Business Administration

College of Business




Phone 817.272.3004

Fax 817.272.5799


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Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Business Administration, M.B.A. (Flexible Format)

Business Administration, M.B.A. (Professional Cohort)

Executive M.B.A.

Online Business Administration (Online M.B.A.)

Doctoral Degrees

Business Administration, Ph.D.

Business Statistics, Ph.D.

Management Science, Ph.D.


Graduate Advanced Studies Business Certificate

Graduate Faculty

Assistant Dean

David Mack, Graduate Advisor:

Executive M.B.A.

Assistant Director

Celestial Barber, Graduate Advisor:

Business Administration, M.B.A. (Flexible Format)

Business Administration, M.B.A. (Professional Cohort)

Business Administration, Ph.D.

Executive M.B.A.

Coordinator of International Programs

Pui-Ying Chin


Melanie McGee, Graduate Advisor:

Business Administration, M.B.A. (Flexible Format)

Business Administration, M.B.A. (Professional Cohort)

Online Business Administration (Online M.B.A.)

EMBA Executive Director

James Ellis

Department Information


Master of Business Administration

Non-Thesis Degree Requirements

Thesis Degree Requirements

International Business Option

Professional Management Electives

Professional Cohort format (also referred to as CMBA or PMBA)

Graduate Certificate Programs

Objective: Master of Business Administration Online (MBAO) Program

Executive MBA Program

Objective: Ph.D. in Business Administration

Residence Requirements

Diagnostic and Annual Performance Evaluations

Comprehensive Examinations


Master of Business Administration

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.


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


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) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and record of one’s Undergraduate academic performance are required. The GMAT is strongly preferred. Students for whom English is not their native language must also submit TOEFL, TOEFL IBt, TSE or IELTS scores. International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the on such examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete UT 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 or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining an applicant’s admission to the MBA program. Multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Unconditional acceptance is based on consideration of all the information listed below and the decision to defer/deny admission is not based on any single criterion.

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. 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 or GRE scores, admission criteria include the following:

  1. An Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School, is typical of a successful candidate. This will be integrated into a formula or index that multiplies the GPA by 200 and adds the resulting value to the GMAT Score. An index score greater than 1080 is typical of a successful candidate. No equivalent index exists for GRE scores. GRE sub scores (verbal and quantitative) at or above the 40th percentile are typical of a successful candidate.
  2. A GMAT score of 500 or greater, with sub scores (verbal and quantitative) in the 30th percentile or greater, is typical of a successful candidate. While the GMAT is strongly preferred, the GRE is acceptable. GRE sub scores (verbal and quantitative) in the 40th percentile or greater, is typical of a successful candidate.
  3. International applicants must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 40 on the TSE, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 79 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 for the writing section, 21 for the speaking section, 20 for the reading section, and 16 for the listening section to meet this requirement.
  4. Grades in specified Undergraduate business and non-business courses (Math, Accounting, Economics, Statistics, for example)
  5. Educational objectives and quality of written expression of the 200 word application essay.
  6. Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background and/or work experience who can assess the applicant’s potential success in graduate school.
  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 is typically 1080 or greater 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 Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but whom otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission upon recommendation of the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Complete and satisfactory credentials must be received by the Graduate School before the end of the semester in which the student has registered in a provisional status. A student will not be permitted to enroll in the Graduate School with a provisional status for more than one semester. Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent admission on an unconditional basis.

Deferred and Denied Admission

A deferred decision may be made when an applicant’s file is not sufficiently complete to make an admission decision, or when an applicant needs to improve certain criteria to improve their competitive status for future admission consideration.

For an applicant with an index score falling substantially below 1080, and lacking sufficient evidence to indicate 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 45 hours (plus deficiency courses,) depending upon waivers granted. Provided the minimum 36 hour program requirement is maintained, applicants may have both deficiency and core courses waived without the requirement for a substitute course. Such waivers will be approved if they have completed a similar course within the last 10 years, at a recognized college or university, and received a "B" or better grade in that course. 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 the program advisor. Transfer of graduate courses from other universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 UT Arlington after enrollment in the program.

Core Courses

Core courses are often prerequisites for courses taken in the advanced portion of the MBA program. Therefore, core courses should be taken early in the MBA program. The following courses are considered core MBA courses:

Accounting Analysis I (ACCT 5301)

Economic Analysis (ECON 5311)

Operations Management (OPMA 5361)

Marketing (MARK 5311)

Finance (FINA 5311)

Management (MANA 5312)

A prerequisite requirement is considered fulfilled when the student is granted a waiver of that specific core course. Core courses may not be taken as electives in the advanced program.

