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College of Business Administration Overview
Admissions | Non-Thesis Degree Requirements | Thesis Degree Requirements | Grade and Graduation Requirements
Planning a Program of Work | Requirements for Electives | International Business Option | Graduate Certificate Programs
Online MBA | Accelerated MBA | Executive MBA | Courses: BUSA, MBAO, BSAD

Area of Study and Degrees

Business Administration
M.B.A., Ph.D.

Master's Degree Plan

Thesis and Non-Thesis

Director of MBA Program

Mike West
107 Business, 817.272.3005

Director of Ph.D. Program

James Campbell Quick
107 Business, 817.272.2522

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Amacher, Apilado, R. Baker, Dickinson, Diltz, Dunn, Gray, T. Hall, Himarios, McDaniel, Meiners, Munch, Panton, Price, Quick, Raja, Rasheed, Swanson, Taylor, Teng, Whiteside

Associate Professors

Bell, Crowder, Depken, Duwaji, Eakin, Frazier, B. Hall, Ho, Mark, McConnell, McGee, McMahan, Peterson, Sarkar, Sikora, Slinkman, Tsay, Walther, Ward, Wheeler

Assistant Professors

Benson, Butters, Cannon, Duffy, Gallo, Hansz, Henderson, Hyland, Kleiser, LaFountain, Lavelle, Mahapatra, Mosley-Matchett, Nerur, Payne, Prater, Song, Sonora, Subramaniam, Swafford, Wilson

Objective: Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

The Master of Business Administration program offers enhanced learning experiences that prepare leaders and managers for careers with all types of organizations. The faculty's research commitment and consulting rigor contribute to educational excellence. The community of shared knowledge leads to strategic partnerships that significantly enhance the nature of business education. A variety of MBA degrees and certificates are offered to serve a wide variety of interests.

Graduates from the programs are competent in the leadership of organizations and the cross-functional management of organizational resources. Competence is based on educational experiences that foster creative thinking, awareness of global opportunities, sound analytic decision making, strategic awareness, excellence in functional disciplines, and the internalized values of effective teamwork and leadership. The dedicated faculty and high quality career services assist each student in achieving their educational and career goals.

Accreditation

The Master of Business Administration program is accredited by the AACSB International, the top accreditation body for business schools in the U.S.

Admissions

Admission to the MBA program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For MBA program admission a score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and record of one's undergraduate academic performance are required. Students for whom English is not their native language must also achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550. International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete U.T. Arlington's Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate coursework. Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments, linguistic abilities, computer expertise and leadership experience. Applicants with two to five years of experience are preferred. A standardized test score (GMAT) will not be used as the sole criterion for denying an applicant's admission to the MBA program.

Specifically, multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Quantitative measures include an applicant's GMAT score and grade point average as calculated by the Graduate School. These measures are integrated into a formula, or index, that multiplies the grade point average by 200 and adds the total GMAT score. Index factors are weighed equally at the outset of applicant evaluation. A graduate grade point average is used in the index when it is 3.0 or above and is based on at least 24 semester hours.

Along with the grade point average and GMAT total score, admission criteria include the following:

  1. GMAT sub scores (verbal and quantitative)
  2. GMAT writing sample
  3. Grades in specified undergraduate business and non-business courses (math, accounting, economics, statistics, for example)
  4. Educational objectives and quality of written expression of the application essay
  5. Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant's academic background and/or work experience
  6. Undergraduate major
  7. General and specific program accreditation status of degree granting institution
  8. Professional work experience
  9. Professional certification or licensure

Unconditional Admission

For unconditional admission, the applicant's composite total from the index must be 1080 or higher and items 1 through 5 above should strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate business student.

Students who are unconditionally admitted, have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 as calculated by the Graduate School (or 3.0 at the graduate level), and enroll for a minimum of six semester credit hours will be eligible for available fellowship and/or scholarship support. A standardized test score (GMAT) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining fellowship and/or scholarship eligibility.

Probationary Admission

For an applicant with an index score below 1080 or an applicant who shows deficiency in one or more areas of items 1-9, probationary admission may be available when at least three items of 1 through 5 above strongly indicate potential for successful academic performance as a graduate business student. Items 6 through 9 will also be used to identify positive indicators for admission. Students who are admitted on probation will have one or more conditions specified, such as no grade less than 'B' for the first 12 hours of graduate study.

Provisional, Deferred and Denied Admission

A provisional decision to admit may be granted when the applicant meets criteria for unconditional or probationary status but one or more applicant credentials are incomplete. A deferred decision may be made when an applicant's file is not sufficiently complete to make an admit or deny decision.

For an applicant with an index score less than 1040 and other evidence indicates lack of potential for academic success as a graduate business student, admission will likely be denied. However, all applicant data will be carefully reviewed before an admission denial is made.

