2010 - 2012 Graduate Bulletin

VI. Graduate Programs

Virtual University

Virtual University offers three graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Administration (MAA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Education (M.Ed.). Graduate certificates are also available in Healthcare Administration, International Business, and Organizational Development. Complete degree programs and certificates are offered in an asynchronous online environment, meaning students are not required to login at a specific time of day. Students are required to meet the same UIW graduate admission requirements, but will be able to complete their entire degree program from a distance. There are no face-to-face or on campus requirements with the Virtual University.

Master of Arts in Administration (MAA)

MAA Admission:

  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.

MAA Program Description

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 Applied Administration, Communication Arts, Healthcare Administration, and Organizational Development. 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.

MAA 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 or other non-business disciplines may be considered for transfer into the degree. Note: Individual degree plans must be approved by the student’s advisor.
    Adult Education
    Communication Arts
    Organizational Development

  3. ORGD 63CS Capstone (3 semester hours)

Communication Arts Concentration (MAA)

The MAA in Communication Arts prepares graduates for administrative positions within the communication arts industry to include management positions within the television, radio, print media, and public relations fields. Students seeking this degree are required to complete 39 hours of course work.

To fulfill the requirements for the MAA, with a concentration in Communication Arts, students must complete:

  1. 18 hours of MAA core coursework

  2. 18 hours of concentration coursework, to include:
    COMM 6301 Communication Theory
    COMM 6302 Media Ethics
    COMM 6303 Principles of Writing for the Media
    COMM 6304 Aesthetics of Visual Perception
    COMM 6308 Writing & Research Techniques
    COMM Arts elective

  3. ORGD 63CS Capstone (3 semester hours)

Healthcare Administration (MAA)

The Healthcare Administration concentration provides graduates with unique expertise in health services management that prepares them to serve in a variety of healthcare organizations to include those in hospital, group practice, health insurance and other clinical and administrative settings.

To fulfill the requirements for this degree, you must complete the following:

  1. 18 hours of MAA core coursework.
    HADM 6305 Healthcare Finance I
    ORGD 6320 Organizational Behavior and Learning
    ORGD 6330 Foundations of Organizational Research and Assessment
    BMGT 6311 Human Resource Management
    HADM 6360 Managing Healthcare Organizations
    ADMN 6375 Strategic Planning and Policy

  2. 15 hours of required concentration courses
    HADM 6306 Healthcare Finance II
    HADM 6330 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare
    HADM 6340 Quality and Continuous Improvement in Healthcare Organizations
    HADM elective
    HADM elective

  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:
    ORGD 6351 Foundations of Organizational Development
    ORGD 6352 Organizational Development Interventions and Practices
    ORGD 6370 Human Performance Technology
    Two electives

  3. ORGD 63CS MAA Capstone (3 semester hours)

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE PROGRAMS (MBA)

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

MBA Admissions

  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
      Finance
      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.

MBA Program Description

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.

MBA Concentrations

General Business (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.

International Concentration (MBA)

The International concentration of the MBA is designed to provide a broad business, economic, financial, linguistic, and cultural background for graduate students whose interests include international career opportunities. The degree program includes a language-of-choice proficiency requirement. The language chosen may be learned in any manner selected by the student. No actual language courses are required; students are tested verbally and in writing for proficiency.

International Business students, other than international students who attend UIW on a student visa, must engage in a meaningful academic international experience (outside the U.S.) as a condition of graduation. Study Abroad, study at a UIW international campus, short course-based/faculty-led programs integrated into a course for which the student is registered, and approved international internships may qualify. Other options for meeting the requirement may be proposed by the student in the semester preceding the experience and will be considered prior to the experience on a case-by-case basis by the student’s advisor.