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, economics, finance, information systems, international business, management, operations management, marketing, and real estate.

Required Advanced Courses

Requirements for the advanced program include the following:

STAT 5325 Advanced Statistical Methods

BLAW 5330 or MANA 5337 Legal Environment of Business or Ethics and the Business Environment

ECON 5313 Managerial Economics*

ACCT 5302 Managerial Accounting*

MANA 5336 Strategic Management (Capstone course - taken in last semester of program)

* If relevant academic background is extensive enough in this subject area, the program advisor may allow course substitutions which will correspondingly expand the number of electives in the advanced portion of the program.

Specialty and Breadth Electives

Students may take between nine and fifteen hours in a particular functional area and declare a specialty in that area. However, the advanced portion of the program must have a minimum of five courses (15 semester hours) outside the area of specialty which may be satisfied by the required advanced courses. Courses taken outside the area of specialty are considered breadth electives.

Selection of Electives (Specialty or Breadth)

Students may wish to tailor their program of work to develop business skills and perspectives essential to their career goals and objectives (see Planning a Program of Work). Subject to the approval of the program advisor, some breadth electives may be taken outside the College of Business, when the student has an academic background in that area, or the electives are appropriate to the student’s career goals and objectives.

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

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, and any grade of F is worth three deficiency points. Deficiency points will not be removed or replaced from a student’s official graduate record by additional coursework.

The maximum allowable deficiency points will be computed by the program 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 planning process begins with a New Student Orientation, which is scheduled and conducted by Graduate Business Services in the College of Business. This mandatory Orientation will be the student’s initial advising session and will provide important reference materials to assist them in preparing a preliminary advanced program of work. This session will also provide the student an opportunity to meet with a program advisor who will outline the process for finalizing their program of work.

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 (MANA 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 that 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 the program 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 (MANA 5338) will assist working students in seeking "best-fit" 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 program advisor.

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 (UT Arlington) and the Master of International Management (Thunderbird) degree. 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

BLAW 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 program 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.”

Dual Degree Plan: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Business Administration

A five-year program designed to prepare students for careers as managers with specific knowledge of the biomedical science field. Students are required to take courses from life sciences, business, and liberal arts, culminating in a dual Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA,) including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. The curriculum is offered jointly by the College of Business and the College of Science. The BS in Biology will be conferred at the same time as the MBA. If students in this joint degree program are not accepted into the MBA program, or if students enter the MBA program and fail to complete the requirements for the MBA, then, in order to earn a BS in Biology they must take the same, full complement of courses required for a BS as students not enrolled in the joint program.

Application Procedure

Students interested in this integrated Undergraduate and Graduate degree plan should consult with the Biology undergraduate advisor. If eligible for the program, the Biology undergraduate advisor will direct them to contact Graduate Business Services. Application procedures will be discussed at that stage.


This degree program is designed to provide students with a strong background in the life sciences and with a contemporary education in business administration that will impart the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to perform effectively in many career fields. The program includes course work in the basic sciences as well as accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and management. Additionally, students are required to take general education courses in literature, fine arts, history, political science, and social science.

Professional Cohort format (also referred to as CMBA or PMBA)

The professional cohort format of the MBA program is designed to provide high quality graduate business studies for working professionals who desire to continue their full-time employment. In this specially-designed, team-based (cohort) format, MBA courses are taken in sequence, in accelerated 5- or 8-week sessions, within each academic semester. This customized, sequential course delivery allows the team to complete their MBA degree in only 24 months.

This program is 45 semester hours for all students and is a traditional Master of Business Administration (MBA); therefore, the program includes the same general curriculum requirements as the MBA program detailed above.

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

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, admissions to our Online MBA have been suspended for future semesters, as UT Arlington is transitioning out of the UT Online MBA Consortium. While other UT System universities have developed, or are in the process of developing, their own online MBA programs, UT Arlington does not plan to offer a full online MBA program in the near future. Please feel free to visit our website for future updates/developments.

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 (UTPA)

Information Systems for Managers (UTSA)

Legal Environment in Business (UTB)

*Production and Operations Management (UTB)

Contemporary Topics in Financial Management (UTPB)

Accounting for Decision Making (UTSA)

Human Resource Management (UTB)

Leadership and Change (UTPA)

Strategic Management (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; UTPA denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at Pan American; UTPB denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at Permian Basin; and UTSA denotes classes offered by The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Up to four core courses may be waived based upon recent academic coursework and satisfactory grades, for a minimum 36-hour program. 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:

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, enter the program as a group of 25 to 30 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 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 Master’s level 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 Master’ 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.


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.

Please Note:

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 I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. 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 dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis 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.)

