Management, Marketing, and Administrative Systems

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, you need a baccalaureate degree, acceptance to the College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton, internet access, basic computer skills, time that you can 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 Marketing, Management, and Administrative Systems, who implements the policies of the University, Graduate Council, and College of Business Administration and works under the Dean's direction.

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 departmental subject area examinations 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: 3
ACCT 5303Accounting Management3
BCIS 5311Managing Information Systems3
FINC 5307Financial Management3
BUSI 5388Seminar in Business Strategy3
BUSI 5389Global Business Practices 13
MKTG 5308Marketing Management3
MGMT 5311Managing Operations and Services3
or MGMT 5368 Organizational Development and Change
Electives or MGMT 588 Thesis 215
Total Hours36
1

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

2

Students who are required to complete graduate leveling requirements (FINC 5300 Foundations of Financial Systems and/or MGMT 5300) may count one or both courses as electives in the MBA program.

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The MBA degree program requires completion of a minimum of 36 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 degree are required to pass a comprehensive examination before receiving their degrees.  Students will be required to demonstrate their 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 Human Resource Management (MS) degree program 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 who 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.

It is an exciting time to be involved in the field of Human Resources. 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 allows students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the Human Resource profession through the Stephenville campus' Online program. Our faculty and staff will assist you with an education right from your desktop! We invite you to experience the online learning process so that you can be the most important resource to your organization!

The 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, you need a baccalaureate degree, acceptance in the College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton, internet access, basic computer skills, time that you can 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 departmental subject area examinations 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
BUSI 5398Business Research Methods 13
MGMT 5301Organizational Behavior3
HRMT 5301Law and Regulation in Human Resources3
HRMT 5303Managing Human Resource Development3
HRMT 5314Workforce Planning and Employment3
HRMT 5316Compensation Management3
HRMT 5324Employment and Labor Relations3
HRMT Elective3
Electives or HRMT 5388 Thesis 26
Total Hours30
1

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

2

Students who are required to complete graduate leveling requirements (FINC 5300 Foundations of Financial Systems and/or MGMT 5300 Foundations of Management) may not count the courses as electives.

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 their 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.

Master of Science, Management and Leadership

The primary mission of the Management and Leadership (MS) degree program is to develop the graduate student's critical thinking, problem solving, and life-long learning skills necessary to manage and lead organizations.

Tarleton State University's Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership is designed for busy adults who want to improve their knowledge, abilities, and skills in management. The 30-hour program focuses on one of the most challenging responsibilities for management today – leading change. Students gain knowledge and skills that are applicable in business, the military, government organizations, and private non-for-profit organizations.

This program is suited for you if you are wanting:

  • To deepen your understanding of how organizations should function
  • To increase your academic credentials needed for promotion
  • To increase your understanding of how to design and implement change within your organization
  • To acquire the requisite 18 hours of graduate course work needed to teach at the undergraduate level
  • To acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to help organizations through internal or external consulting

Our dedicated faculty focus on teaching and scholarly activities. At the same time, we pride ourselves in giving students personal attention and easy access. Students are the reason we exist.

The M&L program is offered in a traditional face-to-face format in Stephenville, Waco, and the Southwest Metroplex (Fort Worth). It is also available totally Online through the Stephenville campus. To pursue this degree, you need a baccalaureate degree, acceptance to the College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton, Internet access, basic computer skills, time that you can dedicate to completing the required course content, and the desire to complete an advanced degree that can provide opportunities for career advancement!

Leveling Requirements

After an M&L applicant is admitted to the College of Graduate Studies, his/her transcript, application, essay, and test scores are 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 departmental subject area examinations 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, Management and Leadership

Required Courses
BUSI 5398Business Research Methods 13
MGMT 5301Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 5302Human Resource Management3
MGMT 5310Leadership Development3
MGMT 5312Project Management3
MGMT 5354International Management3
MGMT 5368Organizational Development and Change3
Electives or MGMT 5388 Thesis 29
Total Hours30
1

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

2

Students who are required to complete graduate leveling requirements (FINC 5300 Foundations of Financial Systems and/or MGMT 5300 Foundations of Management) may not count the courses as electives.

Comprehensive Examination

Students in the MS degree in Management and Leadership program are required to pass a comprehensive activity before receiving their degree. Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in all areas of Management and Leadershipnt.  Students must have completed their core courses and have a GPA of at least 3.0 to be eligible to take the comprehensive exam.

Accounting Courses

Courses

Courses

General Business Courses

Courses

Management Courses

MGMT 5300. Foundations of Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Students develop an integrated strategic, operational, and process view of the organization. Focus is on operations, marketing, information systems, research processes and statistical techniques for decision making, management, leadership and ethics, and human resource management. Students demonstrate mastery of secondary research techniques, case analysis methodology, communication skills, and hands-on computer skills. Prerequisite: For MBA, MS HRM, and MS ML majors: Course must be taken within the first 12 graduate hours OR with the approval of the department head. Prequisite for all other majors: Approval of the instructor.