Non-Thesis Degree Requirements

The program is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students from widely divergent backgrounds. It is not necessary to have completed prior academic work in business administration. Core courses, which are an integral part of the program, are designed to prepare the student for advanced coursework. In order to accommodate the needs of fully employed professionals, the College of Business Administration offers a complete program in the evening and on Saturday. Most evening or Saturday classes are taught by full-time faculty members and the same academic standards required of full-time students are maintained. Students are expected to progress through the program at a pace that is commensurate with the time available.

Waivers and Transfer Credit

There are three types of required courses: deficiency, core and advanced. Programs of work will normally vary in length from 36 to 48 hours (plus deficiency courses), depending upon waivers granted. The first two waivers of core courses will be used to expand the number of electives in the advanced program rather than shorten the overall program. Additional waivers of core courses may reduce the program to a minimum of 36 hours. Applicants may have both deficiency and core courses waived without the requirement for a substitute course if they have completed, during the last 10 years, a similar course at a recognized college or university and received a "B" or better grade.* Extensions to this 10 year limit may be granted for managers and executives who have completed educational activities to remain current or have extensive related experience. Additionally, a maximum of 9 hours of advanced coursework may be transferred in from other AACSB accredited schools if approved by program advisor. Transfer of graduate classes from other universities will be considered on a case by case basis.

* Note: The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas at Austin offer Business Foundations Programs (BFP) for non-business majors that provide solid foundations in basic business concepts. BFP courses and courses from equivalent programs for non-business majors at other colleges/universities may not be used for course waiver credit.

Deficiency Courses

Applicants are encouraged to complete deficiency requirements prior to applying or at the beginning of their studies. College courses in business math (including probability and set theory, linear equations, matrix algebra, compound interest, annuities, and differential and integral calculus), business statistics, and computers (including general topics, spreadsheets and word processing and electronic communications) may be taken prior to entry in the program. Students who are deficient in written and/or oral communication may be required to take ENGL 1301 and/or SPCH 1301 at U.T. Arlington after enrollment in the program.

Core Courses

These courses should be taken upon entering the MBA program and prior to taking courses in the advanced part of the program. They may not be used as electives in the advanced program.

Accounting Analysis I (ACCT 5301)
Economic Analysis (ECON 5311)
Operations Management (OPMA 5361)
Marketing (MARK 5311)
Finance (FINA 5311)
Management (MANA 5312)

A student may enroll in up to nine hours of advanced courses when schedule conflicts prevent the prior completion of all the core courses. Under these circumstances, hours in excess of nine require advisor approval.

Advanced Program

The advanced program provides each student the opportunity to tailor their studies to enhance their desired career opportunities. The careers program outlined below provides excellent support and advice to help the student choose an area of specialty and to select those electives that will build requisite career skills. Available specialties include accounting, E-business, economics, finance, health care, information systems, international business, management, operations management, marketing, and real estate.

Advanced Core Courses

Requirements for the advanced program include the following:

BUSA 5325 Advanced Statistical Methods (first advanced course)
BUSA 5330 or BUSA 5337 Legal Environment of Business or Ethics and the Business Environment
ECON 5313 Managerial Economics*
ACCT 5302 Managerial Accounting*
BUSA 5333 Strategic Management (Capstone course – must be taken in the last semester)

* If relevant academic background is extensive enough in this subject area, the graduate advisor may allow the student to correspondingly expand the number of electives in the specialty or breadth area.

Specialty and Breadth Electives

Students may take between nine and eighteen hours in a particular functional area and declare a specialty in that area. However, the advanced part of the program must have a minimum of six courses (18 semester hours) outside the area of specialty (five of these courses may be satisfied by the advanced core). Courses taken outside the area of specialty will be considered breadth electives.

Selection of Electives (Specialty or Breadth)

Students should tailor their programs of work to develop skills and perspectives essential for business in the 21st century (see Planning a Program of Work). This should normally include approved electives in the following areas: international, technology, leadership/behavioral, and research. Individuals with strong backgrounds in these areas may choose other electives. Some breadth electives may be taken outside the Business College when the student has an academic background in that area or the electives are appropriate to the student's career goal, subject to approval of the graduate advisor.

Thesis Degree Requirements

Requirements for the MBA thesis degree are the same as those for a non-thesis program with the following change. A six-hour thesis must be added to the normal 36 hour advanced MBA program. All candidates for this type degree shall defend the thesis at a final oral examination.

Grade and Graduation Requirements

The MBA program follows the grade requirements for probation as specified under the general regulations of the Graduate School. In addition, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in all coursework and area of specialty (concentration) to graduate.

