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MBA - Master of Business Administration

At Tarleton, we offer a flexible, affordable M.B.A. degree designed to help you achieve your career goals — today and in the future. Whether you're seeking workplace advancement or a complete career change, you'll develop the skills and tools necessary to be a strong contributor in the current job market, as well as an effective leader in global business.

With traditional and fast track options, the 30-credit master's program in business administration can be completed in as quickly as a year. Attend classes either entirely online from anywhere in the world or on campus in Fort Worth, Texas.

What is an MBA?

The M.B.A. program at Tarleton is a broad, business-based professional degree with relevant coursework that's directly applicable to current concepts and practices of key business areas. You'll explore topics in accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, business strategy, and more. Unlike career-specific advanced degrees like a teaching credential or a medical degree, the knowledge and skills you gain while earning your M.B.A. can transfer easily across industries. An M.B.A. opens the door to a wide array of careers in business management and positions you for success both now and well into the future.

Why Study Business Administration?

Our M.B.A. program graduates boast the ability to adapt and fit with any company culture, to work in and build strong teams, and to have an impact — all while staying grounded in solid business ethics.

Curriculum Focused on Progressive Leadership

The M.B.A. curriculum stresses the importance of progressive leadership, covering strategic approaches to assessing industry and mobilizing individuals and teams for organizational success and longevity. In addition to qualitative analysis methods, the curriculum also covers problem-solving tactics through emotional intelligence.

The program is in two formats – entirely online and up to 60% face-to-face at the Fort Worth campus. The formats provide flexibility in access that can help students balance academic, work, and personal responsibilities. Many classes are available in either 8-week or 16-week formats, allowing the program to be completed in as little as 12 months. Face-to-face courses are currently only 16-week, yet they are an excellent way for international students to complete the program in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and provide a great alternative to those that find in-person instruction preferable.

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MBA Course Work

Our M.B.A. program curriculum goes beyond standard textbook questions and answers. You will be challenged with case studies, simulations, and other hands-on activities that prepare you for work and life beyond the classroom.

Required coursework includes eight core courses shown in the table below and two electives. Course electives allow you to explore other areas of interest and specialize in management, human resources, marketing, financing, accounting, organizational behavior, business analytics, logistics, and supply chain management. The final semester seminar is focused on research-based strategies to solve real-world business problems.

View the catalog for the MBA.

Class Number Class Name



Accounting Management



Managing Information Systems



Seminar in Business Strategy



Evidenced Based Decision Making



Managerial Economics



Financial Management



Organizational Behavior



Marketing Management


Select 2 Classes from the Preapproved, Program Advisors Business Graduate Elective Courses list

For those interested in completing the M.B.A. in a year, consider the Fast-Track M.B.A. The fast-track MBA is the same program and courses outlined here but arranged in such a way to allow completion in 12-months. Many of the fast-track courses are compressed into 8-week formats; however, the content is identical to the traditional 16-week course

Students without sufficient undergraduate coursework may need to take a 1.5-hour graduate course as a leveling requirement in key business areas. Each student has the opportunity to tailor the MBA program to meet their specifics needs by selecting 6 credit hours of electives.

Most M.B.A. programs across the country, including Tarleton, require leveling courses for those prospective students without a business background. Where possible, to Avoid Level Course Requirements, a minor in Business Administration is recommended that includes the following courses:

Class Number Class Name



Financial Accounting



Business Statistics



Principals of Finance



Macro Economics



Any Marketing Course



Any Management Course

What Can You Do With Your Master's Degree in Business Administration?

Thrive in your current career or change to a new job in business management with a Tarleton M.B.A. Evaluating real-life situations through analytical and critical thinking, and you'll be able to lead teams and organizations in making intelligent business decisions. Use your skills and tools to function successfully in a wide variety of industries and roles, such as:

  • C-Level Executive
  • Administrative Director
  • Account or Project Manager
  • Communication Specialist or Marketing Manager
  • Small Business Entrepreneur
  • Senior Vice President or C.E.O.
  • Operations Manager
  • Auditor or Sales Analyst
  • Purchasing or Supply Chain Manager
  • Field Services Director
  • Financial Planning and Analysis Manager
  • Production Control Specialist
  • Client Service Consultant  

Careers in Business Administration

76% of graduating students are employed full-time at the time of graduation.

How Much Do M.B.A. Graduates Make?

Earning an M.B.A. may improve your job opportunities, help you qualify for higher-paying jobs and achieve more over the life of your career. See the Department of Management in the catalog for more information on salary averages per degree

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Get mentored from passionate, experienced business leaders

MBA courses are taught by faculty who are nationally recognized experts with the highest credentials in their fields. They have real-world experience, sharing their knowledge with students while mentoring them to be outstanding, ethical leaders in business.

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Take advantage of hands-on leadership opportunities

Get involved through student organizations, international study abroad, and graduate research. On campus, you can join Delta Mu Delta, The Society for Human Resource Management and Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, among others.

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Get help paying for your graduate studies

Over $150,000 in grants and scholarships are available to Tarleton graduate students each year. Applying for financial aid is easy with the Common Application.


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Business School Rankings

Our MBA program is ranked in the top 15% of business programs in the country by and is one of the top 10 most affordable MBA programs in the country, according to We are proud to be recognized as one of the best colleges and schools for business in Texas and the United States.

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Fast-Track MBA Program

Our fast-track MBA program option has the same quality components and experiences as our traditional MBA program, but in a condensed, accelerated format.

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Online Business Degree

Learn in an innovative and engaging environment with graduate students across the state of Texas and around the world who share their diverse perspectives and experience.

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