Handbook for Master of Business Administration

Welcome to the M.B.A. program in the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. The M.B.A. is the largest graduate program at A&M-Central Texas with almost 150 students and one of the most recognized graduate degrees available today.  It will be our privilege to teach you over the course of your career here and help you achieve your personal and professional goals.


Expectations and Responsibilities

The M.B.A. Coordinator, the College of Business Administration, and the Office of Graduate Studies expect that you will work hard, dedicate sufficient time, demonstrate academic integrity (see the Honor Code of Academic Integrity), and maintain professionalism in the course of your studies.  In return, the College of Business Administration and its faculty pledge to provide a challenging and safe learning environment and to be professional in any contact with you. If we fail to deliver on this pledge, please address the matter directly with the faculty member first. However, you may discuss any issue with the M.B.A. Coordinator or the Chair of the Department to which that faculty member is assigned.  

It is important to know that as a graduate student, the expectations should be considerably higher than they were in your undergraduate education. This usually means that course assessments will require you to engage at higher cognitive levels and the work will likely be much more involved. You will likely see fewer exams, more essay exams, and longer papers and projects. Another example of the increased expectations is that grades of "D" or lower do not count for credit, you must have a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate, and you must complete a comprehensive examination in your capstone course BUSI 5359. Additionally, all coursework counted towards the degree must be completed within six years; thus if you plan to graduate in the fall of 2018, only courses taken from 2012 and later will count.

Even though the expectations are high, Texas A&M University-Central Texas offers the necessary academic resources and ancillary services to support you in your career here. More information about these resources and services is located in the tabs on this page. If you should have concerns about your ability to meet expectations or requirements, please consult with the M.B.A. Coordinator. 


Admission Deadlines

Fall - May 1st (Early), July 1st (Regular), August 1st (Not likely to be considered for the upcoming fall)

Spring - September 15th (Early), November 15th (Regular), December 15th (not likely to be considered for the upcoming spring)

Summer - February 15th (early), April 15th (Regular), May 15th (not likely to be considered for the upcoming summer)

International students: Fall (March 1st), Spring (July 15th), Summer (January 1st)

Admission Process

Shortly after the deadline for the early review period each term, the submitted documents will be compiled and the essay and letter will each be evaluated by at least two faculty members according to the rubric (see attached). A committee of three faculty members will then meet to review all applications and their scores. At least the top fifteen scoring students will be granted admission at that time. Ineligible students will be informed of their status through Graduate Studies. Those still eligible for admission, but not chosen, will carry over until the regular admission period.

The same process will be repeated during the regular admission period to determine the remaining acceptances. After review of the new eligible applications, the previous eligible applications will be merged with them to determine final admissions. If the number of eligible applications is less than 30, all will be accepted. If the number is greater than 30, then admission will be offered on a rank-order basis based on space availability for the upcoming term.

Name Office Phone Email Title
Dr. Brad Almond FH 318G 254-519-5443 brad.almond@ tamuct.edu Associate Professor
Dr. Barbara Altman FH 318I 254-501-5841 altman@ tamuct.edu Associate Professor/Director of Accreditation
Dr. Tyson Ang FH 318E 254-519-5758 tyson.ang@ tamuct.edu Assistant Professor
Dr. Rusty Calk FH 323E 254-519-5779 rcalk@ tamuct.edu Accounting, Finance & Economics Department Chair/Associate Professor
Dr. Anitha Chennamaneni FH 323I 254-519-5463 anitha.chennamaneni@ tamuct.edu Computer Informations Systems Department Chair/Associate Professor
Dr. Stephen (Doug) Dyer FH 323D 254-519-5429 ddyer@ tamuct.edu Associate Professor
Dr. Ferdi Eruysal FH 323O 254-519-5440 ferdi.eruysal@ tamuct.edu Assistant Professor
Dr. Louis (Jody) Fry FH 318J 254-519-5476 lwfry@ tamuct.edu Professor
Dr. Vinay Gonela FH 318K 254-519-5757 vinay.gonela@ tamuct.edu Assistant Professor
Dr. Vivien Jancenelle FH 318C 254-519-5425 vjancenelle@ tamuct.edu Assistant Professor
Dr. Mary Kelly FH 323F 254-501-5846 mhkelly@ tamuct.edu Associate Professor
Lucas Loafman, J.D. FH 318M 254-519-5724 loafman@ tamuct.edu Marketing & Management Department Chair/Associate Professor
Dr. Rebecca McPherson FH 320 254-519-5785 becca.mcpherson@ tamuct.edu Assistant Professor
Dr. David Ritter FH 323C 254-519-5792 ritterd@ tamuct.edu Associate Professor
Dr. Dalila Salazar FH 319 254-519-5770 d.salazar@ tamuct.edu Assistant Professor
Dr. Shuqin (Monica) Wei FH 318D 254-519-5430 shuqin.wei@ tamuct.edu Assistant Professor
Dr. YeongJoon (YJ) Yoon FH 318B 254-519-5711 yoon@ tamuct.edu Assistant Professor

