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 M.B.A. 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 full-time students 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 non-business graduate the first year of study will involve taking prerequisite courses in preparation for the graduate courses. Part-time students who have completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree typically complete the program in approximately two years.
Applicants must submit the following materials directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
- Graduate Application
- Application fee
- Official transcript(s) of all previous college work
- A current resume
- A Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score report, unless a waiver is granted for one of the following reasons:
- An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 at the U.S institution awarding the degree
- At least three years of significant domestic managerial experience following completion of the undergraduate degree
- An earned graduate or professional degree from a U.S. institution
Applicants who do not meet one of the requirements for a GMAT waiver with a baccalaureate degree from a recognized, accredited university in the United States who satisfy at least one of the following graduate admission formulas shall be admitted unconditionally into the M.B.A. program.
200 x (overall GPA) + (GMAT score) ≥ 1100
200 x (advanced hours GPA) + (GMAT score) ≥ 1150
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 any of the College of Business Administration’s graduate programs.
Applicants who meet all other qualifications but whose combined score using the formulas above is less than 1100 but greater than 950 (or less than 1150 but greater than 1000 on advanced hours) will be invited to submit additional supporting information to be considered for admission by the College of Business Administration Graduate Admission Committee. The deadlines for submission of supplemental materials are:
|Fall (August)||July 15|
|Spring (January)||November 15|
|Summer (June or July)||April 15|
Contact the College of Business Administration’s Graduate Coordinator for a list of additional materials that may be required.
International students or students whose native language is not English must submit a GMAT score of at least 450 and a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper based exam, 213 on the computer based exam, or 79 on the internet-based exam. International students must submit all required admission materials by the following dates:
|Fall (August)||June 25|
|Spring (January)||November 12|
|Summer 1 (June)||April 9|
|Summer 2 (July)||May 10|
All immigration requirements must also be satisfied prior to admission.
The M.B.A. degree program requires a minimum of thirty-six hours of graduate credit.
M.B.A. in Business Administration
Choose all from:
|2||ACCT Elective||Choose one from:
ACCT 5304 <ACC 564> Accounting for Management
or any 5000-level ACCT course (other than ACCT 5300) for those with an undergraduate degree in ACCT from a U.S. institution
|3||ECON Elective||Choose one from:
All graduate courses in ECON except ECO 5380 <ECO 575>
|5||COBA Electives||Choose four from:
All graduate courses in the College of Business Administration (Excluding ACCT 5300, BANA 5300, and ECON 5300)
|1||MGMT 5390 <MGT 567> is a capstone course that satisfies the comprehensive exam requirement. A grade of “B” or better is required for graduation.|