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Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in the following areas:

Information Systems
International Business (taught in English and Spanish)
International Finance
International Trade Economics

MBA with a major in International Banking (MBA-IBK)
Master of Business Administration in International Trade (MBA-IT)
Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc)
Master of Science in Information Systems (MS-IS)
Master of Science in International Logistics (MS-IL) (Thesis and Non-Thesis)*
Doctor of Philosophy in International Business Administration (Ph.D.-IB)

*Temporarily Suspended

In addition to its academic programs, The College of Business Administration has several related entities designed to encourage research by both faculty and students. Among them are:  The Institute for International Trade;  The Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development;  The Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade - Laredo; and The International Trade Journal.


Applicants interested in a graduate business degree must submit an Application for Graduate
Admission to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. Application is forwarded to the
College of Business Administration upon completion of applicant's file. Application materials
must include:

· official transcript(s) of all college/university-level studies

· official GMAT or GRE scores dated within five years of applicant’s anticipated semester of enrollment. This is a requirement of all applicants to the College of Business Administration. Applicants pursuing the MBA taught in Spanish may choose to take the Examen de Admisión which is administered at partner universities in Mexico. No admission decision will be made prior to receipt of a GMAT, GRE, or Examen de Admisión score.

· Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79/80 (internet-based) for applicants to the masters program having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language. Minimum scores for doctoral applicants are 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based). Doctoral applicants who have received a graduate degree from an AACSB accredited U.S. institution within two years of the application date may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement. TOEFL scores of all applicants must be sent directly from ETS and dated within two years of applicant’s anticipated semester of enrollment.

· one-page statement of purpose indicating the area of study

· updated resume

· two letters of recommendation for master’s applicants; three letters of recommendation for doctoral applicants.

Admission recommendations are made by the Graduate Admissions Committee based upon review of the applicant's documentation listed above. Students admitted with conditions must satisfactorily complete those conditions to remain in graduate school.

See Academic Regulations for Graduate Degrees for specific TAMIU Regulations.

  1. Workload Regulations: The maximum number of semester credit hours (SCH) that a graduate student can take is:
    Regular semester 12 SCH
    Each summer session 6 SCH
    Any SCH load in excess of the above must be approved by the Dean of the College of Business Administration.
  2. Graduate-Level Courses: Courses numbered 5000-level or above.
  3. Special Issues Courses: Special Issues courses taken under course number 5199-5399 have a varying degree of semester credit hours (SCH). These courses, although generally taught as three semester credit hours, can also be set up for one or two semester credit hours.
  4. S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory): This grade can be given for only pre-designated courses and may be used to satisfy degree requirements (e.g., business internships). For graduate students, a grade of “S” indicates achievement of 80 percent or greater for the course requirements. This grading criteria applies only to courses in the College of Business Administration.
  5. Academic Probation: If at the end of any semester, a graduate student’s GPA for that semester is below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation.
  6. Additional Master’s Degree Policy: A student seeking a second master’s degree from the College of Business Administration must complete twenty-one (21) semester credit hours of graduate-level business courses beyond the course work in the degree plan(s) for all prior master’s degrees taken from the COBA and must meet all other requirements for the additional master’s degree.
  7. International Students Language Requirement: International students who do not meet the language requirement for admission to masters programs of the College of Business, may apply to the University’s International Language Institute (ILI). Upon certification of English proficiency by ILI or receiving a score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79/80 (Internet-based) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), students will be permitted to pursue a master's degree from COBA. Students pursuing a doctoral degree will need a minimum TOEFL score of 250 (Computer-based), 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based). This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment.
  8. Non-degree status: Domestic applicants intending to pursue a degree, but not able to complete the application process in time for the intended registration term, may enroll under non-degree status for no more than six hours beyond the prerequisite courses. A grade of "B" or better must be earned on each graduate-level course applicant wishes to request transfer of credit upon official admission into a master's program. Completion of any number of credit hours taken under non-degree status does not guarantee admission into a master's program. Students on non-degree status are not eligible to apply for financial assistance offered through the University.
  9. Transfer of Credit: Students may request to transfer a maximum of two courses (6 SCH) of graduate coursework for which a grade of "B" or better was earned on each course at an accredited institution. Transfer credit may apply solely for elective/concentration courses; required courses that are part of the business graduate curriculum must be completed at TAMIU. Students must complete a Request for Transfer of Credit Form and submit required documentation to the Graduate Advisor for processing. Request must be approved by both the Department Chair and Dean of COBA. Coursework that is part of a previously earned degree is not acceptable for transfer credit.
  10. Time Limitation: No credit more than seven (7) years old, counting from the catalog year in effect at registration, will be recognized as graduate credit applicable toward a master's level graduate degree unless validated by a qualifying examination conducted by the appropriate department. Any approved transfer coursework must fall within the 7 year time limitation.
  11. Leave of Absence: Under unusual circumstances, a student may petition for a leave of absence. The student’s Advisory Committee Chairperson and the Chair of the Department must approve the petition. If the petition is granted, the registration requirement will be set aside during the period of the leave and will not count towards the requirement that the student complete a master’s degree within a period of five years or within the time specified for the particular program. Leaves will be granted only under conditions that require the suspension of all activities associated with the thesis.


The following courses make up the MBA Business Foundation courses that must be taken for the MBA degree offered by the College of Business Administration. These courses must be taken by all students enrolled in the following degrees: Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Master of Business Administration in International Banking (MBA-IBK), and the Master of Business Administration in International Trade (MBA-IT).

The MBA Business Foundation courses do NOT count toward the thirty/thirty-three hours needed to complete the MBA degree. However, they do count toward the overall graduate grade point average required for satisfactory progress.


ACC 5300 Accounting Concepts
MIS 5300 Information Systems Concept
DS 5300 Business Quantitative Methods
ECO 5300 Economic Concepts
FIN 5300 Business Finance Concepts
MGT 5300 Management Concepts
MKT 5300 Marketing Concepts
POM 5300 Production and Operations Management


Students may be waived from the MBA Business Foundation courses by either:

  1. successfully completing the corresponding undergraduate courses at TAMIU as indicated below, or
  2. successfully graduating with a business bachelors degree from a university in which the business program is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International), or
  3. presenting evidence of equivalent course work at an accredited institution at either the undergraduate-level or graduate-level.

All course work used for waiver from a particular course must have been taken within the past seven (7) years or be validated by the department in which the course is normally offered. The student must have received a grade of “C” or better in each course applied towards a waiver. Applications for course waivers must be completed during the first in-residence semester of work on the MBA program.

Students requesting a waiver must get approval from the Chair of the department for which the course is assigned. The Department Chair has the responsibility for ensuring that the student has the appropriate prior course work and knowledge as set forth in this policy before approving the waiver.

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