Registering for Classes

A&M-Central Texas is a relatively small institution and, as a result, is not able to offer all courses in all formats in all semesters.  Therefore, it is important that you know which courses to take, and in what sequence, to ensure that you will be able to meet your target graduation date.  Be sure to use the current class schedule in Banner or Warrior Web and Graduate Course Rotation published on the Management & Marketing page to determine which courses for which you need to register. The course rotation schedule has been at least 95% accurate over the last few years, but circumstances can change due to unexpected staffing issues. Class schedules may be found within Warrior Web and the Graduate Course Rotation may be found at the bottom of this page: https://www.tamuct.edu/coba/management-marketing.html.

The actual registration process is also completed within Warrior Web.  Detailed instructions are available here: https://www.tamuct.edu/registrar/registration-instructions.html.   A Registration FAQ is available here: hhttps://www.tamuct.edu/registrar/faq.html.  If you have any trouble registering for courses, you should contact the Office of the Registrar at (254) 501-5857.


Tracking Degree Progress and Degree Responsibility

You, the student, are ultimately responsible for your education. However, the M.B.A Coordinator, the College of Business Administration faculty and staff, and the Office of Graduate Studies all offer many resources to help you to complete your goals.

Students are encouraged to track degree progress during their career at A&M-Central Texas.  The easiest way to do this is through Degree Works in Warrior Web. You should check your degree progress at least once a semester to ensure that it is accurate. You will be allowed to graduate only if Warrior Web indicates that you have fulfilled all degree requirements, so make sure that it is accurate and up-to-date. An advising guide sheet has also been attached at the end of this handbook to help you track your progress. If you have any questions along the way, ask the Graduate Coordinator, Lucas Loafman.

Furthermore, it is up to you to be aware of all deadlines, requisite forms, fees, and other educational and administrative requirements.  In other words, you are responsible for making sure that you fulfill all academic and financial obligations associated with being a graduate student in the M.B.A. program at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. One of the best sources of information is the University Catalog, which can be found at: http://catalog.tamuct.edu/.


Overview

In an effort to aid in the successful completion of your graduate business courses at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, you may be required to demonstrate prerequisite knowledge for certain courses. At your initial advising appointment, your faculty advisor will confirm what areas of leveling you may need in order to clear prerequisites for a given course.

Acceptable foundational knowledge to clear registration prerequisites may be demonstrated in the following three ways:

  1. Complete an academic course or courses within the last six years, with a grade of at least a "C," that should provide foundational knowledge for a particular graduate course (examples given below); or
  2. Successfully complete the Ivy Assessment Test with a score of 80% (this may be taken at a reduced charge, but the success rate has been less than 10%) for that area; or
  3. Satisfactorily complete the designated leveling module from Ivy Software (more information below) that is intended to provide the foundational knowledge needed. You will have three attempts to achieve the required 80% score on the exam.  The leveling module is available at a cost of $75 and may take up to 20 hours to complete depending on the subject area (roughly equivalent to one semester credit hour of time). This system replaces our previous one hour courses in a manner that is far more cost effective and flexible for students.