Students may be dismissed from the MBA program if they accumulate grade deficiency points greater than allowed. Any grade of C is worth one deficiency point, any grade of D is worth two deficiency points. Deficiency points may not be removed from a student's record by additional coursework.

The maximum allowable deficiency points will be computed by the advisor when the degree plan is prepared, modified or reviewed using the following guidelines:

Program Length
(excluding transfer credit)
Allowable Deficiency Points
12 courses 2
13-17 courses 3
18 courses or more 4

Planning a Program of Work

All students are encouraged to plan an advanced program of work early in their studies. The process begins with a brief "program planning session" conducted on a walk-in basis in the Graduate Business Services Office. The workshop provides important reference materials to assist students in preparing a preliminary advanced program of work and also provides an outline of the process for finalizing that program with the advisor. After approval, the program of work is entered into the College's CyberAdvising system, which allows students to access their approved program of work and allows permission to register by phone or online each semester for any approved course.

When planning a program of work, students may consider including several opportunities to enhance their career outcomes. Full-time students are encouraged to take advantage of the careers program outlined in the College portion of this catalog. The Careers and Managing in a Changing Environment (BUS4 5338) course provides opportunities for students to discover their own talents and abilities, identify appropriate careers, and explore marketplace opportunities. Such early career positioning allows students to focus their studies on those courses which will provide the most desirable skill sets. Additionally, students may select research topics and case presentations that will develop a strong industry awareness. Study abroad and internship opportunities also expand students' educational experiences on both a curricular and extracurricular basis. These special programs must be approved by a graduate advisor and included in the student's program of work.

Part-time students who are fully employed are encouraged to explore opportunities available in their organizations. Application of classroom information to the daily challenges faced in any business organization will expand students' education and career preparation. The career class (BUS4 5338) will assist working students in seeking greater opportunities in their organizations.

Requirements for Electives

Students may take breadth electives in any of the curriculum areas of the MBA program. Students may take up to six semester hours in non-business coursework as part of their breadth electives, subject to the approval of the MBA Graduate Advisor.

A specialty in accounting requires a minimum of 12 semester hours beyond ACCT 5301 and ACCT 5302. Any four advanced accounting courses may be taken, however, it is recommended that the four courses be selected from the list below:

  1. ACCT 5322 Accounting for Management Planning and Control
  2. ACCT 5324 Financial Statement Analysis
  3. ACCT 5330 International Accounting and Financial Reporting
  4. Select one of the following:
      ACCT 5314 Principles of Federal Income Tax
      ACCT 5315 Accounting Systems Analysis
      ACCT 5317 Cost Accounting
      ACCT 5332 Operational Auditing

International Business Option

The international business option (INBO) attracts students from every continent and provides a comprehensive program of challenging study in international business administration. In this option, students may have a traditional MBA specialty (see above) or may choose a broad program of study with no specialty. Generally a student must complete a minimum of 3-4 courses from the international courses listed below in order to be considered as having elected this option.

Students are encouraged to enrich their international education by participating for graduate credit in established foreign exchange programs in Australia, England, France, Germany, Korea, Mexico, and Norway, or by gaining approval to participate in unique study abroad programs offered by other AACSB accredited schools. Appropriate foreign language proficiency must be demonstrated before attending programs in France, Germany and Mexico or when required by study abroad programs. Students are encouraged to participate for academic credit in international business internships available in the Metroplex or overseas as part of an established exchange or study abroad program.

MBA students may further enhance their international skills by participating in the dual degree program with Thunderbird University. Under this program, students may earn both an MBA (UTA) and the Master of International Management (Thunderbird) degrees. This program normally allows students to apply 12 hours of advanced coursework and all core requirements towards both programs. Students wishing to participate may obtain detailed information about the program from the Graduate Business Services Office in the College of Business Administration. Students must independently apply and gain admission to both programs.

Students planning a career in the international field are encouraged to pursue internationally related research topics while taking approved research courses. Research topics may include conducting an area study (Latin American, African, Asian, European, etc.). Students should also recognize the importance of those graduate courses in political science and history, or additional courses in undergraduate foreign languages, which would embellish their graduate studies.

ACCT 5330 International Accounting and Financial Reporting
ACCT 5348 International Tax
BUSA 5331 Law of International Business
ECON 5319 Economic Analysis of International Business
ECON 5321 International Trade and The Global Marketplace
ECON 5327 International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics
FINA 5331 Multinational Financial Management
FINA 5332 Seminar in International Financial Markets
MANA 5331 Management of International Operations
MARK 5331 International Marketing

Professional Management Electives

Students holding bachelor's or master's degrees in professional fields such as architecture, education, engineering, nursing, social work, and urban studies have the option of taking, with advisor approval, up to 12 hours of approved breadth electives in their professional area as part of their MBA degree requirements. With these electives, professionals can develop advanced management skill in a functional area by declaring a 9-12 hour specialty, or pursue a more general management approach by declaring "no specialty."

