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The McCoy College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy (MAcy), and Master of Business Administration with a technology emphasis (MBA). Other programs include graduate instructional assistantships, foreign exchange, and internships. The strongest area of study is management. The most popular courses are Management Information Systems, Organizational Behavior, and Economics. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. At the annual Business Week program, executives from regional and national companies speak to students.

Sixty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Marketing Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Advanced Statistical Methods for Business
  • Financial and Managerial Reporting and Analysis
  • Managerial Finance
  • Business Research Methods
  • Administrative Policy

Required courses for the MAcy include:

  • Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Advanced Statistical Methods for Business
  • Financial and International Accounting
  • Accounting Policy
  • Managerial Finance
  • Business Research Methods

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by waiver of up to 24 hours of background courses.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending part time is 1 year; maximum, 6 years.

There are 27 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 93% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 9; average business class size is 28.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75 and a GMAT score of 400. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x undergraduate GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 1050. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results and grades in upper-level courses. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 122; 103 were accepted; 89 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.22; average GMAT score was 512. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, and a nonrefundable application fee of $40. The application deadlines are June 1 for fall entry; October 1, spring; April 1, summer. Students are notified 10 days to 2 weeks after their file is complete of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June.

Financial Aid

About 47% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $8476 annually; maximum $18,606. Stipends and programs available for minority students include scholarships. The GAPSFAS and the school’s own financial statement are required. The application deadlines are April 1 for fall entry; March 1, summer.

Tuition for in-state residents is $188 per credit, or $3384 per year. Nonresidents pay $463 per credit, or $8334 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $6818; books and supplies, $770; personal expenses, $3340; and other fees, $1301, for an estimated annual total of $15,442 for in-state residents and $20,392 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is limited. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Forty-nine percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from Texas (92%). Forty-six percent are women, 32% are minorities, and 1% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 21 to 53. Twenty-two percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 4% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 66%, business; 15%, liberal arts; 8%, math and science; 8%, social sciences; 2%, economics; and 1%, health professions. About 23% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 56% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 150 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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San Marcos, TX 78666
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