Ivy Software Information

If you need to order the full leveling course, you must first register for an account. The registration link may be found at: Ivy Registration - TAMUCT. Again, each full leveling course costs $75. The assessment test for “testing out” is approximately $25, but less than 10% of our students have successfully tested out. After initial registration, please use the following link to log in: https://www.mbaprepworks.com/login/index.php. Your advisor should be notified of your successful completion and should then have that prerequisite lifted. If that does not happen in a timely fashion, please contact your advisor.


Courses that require some prerequisite knowledge

  • Accounting – You must satisfy the leveling requirement prior to registering for ACCT 5303 or any other graduate accounting course. An acceptable undergraduate course to meet this requirement would be ACCT 2301 (Financial Accounting) under the Texas Common Course Numbering System (CCNS).
  • Finance – You must satisfy the leveling requirement prior to registering for FIN 5307 or any other graduate finance course. An acceptable undergraduate course to meet this requirement would be the equivalent of our FIN 3301.
  • Human Resource Management (HRM Courses) – You must satisfactorily complete the leveling requirement prior to enrolling in HRM 5303, 5314, or 5316. An acceptable undergraduate course to meet this requirement would be the equivalent of out MGMT 3302 or a directly related course like 4303 (for 5316), 4304 (for 5314), or 4305 (for 5303) or receive approval from the instructor. There is no Ivy equivalent course.
  • Management - You must satisfy the leveling requirement prior to registering for MGMT 5301 or HRM 5303. An acceptable undergraduate course to meet this requirement would be the equivalent of our MGMT 3301 or 3350.
  • Marketing - You must satisfy the leveling requirement prior to registering for MKTG 5308. An acceptable undergraduate course to meet this requirement would be the equivalent of our MKTG 3301.
  • Statistics - You must satisfy the leveling requirement prior to registering for BUSI 5310 or 5312. An acceptable undergraduate course to meet this requirement would be the equivalent of our BUSI 3311.

Possible Ivy FAQs

1. How much does each course cost and do I have to take all five?

The cost of each course is $60. Most students that have received a recent business education may not need any of the courses, some will need a few, and some will need all five if they have had no educational background in business. It is entirely dependent on your background knowledge, either based on your past coursework or your ability to pass the initial assessment exam with a score of 80%.

2. Why do I have to use this outside vendor rather than take a class though the school?

You are certainly welcome to take one of our undergraduate courses to fulfill your leveling requirement (listed above). In the past, we did offer a one-hour graduate class to complete the leveling requirement, but it was not an efficient use of our faculty resources, conducive to student schedules, nor near as cost effective as this option. The previous one-hour courses may have cost a student as much as $400 per course with tuition, fees, and textbook costs ($2000 to take all five). The new cost is a mere fraction. In fact, a student can now complete all five leveling courses for less than what it would cost to complete a single course previously. Plus, students now have the added flexibility to complete the courses between acceptance and the beginning of their program. This opens up more course options for their first term of enrollment.

3. Will financial aid cover the cost of these courses?

Some educational programs will reimburse for the costs of these courses and some won’t. Please check with your particular program for coverage. At this time, we cannot make this a university-based charge for it to be more broadly covered under financial aid programs.

4. How will I get prerequisites removed once I successfully complete either the initial assessment exam or the end-of-course exam with the required 80% score?

As stated above, your advisors should be notified of your satisfactory completion and will remove the prerequisite. If that does not occur, please email your advisor so they can have the prerequisite marked as completed.


Program Mission Statement

The Master of Business Administration program at Texas A&M University-Central Texas allows students the opportunity to improve their professional marketability by obtaining and integrating graduate level knowledge in the core business disciplines, as well as improving their communication, analytical thinking, and ethical decision-making skills. Additionally, the program allows students the flexibility to further concentrate their studies in a single discipline, or gain greater knowledge across multiple disciplines, that may be relevant to their present employment or future opportunities.


Program Requirements

The required courses for this degree program include the following:

ACCT 5303. Accounting and Management. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study accounting as related to problems of making business and economic decisions. Learn both financial and managerial accounting. MS-ACC majors may not take this course for credit. Prerequisite(s): Required accounting leveling or permission of instructor.

