MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
The complexities of the economic, social, and technological environments are increasing the demand for students with advanced business degrees. The overall objective of the graduate program leading to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree is to prepare graduates to serve as effective managers in businesses, non-profit organizations, or government agencies.
Current objectives for the M.B.A. program are listed on the Cameron University Transparency webpage.
To be admitted to the Master of Business Administration program, students must obtain admission to graduate study at Cameron University and meet one of the following criteria:
Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, OR
Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, OR
Have a minimum score on the GMAT of 500 or a comparable converted score on the GRE, OR
Have one of the following: minimum composite score of 3200 using the formula: Score=GMAT + (undergraduate GPA x 1000), OR minimum composite score of 3200 using the formula: Score=GMAT + (undergraduate GPA x 1000 on the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework attempted), OR minimum GPA of 3.0 on at least 12 credit hours of graduate hours completed at another institution or in a different graduate degree program at CU, or in a combination of the two.
The M.B.A. student will take from 33 to 45 semester hours of approved graduate course work in satisfying course requirements for the degree. The exact number of required hours will be recommended by the graduate advisor following an evaluation of the student’s previous academic course work. This recommendation is subject to the approval of the Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Students must take 33 hours beyond leveling courses. The M.B.A. program consists of four parts as outlined below.
I. LEVELING COURSES: 0-12 hours
BUS 5013 Business Administration Concepts
ECON 5023 Economic Concepts
ACCT 5033 Accounting and Information Systems Concepts
FIN 5053 Financial and Statistical Concepts
*A student with undergraduate course work in business from a regionally accredited institution may receive a waiver of part or all of these requirements, depending on the student’s background in accounting, business and economics. Any waiver will be recommended by the graduate advisor and approved by the Dean.
There are many possible combinations of undergraduate courses that would prepare a student for entry into graduate studies. The following list contains the most important undergraduate courses for graduate studies in business: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Accounting I & II, Finance, Business Statistics, Management, and Marketing.
II. BUSINESS CORE COURSES: 24 hours
Common Core (18 hours)
ACCT 5243 Accounting for Management
BUS 5103 Applied Business Statistics
BUS 5983 Applied Business Strategy
FIN 5613 Managerial Finance
MGMT 5853 Management Information Systems
MKTG 5513 Contemporary Marketing Problems
Core Area I - Economics (3 hours)
ECON 5313 Managerial Economics OR ECON 5933 Issues in Global Economics
Core Area II - Human/Organizational Administration (3 hours)
MGMT 5443 Current Issues in Organizational Design OR MGMT 5703 Organizational Behavior OR MGMT 5843 Current Issues in Human Resource Management
III. ELECTIVE COURSES: 9 hours
Courses may include:
a. 9 hours of courses approved by graduate advisor and Chair OR
b. 3 hours of courses and 6 hours of thesis approved by the graduate advisor and Chair.
Students who choose to write a thesis must complete the following steps:
- Complete 24 hours of required core courses,
- Secure approval of graduate advisor,
- Obtain a faculty supervisor in the discipline area of the thesis study,
- Form a thesis advisory committee in accordance with the Thesis Information Handbook,
- Complete the Thesis Topic Form, obtaining approval of Dean, prior to data collection, and
- Enroll in BUS 5993-6 Thesis.
For further details regarding the thesis option, contact graduate advisor. Students who plan to work toward a doctorate are strongly encouraged to select the thesis option.
In summary, the M.B.A. student will take from 33 to 45 semester hours of graduate work to satisfy course requirements for the degree. Six (6) of those hours may be selected as thesis option. The exact number of required hours will be recommended by the graduate advisor following an evaluation of the student’s previous academic course work that is approved by the Dean.
The M.B.A. degree will be awarded when the student has met all of the following requirements:
- Completion of core and core area courses,
- Completion of a minimum of 33 graduate hours listed on the Graduate Plan of Study with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above,
- Completion of the Application for Graduate Degree, and
- Completion of an exit interview.