To fulfill the requirements for this MBA degree program and concentration, the student must complete 39 hours of graduate coursework:

  1. 15 semester hours of coursework:
    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

  2. 15 semester hours of coursework constituting the concentration:
    BINT 6312 International Economics
    BINT 6321 International Finance
    BINT 6330 International Accounting
    BINT 6361 International Marketing
    BINT 6372 International Business Law

  3. 6 semester hours of elective coursework chosen from any BINT graduate course.

  4. BINT 63CS Capstone (Seminar/Integrative Experience in International Business).
    3 semester hours.

  5. Language-of-choice proficiency requirement.

MASTER OF EDUCATION IN TEACHER LEADERSHIP (M.Ed.)

This program is designed for PK-12 teachers who want to continue in the classroom, while assuming leadership roles in their school and community. This program focuses on the “teacher as a leader” and empowers experienced master teachers to effect change and improve student learning. The concentration is appropriate for teachers who wish to advance their current work as teachers or assume master teacher roles as department heads, team leaders, curriculum leaders, instructional coaches, or informal teacher leaders.

To fulfill the requirements for the M.Ed. with a concentration in Teacher Leadership, the student must complete:

  1. Core Requirements (12 semester hours)
    EDUC 6301 Introduction to Research Methods
    EDUC 6306 Philosophical Foundations in Education
    ADED 6381 Adult Learning and Development
    EDUC 63CS2 Capstone in Education: Teacher Leadership

  2. Requirements in the Major (18 hours)
    ADED 6388 Effective Teams and Groups
    EDUC 6346 Organizational Theory and Development
    EDUC 6305 Multicultural Concepts in Education
    EDUC 6333 Teaching and Learning: Action Research
    EDUC 6343 Curriculum Leadership
    EDUC 6353 Supporting Teachers and Teaching

  3. Electives (6 hours) may be taken as subject area courses (M.A.) or education courses (M.Ed.)

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Upon completion of the required courses, a certificate will be issued. Please obtain applications and a schedule of courses from your Academic Advisor in Virtual University.

Healthcare Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is designed to serve as an enhancement to a previously earned undergraduate or graduate degree—especially a BBA or MBA. It is intended to meet the educational needs of individuals currently serving in managerial positions within a variety of health services organizations as well as those who desire to serve in such positions. Eighteen hours in health administration coursework, as detailed below, are required for this certificate. Completion of the certificate will provide individuals with the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required of entry to mid-level health services administrators.

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration requires the completion of the following 18 semester hours of graduate course work:

  • HADM 6301 Healthcare Organization and Delivery
  • HADM 6310 Financing Healthcare Services
  • HADM 6330 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare
  • HADM 6360 Managing Healthcare Organizations
  • HADM 6340 Quality and Continuous Improvement in Healthcare Organizations
  • HADM 6375 Strategic Planning and Policy in Healthcare or
  • ADMN 6375 Strategic Planning

International Business Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in International Business is designed to serve as an enhancement of an already-earned undergraduate or graduate degree. Eighteen hours of graduate course work in International Business are required work. Completion of the required courses will enable qualified students to: conduct international research, analyze data regarding international business opportunities, recognize risk and potential gain in international business, draw conclusions about international business opportunities, present findings to business associates, and to recognize ethical challenges inherent in doing international business.

The Graduate Certificate in International Business requires the completion of the following 18 semester hours of graduate course work:

  • BINT 6311 International Business Management
  • BINT 6312 International Economics
  • BINT 6321 International Finance
  • BINT 6330 International Accounting
  • BINT 6361 International Marketing
  • BINT 6372 International Business Law

Organizational Development Certificate

This certificate 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 Graduate Certificate in Organizational Development requires the completion of the following 18 semester hours of graduate course work:

  • ADMN 6320 Strategic Planning and Policy
  • ORGD 6350 Organizational Behavior and Learning
  • ORGD 6351 Foundations of Organizational Development
  • ORGD 6352 Organizational Development Interventions/Practice
  • ADED 6381 Adult Learning and Development
  • ADED 6388 Working with Adult Groups

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