Online MBA Program
Our online Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program offers a broad perspective and is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge valuable to executives, administrators and managers in both the profit and non-profit sectors of the economy.
The M.B.A. program is open to all applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree, regardless of their field of undergraduate study. The program seeks students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds, including the sciences, liberal arts, humanities, business, engineering and education.
Graduates of our M.B.A. program do not have a major in any specific business discipline. Students are expected to complete a series of courses at the graduate level in accounting, marketing, management, finance, economics, decision analysis, legal and social environment, research methods, operations management and information systems. International business and business ethics are integrated throughout the M.B.A. curriculum.
The educational emphasis of the M.B.A. program is on organizational decision making. The program is appropriate for those pursuing or seeking a career at the executive level in either public or private organizations.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better, or an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (all GPA’s are calculated including all grades on repeated courses). Applicants must also submit either GMAT score of 500 or GRE equivalent. Based on additional factors, provisional admission may be granted to applicants who fall below these standards.
In addition to submitting test scores and all college and university transcripts, applicants must also write an essay explaining why they wish to pursue an MBA, and provide a copy of a current professional résumé.
Students admitted to the M.B.A. program must complete the following undergraduate courses or their equivalents, if these courses have not previously been completed.
- Accounting 2301 and 2302 (or ACC 5191 and 5192)
- Economics 2301 and 2302 (or ECO 5191)
- Finance 3361 (or FIN 5191)
- Mathematics 1325
- Management 3300 (or MGT 5191)
- Management Science 2331 (statistics)
- Marketing 3321 (or MKT 5191)
Graduate students must complete the accounting courses listed above before taking the graduate-level accounting course, the undergraduate statistics course before the graduate-level decision analysis course, and so on. Concurrent enrollment in both graduate-level and undergraduate-level courses is permitted, as long as prerequisites are satisfied.
The M.B.A. program consists of 39 semester credit hours of graduate courses normally taken in the order listed below. It is possible to pursue the degree on a full-time basis. All of the courses are offered online. Graduate courses must be at the 6000 level, and undergraduate courses may not be used to satisfy the requirements for the M.B.A. program.
Year 1 Fall Spring Summer Management Information Systems (MIS 6313) Research Methods (BA 6303) Organizational Behavior (MGT 6311) Decision Analysis (MSC 6301) Managerial Economics (ECO 6311) Elective* Year 2 Fall Spring Summer Managerial Accounting (ACC 6301) Financial Management (FIN 6301) Legal & Social Environment of Business (BA 6302) Marketing Management (MKT 6301) Operations Management (MGT 6312) Elective* Year 3 Fall Corporate Strategies and Policies ** (MGT 6313)
*Electives are to be taken from the Department of Management and Marketing; the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance; the Department of Political Science and Philosophy; or the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice. Electives taken outside these departments must be given prior approval in writing by the graduate advisor. Electives may also be taken during Fall or Spring semesters.
**The Ivy M.B.A. Test should be taken in conjunction with this course as a graduation requirement.
Part-time students are expected to enroll in six credit hours (two courses) per semester. In addition, part-time students are expected to enroll in one course per summer term. Written permission from the M.B.A. advisor is required in order to exceed these totals. Because of the intensity and level of the course work required, such permission will rarely be granted.
Full-time students will follow these same guidelines except that the expected load for each semester (except the final semester) is four courses or 12 semester hours.
Students may waive any required course in the M.B.A. curriculum except Management 6313. A graduate-level elective must be substituted for each course waived. Criteria for course waiver(s) include:
- Having already completed at least nine semester hours of course work in the subject area of the requested waiver (i.e., economics or accounting).
- A grade point average of at least 3.00 in the courses used for the waiver request.
- At least one of the courses used as the basis of the waiver request must be at the junior level or higher.
- Courses used as the basis for the waiver request must have been completed no more than 10 years before enrollment in the M.B.A. program.
An elective must be substituted for each waived course in order to complete the 39 semester hour minimum requirement.
All waivers must be obtained in writing from the graduate advisor during the first semester of enrollment.
Up to nine semester credit hours of graduate work completed prior to the date of first admission to the M.B.A. degree program at Angelo State University may be transferred into the programs. After the date of first admission to the M.B.A. program, six semester hours may be transferred into the program and only to fulfill elective requirements. The maximum total transfer credit allowed is nine semester credit hours. The rest of the transfer policies of the College of Graduate Studies also apply.
All M.B.A. students are required to take the Ivy MBA Test on the ASU campus as a graduation requirement. This test will normally be taken as part of the course requirements in MGT 6313: Corporate Strategies and Policies.