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Department of Management, Marketing and General Business - Online Master of Business Administration Degree

Department of Management, Marketing and General Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Online Course Mode

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Introduction

WT's AACSB accredited College of Business has one of the top online MBA programs available today.  The 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings list the WT online MBA #11 in the nation for student services and technology, #15 in student engagement, #26 in faculty credentials, and #32 overall.  The Simple Dollar ranks the WTAMU online MBA program #1 in 2014 for affordability combined with national ranking.  Get Educated.com ranks West Texas A&M #8 as a Best Buy MBA program.  Top 10 Online Colleges ranks the WT program #8 for Most Affordable Online Business Graduate DegreesOnline MBA Report ranks the WT online program #23 overall, #4 in the Southwest, #4 with for a concentration in Healthcare Management, and #10 for a concentration in marketing.  College Choice ranks the WT online MBA Program #10 based on a combination of reputation and affordability for 2015.  SuperScholar.org ranks the WT online MBA program #5 overall.  Top Management Degrees ranks the MBA Healthcare Concentration #5 in the in their 2015 rankings of online Healthcare Management programs.

The College of Business offers a complete MBA program that is available exclusively via the Internet or can combine online courses with campus courses to meet degree requirements.  Students are able to take every course required for graduation online.  The online courses are the same that on-campus students must take, but feature the convenience of learning from home at any time of the day.  Students that do not want to complete their course work exclusively online are welcome to complete courses on campus in addition to the online mode.  The MBA program is generally designed for completion within a two-year period, although a few students complete the program in as little as 12-18 months while others that work full-time may work on degree requirements for three or more years.  Admission and academic credit consideration may be provided for excellence in previous academic program, GMAT performance, career progression in industry and/or in military service.

MBA frequently asked questions

Students enrolled only in online courses may complete a Distance Education Fee Waiver Request. This request must be renewed each semester.

If you would like us to send you general information about the program, please complete an Electronic Inquiry and someone from our program will contact you.


Full Admission Requirements

1. Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher
2. While all applicants are encouraged to take the GMAT exam, those with an UG GPA of 3.0 or higher may request to have this requirement waived by completing a GMAT Score Waiver Request Form and emailing it to Catherine Lee (crlee@wtamu.edu). Alternately, you may submit an Electronic GMAT Score Waiver Request Form.
3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
4. Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter must be a professional recommendation. The College of Business Recommendation Letter Form is available for downloading.
5. Resume showing career progress*
6. Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree*
7. Proficiency in foundation business courses

*To be emailed to Ms. Catherine Lee, Office of Graduate Business Programs (crlee@wtamu.edu)

Provisional Acceptance Requirements

1. Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher but less than 3.0
2. GMAT score comparable to that of students who are currently successful in the program
3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
4. Three letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be a professional recommendation)*
5. Resume showing career progress*
6. Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree*
7. Proficiency in foundation business courses

*To be emailed to Ms. Catherine Lee, Office of Graduate Business Programs (crlee@wtamu.edu)

Provisional acceptance to a graduate program in the College of Business can consist of multiple steps, dependent on each applicant's overall background as described above.


General Admission Requirements

Graduate School Application Materials

A complete Graduate School application packet includes the Graduate application, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, GMAT scores (as required), and a non-refundable graduate application fee. The complete application packet must be received by the Graduate school by applications deadlines to ensure consideration for the semester selected unless a deadline waiver is granted. Application deadlines are August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring), and May 1 (Summer).

An administrative "hold" preventing the applicant from enrolling in subsequent semesters is placed on the student's file if the student has not completed the admission procedure before the end of the first semester of graduate work.

NOTE: Students must be admitted before being eligible for federal financial aid. Programs may require additional documents for admission.

College of Business Application Materials

Applicants for the MBA program in the College of Business are requested to provide the office of graduate business programs with a copy of their career resume, a statement describing their career goals and how earning a MBA degree will help them achieve those goals, and three letters of recommendation.

Upon approval by the College of Business Graduate Business Admissions Committee, a student with provisional acceptance may enroll in a maximum of 12 - 18 semester credit hours of graduate courses selected with the student and the MBA advisor for the office of graduate business programs. The graduate business admissions committee will consider students for full admission to a graduate programs in the College of Business based on their review of the student's undergraduate GPA and:

  • earning grades of B and above on graduate level work completed as a provisionally accepted graduate student in the College of Business,
  • submitting a GMAT score that is comparable to successful students in the MBA program,
  • providing three letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be a professional recommendation),
  • providing a resume showing career progress,
  • providing a statement of goals and objectives and how attainment of an MBA degree will enhance their ability to reach their career goals.

M.B.A. Requirements (31 to 49 graduate hours)

M.B.A. Foundation Courses (0 to 9 graduate hours)

  • Students with an undergraduate degree in business administration or a closely related field and a grade point average of 2.8 or higher may not be required to take foundation courses. 
  • Students with an undergraduate degree outside of business administration or an undergraduate degree in business administration with a grade point average below 2.8 are required to take 9 semester hours from the following: ACCT 6300, ECON 6300, IDM 6300, MGT 6300, MKT 6300, FIN 6300, and BUSI 6300.  The explicit nine semester hours are determined by the associate dean of graduate business programs.  In addition, the associate dean may select more than 9 semester hours of foundation courses in special cases where student academic background in business administration, grade point average or work experience are limited.

M.B.A. Core Courses (28 graduate hours)

Courses for Emphasis Areas (3 to 9 graduate hours)

  • MBA-General Business*—three semester hours of graduate business electives.***
  • MBA—Computer Information Systems (CIS)****— nine semester hours of CIDM courses, which must include six hours from CIDM 6325, CIDM 6330, CIDM 6340, CIDM 6350, CIDM 6355, or CIDM 6363.  To join the MBA Program with an emphasis in CIS, an applicant needs an undergraduate degree in CIS, MIS, CS, or technology related area of concentration or at least two years of work experience in the technology field.
  • MBA—Management*—nine semester hours of management courses.
  • MBA—Marketing*—nine semester hours of marketing courses.
  • MBA—Healthcare Management Emphasis— nine graduate hours from BUSI 5370, BUSI 6370 MGT 6370, MKT 6370, ECON 6370, FIN 6370, or CIDM 6375/MGT 6375.  To join the MBA program with an emphasis in healthcare, an applicant needs at least two years of work experience in the healthcare field or a closely related equivalent.

*An elective course may be any graduate-level course in the College of Business (except 6300 leveling courses) or, with approval from the associate dean of graduate business program, elective graduate courses may be taken outside the College of Business.

Leveling courses ACCT 6330, ECON 6300, FIN 6300, CIDM 6300, BUSI 6300, MGT 6300, or MKT 6300 are not elective courses and can only be used to meet leveling requirements as part of degree completion. 

Course descriptions for graduate-level courses in the College of Business can be accessed from the West Texas A&M University Graduate Catalog.

For information, contact:

Dr. Jonathan Shaffer, director of graduate business programs at 806-651-2489 or email jshaffer@wtamu.edu

Dr. LaVelle Mills, associate dean of graduate business programs at 806-651-3866 or email lmills@wtamu.edu


Graduate Course Schedules  

Spring 2015   Summer 2015   Fall 2015

Registration for the 2015 Summer and Fall semesters will begin April 1, 2015 for currently registered students and April 20, 2015 for new students.


 

 

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