2010 - 2012 Graduate Bulletin

VI. Graduate Programs

Division of Extended Academic Programs

SCHOOL OF EXTENDED STUDIES

Business Degrees: The School of Extended Studies offers the following degree programs: a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program and an administrative degree, the Master of Arts in Administration (MAA) degree. The MAA degree program has concentrations in Applied Administration and Organizational Development. Classes are held at two off-main campus locations.

Certificates: A Graduate Certificate in Organizational Development is also available.

Admission of Students

MBA PROGRAMS

  1. Admission to the MBA programs (Tier I) will be granted to applicants satisfying the following:
    1. All general requirements for admission to graduate studies, including:
      Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0,
      Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work,
      An evaluation by the graduate program advisor, and
      A completed application with a writing sample.
    2. Common Professional Components (CPCs); an adequate foundation in:
      Accounting I & II
      Management Information Systems
      Economics (Macro and Micro)
      Statistics and Quantitative Techniques
      Global Environment
      Marketing
      Legal Environment
      Management
  2. Alternate Admission to the MBA programs (Tier II) will be granted to applicants satisfying the following:
    1. All general requirements for admission to graduate studies, including:
      Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 2.5-2.99,
      Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work,
      An evaluation by the graduate program advisor, and
      A completed application with a writing sample.
    2. Common Professional Components (CPCs); an adequate foundation in:
      Accounting I & II
      Management Information Systems
      Economics (Macro and Micro)
      Statistics and Quantitative Techniques
      Finance
      Global Environment
      Marketing
      Legal Environment
      Management
    3. Those granted Alternate Admissions will be assigned to Tier II, with specific courses to be taken at the beginning of the program, all of which must be completed with a “B” or better.
  3. Probationary Admission to the MBA programs (Tier III) will be granted to applicants satisfying the following:
    1. All general requirements for admission to graduate studies, including:
      Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 2.0-2.49,
      Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work,
      An evaluation by the graduate program advisor,
      Completed application with a writing sample, and
      A score of 450 or higher on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT).
    2. Common Professional Components (CPCs); an adequate foundation in:
      Accounting I & II
      Management Information Systems
      Economics (Macro and Micro)
      Statistics and Quantitative techniques
      Finance
      Global Environment
      Marketing
      Legal Environment
      Management
    3. A score of 450 or higher on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is required before beginning the first semester in the program.
    4. Those granted Probationary Admission will be assigned to Tier III, with specific courses to be taken at the beginning of the program, all of which must be completed with a “B” or better.
  4. As a general rule, applicants with an earned baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA less than 2.0 will not be admitted.

Tier II and III

For the MBA program, the first four graduate level courses to be taken are: Business Research and Analysis, Accounting, Economics, and Finance For students with an International Concentration, these courses are Business Research and Analysis, International Accounting, International Economics, and International Finance, and each course grade must be a “B” or better. Any single course with a “C” grade may be retaken once.

Upon completion of these courses, the student will be able to move to the next tier.

MAA PROGRAMS

  1. Admission to the MAA program (Tier 1) will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general
    requirements for admission to graduate studies to include:
    1. Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0,
    2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, and
    3. A completed application.
    4. GRE not required for Tier I and II applicants.
  2. Alternate admission to the MAA program (Tier II) will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission noted above but who have a GPA of 2.50 but less than 3.0. Those granted Alternate Admissions will be assigned to Tier II, with specific courses to be taken at the beginning of the program, all of which must be completed with a “B” or better. GRE not required.

  3. Probationary Admission to the MAA program (Tier III) will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission noted above but who have a GPA of 2.00 but less than 2.5. Applicants with a GPA above 2.0 but less than 2.5 MUST achieve a combined score of verbal and quantitative score of 800 or higher and an analytical writing score of at least 3.5 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test or a 450 or higher on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) before they can be admitted into the MAA program. Those granted Probationary Admission will be assigned to Tier III, with specific courses to be taken at the beginning of the program, all of which must be completed with a “B” or better.

  4. As a general rule, applicants with an earned baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA less than 2.0 will not be admitted.

  5. For Tier II and III students, the first four courses to be taken are: Accounting Concepts and Issues (ADMN 6310), Management Concepts and Issues (ADMN 6360), Organizational Behavior and Learning (ORGD 6320), and Foundations of Organizational Research and Assessment (ORGD 6330). Any single course with a “C” grade may be retaken once. Upon completion of these courses, the student will be able to move to the next tier.

CERTIFICATES

The School of Extended Studies participates in the Graduate Certificate in Organizational Development (GCOD). Students seeking this certificate may be allowed to enter the University as non-degree seeking students, with a maximum course of study of 18 hours as specified in the Certificate plan. These courses, if applicable, may be used as part of the requirements for an MAA with regard to the GCOD, if the student is already in the program or is later admitted as a degree-seeking student.

The Dean, School of Extended Studies, must approve exceptions to admission requirements.

Description of Programs

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE PROGRAMS

(This is a business degree and is fully-accredited under ACBSP guidelines.)

The MBA degree programs seek to develop in each student a broad understanding of how the elements and processes of business organizations relate to one another and to the external environment. Degree requirements are designed to develop proficiency and confidence in all of the functional areas of business.