Courses (BSAD)


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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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Statistical methods applied to business and economic problems; topics include multiple regression, generalized linear regression, systems estimation.



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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.



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This course may be taken during the semester in which a student expects to complete all requirements for the doctoral degree and graduate. Enrolling in this course meets minimum enrollment requirements for graduation, for holding fellowships awarded by The Office of Graduate Studies and for full-time GTA or GRA positions. Students should verify that enrollment in this course meets other applicable enrollment requirements. To remain eligible in their final semester of study for grants, loans or other forms of financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office must enroll in a minimum of 5 hours as required by the Office of Financial Aid. Other funding sources may also require more than 3-hours of enrollment. Additional hours may also be required to meet to requirements set by immigration law or by the policies of the student's degree program. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office, other sources of funding, Office of International Education and/or their graduate advisor to verify enrollment requirements before registering for this course. This course may only be taken once and may not be repeated. Students who do not complete all graduation requirements while enrolled in this course must enroll in a minimum of 6 dissertation hours (6699 or 6999) in their graduation term. Graded P/F/R.


Courses (EMBA)


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Topic/issue presentations and discussions contained in a seminar which examines state-owned enterprises, foreign-invested firms, and private business organizations in China.



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"Strength based leadership" recognizes that there are many different aspects of leadership such as an individual's personality, skills, experience, creativity, personal integrity, initiative, and environment. Using a battery of leadership assessment tests, participants will explore their own strengths (and weaknesses) and the impacts these have on their personal leadership style.



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Leaders face many challenges. Not the least of these are the challenges that rapid growth, personal wealth, and stockholder/stakeholder pressures place on executives. This course explores these issues with emphasis on the ethics of managerial decision making, creating ethical environments for employees, establishing expected norms of behavior, and the consequences of unethical behavior.



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Students investigate an organization's effort to build an intelligent and innovative enterprise, how to deploy strategic information technologies (IT), and how to launch IT-enabled new products and services. Students explore how strategic IT can help the organization to become structurally more competitive and culturally more innovative through the development of knowledge management systems.



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Students learn how to analyze logistics problems on a functional, business, and companywide basis and gain an understanding of the organizational structures used in logistics, how to select a multinational location site, how to configure global-scale facilities, and ways to develop international sourcing networks.



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With an ever-growing number of industries becoming global in scope, managers are being increasingly challenged to manage strategies within a global perspective. This course provides participants with the skills, knowledge and sensitivity required to successfully manage organizations and organizational units within a multinational environment.



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This module provides a detailed review of world economic development and international managerial economics. Multinational trade, international finance, and country economic development are critically examined using a comparative perspective, including gateways and barriers to entering country markets.



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Modern tools for meeting the competing challenges of organizational cost minimization are explored within an environment that demands near-perfect quality standards. Emphasis is on leveraging accounting information for decision making, strategic management, and for the control of processes and organizations.



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Practical analytical skills needed to manage the financial and tangible resources of a firm are presented. Students gain exposure to the fundamentals of asset valuation models, financial forecasting, risk management, capital structure alternatives, cash flow management, reporting and disclosure issues, liability identification, and equity development.



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This course focuses on strategies and tactics to create customer value and build long term relationships to meet organizational goals. Students are exposed to tools that enable managers to understand the ever-changing marketplace and then build an effective marketing strategy to meet corporate goals. Not all customers are profitable or perhaps desirable. Customer management strategies to build marginal buyers into desired customers are also covered.



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Effective utilization of capital markets, both domestic and foreign, is essential for a thriving firm. Leaders must be able to assess relative benefits and costs of bother short-term and long-term sources of expansion capital not only within their home markets but also within the context of global markets. Evaluation of and access to foreign capital markets requires an understanding of characteristics of international financial instruments, the operation and structure of foreign capital markets and fundamentals of measurement and management of foreign exchange exposure.



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One of the most difficult challenges that business leaders face is developing talented managers into a high performance executive team. This becomes even more critical in a multinational environment. This module focuses on the strategic management of human resources for building effective teams, retaining high performers, and managing people for gaining competitive advantage.



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This course seeks to broaden students' perspectives of competitive strategy and encourage development and understanding of how firms create and reinforce a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Conceptual tools associated with the understanding of industry and industry dynamics are explained with the assessment of core competencies. Students learn how to evaluate key competitors in the formulation and implementation of "winning" strategies.



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A key factor in determining the ultimate success of a business plan to penetrate a global market is a thorough understanding of the local culture. Immersion in a culture is an excellent way to gain an appreciation of local customs and traditions. Students will create a business plan for a U.S.-based company to enter a foreign market and participate in a ten day to two week study abroad.