MGMT 5301. Organizational Behavior. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Behavioral theory in organizational context. A study of individual and group dynamics in the business environments. Specific emphasis is given to leadership, motivation, communication, employee supervision, and morale in all organizational settings.Credit will not be awarded for both MPA 5301 and MGMT 5301.

MGMT 5302. Human Resource Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Presents the fundamental principles and techniques of personnel management and examines the management of human resources from the point of view of the personnel officer, the operational manager and the employee. Examines the responsibilities of organizational leadership for incorporating human resource issues in strategic planning and initiatives. Emphasis is placed on current legal considerations, issues and research. Credit for both MGMT 5302 and HRMT 5302 will not be awarded.

MGMT 5304. Personnel Problems Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Concerned with developing the student's proficiency in applying principles and technical tools to such personnel problems as employment, employee education and training, labor relations, industrial health and safety, wage and salary administration, and employee services.

MGMT 5306. Influencing Organizational Productivity through Interpersonal Relations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A practical and theoretical course dealing with interpersonal behavior and its influence on organizational productivity. Emphasis will be on identifying and classifying behavior in order to better understand behavior and to develop strategies for creating productive relationships with others. Particular emphasis is directed toward the impact of interpersonal behavior in business organizations and the potential effect on productivity. Materials fee required.

MGMT 5307. Responsibilities and Ethics of Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of an organization's social and environmental responsibilities to its employees, customers, and the general public. Practical emphasis is given to the case study method for evaluating the performance of various organizations. Establishes a theoretical framework for understanding ethics, principles and values of leadership as they affect the organization, the organizational environment and society.

MGMT 5310. Leadership Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Leadership is explored through the process of developing oneself as a leader while developing followers. Emphasis is placed upon learning the skills necessary to lead through the ethical use of influence in order to achieve organizational strategic goals.

MGMT 5311. Managing Operations and Services. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of concepts, models and methods used to effectively manage the manufacturing and/or service operations of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the design and use of cross-functional operations planning, control, and support systems. Topics of contemporary relevance will be examined to include supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, time-based competition, and quality improvement.

MGMT 5312. Project Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Project Management is a growing field in many disciplines from manufacturing to marketing and from technology to training. Students will plan, document, and execute a simulated or real project while learning the principles and practices of project management.

MGMT 5354. International Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Coverage of the management issues corporations face when doing business internationally. Topics include the impact of culture, role of international relations, ethical decision-making, international strategic management, organizational behavior and human resource management.

MGMT 5368. Organizational Development and Change. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study, research and analysis of pro-active strategies for organizational change using the theories and techniques of applied behavioral science. Examines the phases of consulting, strategies, intervention decisions and actions, multiple roles, skills and phases of internal and external consultants, ethical dilemmas and guidelines and the implementation of action research. A complete, step-by-step, intervention strategy is developed during this course.

MGMT 5388. Thesis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is completed. Prerequisite: Approved research methodology course and approval of instructor of record.

MGMT 5389. Global Management Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of basic international business concepts, cultural literacy, and discipline specific content are then applied to practical experiences and activities in the foreign country visited. A study abroad at the student's expense is required. Student may complete a maximum of six hours of COBA sponsored study abroad.

MGMT 5391. Management Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Selected topics of current importance to management. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MGMT 5395. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Prepared and supervised work experience in a management-related position with a public or private business organization. May be repeated for a total of 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Approval of MBA Director. Field experiences fee $50.

MGMT 5686. Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course offers students the opportunity to study management topics and perform research within the student's area of interest as directed by the responsible professor. Prerequisite: Approval of the department head.

Marketing Courses

MKTG 5303. NonProfit & Public Sector Marketing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will examine the role and application of marketing in public and nonprofit settings. The course focuses on a conceptual understanding of the marketing discipline and marketing processes and shows how basic concepts and principles of marketing are applicable to public and nonprofit organizations.

MKTG 5308. Marketing Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of the planning and coordination of marketing functions specifically related to product, pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies. Includes case analysis and presentation of results. Prerequisite: MGMT 5300 or approval of department head.

MKTG 5309. Marketing Strategy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Develops the role of product, pricing, promotion, and channel and physical distribution in the development of a firm's integrated marketing program. Cases are used to evaluate and compose alternative courses of action.

MKTG 5354. International Marketing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A global approach to the study of comparative marketing systems, including economic, social, technological, governmental, and political environments as they affect international marketing operations. Graduate students will be required to complete an extensive research project in addition to other course requirements.

MKTG 5386. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course offers students the opportunity to become acquainted with current research being conducted within the student's area of interest; directed reading of a number of sources selected in concert with the student's professor. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

MKTG 5389. Global Marketing Practices. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of basic international business concepts, cultural literacy, and discipline specific content are then applied to practical experiences and activities in the foreign county visited. A study abroad at the student¿s expense is required. Graduate students will be required to complete an extensive research project in addition to other course requirements. Student may complete a maximum of six hours of COBA sponsored study abroad toward degree completion. Prerequisites: Admission into a COBA graduate program and permission of the instructor.

MKTG 5391. Marketing Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Selected topics of current importance to marketing. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Jodie Dearing, MS
Graduate Program Manager
Business Building, Room 103
Box T-0200
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9055
jdearing@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/COBAWEB/mmas/graduate.html