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Advanced Studies Certificate

Individuals who hold a graduate degree in business and wish to pursue additional graduate studies in business solely for the purpose of professional development may apply to the Master of Business Administration Program as a special student. Applicants should outline their professional development objectives in their written essay that accompanies their application. Additionally, they must meet all requirements for admission to the MBA program. Coursework in this program must meet the grade requirements of the Graduate School and be completed within a three year time-limit. A certificate will be granted upon successful completion of 12-21 hours of approved coursework in an area of business. Executives completing courses from two or more areas will be awarded a certificate in the area of executive development. Managers or functional specialists completing courses in one area of study will be awarded a certificate for their professional development area. Some courses taken under this program may not be applied in the future toward another graduate degree at this University.

Objective: Master of Business Administration Online (MBAO) Program

The MBA Online program in General Management provides today's students with the tools necessary to become leaders in the workplace of tomorrow. This challenging degree program pools the impressive resources and diverse perspectives of eight accredited University of Texas System institutions. Students will find a highly skilled, statewide team of professors presenting a broad, interactive curriculum. The program may be completed in as few as two or as many as six years.

Students apply for admission at any of the sponsoring institutions and receive their degrees from that university. To apply at The University of Texas at Arlington, students follow the same procedure required for the in-residence MBA (see the previous section titled Admissions). Applicants to the Online MBA program must specify on their application for admission that they are applying to the Online MBA program.

The Online MBA contains 16 courses (48 credit hours) all of which can be accessed entirely from remote locations. The program leads to an MBA with a specialty in General Management.

The program contains the following 16 courses:

*Accounting Analysis (UTD)
*Economic Analysis (UTD)
*Management (UTPA)
Quantitative Analysis (UTSA)
*Marketing Management (UTPB)
*Financial Management (UTA)
Research Methods (UTT)
Information Systems for Managers (UTEP)
Legal Environment in Business (UTB) *Production and Operations Management (UTB) Contemporary Topics in Financial Management (UTPB)
Accounting for Decision Making (UTSA)
Human Resource Management (UTT)
Leadership and Change (UTPA)
Global Strategic Management (UTEP)
Business Policy (UTA)

*denotes Core Courses

Note: UTA denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at Arlington; UTB denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at Brownsville; UTD denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at Dallas; UTEP denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at El Paso; UTPA denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at Pan American; UTPB denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at Permian Basin; UTSA denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at San Antonio and UTT denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at Tyler.

Up to four core courses may be waived based upon recent academic coursework and satisfactory grades. Two additional courses may be waived based upon courses taken in residence at The University of Texas at Arlington. A minimum of 8 courses (24 credit hours) must be taken online. Waivers and transfer credit follow the same regulations as the in-residence MBA (see the previous section titled Waivers and Transfer Credit). For more information, visit the UT TeleCampus Web site: http://www.telecampus.utsystem.edu/programs/MBA/mba.html.

Accelerated MBA (CMBA)

The accelerated MBA program is designed for professionals who are working full-time. In this 28-month, cohort-based program only one course is taken at a time, in accelerated 5-, 6-, or 7-week sessions. Students stay together as a "cohort" throughout all of their coursework.

This program is 48 semester hours for all students and follows the same general curriculum requirements as the regular MBA program. Since all students take the same set of courses, there are no concentration or specialty areas in this program.

Executive MBA Program

The Executive MBA (EMBA) program is designed to provide high-quality graduate management education to mid-level and upper-level managers and executives. The program covers all functional areas of business management and exhibits several content integrating themes associated with successful management of modern business organizations, including project management, international operations, total quality management, and strategic resource alignment.

A cohort-based design with a lock-step, fixed curriculum and heavy emphasis on case studies are prominent features of the EMBA program. Students, who are usually fully employed and sponsored financially by their organizations, enter the program as a group of 30 to 40 and progress through courses together. The schedule of classes is non-traditional and utilizes weekend and accelerated formats. Course content is delivered by the best faculty using methods that maximize student interaction and high levels of knowledge transfer to students' job situations.

Objective: Ph.D. in Business Administration

The objective of the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree is primarily to develop scholars with an ability to teach and conduct independent research in various areas of business administration. The program prepares students for careers as creative teachers and researchers by providing thorough preparation in both the theory and practice of business administration. The curriculum emphasizes and develops the rigorous analytical skills needed to make significant contributions in fields of business. Graduates of the program will assume significant roles in the world's educational and research institutions.