In addition to providing the technical skills required for an executive-level business position, the degree also emphasizes ethical considerations of doing business. The programs are supported by experienced faculty with expertise in all functional areas of business.

In addition to the offered MBA programs, an Accelerated Bachelors/Master’s (ABM) degree can be obtained if the student is eligible.

The eligibility requirements are:

  1. Students must have completed a minimum of 75 credit hours in their UIW undergraduate BBA program.
  2. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of one semester as a full-time student at UIW.
  3. Students must have a minimum accumulated GPA of 3.00.

For the ABM/MBA the student must complete 39 semester hours of BBA Core, 18 hours for BBA Concentration plus needed electives in the undergraduate program. The student will then complete the hours required at the graduate level. Nine hours at the graduate level will substitute at senior level.

Candidates in the ABM program will be awarded both the BBA and MBA upon completion of the program.

Business Administration (MBA)

To fulfill the requirements for the MBA degree program, the student must complete 36 hours of graduate coursework:

  1. 27 semester hours of coursework:
    ACCT 6311 Managerial Accounting
    BFIN 6320 Financial Management
    BINF 6315 Information Systems Seminar
    BINT 6311 International Business
    BMGT 6311 Human Resources Management
    BMDS 6340 Business Research and Analysis
    BMDS 6380 Quantitative Methods in Business
    BMKT 6311 Marketing Management
    ECON 6311 Managerial Economics

  2. 6 semester hours of elective coursework

  3. BMGT 63CS Capstone (Cases in Management Problems): 3 semester hours.

MASTER OF ARTS IN ADMINISTRATION (MAA) DEGREE PROGRAMS

The MAA is an Administration degree and is accredited under the SACS accreditation guidelines for the University. It is not a business degree as defined by ACBSP accreditation criteria and therefore does not require ACBSP accreditation.

The MAA Program is unique among graduate programs in South Texas in that it provides participants with core competencies in administration as well as essential knowledge, skills, and abilities in specialties such as Organizational Development, Sport Management, Communication Arts, Healthcare Administration, and Adult Education. The program curriculum is designed to develop ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize, and critically analyze complex organizational issues and who are able to communicate persuasively toward a course of action that is in the best interests of those they serve.

The MAA program generally consists of the following 36 semester hours of graduate course work:

  1. 18 semester hours of core coursework:
    ADMN 6310 Accounting Concepts and Issues
    ORGD 6320 Organizational Behavior and Learning
    ORGD 6330 Foundations of Organizational Research and Assessment
    BMGT 6311 Human Resource Management
    ADMN 6360 Management Concepts and Issues
    ADMN 6375 Strategic Planning and Policy

  2. 15 or more semester hours in the area of the student’s concentration. The area of concentration can be selected from any discipline, except Business, which has a limit of 4 courses allowed in an MAA program. The graduate advisor and the Dean of the School within which the area of concentration resides must approve student concentrations.

  3. A “Capstone” experience, which is an integrative problem-solving course, combining the functional areas of the MAA core with the areas of expertise developed in the individual concentrations.

CONCENTRATIONS

Applied Administration (MAA)

The MAA in Applied Administration is designed to offer a program of study that allows students to personalize their degrees in order to gain the knowledge and skills required of their career fields. This concentration also allows students to avoid duplication of previous coursework, training, or experience by permitting them to select courses from up to two of the MAA related disciplines listed below.

To fulfill the requirements for this MAA program, students must complete:

  1. 18 hours of MAA core coursework.
  2. 15 hours of coursework from no more than two (2) of the disciplines listed below. Note: Individual degree plans must be approved by the student’s advisor.
    • Adult Education
    • Organizational Development
  3. ORGD 63CS Capstone (3 semester hours)

Organizational Development Concentration (MAA)

The Organizational Development concentration of the MAA prepares students for management and analyst positions in organizations undergoing process-centered transformation as well as other positions within, or related to, the profession of Organizational Development. The concentration focus is on the functions of organizational assessment, diagnosis, and intervention as well as on the functions of the training and development.

To fulfill the requirements for this MAA degree program and concentration, students must complete:

  1. 18 hours of core coursework.
  2. 15 hours of concentration coursework to include:
    1. ORGD 6351 Foundations of Organizational Development
    2. ORGD 6352 Organizational Development Interventions and Practices
    3. ORGD 6370 Human Performance Technology
    4. Two electives
  3. ORGD 63CS MAA Capstone (3 semester hours)

Graduate Certificate

Organizational Development (GCOD)

The GCOD is designed to accommodate the needs of those desiring to work, or who are currently working, in the OD profession; for those assigned to management positions whose responsibilities include planning and implementing quality and other process-centered transformations; and for those desiring to enhance their undergraduate and/or graduate degree program credentials.

The GCOD requires completion of the following 18 semester hours of graduate course work:

  • ORGD 6320 Organizational Behavior and Learning
  • ORGD 6330 Foundations of Organizational Research and Assessment
  • ORGD 6340 Organizational Consulting
  • ORGD 6351 Foundations of Organizational Development
  • ORGD 6352 Organizational Development Interventions and Practices
  • ORGD 6370 Human Performance Technology

Upon completion of these courses, a certificate will be issued. Please obtain applications and a schedule from the Graduate Advisor in the specific discipline


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