The Neeley School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Accounting (MAcc) as well as a doctoral program in physics with a business option, and a joint degree in business and education (MBA/EdD). Other programs include foreign exchange with 3 countries and salaried summer internships in a variety of organizations and industries. The strongest areas of study are finance, marketing, and supply chain management. The most popular courses are Educational Investment Fund, Advanced Financial Management, Negotiations, Supply Chain Concepts, and Legal Environment of Business. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. Each year the Neeley School welcomes hundreds of executives from major corporations through the Tandy Executive Speaker Series.
Fifty-four total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 21 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Corporate Financial Reporting
- Supply Chain Concepts
- Data Analysis for Managerial Decisions
- Legal and Social Environment of Business
- Managing People
- Managing Information Technology
- Management of Financial Resources
- Market-Driven Strategy
- Accounting for Managerial Planning and Control
- Economic Environment of Business
- Managing Business Ethics
- Manufacturing and Services Operations Management
- Strategic Management in a Global Environment
Required courses for the MAcc include:
- Advanced Federal Taxation
- Contemporary Accounting Issues
- Business Law for Accounting Professionals
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Ethics for Accounting Professionals
- Managing Business Ethics
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 2 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 3 years.
There are 58 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 22 part-time faculty, of whom 27% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 2; average business class size is 40.
A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, work experience, and difficulty of undergraduate major. A strong mathematics background is required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 105; 67 were accepted; 38 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.2; average GMAT score was 624. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by targeted direct mailings, attending minority college fairs and forums, and networking with minority professional groups.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall. To apply, students must submit an application form, transcripts from all colleges attended, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $75, 3 letters of recommendation, and self-evaluation essays. The application deadline is April 30 for fall entry. Students are notified through admission rounds of the admissions decision. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 2 years, reassessed each year.
All graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $28,955 annually. The FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, and the previous year’s tax return are required. The application deadline is May 1 for fall entry.
Tuition for all students is $800 per credit, or $24,000 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $1600; personal expenses, $12,000; and other fees, $2700. Graduate student housing is available on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Twenty-nine percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 90% have had an average of 43 months of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Texas (53%). Twenty-eight percent are women, 5% are minorities, and 29% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 26; ages range from 21 to 38. Eleven percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 37%, business; 19%, liberal arts; 15%, economics; 11%, engineering; 11%, social sciences; and 5%, math and science. In 2006, 40 graduate business degrees were awarded.