Coursework is offered in the following areas: accounting, banking and finance, business economics, business policy/strategic management, business statistics, personnel/human resource management, insurance and risk management, international business management, investments and securities, labor/industrial relations, management information systems, management sciences, marketing management and research, organizational behavior, organizational theory, production/operations management, real estate, small business management and ownership, and taxation. Coursework in these areas of study supports the following major fields: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management.

Admission

Admission to the Ph.D. program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For Ph.D. program admission a score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and a record of undergraduate and masters academic performance are required. Students for whom English is not their native language must achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550. International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete U.T. Arlington's Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate coursework. Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments, linguistic abilities, computer expertise and leadership experience. A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for denying an applicant's admission to the Ph.D. program.

Specifically, multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Quantitative measures include an applicant's GMAT or GRE score and grade point averages on undergraduate and masters level work as calculated by the Graduate School. No formula is used nor weights assigned to these factors. The Ph.D. Graduate Studies Committee and the field coordinator for the student's track in the Ph.D. program give consideration to these and other factors (educational objectives, letters of recommendation, etc.) in the entire file to arrive at a decision. Interviews with prospective students are encouraged and given consideration in the decision process. There are no set minimum scores for GMAT or GRE required for admission and no cutoff scores on grade point averages. Prospective students are encouraged to work with their track's field coordinator to work through the admission process.

Categories of Admission Decisions

An applicant is unconditionally admitted when all factors for consideration indicate very strong potential for academic success as a business doctoral student. When multiple factors indicate lack of potential, admission will be denied. Probationary admission is not available for the doctoral program.

A provisional decision to admit may be granted when the applicant meets criteria for unconditional admission but an item of applicant information has not been received by the Graduate School. A deferred decision may be made when an applicant's file is not sufficiently complete to make an admit or deny decision.

University and College Fellowship/Scholarship Awards

Doctoral students who are newly admitted, have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 as calculated by the Graduate School (and 3.0 at the graduate level), and enroll for a minimum of six semester credit hours will be eligible for available fellowship and/or scholarship support. A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining fellowship and/or scholarship eligibility.

Degree Requirements

All students must complete work in three fields: a major (dissertation) field, a minor field, and a research field. A minor field may be external to the College of Business Administration. Examples are industrial engineering, mathematics, computer science, sociology, and psychology. The student must petition for approval of an external minor field.

The following minimum semester hours must be included in the student's Program of Study.

Minimum Semester Hours
Business Foundation *
Major Field 18**
Minor Field 12**
Research Field 15**
Dissertation 18

*From 0-15 hours depending upon the student's background at the time of admission to the doctoral program.

**Previous equivalent advanced coursework may be accepted.

Residence Requirements

Each student enrolled in the doctoral program must enroll for and successfully complete a minimum of 15 hours in one 12-month period prior to completion of the comprehensive examinations. Each student must enroll for at least 12 hours every year. All students enrolled in the program must successfully complete all coursework and comprehensive examinations within a maximum of 60 months from initial enrollment in the program. A minimum of 24 graduate hours in residence, excluding dissertation, are required for all candidates.

Diagnostic and Annual Performance Evaluations

All doctoral students are expected to show steady progress toward their degree and to demonstrate satisfactory advances in their ability and motivation to conduct independent research throughout their program. During a student's program, a diagnostic evaluation will be conducted near the end of the first year, but no later than 24 credit hours. After the first year, an annual performance evaluation will take place each subsequent year. The evaluation will be conducted by the major area Ph.D. advisor in consultation with a faculty committee. If the student has not yet passed all comprehensive examinations or does not have a formal dissertation committee, the faculty committee will consist of the faculty in the major area. If the student has passed all comprehensive examinations and has a formal dissertation committee, the faculty committee will consist of the Dissertation Committee.

Upon completion of the evaluation, a recommendation of continuation or discontinuation in the program is made to the College of Business Administration Ph.D. program director for a final decision. For a discontinuation decision resulting from the first year diagnostic evaluation, the student will immediately be discontinued in the Ph.D. program. For a discontinuation decision in the annual performance review in the second year and beyond, the student will have one regular semester (Fall or Spring) to demonstrate satisfactory improvement in their performance. At that time the major area Ph.D. advisor in consultation with the appropriate faculty committee, and the Ph.D. program director, will make a final decision on whether the improvements are satisfactory. An unsatisfactory decision at that time will result in the immediate discontinuation of the student in the program.

During the diagnostic and annual performance reviews, reasons for poor performance include: grade point averages below minimum GPA requirements, unsatisfactory progress in completing coursework, unsatisfactory progress in completing dissertation, and inadequate demonstration of ability and motivation to conduct independent research.

