Business Administration (MBA)

M.B.A. Business Administration

The M.B.A. program equips new graduates with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives necessary to lead in the evolving business environment.
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Program Overview

The full-time cohort M.B.A. program streamlines graduate studies for those who wish to complete their M.B.A. in a cohort-based format. With some afternoon and mostly evening classes, the 36-hour program spans just 16 months. The full-time cohort M.B.A. program is offered exclusively at the San Marcos campus.

Working professionals seeking a promotion, a career change, or a new venture will find that the flex M.B.A. program offers course scheduling flexibility. Evening classes are offered at both the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses, and students have the option of sitting out a semester if needed.


All McCoy College degree programs are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The accounting degree programs also hold separate accreditation by AACSB.

Course Work

The Texas State M.B.A. program provides the knowledge and tools needed for a successful career in the management of organizations. Key elements of the program include a high degree of curriculum integration and a strong focus on professional development.

Full-Time Cohort M.B.A. Program: For the first semester of the program, separate sections of the Tier I classes are designated for that year’s entering cohort. During the summer session, students are required to participate in an internship. In addition, the full-time cohort has a required study abroad experience in the final semester of the program.

Flex M.B.A. Program: Because of the varied backgrounds of faculty, the program is able to offer a general degree as well as degrees with concentrations in computer information systems, engineering technology, health administration, human resource management, international business, and supply chain management. A thesis option is available in the general M.B.A. program.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
Degree
M.B.A
Concentration
Full-Time Cohort (no concentration)
Hours
36
Thesis Option
Non-Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Degree
M.B.A
Concentration
Flex Cohort - General (no concentration)
Hours
36
Thesis Option
Non-Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Degree
M.B.A
Concentration
Flex Cohort - General (no concentration)
Hours
36
Thesis Option
Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Degree
M.B.A
Concentration
Flex Cohort - Engineering Technology
Hours
39
Thesis Option
Non-Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Degree
M.B.A
Concentration
Flex Cohort - Computer Information Systems
Hours
39
Thesis Option
Non-Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Degree
M.B.A
Concentration
Flex Cohort - Health Administration
Hours
39
Thesis Option
Non-Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Degree
M.B.A
Concentration
Flex Cohort - Human Resource Management
Hours
39
Thesis Option
Non-Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Degree
M.B.A
Concentration
Flex Cohort - International Business Studies
Hours
39
Thesis Option
Non-Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Degree
M.B.A
Concentration
Flex Cohort - Supply Chain Management
Hours
39
Thesis Option
Non-Thesis
Minor Option
No minor

Round Rock Campus

The entire M.B.A. program in flex format can be completed in Round Rock or in San Marcos.

What Our Alumni Say

“One of the best things about this program is the student diversity. Collaborating with students from different academic backgrounds has been a great learning experience.ˮ

— Jaclyn Ramirez, M.B.A. ’17

Program Details

The M.B.A. program touts a diverse student population due to the curriculum design, which equips business and non-business majors with a fundamental skill set without requiring prerequisite or leveling courses.

Program Mission

The McCoy College of Business fosters an engaged learning community that prepares a diverse student population for successful business careers as responsible global citizens. The college complements these efforts with research that adds to knowledge, provides solutions to business challenges, and contributes to pedagogical advances.

The McCoy College of Business strives to continue to lead in experiential business education and business-relevant, socially significant research.

Career Options

In addition to a portfolio of quantitative skills, a McCoy M.B.A. student will acquire practical management and leadership skills. These skills are transferable to any industry including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, consumer products, and nonprofits. McCoy M.B.A. graduates have embarked on career paths at a variety of firms including Apple, Applied Materials, Dell, Frost Bank, H-E-B, and IBM.

Program Faculty

The McCoy College faculty aspire to create value through business-relevant and socially significant research. The intellectual contributions produced by faculty members add to knowledge about business practices, provide solutions to business challenges, and contribute toward understanding and improving the relationship between business and society. Students often have the opportunity to work with faculty on research through course work and several graduate research assistantships offered by the college.

Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more. If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following individuals.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Diego Vacaflores
businessgraduate@txstate.edu
512.245.3591
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 530

Advisor Support
Nina Camacho
businessgraduate@txstate.edu
512.245.3591
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 530

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Application Deadlines

Deadlines Option U.S. Citizen International
Deadlines
Fall - Priority
Option
Flex & Full-Time Cohorts
U.S. Citizen
January 15
International
January 15
Deadlines
Fall - Standard
Option
Flex & Full-Time Cohorts
U.S. Citizen
June 1
International
June 1
Deadlines
Spring
Option
Flex Cohorts only
U.S. Citizen
October 1
International
October 1
Deadlines
Summer I
Option
Flex & Full-Time Cohorts
U.S. Citizen
No Admission
International
No Admission
Deadlines
Summer II
Option
Flex & Full-Time Cohorts
U.S. Citizen
No Admission
International
No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

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  •   Review important information about the online application.

    • $55 Nonrefundable application fee, OR
    • $90 Nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

      Review important information about application fees.

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

      Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

  • GRE Scores

    • official GMAT/GRE (general test only) not required for applicants with a last-60-hours GPA of 3.5 or higher. If the last-60-hours GPA falls below the minimum requirement of 3.5, the official GMAT or GRE (general test only) with competitive scores will be required in order to be considered. The Graduate College will notify applicants via email should this occur.
    • For potential test waiver information, please visit the McCoy College of Business GMAT/GRE Waiver website.

    TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS score

    Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
      • 19 listening
      • 19 reading
      • 19 speaking
      • 18 writing
    • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
    • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
      • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

      This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
      Review important information about official test scores.

    • responses to specific essay questions (two essays are required):
    1. Why have you chosen to pursue a graduate business degree at Texas State University? What do you hope to accomplish during your time in the program?
    2. Tell us about your three most significant accomplishments. Why do you view them as such? What lessons did you learn from them?
    3. optional personal statement: In cover-letter format, you may address the admissions committee about anything related to your background, application, and/or desire to attend graduate school at Texas State University.
    • resume/CV detailing your work experience, extracurricular and community activities, and honors and achievements
    • two letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess your ability to succeed in graduate school

      Review important information about documents.

  • Admission to all graduate business degree programs is competitive and designed to identify those who have the ability, interest, and maturity to manage the rigors of the programs as well as potential for future professional growth; therefore, the admissions committee will carefully consider all aspects of your professional and academic background. The admissions committee will also closely review the qualitative elements of your application, such as letters of recommendation, quality of written essays, relevant work experience, extracurricular and community activities, honors and achievements, and other personal characteristics that will enhance diversity in academic programs.

What Our Alumni Say

“This program really fosters an excellent culture. All of my classmates came from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. When we went to the classroom we were ready to learn – not just from the text, but also from each other’s experiences.ˮ

— Meredith Autry, M.B.A. ’19

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