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School of Graduate Studies

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The School of Graduate Studies offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MS), Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM), and Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS).

Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 15 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Business Research Methods
  • Seminar in Business Strategy and Policy
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Ethics and Values of Leadership or
  • Analytical Methods for Management Decisions
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Accounting for Management
  • Development of Information Systems Applications or
  • Financial Management
  • Organizational Behavior

Required courses for the MSIS include:

  • Telecommunications for Managers
  • Systems Analysis for Managers
  • Managing Information Systems
  • Applied Database Management
  • Quantitative Concepts in Computing
  • Research Methods in Information Systems
  • 12 hours CIS electives and 6 hours of general electives

Required courses for the MSHRM include:

  • Foundations of Financial Systems
  • Foundations of Management
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Business Research Methods
  • Law and Regulation in Human Resources
  • Managing Human Resource Development
  • Workforce Planning and Employment
  • Compensation Management
  • Employment and Labor Relations
  • Professional Issues in Human Resources
  • Electives to bring to 36 hours

Required courses for the MSML include:

  • Foundations of Financial Systems
  • Foundations of Management
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Business Research Methods
  • Managing Information SystemsorStrategic Impact of Technology
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Analysis and Designor or Organizations
  • Seminar: Management and Leadership
  • Managing Operations and Services
  • Organizational Development and Change
  • Electives to 36 hours

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements Subject to approval, students may transfer up to 12 semester hours of graduate coursework from another regionally accredited institution.

The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 4 semesters.

There are 8 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 5 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 12; average business class size is 21.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 96; 80 were accepted; 70 enrolled. 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, a nonrefundable application fee of $25, and a 200- to -300-word statement of personal goals. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Financial Aid

The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current financial aid deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is $130 per credit. Nonresidents pay $395 per credit.


Twenty-one percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 90% have had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school. The greatest percentage of students are from Texas (93%). Sixty percent are women, 50% are minorities, and 3% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 31; ages range from 22 to 56. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 29%, business; 3%, liberal arts; 2%, math and science; and 2%, social sciences. In 2006, 27 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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