Comprehensive Examinations

Students must demonstrate competence in their major, minor, and research fields by the successful completion of written examinations. Written comprehensive examinations in each field will be given at the start of each fall and spring semester of each year and may be given during the summer term. A student is eligible for a written comprehensive examination when that student has completed (1) the Business Foundation with a GPA of at least 3.25 and (2) prescribed coursework in the field. A research publication option may also satisfy the minor comprehensive examination.

If a student fails a written comprehensive examination and continues in that field, the examination must be retaken within a period of not more than 13 months. If a student fails a second comprehensive examination in a major or research field, that student will not be permitted to continue in the program. If a student twice fails a written comprehensive examination in a minor field, that student will not be permitted to continue in that field.

A student must complete all written examinations within 25 months or retake any examinations which fall outside the 25-month period. When a student successfully completes all the written examinations, that student is scheduled for a comprehensive oral examination which is administered by the student's Supervisory Committee. A student who fails the comprehensive oral examination is given a second oral examination within 12 months of the date of the first examination. If a student fails the second comprehensive oral examination, that student will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Upon successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations, the student is admitted to candidacy.

Dissertation

The Dissertation Committee consists of a minimum of five members. The chair of the Dissertation Committee must be from the major field. At least one member of the committee must be from the research field and one member of the committee must be from outside the major field. With the approval of the Graduate Dean, one of the five members may be a nationally or internationally recognized non-U.T. Arlington scholar.

Following completion of the comprehensive examinations, students will be required to enroll for at least nine hours of dissertation each regular semester and at least six hours each summer until completion of the dissertation. See Doctoral Requirements for Dissertations at the front of this catalog for exceptions. Students must register for a minimum total of 18 semester hours of dissertation and must be enrolled for a minimum of nine hours of dissertation in the semester in which they defend the dissertation.

The dissertation must be completed within four years of the oral comprehensive examination.


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Business Administration (BUSA)

BUSA 5199. GRADUATE INTERNSHIP Practical training in business and industry. Analysis of theory applied to real life situations. Course counts as an elective and has a pass/fail grade. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities.
Prerequisite: Minimum nine graduate semester hours completed.

BUSA 5299. GRADUATE INTERNSHIP Practical training in business and industry. Analysis of theory applied to real life situations. Course counts as an elective and has a pass/fail grade. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities.
Prerequisite: Minimum nine graduate semester hours completed.

BUSA 5301. STATISTICS (3-0)
Introduction to statistics, designed to prepare the student for quantitative analysis of business problems. Topics include probability, random variables, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, multiple regression, analysis of variance, Bayesian inference, and nonparametric methods. May not be counted as an MBA foundation course or elective.
Prerequisite: MATH 1315.

BUSA 5303. QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (3-0)
Study of the methods of quantitative analysis used in business administration. Topics include matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, differential and integral calculus, linear programming, classical optimization, and a survey of management science models.
Prerequisite: MATH 1315.

BUSA 5325. ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS (3-0)
Advanced topics in regression, correlation, experimental design, sampling methods, and other statistical methods with emphasis on their application to problems in the administration of operations.
Prerequisite: BUSA 5301 or equivalent.

BUSA 5330. LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS (3-0)
Study, in a conceptual framework, of the ideas and social and political forces that have led to changes in the business legal environment and legal institutions including current and historical developments affecting the business corporation. Legal framework and ethical problems of managers in serving diverse interests studied in connection with modern social legislation affecting business.

BUSA 5331. LAW OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (3-0)
General principles of law applicable to international business including case law, statutory law, treaties, administrative law, and international agreements.

BUSA 5332. ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT (3-0)
Venture formation and development process. Student-chosen entrepreneurial activities are planned including the preparation of a business plan for a proposed enterprise and, to the extent possible, execution of the business plan. Additional course activities will include guest speakers, "live" cases, entrepreneurial simulation and testing and selective case presentations by student teams.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and Graduate Advisor.

BUSA 5333. STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (3-0)
Integration of the MBA curriculum into a cohesive whole. Treats the several elements of business administration by use of business policy cases and decision simulation methods. Satisfactory completion of this course fulfills the Comprehensive Examination requirement for MBA students.
Prerequisite: must be taken in last semester or with permission of the Graduate Advisor.

BUSA 5334. REAL PROPERTY LAW (3-0)
Legal property theory underlying real estate transactions and relationships including estates and interests in land, conveyances, and mortgages.

BUSA 5337. ETHICS AND THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (3-0)
Uses a strategic perspective to examine ethics, government and the world economy, and how they may affect relationships between business organizations and other institutions of our society. Particular attention is paid to issues such as leadership, technology, and internationalizationconcordant with the breadth requirements of the UTA MBAplus public policy concerns involving the natural environment, and gender and minority issues. Course activities will include class discussion and analysis of societal dilemmas, contemporary cases and current news stories.

