College of Business Administration

Mission Statement

The College of Business Administration creates an innovative, relevant and ethical learning community to fully develop our students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities.  We prepare current and future business leaders who are capable of contributing successfully and responsibly in a dynamic global business environment. 


The College of Business Administration offers a baccalaureate program leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with majors in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Management, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Business Education, General Business, and International Business. The College offers BS degrees in Computer Information Systems, and Economics. The College also offers the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree in Business, and Information Technology, and the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) degree in Business Administration.

At the Graduate-level, COBA offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Masters in Accounting (MAcc), and Master of Science (MS) degrees in Management and Leadership, Human Resource Management, and Information Systems.

The COBA academic program is organized into the following departments:

  • Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics
  • Department of Marketing and Computer Information Systems
  • Department of Management

The Small Business Development Center is operated by the College with a special service mission to businesses and communities within the University’s service area.

For more information about business programs, see the COBA website at


Tarleton State University, through its College of Business Administration, is nationally accredited by the ACBSP, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program, for offering the following degree programs:

  1. At the graduate level, the Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MS), and Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MS);
  2. At the undergraduate level, for BS degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, and Management; and for all BBA degrees.

General Requirements of the BBA/BS/BAAS Degrees

Please consult the section on Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree for general information on general education requirements and other requirements for Tarleton’s undergraduate degree programs.

Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 overall GPA in all upper-division work undertaken and a minimum grade of “C” or better in each course in the BBA core and major to remain in good standing. If students are not in good standing, they must repeat the course(s) the following long semester or term the course(s) are offered. If course(s) are not completed with a “C” or better by the following semester, students must go before the appeals committee.

BBA Common Business Core

The following common body of courses (or their equivalents) is required of all majors seeking the BBA degree:

Select one of the following:3-4
Plane Trigonometry
Math for Business & Social Sciences I (Finite Mathematics) 1
Math for Business & Social Sciences II (Business Calculus)
Precalculus Math 1
Calculus I 1
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics 13
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I-Financial3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II-Managerial3
ACCT 3301Business Analysis using Spreadsheets3
FINC 3301Principles of Financial Management3
BUSI 2301Business Law I3
BUSI 3311Business Statistics3
BUSI 3312 [WI] Business Communication3
BUSI 4359 [WI] Business Strategy3
One of the following as determined by discipline:3
Global Information Systems
Introduction to International Business
International Economics
International Financial Management
BCIS 4350Management Information Systems3
MGMT 2301Principles of Management3
MKTG 2314Marketing3
Total Hours45-46

A student who counts this course toward university general education requirements must complete an additional 3 hours of electives.

Transfer Policy

Community/junior college students who plan to transfer to the College of Business Administration are advised to take the courses recommended for the freshman and sophomore years as outlined in this section. The appropriate department in COBA should be consulted to resolve questions of transferability. Upper-division 3000/4000-level courses taught by the COBA should not be taken at a community/junior college.

Credit for business courses taken at another college or university and transferred to Tarleton to be applied to a BBA, BS, or BAAS degree in business will be awarded on the following bases:

  1. Business courses that are equivalent to a 1000-level or 2000-level course at Tarleton will be accepted if the course content is considered by COBA to be similar.
  2. Business courses that are equivalent to a 3000-level or 4000-level course at Tarleton will be accepted for advanced credit only if they were taken for advanced credit. Some students may petition for credit in upper-level business core requirements by completing a validating examination through either the College Level Examination Program or a departmental examination; such testing requires approval of the appropriate department head and the Dean of the College of Business Administration. If permission is granted for credit by examination, such credit must be completed before taking any classes for which the course is a prerequisite. Validation must be accomplished in the first semester of enrollment at Tarleton.
  3. Business courses that are upper level at Tarleton, but are transferred in as lower-level courses, will be accepted for transfer as lower-level electives with no validation exam.
  4. The maximum hours that may be transferred from a community or junior college with validation and applied to a specific major in business (Accounting, Business Administration, General Business, Finance, CIS, Management, Marketing, International Business, Human Resource Management or Business Education) is 9 hours.

Academic Appeals Process

In accordance with Tarleton State University policy, the College of Business Administration hereby adopts the following as its procedure for academic appeals.

Each student encountering a grievance, academic in nature, will first attempt to resolve the problem with the faculty member of record for the course in question according to the process identified in the Tarleton State University catalog. If the student fails to satisfactorily resolve the academic grievance with the faculty member, the student will have the right to appeal his/her grievance to the Department Head responsible for the course. The appeal must be in writing, setting forth in detail the nature of the grievance. If the student elects to appeal to the Department Head, the appeal must be presented within 30 days of the originating event. For an appeal of a course grade, the originating event shall be considered to be the posting of the grade to the university record. For appeal of an individual exam, project, assignment, or score, the originating event shall be considered to be the date the student receives his or her grade for that exam, project or assignment.

A student who is unsatisfied with the outcome of the departmental grievance process may appeal to the Dean of the College of Business Administration within 30 days of the departmental decision.

Catalog Notes

  • Prior to submitting a degree plan, the student must have completed 60 semester hours toward the degree not including developmental courses.
  • At least 45 hours of advanced (upper level) credit is required for the degree
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of work must be completed with Tarleton, of which at least 24 hours must be advanced.
  • Not more than 30 semester hours of non-standard credit will be counted toward the degree.
  • A student may count toward the degree not more than 6 hours of Physical Education credits.
  • A student may not declare a minor in this degree program.
  • A student will complete the Writing Intensive Program requirements through successful completion of ENGL 3309 and LBST 4398.

Dr. Steve Steed, Dean
College of Business Administration
Business Building, Room 173
Box T-0200
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9350