Business Administration

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate degree programs offered in the College of Business Administration (COBA) are the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Information Systems (MS IS), Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MS HRM), and Master of Accounting (MAcc). The MBA is available in Stephenville, Waco, Southwest Metroplex (Fort Worth), and Online. The MS in Human Resource Management and the MS in Information Systems is offered in Stephenville and Online. The Master of Accounting (MAcc) is only offered in Stephenville. For more information about business graduate programs, see the COBA website at

Program Administration

Policies for graduate programs in the College of Business Administration (COBA) are developed by the COBA Dean, the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate Council. The Dean of the College of Business Administration is responsible for maintaining consistent policies and standards governing graduate programs in business. Direct authority for administering the programs rests with the following administrators:

  • MS Information Systems
    • Head of the Department of Computer Information Systems
  • MBA program, MS Human Resource Management
    • Head of the Department of Management
  • MAcc, Master of Accounting
    • Head of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

All questions of policies, appeals, and petitions regarding the operation of graduate programs in business should be directed to the Dean of the College of Business Administration and submitted through the appropriate COBA department head.

Admission Requirements

To be granted admission, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution with a grade point average of at least 2.5 on the last 60 hours of credit completed.  The appliicant must also have submitted GRE or GMAT, if required, scores and have satisfied applicable program prerequisites.  The applicant will be notified of program prerequisites (leveling requirements), if any, soon after he/she is admitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Transfer Credit

Upon recommendation of the academic advisor and department head and with approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, a student may transfer up to 12 hours of graduate work completed at another regionally credited institution. Because students take the comprehensive examination from Tarleton professors, they should complete core courses at Tarleton.

Course work in which no formal grade is given (for example, CR, P, S, U, etc.) is not accepted for transfer credit. Credit for course work submitted for transfer from any college or university must be shown in semester credit hours or equated to semester credit hours. No academic work completed by correspondence may be applied to graduate degree programs.

GPA Requirements

Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at all times. Should a student earn a grade below C in a graduate course or fall below an overall GPA of 3.0, that student may be placed in a conditional enrollment status and may be advised to repeat a course, reduce course load, or take other corrective action to remove the deficiency. For more information, see the section on Graduate Student Performance in the general information provided by the College of Graduate Studies.

Research Requirement

The MS IS degree is a 36-hour non-thesis program. The MBA, MS HRM, and MAcc degrees are 30-hour non-thesis programs.  Research is required as a part of graduate course work, but a separate thesis is not a degree requirement. The MS IS, MBA, and the MS HRM, do include a thesis option.