CIS 5311. Management Information Systems. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study the management and use of information and technology as a resource to create competitive organizations, manage global operations, provide useful products and quality services. Examine intellectual property, privacy, organizational and societal impact, legal issues, ethics, security issues, decision making, strategic information systems, and organizational support systems.

FIN 5307. Financial Management. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study financial decision making in the modern corporation. Explore capital budgeting, capital structure, corporate sources of funding, dividend policy, financial risk management, standard theories of risk and return, and valuation of assets. Prerequisite(s): FIN 3301 or equivalent.

BUSI 5310. Business Research Methods. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study nature, scope, and significance of business research and research methodology. Develop primary research methods with applications to specific problems. Learn the place of quantitative methods in research and individual investigation, and report on current problems in a selected field of interest. Prerequisite(s): BUSI 5300 or approved leveling in statistics.

BUSI 5359. Business Strategy Seminar. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Develop an integrated view of the business functions addressed in the MBA core curriculum. Apply case analysis methodology for evaluating complex business situations, developing strategic alternatives, and recommending effective solutions. Prerequisite(s): ACCT 5303, FIN 5307, BUSI 5310, MGMT 5301 and MKTG 5308. A student may take one of these concurrently with the permission of the instructor. A materials fee of $45 is required for needed course materials.

MKTG 5308. Marketing Management. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study the planning and coordination of marketing functions specifically related to product, pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies. Explore case analysis and participate in presentation of results. Prerequisite(s): permission of department chair.

MGMT 5301. Organizational Behavior. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Learn behavioral theory in organizational context. Study individual and group dynamics in the business environment. Specific emphasis given to leadership, motivation, communication, employee supervision, and morale. Prerequisite(s): Management leveling.

MGMT 5307. Responsibilities and Ethics of Leadership. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Analyze an organization’s social and environmental responsibilities to its employees, customers, and other key stakeholder groups. Emphasis is given to the case study method for evaluating the performance of various organizations. Develop a theoretical framework for understanding ethics, principles and values of leadership as they affect the organization, the organizational environment, and society. Prerequisite(s): Management Leveling.

BUSI 5090. Business Comprehensive Examination. 0 Semester Credit Hours.

Study and take the business examination for non-thesis students. Register for the comprehensive examination during final semester of graduate coursework concurrently with BUSI 5359, or upon permission of advisor. All comprehensive examinations will be written, but an oral component may also be required. A maximum of three attempts will be allowed. Thesis students do not take this examination.

12 Hours of Graduate Business Electives – Students may purse an emphasis area, similar to an undergraduate minor, that will be noted on your transcript - Options are listed below
 
1

 When registering for BUSI 5359 Business Strategy Seminar students should also register for BUSI 5090 Business Comprehensive Examination.

2

 BUSI 5090 Business Comprehensive Examination is a zero credit/cost course.

3

Current planned course rotation, subject to change, may be found at: https://www.tamuct.edu/coba/management-marketing.html 


Program Electives and Degree Emphasis Areas

The elective requirements may be satisfied using any course offered within the College of Business Administration, except those already required as core courses in the program.  Please note that leveling and/or prerequisites may be required for elective courses.  In rare cases, courses from outside the College of Business Administration may be completed to satisfy the electives requirement for this program, but approval from the M.B.A. Coordinator must be received prior to enrollment.

Human Resource Management Emphasis 12 hrs. (All classes are online only)

HRM 5303. Managing Human Resource Development. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Explore the management of human resources development training programs. Examine management issues, identify and respond to training needs, cost/benefit analysis, four-phase evaluation and the selection and development of training staff. Prerequisite(s): Management Leveling.

HRM 5305. Human Resource Law. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examine legal issues and regulatory processes related to employment relationships, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, privacy, employment testing and staffing, compensation and benefits, employee/labor relations, and occupational health and safety.

HRM 5314. Workforce Planning and Employment. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study the legal, ethical and organizational considerations related to recruitment, assessment, selection, placement and appraisal of employees and managers within various types of organizations. Learn case law as a basis for discussing the role of the EEOC, INS, DOL and other enforcement agencies in this critical human resource function. Special emphasis on career development and record-keeping. Prerequisite(s): HRM 5302, HRM Leveling, or approval of the instructor.

