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2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2016 - 2018 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, MBA


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Administrative Unit

This program is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research through the faculty of the School of Business

Objectives

The objective of the MBA program is to provide the essential professional tools needed by our students to advance in managerial careers.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program admits students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in any undergraduate field. Admission is based on a combination of the undergraduate GPA and GMAT Score: Entrance Status Score = (GPA X 200) + GMAT.

*GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 and above or a GPA of 3.25 and above in the last 60 hours in the undergraduate degree, from an accredited university. Students who are granted the GMAT waiver will be required to submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an immediate supervisor or instructor that can testify to the applicant’s professional experience.

Regular Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours
  • *GMAT scores at average percentile or better
  • ENTRANCE SCORE: ES = (GPA X 200) + GMAT): above 1120

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better
  • ENTRANCE SCORE: ES = (GPA X 200) + GMAT): at least 1000
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Professional experience and/or awards

Students lacking academic business or accounting prerequisites or with a deficiency in their accounting GPA may be granted conditional status subject to the completion of the leveling coursework and/or achievement of the required GPA in undergraduate accounting courses. Conditional admission will normally be changed to regular status upon successful completion of pre-professional leveling courses including an accounting GPA of 3.0 in the pre-professional courses.

Students with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 must take the GMAT exam before any graduate coursework can be taken. All applicants must take the GMAT exam prior to completion of 6 semester hours of graduate coursework.

Upon admission students will be evaluated for computer literacy, and statistical literacy. Students who need additional skills in these areas are referred to COSC 1335 (computer literacy) and MATH 6301  (statistical literacy), and are classified as having Conditional Standing until these requirements are fulfilled. Computer literacy must be remedied in the first semester in which the student is accepted into the MBA program. MATH 6301  must be taken before the student enrolls in ACCT 6302 , MNGT 6303 , ECON 6302 , FINA 6320 , MNGT 6361 , MNGT 6366  or electives in marketing, finance or economics. Students who have not completed the equivalent of six semester hours of undergraduate mathematics including exposure to differential and integral calculus may be advised by the Graduate Business Studies Chair to complete mathematics preparation to the level of MATH 1325 or its equivalent.

Non-degree Students in Graduate Business

Non-degree students may take up to six credit hours of graduate business courses to meet certification requirements and continuing professional or personal development. Non-degree students must meet the general School of Business requirement of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or demonstrate equivalent potential for success in graduate business studies Non-degree students may register for MBA online courses only during late registration, on a space available basis, to give priority to degree-seeking students.

Waiver Policies

Students with an academic business background may waive up to two core courses, decreasing the program to as few as 30 credit hours using the criteria below:

Course Policy for Waiver
ACCT 6301   6 cr hrs of accounting, including financial & managerial with a “B” average
FINA 6320   12 cr hrs of upper division finance with a “B” average
MNGT 6320   6 cr hrs of upper division production & operations management with a “B” average
MNGT 6360   6 cr hrs of upper division management with a “B” average
MRKT 6310   12 cr hrs of upper division marketing with a “B” average

 

MBA Program Requirements


General MBA

  • 30 hours for BBA, 36 hours for non-BBA

Special Program Features


Finance Emphasis: Students whose three elective courses are graduate finance courses have completed a Finance Emphasis in their MBA program. Diploma recognition of the finance emphasis is pending at this time.

Accounting Emphasis: Students whose three elective courses are graduate accounting courses have completed an Accounting Emphasis in their MBA program. Diploma recognition of the accounting emphasis is pending at this time.

Finance Emphasis and Accounting Emphasis: Students may take three courses beyond the MBA requirements and fulfill both the Finance Emphasis and Accounting Emphasis. Diploma recognition is pending at this time.

MBA for Prospective Texas CPAs: Students who have an academic accounting background can fulfill the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy specific course requirements of an approved ethics course, an accounting research course, and a business communications course through graduate electives in the MBA program.

Certificate in Energy Business: Students with three graduate energy business courses are eligible for a Certificate in Energy Business in the MBA and MPA program.

MBA with Certificate in Energy Business


  • 30-33 hours for BBA, 42 hours for non-BBA
  • The ‘Core’ and ‘Beyond Core’ courses are the same as in General MBA.
  • Complete 3 out of 4 Energy elective courses:

MBA with Finance Emphasis


  • 30-33 hours for BBA, 42 hours for non-BBA
  • The ‘Core’ and ‘Beyond Core’ courses are the same as in General MBA.
  • Three (3) Finance elective courses:

MBA with Accounting Emphasis


  • 30-33 hours for BBA, 42 hours for non-BBA
  • The ‘Core’ and ‘Beyond Core’ courses are the same as in General MBA.
  • Two options for suggested three (3) Accounting elective courses:

MBA Online


General MBA

  • 30 hours for BBA, 36 hours for non-BBA

MBA Online with Finance Emphasis


  • 30-33 hours for BBA, 42 hours for non-BBA
  • The ‘Core’ and ‘Beyond Core’ courses are the same as in General MBA
  • Three (3) Finance elective courses:

Joint MPA/MBA Degree Program


The Joint Degree Program in Professional Accountancy and Business Administration is an accelerated program of broad study intended to provide students with two master degrees in 60 credit hours of study. Students must meet the requirements for admission to both the MPA and MBA programs and fulfill the leveling requirements in accounting pre-professional courses and statistical and computer literacy. Students who pursue the MPA and MBA program simultaneously may complete the MPA and MBA degrees by:

  1. Fulfilling all leveling and pre-professional coursework.
  2. Fulfilling all MPA and MBA required courses.
  3. Completing at least two graduate business electives.
  4. Completing additional graduate business electives in the place of any waivers granted for MBA Core Courses.
  5. Completing all requirements for the MPA and MBA degree within 8 years of the first graduate course in the joint degree plan.

For students with no waivers of MBA core courses, the Joint MPA/MBA degree plan would be the following,

Business Leveling (0-6 sch)


Computer Literacy


  • COSC 1335

Statistical Literacy


Accounting Leveling (0-18 sch)


  • ACCT 3301 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 3302 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 3303 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 3305 Federal Tax Accounting
  • ACCT 4306 Auditing

Electives (Required – 27 sch, All electives must be graduate business hours)


  • ACCT 6301 or both ACCT 2301 and ACCT 2302 can be taken to fulfill the MBA CORE accounting requirement, which is a leveling requirement in the MPA program.
  • Students with waivers of MBA core courses must take sufficient additional electives to reach an overall total of 60 credits for the joint MBA/MPA degree awarded at the same time.

MBA for Students with a Previous Graduate Degree in Accounting


Students who have already received a graduate degree in accounting awarded by UTPB or another regionally accredited university, may complete the MBA degree by

  1. Fulfilling computer and statistical literacy
  2. Fulfilling all MBA required courses
    1. Up to four MBA core courses may be waived based on waiver criteria above
    2. Substitution of graduate business electives for MBA required courses already completed with a grade of “B” or better.
  3. Fulfilling additional graduate business elective courses to meet a 30 credit hour program total minimum.
  4. Completing all requirements for the MBA degree within 8 years of the first course completed in the graduate accounting degree.

For students who received a UTPB MPA degree, the MBA degree plan would be the following, once the computer and statistical literacy requirements are met.

Grades


MBA students will not be given graduate credit for courses taken when the letter grade earned is less than C. In addition, an MBA student may count no more than two C grades. A degree candidate is required to maintain an overall average of B and maintain a GPA of 3.0 in every semester throughout his or her program of study.

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