Management

Master of Business Administration

Tarleton's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is offered in Stephenville, Waco (in conjunction with McLennan Community College University Center), Southwest Metroplex (Fort Worth Hickman Building), and Online.

The MBA program is designed to develop the student's leadership, decision making, and critical thinking abilities. Students are given opportunities to make decisions based on critical evaluation of real-life situations. Graduate faculty members strive to prepare MBA students for current career opportunities and for competing effectively in the global arena of business.

To pursue this degree, students are required to hold a baccalaureate degree and obtain acceptance to the College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton.  Students will need reliable internet access, basic computer skills, ample time to dedicate to completing the required course content, and the desire to complete an advanced degree that can provide opportunities for career advancement.

Program Administration

The MBA program is administered by the head of the Department of Management under the direction of the Dean of the college of Business Administration.  The program follows the policies of the University, Graduate Council, College of Graduate Studies, and the College of Business Administration.

Leveling Requirements

After an MBA applicant is admitted to the College of Graduate Studies, his/her transcript, application, essay, and test scores (if applicable) will be evaluated by a COBA Graduate Advisor.  The advisor evaluates the student’s educational background to determine what leveling requirements or program prerequisites may be needed.  Leveling requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may be satisfied by taking graduate leveling courses or through other appropriate means.

A student whose undergraduate degree was not in business may be required to take up to nine hours of graduate leveling courses (which are not counted toward the 30 hours required for the degree) to be prepared for successful graduate study in business.  All required leveling courses must be completed within the first 12 hours of course work and before any other courses in that discipline.

Master of Business Administration

Required Courses
Required courses: 2
BUSI 5398Business Research Methods3
ACCT 5303Accounting Management3
FINC 5307Financial Management3
MGMT 5301Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 5308Marketing Management3
BUSI 5388Seminar in Business Strategy3
ECON 5308Managerial Economics3
BCIS 5311Managing Information Systems3
Two Business Graduate-Level Electives 16
Total Hours30
1

Leveling courses (MGMT 5300, COBA 5301, and COBA 5302) whether required or not, will NOT count towards the 30-hour degree requirement.

2

The MBA degree program requires completion of a minimum of 30 (up to 39 with leveling) hours of graduate-level course work and a minimum 3.0 GPA with no grade below a C.


Before a student completes 12 hours of graduate credit in the MBA program, the student should contact his/her academic advisor and request that an official degree plan be prepared. The student may petition for changes in this degree plan at a later date, but these changes must be approved by the graduate advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Comprehensive Examination

Students in the MBA program are required to pass a comprehensive examination before receiving their degrees.  Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in all areas of Business Administration. Students must have completed their core courses and have a GPA of at least 3.0 to be eligible to take the comprehensive exam.

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

The primary mission of the MS degree in Human Resource Management is to provide graduate students the opportunity to develop critical skills which will prepare them to become successful and competent Human Resource professionals.

People are the most important part of any business. Businesses which are leaders in their industry strive to put human resources as their top priority in developing strategy, marketing, or operational excellence. It takes talent, dedication, and an educated Human Resource staff to keep these businesses at the top of their game.  Changing demographics, laws and regulations and the continuing need to keep our existing workforce challenged and motivated establishes paramount for educated Human Resource professionals.

The Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management is a 30 hour program that provides the student opportunities to develop critical skills in areas such as research and job analysis, recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, labor relations and organizational effectiveness. Students gain knowledge and skills that are applicable in business and not-for-profit entities including state and local governments and military organizations.

The MS-HRM program is offered as a totally online degree through the Stephenville campus with some face-to-face courses being offered in Stephenville, Waco, and the Southwest Metroplex (Fort Worth). To pursue this degree, students need a baccalaureate degree, acceptance in the College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton, internet access, basic computer skills, adequate time to dedicate to completing the required course content, and the desire to complete an advanced degree that can provide opportunities for career advancement.

The Human Resources Masters program is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for having curricula aligned with their Human Resource guidelines.

Leveling Requirements

After an MS-HRM applicant is admitted to the College of Graduate Studies, his/her transcript, application, essay, and test scores (if applicable) will be evaluated by a COBA Graduate Advisor . The advisor evaluates the student's educational background and work experience to determine what leveling requirements or program prerequisites may be needed. Leveling requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may be satisfied by taking graduate leveling courses or through other appropriate means.

A student whose undergraduate degree was not in business could be required to take up to nine hours of graduate leveling courses (which cannot be counted toward the 30 hours required for the degree) to be prepared for successful graduate study in business.  All required leveling courses must be completed within the first 12 hours of course work and before any other courses in that discipline.

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

Required Courses
HRMT 5301Law and Regulation in Human Resources3
HRMT 5303Training & Development3
HRMT 5314Workforce Planning & Talent Management3
HRMT 5316Compensation Management3
HRMT 5324Employee & Labor Relations3
MGMT 5301Organizational Behavior3
COBA 5398Data Informed Decision Making 13
MGMT 5368Organizational Development and Change3
HRMT 5354International Human Resources3
or HRMT 5389 Global Human Resource Management Practices
HRMT 5380Strategic Human Resources 23
Total Hours30
1

Students should complete this course within the first 12 hours of the program.

2

 Course may only be taken in the student's last semester.

Comprehensive Examination

Students in the MS degrees in Human Resource Management programs are required to pass a comprehensive examination before receiving their degrees. Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the area Human Resource Management.  Students must have completed their core courses and have a GPA of at least 3.0 to be eligible to take the comprehensive exam.