BUSA 5338. CAREERS AND MANAGING IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT (3-0)
Presents practical and theoretical perspectives on careers and managing in a changing work environment. Includes self assessment, career plan development, informational interviews, readings and exercises designed to lead to a better understanding of managing self and others.

BUSA 5375. ADVANCED BUSINESS COMMUNICATION THEORY AND PRACTICE (3-0)
Examines theory of effective oral and written communication. Discusses techniques for improved research, report writing and presentation. Also stresses presentation media and computer graphics for reports and presentations.

BUSA 5379. ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT (3-0)
This course is restricted to Cohort MBA students only. Students conduct a research project at a local organization, focusing on applications of business concepts studied in their coursework.

BUSA 5389. INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MILITARY ACQUISITION This course is reserved for military officers in the Training with Industry or I-Grad programs at U.T. Arlington. Studies consist of an acquisition practicum with training at an assigned agency and a required seminar at U.T. Arlington.

BUSA 5398. THESIS
Graded F,R
Prerequisite: BUSA 5325 and approval of Graduate Advisor.

BUSA 5399. GRADUATE INTERNSHIP Practical training in business and industry. Analysis of theory applied to real life situations. Course counts as an elective and has a pass/fail grade. No credit will be given for previous experience or activities.
Prerequisite: Minimum nine graduate semester hours completed.

BUSA 5689. INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MILITARY ACQUISITION This course is reserved for military officers in the Training with Industry or I-Grad programs at U.T. Arlington. Studies consist of an acquisition practicum with training at an assigned agency and a required seminar at U.T. Arlington.

BUSA 5698. THESIS
Graded F,P,R
Prerequisite: BUSA 5325 and approval of Graduate Advisor.

BUSA 5989. INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN MILITARY ACQUISITION This course is reserved for military officers in the Training with Industry or I-Grad programs at U.T. Arlington. Studies consist of an acquisition practicum with training at an assigned agency and a required seminar at U.T. Arlington.

UT TeleCampus Online MBA (MBAO)

MBAO 6311. Accounting Analysis (U.T. Dallas) The course is designed for managers who will use, not prepare, accounting information. It consists of 3 modules: Financial Accounting, Cost Management and Management Control.

MBAO 6312. Economic Analysis (U.T. Dallas) The emphasis of this course will be on fundamental aspects of economic analysis relating to individual firms and individual markets. The student will learn the impact of demand, how firms choose prices, the role of costs, the nature of competition and monopoly, the role of property rights, simple network economics, and basic antitrust. Although not heavily used in the course, some reference will be made to calculus.

MBAO 6313. Management (U.T. Pan American) An analysis of formal organizational theory and the interrelationship of individuals in organizations. A study of the organization as a system of authority, status, leadership, direction, culture, ethics, communication and influence.

MBAO 6314. Quantitative Analysis in Business (U.T. San Antonio) Introduction to managerial decision analysis using quantitative tools. Topics include a general framework for decision analysis, decision tables and trees, simulation, linear programming and related techniques, classical optimization, forecasting, and probabilistic and statistical techniques. Uses applicable decision support software. Emphasis is on applications.

MBAO 6315. Marketing Management (U.T. Permian Basin) An overview of the theory and practice of marketing. Study of the impact of organization structures and processes on the performance of organizational members. The practice of analytic and decision-making skills will be emphasized.

MBAO 6316. Financial Management (U.T. Arlington) The study of providing an organization with operating funds and effectively utilizing monetary resources. Primary emphasis on financial decision making within organizations and techniques of financial analysis and forecasting.

MBAO 6331. Research Methods (U.T. Tyler) The application of research techniques to business decision making. Study of the scientific method: definition of survey, development of methodology, evaluation of alternatives, findings, summary, conclusions and recommendations.

MBAO 6332. Information Systems for Managers (U.T. El Paso) This course will look at technology at a macro level. Each module examines the impact of today’s information systems on organizations, education, government, culture, society, and the future.

MBAO 6333. Legal Environment in Business (U.T. Brownsville) The course will introduce the student to fundamental legal issues confronting managers in the contemporary American and global legal environment.

MBAO 6334. Production and Operations Management (U.T. Brownsville) The study of the role of the production function in the business system and its relationship to marketing and finance. The focus is on the decision making necessary for productivity improvement in the transformation process of manufacturing and non-manufacturing service organizations. Strategies of production system design, capacity management, quality management, production planning, inventory planning and control, facility location and supply chain management are explored. Systems studied include Just-in-Time, Total Quality Management and Flexible Manufacturing Systems.

