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School of Management and Business

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The SMB offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics (MSOLE), Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS), Master of Arts in Human Services (MAHS), and Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) as well as a joint degree in MBA and MSCIS. Other programs include an internship option in MAHS. The strongest areas of study are business management, management information systems, human resource management, and finance. The most popular courses are in finance and marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The Executive Seminar Series brings speakers to campus and allows students to earn 1 to 2 credit hours through research on the speaker’s topic and participation in the series.

Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA. Required courses include:

  • Organizational and Operations Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Financial Management
  • Human Relations
  • Marketing Management

Required courses for the MAHS include:

  • Planning, Programming, Budgeting
  • Organizational Management in Human Services
  • Leadership Development in Group Relations
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services
  • Methods of Research
  • Systemic Intervention

Required courses for the MSCIS include:

  • Organizational and Operations Management
  • Database Systems
  • Strategic IS and IT Management
  • Internet and Network Technologies
  • Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management

Required courses for the MSOLE include:

  • Foundations of Ethical Leadership
  • Leadership and Team Development
  • Leadership and Financial Performance
  • Global Leadership Perspective
  • Building Ethical Organizations
  • Leadership in Action Research

Required courses for the MSPM include:

  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Quality Management
  • Project and Change Management

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements with equivalent graduate-level work or undergraduate-level work in Phase l MBA.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 4 terms; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 6 years.

There are 16 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 94% hold a doctorate; there are 34 part-time faculty, of whom 50% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 12; average business class size is 14.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75, a GMAT score of 500 (mba in Digital media management), and GRE scores of 1000. Most important admissions factors are grades in upper-level courses, GMAT results, and essays. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 254; 192 were accepted; 160 enrolled. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by attendance at graduate fairs at schools with a high percentage of minority students and through support of organizations like NSHMBA and the Black MBA Association.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer (fall only for mba Digital Media management; fall and spring ony for MSOLE). To apply, students must submit an application form, transcripts from all schools attended, GMAT scores, or GRE, a nonrefundable application fee of $45, an essay, and a current resume. The application deadlines are July 1 for fall entry; November 1, spring; March 1, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is July. Once accepted, students may defer admission for 1 calendar year.

Financial Aid

About 54% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $14,659 annually; maximum $21,882. The FAFSA is required. The application deadline is open for fall entry.

Tuition for all students is $649 per credit, or $7788 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $9340; books and supplies, $500; personal expenses, $4254, for an estimated annual total of $21,882. Graduate student housing is available in student dormitories and student apartment complexes on campus.


Eleven percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 98% have had an average of 9 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Texas (95%). Fifty-one percent are women, 29% are minorities, and 4% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 21; ages range from 21 to 56. Two percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. About 5% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons. In 2006, 206 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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