The COBA offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science (MS) in accounting, decision technologies, information technologies, finance, taxation, and real estate as well as doctoral programs in accounting, information technology, finance, management science, management, and marketing, and joint degrees in operations and supply chain, engineering technology (MBA/MS), hospitality (MBA/MS), and merchandising management (MBA/MS). Other programs include internships and a cooperative program with the University of North Texas Health Science Center for the MBA in health services management. The strongest areas of study are finance, accounting, and strategic management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA including 1 to 2 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Organizational Behavior and Analysis
- Accounting for Management
- Marketing Management
- Financial Management
- Introduction to Decision Making
- Administrative Strategy
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements for background core courses only on the basis of previous course work.
Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full or part time is 6 years.
There are 15 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated well below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 2; average business class size is 20.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.8. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, grades in upper-level courses, and academic accomplishments and ability. A strong mathematics background is required.
The number of applicants for a recent class was 303; 127 were accepted; 74 enrolled. The average GMAT score was 530. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, and a nonrefundable application fee of $50. Check with the school for current application deadlines. Students are notified as soon as possible of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is mid-August. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.
The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for in-state residents is $317 per credit. Nonresidents pay $595 per credit. Estimated total tuition for the program for in-state residents completing the program in 2 to 3 years is $10,127; total cost for nonresidents is $20,135. On-campus room and board costs approximately $6000. Graduate student housing consists of residence halls on campus and apartments nearby. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Forty percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 80% have had an average of 60 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 (76%). Forty-five percent are women, 22% are minorities, and 23% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 20 to 57. In 2006, 69 graduate business degrees were awarded.