Jerry S. Rawls College of Business – Graduate Program

 

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Academic Requirements


Admission to graduate degree programs offered through the Rawls College of Business is based on undergraduate grade point average, test scores (e.g., GMAT), and individual profile. No thesis is required in any of the master's degree programs. As part of the comprehensive evaluation process for graduation, a master's student must successfully complete one of the following as approved by their specific area of concentration: a final comprehensive examination, a capstone course, or a project. These requirements must be completed with a grade of B or better in one of the last two semesters preceding graduation. Students may be directed to enroll in a specific section. Non-business students may not take more than 15 hours of BA courses.

The college requires that master's program students maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Doctoral students must maintain at least a 3.2 average. A student's GPA is computed from all graduate courses. Students falling below these averages will be subject to probationary action. To graduate, master's students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

 

Technology Requirements


The Rawls College of Business building is designed with forward-thinking technology that includes printing kiosks, breakout rooms with technology consoles and high definition monitors, classrooms with internet access, internet and power tables, and free Wi-Fi throughout the building. Access to a computer is required for many assignments; students are required to provide their own device for accessing the internet and printing kiosks when necessary.

 

Master's Programs

Master of Business Administration. The MBA program provides a broad background in business with particular emphasis on developing managerial perspective, analytical tools, and skills. The 42-hour program is AACSB accredited. STEM MBA students are lock-step and may complete the program in 12 months. Working Professional MBA students may complete the program 16-24 months.

A joint venture with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center offers a concentration in Health Organization Management. The MBA health organization management program prepares master's students with varying levels and types of work experience for post-graduate managerial roles within the health care industry, especially within medical group practices and other ambulatory care organizations.

Working Professional Master of Business Administration. MBA program is offered in two formats for students who wish to remain employed full-time while simultaneously attaining their degree. Classes are offered either one weekend per month, or through weeklong residencies during August and January. Students may expect to complete this 42-hour program in 2 years.

STEM Master of Business Administration. This MBA program is specifically designed for students with undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The 42-hour, lock-step program may be completed in 12 months of on-campus courses and a distance component.

Master of Science in Accounting. The 36-hour MSA program is designed to prepare graduates for professional careers in the practice of accounting. Concentrations are available in auditing/financial reporting and taxation. Graduates are prepared for professional service in a variety of fields.

Master of Science in Business Administration (Finance Emphasis). The M.S. in Business Administration with a finance emphasis requires 30 hours of graduate courses in finance. Students without an undergraduate degree in business are required to take ACCT. 5301 in addition to the required 30 hours.

Master of Science in Business Administration (Statistics Emphasis). The M.S. in Business Administration with a statistics emphasis requires 30 hours of graduate courses in finance.

Master of Science in Business Administration (Health Care Administration Emphasis. The M.S. in Business Administration with a health care administration emphasis requires 36 hours of graduate courses in business and health operations management. Leveling courses will be required for those who do not have an undergraduate degree in business.

Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS). This Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) -designated master's degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) is a 36-hour intensive program that allows students to graduate in one year. The program is focused on data science, giving students equal measures of statistics, technology, and business education. The program accepts either the GRE or GMAT score for admission.

Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's Programs. Undergraduate B.B.A. students may apply during their junior year for admission to the Master of Science in Accounting or Master of Science in Management Information Systems accelerated bachelor's-to-master's programs. The accelerated programs are designed for academically outstanding undergraduate students who wish to complete a master's degree while at Texas Tech. Those students accepted into the program will begin taking graduate courses during their senior year. A maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate work may apply to both the B.B.A. and master's degrees. The total number of credit hours required for both degrees will vary depending on the program. Upon successful completion of the required undergraduate courses plus 6 to 9 hours of designated graduate work, the B.B.A./M.S. program will grant the B.B.A. degree, but the B.B.A./M.S.A. program will grant both degrees simultaneously after completion of graduate work.

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Doctoral Program


Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration. This degree is offered with first-field and second-field specializations in accounting and taxation, finance, management, marketing, management information systems, and business statistics. The program of study requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, plus approximately 30 hours of dissertation research. There are three emphases for the student: to provide a broad, integrated knowledge of business; to develop specialized knowledge in at least two fields; and to develop research skills. Students are expected to be competent in linear algebra and calculus as determined by the area of specialization. By completing coursework with a minimum grade of B, students must satisfy requirements in advanced statistics and economics early in the program. There is no foreign language requirement. A student who is successful should complete degree requirements in four years of full-time study beyond the master's degree. For more information visit: www.depts.ttu.edu/rawlsbusiness/graduate/phd/index.php

 

Dual Degree Programs


Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Business Administration. Rawls College, in association with the School of Law, offers a program that enables the student to earn both the Doctor of Jurisprudence and M.B.A. degrees in approximately three years of full-time academic work. Law students may begin the dual program either the summer prior to the first year of law or the summer after the first year of law. Application must be made to and approved by both the School of Law and the Rawls College of Business.

Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Science in Accounting. Rawls College, in association with the School of Law, offers a program that enables the student to earn both the Doctor of Jurisprudence and M.S.A. degrees. In many cases, the student in this program will be able to save numerous semester credit hours in comparison to those needed to complete both degrees separately. A student with an undergraduate accounting degree may complete both degrees with 105 hours of law and business courses. Application must be made to and approved by both the School of Law, and the Rawls College of Business.

Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration. Rawls College, in association with the School of Medicine in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, offers a program that gives students the opportunity to earn both the M.D. and the M.B.A. Students must be admitted to both the School of Medicine and the M.B.A. program with a concentration in health organization management. This 45-hour M.B.A. program may be completed in four years concurrently with the M.D.

Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration. The student will earn both the Pharm.D. and M.B.A. degrees during the four years of pharmacy school. This degree track produces outstanding pharmacists with greater insight into the intricacies of healthcare management systems. Students admitted to this 36-hour M.B.A. program begin the course of study in the summer before the first-year of pharmacy school. Business courses are offered in Lubbock during the summer and via telecast during the academic year. Areas of study include accounting, management strategy, business decision-making skills and methods, business information systems, and other core skills in the business curriculum. For a more specific knowledge of the organizational context in which healthcare is provided, students complete courses concentrating in health organization management.

Master of Business Administration and Other Master's Degrees. Rawls College, in association with other colleges and schools, offers programs that enable students to obtain selected master's degrees and the 42-hour M.B.A. Applications should be made through and approved by the respective colleges involved in these programs: the College of Architecture (Master of Architecture), and the College of Arts and Sciences (M.S. in Environmental Toxicology or M.A. in languages and cultures or romance languages.) These dual programs require 12 to 24 fewer hours than if both degrees were pursued separately.

Master of Science in Biotechnology/Master of Business Administration,  Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences/Master of Business Administration. Rawls College, in association with the TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, offers two programs allowing students the opportunity to earn both an M.S. in Biotechnology and an M.B.A., or an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Students must be admitted to both the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the M.B.A. program. Rawls College accepts 12 hours from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as electives in the M.B.A. program. Likewise, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will accept 12 hours from the M.B.A. program as electives for the M.S. in Biotechnology or Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences.

Master of Science in Business Administration and Other Master's Degrees.  Rawls College, in association with other colleges and schools, offers programs that enable students to obtain a 36-hour Master of Science with a major in Business Administration degree and selected other master's degrees. Applications should be made through and approved by the respective colleges involved. These dual programs require 12 to 24 fewer hours than if both degrees were pursued separately.

 

Graduate Certificate Programs


Graduate Certificate in Authentic Leadership and Entrepreneurship for the Family Business. The 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Authentic Leadership and Entrepreneurship for the Family Business addresses the unique needs of the family business in two critical areas: inter-personal leadership skills and entrepreneurship skills. Contact: Dr. Michael Ryan, 806.834.3175, michael.r.ryan@ttu.edu; Nikki Bohannon, 806.834.3763, nikki.bohannon@ttu.edu.

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. The 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics is designed to train professional analysts to help organizations with the collection, filtering, storage, and analysis of large amounts of data to support decision-making. Business Analytics is one of the fastest growing and most important areas in today's business world and is in high demand in organizations and consulting companies. Contact: Dr. Eric Walden, eric.walden@ttu.edu or 806.834.1925.

Graduate Certificate in Essentials of Business. The 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Essentials of Business provides tools for a wide variety of business areas, including accounting, finance, management, and marketing. Courses in this certificate may be applied toward the M.B.A. degree upon acceptance or as electives in other degree programs. Contact: Kelsey Zickefoose, 806.834.1455, kelsey.zickefoose@ttu.edu.

Graduate Certificate in Finance. The 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Finance provides specialized knowledge in the area of finance and/or real estate. The certificate courses may be utilized as electives for other degree programs. The certificate requires one core finance courses, FIN 5320, and four additional masters-level finance classes. Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Mercer, 806.834.3365, jeffrey.mercer@ttu.edu.

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Facilities Design. The college participates with the College of Architecture and the School of Nursing in a 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Health Care Facilities Design. Contact: Dr. Jeff Burkhardt, jeffrey.burkhardt@ttu.edu or 806.834.2137.

Graduate Certificate in Leadership. The 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Leadership provides the experienced manager the opportunity to build and reinforce the interpersonal skills, which are essential to the management role at every level. Contact: Dr. Michael Ryan, 806.834.3175, michael.r.ryan@ttu.edu; Nikki Bohannon, 806.834.3763, nikki.bohannon@ttu.edu.

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