MBAO 6335. Contemporary Topics in Financial Management (U.T. Permian Basin) The study of topics recently published in financial management literature. The topics will be selected from international, corporate, risk management topics and vary from term to term.

MBAO 6336. Accounting for Decision Making (U.T. San Antonio) An online version of ACC 5023, Accounting Analysis for Decision Making, which is a required course in the resident MBA program in the College of Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Prerequisite: 6311 Accounting Analysis or its equivalent.

MBAO 6371. Human Resource Management (U.T. Tyler) Advanced study of selected topics in human resource management with special emphasis on issues of current importance in the field. Topic areas in such human resource functions as staffing, development, appraisal, and compensation will be covered.

MBAO 6372. Organizational Leadership and Change (U.T. Pan American) This course is designed to provide a broad overview of Leadership and Organizational change theories, practices, and research. Special attention will be given to critical thinking skills and the students’ ability to communicate and lead effectively in the discussion chat room format.

MBAO 6373. Global Strategic Management (U.T. El Paso) Participants will be able to perform environmental scanning through the understanding of the elements of corporate, competitive and operational environments. Participants will be exposed to different tools for evaluation of opportunities and threats and for identifying sources of strategy. Students will have "hands-on" experience through a computer simulation. This simulation will provide participants the experience of working in teams. Teams will make competitive decisions about a global organization.

MBAO 6395. BUSINESS POLICY (U.T. Arlington) The primary thrust of this course is general management. It will be different from most of the courses you have had in the functional areas (e.g. accounting, marketing) because you will be required to use a wide range of business knowledge and exhibit diverse skills. Therefore, it will be demanding and challenging because you will have to perform in topic areas where you have both strengths and weaknesses.

Doctoral Courses (BSAD)

BSAD 6310. FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY (3-0)
The evolution of the modern corporation is briefly addressed. The core topics include the structure of explanation, the structure of scientific laws, theory building, philosophy of science and relativistic/post-relativistic philosophies of science.

BSAD 6311. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN (3-0)
In-depth coverage of selected topics in the design of research and analysis of data; topics include philosophy of science, theory of measurement, complex experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

BSAD 6312. REGRESSION (3-0)
The theoretical and practical aspects of regression analysis. Topics include simple and multiple linear regression, the matrix formulation of regression models, regression diagnostics and remedial measures, collinearity and ridge regression, normal correlation models, and non-linear least squares, time series including ARIMA models are covered. Practical applications of statistical software packages are emphasized.
Prerequisite: BUSA 5325 or equivalent.

BSAD 6313. ANOVA (3-0)
Experimental design and data analysis, especially as related to business and economic research. Topics include completely randomized designs, complete and incomplete blocks, nested designs, estimation and testing of fixed, random and mixed effects, sampling, nonparametric statistics and analysis of variance.
Prerequisite: BUSA 5325 or MANA 5329 or equivalent.

BSAD 6314. MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS (3-0)
Focuses on methods of analyzing mean and covariance structures. Topics include commonly applied multivariate methods such as multiple analysis of variance, repeated measures, discriminant analysis, profile analysis, canonical correlations and factor analytic methods. The use of matrix algebra and available computer packages will be stressed.
Prerequisite: BUSA 5325.

BSAD 6315. TIME SERIES (3-0)
Univariate and multivariate time series; analysis of economic and financial data; out-of-sample forecasting using computer software. Autoregressive-moving average models, vector autoregression, unit roots, co-integration, ARCH and GARCH.
Prerequisite: BUSA 5301 or equivalent.

BSAD 6316. FINANCIAL ECONOMETRICS (3-0)
In-depth study of the econometric tools and techniques used in empirical finance research. Course emphasizes data extraction and analysis of common finance databases, as well as the theoretical basis for current empirical finance techniques and methods.

BSAD 6317. ECONOMETRICS (3-0)
Statistical methods applied to business and economic problems; topics include multiple regression, generalized linear regression, systems estimation.
Prerequisite: ECON 5301, BUSA 5301 or equivalent.

BSAD 6392. DOCTORAL RESEARCH AND TEACHING COLLOQUIUM (3-0)
Review of the research process and contemporary developments in the methodology and design of empirical research in the major fields of study represented in the doctoral program. Review of teaching methods for effective classroom instruction. May be repeated for credit.

BSAD 6399. DISSERTATION
Graded F,R

BSAD 6699. DISSERTATION
Graded F,R

BSAD 6999. DISSERTATION
Graded F,P,R

For all other graduate courses, see course listings for the following departments: Accounting, Economics, Finance and Real Estate, Information Systems and Operations Management, Management and Marketing. If a course is not approved for the MBA or Ph.D. program, a statement to that effect is included in its course description. 6000-level courses may not be taken without the permission of the major field coordinator or the Director of the Doctoral Program.

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