton.

        Course work in which no formal grade is 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.

GPA REQUIREMENTS

        Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at all times. 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 enrollment status and may be advised to repeat a course, reduce course load, or take other corrective action to remove the deficiency. For more information, see the section on Graduate Student Performance in the general information provided by the College of Graduate Studies.

RESEARCH REQUIREMENT

        Each graduate program offered in the College of Business Administration is a 36-hour non-thesis program. Research is required as a part of graduate course work, but a separate thesis is not a degree requirement. The MS in Information Systems does include a thesis option.

Department Of Accounting, Finance, & Economics

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

        Tarleton’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is offered in Stephenville and at the Tarleton Central Texas location, where courses are offered both in Killeen and on Fort Hood. Authorization is currently being sought to offer the MBA program online.

        The MBA program is designed to develop the student’s leadership, decision making, and critical thinking abilities. Students are given opportunities to make decisions based on critical evaluation of real-life situations. Graduate faculty members strive to prepare MBA students for current career opportunities and for competing effectively in the global arena of business.

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

        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.

LEVELING REQUIREMENTS

        After an MBA applicant is admitted to the College of Graduate Studies, his/her transcript, application, essay, and test scores will be evaluated by the COBA Graduate Admissions Committee. This Committee evaluates the student’s educational background and work experience to determine what leveling requirements or program prerequisites may be needed. Leveling requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may be satisfied by taking graduate or undergraduate courses or departmental subject area examinations or through other appropriate means. A student whose undergraduate degree was not in business and who does not have relevant professional experience should expect to be required to take some undergraduate courses (that cannot count toward the 36 hours required for the degree) to be prepared for successful graduate study in business.

DEGREE PROGRAM

        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. Required courses for the degree are:

Course Number

Course Title

Semester credit hours

FIN 5003*

Foundations of Financial Systems

         3

MGMT 5003*

Foundations of Management

         3

ACC 5033

Accounting for Management

         3

CIS 5113

Managing Information Systems

         3

FIN 5073

Financial Management

         3

G B 5883

Seminar in Business Strategy

         3

G B 5983

Business Research Methods

         3

MGMT 5113 or MGMT 5683

Managing Operations and Services or Organizational Development and Change

         3

MKTG 5083

Marketing Management

         3

Electives

To bring program total to at least 36 hours

 

* A student who has completed a baccalaureate degree in business within six years prior to initial enrollment in the MBA program may substitute three hours of elective for this course, with approval of academic advisor and COBA Graduate Admissions Committee. The degree program must still include at least 36 hours.

 

        A student may complete a concentration in Accounting, Agribusiness, Computer Information Systems, Finance/Economics, Management & Leadership, Human Resource Management, a combination of Management and Human Resource Management, or Marketing by receiving graduate credit for at least 12 hours of electives in that area.

        After completing 18 hours of graduate credit in the MBA program, the student should contact his/her academic advisor and request that an official degree plan be prepared. The student may petition for changes in this degree plan at a later date, but these changes must be approved by the graduate advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION*

        To be eligible to sit for the MBA comprehensive examination, the student must be fully admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and the MBA program and must be in good standing with the University and the College of Graduate Studies.

        The MBA comprehensive examination requirement is met by earning an evaluation of satisfactory or passing on a written comprehensive case analysis completed while enrolled in G B 5883, the MBA capstone course. The exam is evaluated on a “blind” review basis by a standing committee of graduate faculty from the College of Business Administration who grade the students’ examinations on a pass/fail basis.

        A student who receives a grade of unsatisfactory on the examination may retake the examination at its normally scheduled date the following semester. Students needing to retake the examination are advised to audit G B 5883 as part of their preparation. Students who fail the exam a second time must meet with their 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.

* Policies and procedures for the MBA comprehensive examination are under review and subject to change.

Department Of Computer Information Systems

MASTER OF SCIENCE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS

      The Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems program is designed to meet the needs of three distinct groups: (1) students with a baccalaureate degree in Information Systems, (2) students with a baccalaureate degree in another area who have information systems skills and desire to develop new career skills in Information Systems, and (3) students with a baccalaureate degree in another area who lack information systems skills and desire to develop new career skills in Information Systems. Students should select an advisor and discuss the courses required for their degree 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. The degree is offered in a virtual/online environment, traditional face-to-face arrangement, or as a combination of the preceding two formats. To learn more about the graduate programs, please visit the website http://www.tarleton.edu/~is

MS INFORMATION SYSTEMS CURRICULUM

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credit Hours

CIS 5073

Systems Analysis for Managers

        3

CIS 5113

Managing Information Systems

        3

CIS 5163

Applied Database Management

        3

CIS 5183

Quantitative Concepts in Computing

        3

CIS 5763

Network Administration and Design (LAN)

        3

CIS 5983

Research Methods in Information Systems

        3

CIS electives

 

     12

Electives

 

        6

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

        A student must satisfactorily complete the comprehensive exam before receiving the MS, Information Systems degree. The student’s academic advisor should be contacted about comprehensive examination requirements and policies.


