Degree Information

  • Bullet Master of Business Administration

    Course Descriptions


    The College of Business Administration's undergraduate and graduate degree programs are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.


    R. Dean Lewis, Ph.D., Dean, College of Business Administration
    Mitchell J. Muehsam, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Coordinator of Graduate Studies
    Roger D. Abshire, D.B.A., Chair, Department of Management and Marketing
    Leroy W. Ashorn, Ph.D., Chair, Department of General Business and Finance
    William B. Green, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Economics and Business Analysis
    N. Ross Quarles Ph.D., Chair, Department of Accounting


    The mission of the College of Business Administration is to support Sam Houston State University's mission by providing students with the education experience in the field of business necessary to become productive citizens, to develop successful business related careers, and to provide interested students with the background necessary to pursue advanced studies in the field of business and related fields. The educational experience at the undergraduate and master's levels is designed to provide students with the intellectual flexibility to be successful in a dynamic business environment.

    The highest priority of the College of Business Administration is teaching, primarily at the undergraduate level. In addition, the college encourages faculty professional development, scholarly productivity, and service to benefit all stakeholders: students, alumni, donors, regional businesses, and the State of Texas. To continuously improve the quality of our programs, the College supports a system which allows input from our major stakeholders.


    The Master of Business Administration program at Sam Houston State University is designed to develop candidates for positions of leadership in modern organizations or to prepare students to successfully pursue doctoral studies in business. Managerial procedures and practices are continually changing. Therefore, the program emphasizes the integration and synthesis of various disciplines to develop a student's ability to function in a dynamic environment and make sound administrative decisions that maximize the value and contributions of an organization. The Master of Business Administration program is suited for qualified students from any academic discipline. The program provides the candidate with a basic managerial background through the core requirements while providing individualized adaptation through elective courses.

    The Master of Business Administration degree may be earned in one year by those who have completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. For a student with a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than business, a minimum of two years will probably be required. For the nonbusiness graduate the first year of study will involve taking prerequisite courses in preparation for the graduate courses.


    The Master of Business Administration program requires a core of twenty-one graduate semester hours and fifteen hours of elective graduate courses. The selection of elective courses allows a student to design his/her program to meet special interests or needs. The College of Business Administration offers numerous graduate elective courses in Accounting, Business Analysis, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. Individual readings/research courses can also be established to further facilitate special student interests.



    Accounting 564, Accounting for Management or Accounting 582, Problems in Budgetary and Interpretative Accounting 3 hours
    Finance 537, Problems in Administrative Finance 3 hours
    Management 567, Seminar in Strategic Management and Policy 3 hours
    Marketing 570, Marketing Seminar 3 hours
    General Business Administration 587, Research Writing in Business 3 hours
    Business Analysis 568, Techniques of Statistical Analysis 3 hours
    Economics (any 500 level ECO course, excluding ECO 575) 3 hours
    21 hours
    Graduate Business Electives 15 hours
    Total 36 hours

    Students may elect to complete a minimum of 30 semester graduate hours plus a thesis of 6 semester hours.


    Students who do not hold a baccalaureate business degree must complete the following course requirements as prerequisites to graduate business courses. Baccalaureate degrees from foreign universities will be treated as nonbusiness degrees.

    ACC 231 Principles of Accounting 3 hours
    ACC 232 Principles of Accounting 3 hours
    ECO 233 Principles of Microeconomics 3 hours
    ECO 234 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hours
    GBA 281 Business Legal Environment 3 hours
    MGT 380 Organization Theory and Human Behavior 3 hours
    MGT 475 Operations Management 3 hours
    MIS 388 Management Information Systems 3 hours
    MKT371 Principles of Marketing 3 hours
    FIN 367 Business Finance 3 hours
    BAN 232 Business Analysis 3 hours
    CS 133 or 143 Introduction to Computers 3 hours

    A 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale must be maintained on all stem courses. Students failing to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average on the stem courses will be subject to academic suspension.


    Students must submit to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, an application, transcript(s) of all previous college work, and an acceptable Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score. Admission to graduate studies in business is dependent upon the candidate satisfying at least one of the following two graduate admission formulas.

    Admission Formulas

    200 X (overall GPA) + (GMAT score) 950

    200 X (advanced hours GPA) + (GMAT score) 1000

    The grade point average (GPA) is based on a four point scale and only courses from the baccalaureate degree granting institution are used for determining graduate admission. Students who are not in good standing at another college or university are not eligible for admission into the MBA program.

    International students or students whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 and a GMAT score of at least 450. All immigration requirements must also be satisfied prior to admission.


    To provide students with more flexibility in tailoring the MBA program to their needs, a maximum of two 400-level undergraduate courses may be used as electives. Extra assignments/projects will be added to the course to elevate the course to graduate level work. Only the 400-level courses listed below may be used. To receive graduate credit for any of the below listed 400-level courses, an MBA student must get approval from the graduate coordinator and the course professor prior to enrolling in the course.


    ACC 435 Advanced Accounting I
    ACC 436 Advanced Accounting II
    *ACC 468 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
    ACC 481 Auditing Principles
    ACC 484 Advanced Income Tax
    ACC 487 Estate Planning


    ECO 463 Monetary Economics
    ECO 480 International Economics


    FIN 439 Seminar in Financial Analyses
    FIN 468 Commercial Banking
    FIN 486 Investments
    FIN 487 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management


    *GBA 465 International Business Law
    GBA 470 Legal Topics


    MGT 471 International Management
    MGT 472 Compensation
    MGT 477 Purchasing and Materials Management
    MGT 479 Human Resources Training and Development
    MGT 481 Quality Assurance Management


    MKT 470 International Marketing


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