HRM 5316. Compensation Management. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Analyze theories, concepts, operational practices and research related to managing comprehensive compensation programs. Learn various types of compensation plans, including job evaluation levels and wage structures. Emphasis is placed on the development of sound compensation programs which consider current trends, legal implications and social requirements. Quantitative applications are required to analyze various case studies and problems. Prerequisite(s): HRM 5302, HRM Leveling, or approval of the instructor.

Information Systems Emphasis 12 hrs. (Can be completed face to face or online)

CIS 5304. Data Communications for Managers. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examine the management and utilization of data communication technologies including technical components, configurations, applications, protocols, legal issues, software and management issues, Local Area Network (LAN) technologies, and security issues. Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to evaluate, select, and implement different data network options.

CIS 5307. Advanced Systems Analysis and Design. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examine system analysis and design processes. Students will be introduced to comparative development methodologies and modeling tools including project management and cost-benefit analysis; information systems planning and project identification and selection; requirements collection and structuring; process modeling; conceptual and logical data modeling; database design and implementation; design of the human-computer interface ; system implementation; system maintenance and change management.

CIS 5316. Advanced Database Management. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examine the methodologies of database management including data models, database design, normalization, SQL/ PLSQL, NoSQL, performance and reliability, distributed database, data dictionaries, data integrity, security, and privacy.

3 Hours of Graduate-Level Computer Information System Elective

International Business Emphasis 12 hrs. (At least two classes are online only)

BUSI 5315. International Business Law. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study international commercial business and the legal environment in which it operates. Explore traditional international concepts of treaties, sovereignty, public and private laws, customs laws, licensing, franchising, environmental, and employment law. Special emphasis on contracts for international sale of goods (CISG), GATT and WTO Treaties, NAFTA, regional trade areas.

FIN 5301. International Fin Strategy. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examine the major international issues pertaining to finance, including choosing and implementing an appropriate corporate strategy, the determination of exchange rates, international risk management, transfer pricing, and evaluating and financing international vestment opportunities.

MGMT 5315. International Management for Sustainability. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Focus on the multinational aspects of leading and managing sustainable development. Research, synthesis, and presentation of current and seminal research on the subjects of globalization and internationalization will be dominant components. The need for social, ecological, and economic dimensions of sustainability in international business transactions will also be discussed. Prerequisite: MGMT 5301.

MKTG 5315. International Marketing. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study comparative marketing systems, including economic, social technological, governmental, and political environments as the affect international marketing operations. Students will be required to complete an extensive research project in addition to other course requirements.

Management Emphasis 12 hrs. (Can be completed face to face or online)

MGMT 5315. International Management for Sustainability. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Focus on the multinational aspects of leading and managing sustainable development. Research, synthesis, and presentation of current and seminal research on the subjects of globalization and internationalization will be dominant components. The need for social, ecological, and economic dimensions of sustainability in international business transactions will also be discussed. Prerequisite: MGMT 5301.

MGMT 5368. Development & Change for Learning Organizations. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Students apply strategies for developing organizational learning using behavioral science. Viewing organizations as complex ecological systems, students will master systems thinking related to organization development so that change efforts improve both the organization and the wider systems within which it operates. Prerequisite(s): MGMT 5301.

6 Credit hours of Graduate-Level Management Elective

Marketing Emphasis 12 hrs. (Two of the three classes are only offered face to face)

MKTG 5310. Integrated Marketing Communications. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study concepts associated with Integrated Marketing Communications (IMCs). Learn an experiential learning approach, wherein students apply the concepts learned in the classroom to the creation of an IMC campaign for an organization.

MKTG 5312. Brand Management. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Learn branding, what it is, how it works, how it acquires and maintains economic and non-economic value. Explore the origins, power, theory, meaning, relevance and practice of brands, brand development, brand metrics and brand management though an experiential learning approach. Prerequisite(s): MKTG 5308 or permission of department chair.

MKTG 5315. International Marketing. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study comparative marketing systems, including economic, social technological, governmental, and political environments as the affect international marketing operations. Students will be required to complete an extensive research project in addition to other course requirements.

3 Hours of Graduate Business Electives.