Department Of Management, Marketing, & Administrative Systems

-MASTER OF SCIENCE, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

        The Master of Science in Human Resource Management prepares students for careers as human resource professionals by developing their critical skills in areas such as research and job analysis, 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.

        The MS in Human Resource Management (MS,HRM) is offered in Stephenville and at Tarleton Central Texas. The program is also available online. For more information about the online program, see www.tarleton.edu/%7Emmas/welcome.htm

LEVELING REQUIREMENTS

        After an MS,HRM applicant is admitted to the College of Graduate Studies, his/her transcript, application, essay, and test scores are evaluated by the COBA Graduate Admissions Committee. This Committee evaluates the student’s educational background and work experience to determine what leveling requirements or program prerequisites may be needed. Leveling requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may be satisfied by taking graduate or undergraduate courses or departmental subject area examinations or other appropriate means. A student whose undergraduate degree was not in business and who does not have relevant professional experience should expect to be required to take some undergraduate courses (that do not count toward the 36 hours required for the degree) to be prepared for successful graduate study in Human Resource Management.

MS, HRM CURRICULUM

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credit Hours

FIN 5003*

Foundations of Financial Systems

         3

MGMT 5003*

Foundations of Management

         3

G B 5653

Managerial Statistics

         3

G B 5983

Business Research Methods

         3

HRM 5013

Law and Regulation in Human Resources

         3

HRM 5033

Managing Human Resource Development

         3

HRM 5143

Workforce Planning and Employment

         3

HRM 5163

Compensation Management

         3

HRM 5243

Employment and Labor Relations

         3

HRM 5953

Professional Issues in Human Resources

         3

Electives

To bring total hours in program to at least 36

 

 

* A student who has completed a business undergraduate degree within six years prior to initial enrollment in the MS, HRM program may substitute three hours of elective for this course, with approval of academic advisor and the COBA Graduate Admissions Committee.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

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 AND LEADERSHIP

        The Master of Science, Management and Leadership program (MS, ML) 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 abilities 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.

        The MS, ML is offered in Stephenville and at the Tarleton Central Texas. Approval is being sought to offer the program online.

LEVELING REQUIREMENTS

        After an MS, ML applicant is admitted to the College of Graduate Studies, his/her transcript, application, essay, and test scores are evaluated by the COBA Graduate Admissions Committee. This Committee evaluates the student’s educational background and work experience to determine what leveling requirements or program prerequisites may be needed. Leveling requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may be satisfied by taking graduate or undergraduate courses or departmental subject area examinations or other appropriate means. A student whose undergraduate degree was not in business and who does not have relevant professional experience should expect to be required to take some undergraduate courses (that do not count toward the 36 hours required for the degree) to be prepared for successful graduate study in Management and Leadership.

MS, ML CURRICULUM

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Credit Hours

FIN 5003*

Foundations of Financial Systems

        3

MGMT 5003*

Foundations of Management

        3

G B 5653

Managerial Statistics

        3

G B 5983

Business Research Methods

        3

CIS 5113 or MGMT 5133

Managing Information Systems or Strategic Impact of Technology

        3

MGMT 5013

Organizational Behavior

        3

MGMT 5083

Analysis & Design of Organizations

        3

MGMT 5093

Seminar on Management and Leadership

        3

MGMT 5113

Managing Operations and Services

        3

MGMT 5683

Organizational Development and Change

        3

Electives

To bring total hours in program to at least 36

 

 

* A student who has completed a business undergraduate degree within six years prior to initial enrollment in the MS, ML program may substitute three hours of elective for this course, with approval of academic advisor and the COBA Graduate Admissions Committee.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

Each student in the MS, ML program is required to pass a comprehensive examination before receiving his/her degree. Students are required to demonstrate their understanding of management and leadership. Students take the comprehensive examination in the semester they are enrolled in MGMT 5093, Seminar on Management and Leadership, which serves as the MS,ML capstone course. Normally, MGMT 5093 should be taken in the student’s last semester of enrollment or after completion of all other core courses. Information about the comprehensive examination requirement is available from the student’s academic advisor.