Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate degree programs offered in the College of Business (COB) are the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Information Systems (MS-IS), Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MS HRM), Master of Science in Management (MS-M), and Master of Accounting (MACC). The MBA is available in Fort Worth and Online. The MS-IS, MS-HRM, and the MS-M are offered online only. The MACC is offered in Stephenville, Waco, and Fort Worth.

Program Administration

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

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 and submitted through the appropriate COB 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 applicant must also have submitted GMAT or GRE scores, if required, 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.

Accelerated Program

The MS-IS includes an accelerated option, allowing undergraduate students to begin their graduate studies early and shortening their time to graduation. Students that meet the following requirements to pursue this option:

  • Students must apply and be conditionally accepted by the College of Graduate Studies and be accepted into the MS-IS program
  • Must be within 12 hours of obtaining their Tarleton State University degree in BAAS-IT, BBA-MIS, or BS-CIS
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher overall or during the last 60 hours

In their final semester, students will take BCIS 5311 plus an additional BCIS graduate elective, to serve as undergraduate electives. Students are encouraged to consider this option early in their programs and to work closely with COB Academic Advisers and the COB Specialty Master Programs Manager to take advantage of this option.

Transfer Credit

Upon recommendation of the respective MBA Program Manager/Specialty Master Programs Manager and department head in which the program is administered 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 accredited institution. For programs that require a comprehensive examinations (in addition to course work or embedded within), students 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. The MS-M program ranges from 30-36 hours depending on the concentration. Research is required as a part of graduate course work, but a separate thesis is not a degree requirement. The MS-IS, MBA, and MS-HRM do include a thesis option. Students interested in pursuing a doctorate should consider this option and consult with the COB MBA Program Manager/Specialty Master Programs Manager for more information.

Other Information