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2011-2012 Catalog

School of Business Administration

Degree Requirements for the Strategic Master of Business Administration



Preamble: The Strategic MBA is a 48-hour MBA program (36 hour core and 12 hours concentrations) integrated using the strategic planning process.

Mission: The mission of the Strategic MBA program is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully manage organizations in a dynamic environment by offering an integrated curriculum that blends theoretical concepts with practical applications.

Strategic MBA graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze business operations and processes;
  • Analyze changes in the business environment to develop strategies that respond to emerging opportunities and threats;
  • Apply leadership skills to work effectively with individuals and teams in organizational situations; and
  • Apply cross-functional approaches to organizational issues.

The following courses are required for attaining the Master of Business Administration degree. Courses are listed in the recommended completion order.

REQUIRED SPECIFIC BUSINESS COURSES (36 HOURS)
Requirement (Prerequisite*)
ECON 6351 Economics for Managers
MGMT 6351 Management and Organizational Behavior
QMSC 6351 Statistics and Research Methods (business calculus)
BUSI 6351 Business and Society
ACCT 6351 Financial Reporting and Analysis
MGMT 6352 Management Information Systems (basic computer literacy)
ACCT 6352 Strategic Cost Management (ACCT 6351)
MGMT 6355 Operations Management: Creating Competitive Advantages (QMSC 6351)
FINC 6352 Financial Management (ACCT 6351, ECON 6351, and QMSC 6351)
MKTG 6352 Strategic Marketing Management
MGMT 6354 Leadership and Organizational Change (BUSI 6351 and MGMT 6351)
MGMT 6359 Seminar in Strategic Management (Completion of all MBA Core Courses; MGMT 6354 may be taken concurrently)

*Students should refer to individual course descriptions for additional information on course prerequisites.

REQUIRED ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION (12 HOURS)

Choose one of the following:

General Business: Strategic M.B.A. students may choose to complete 12 hours of graduate business electives without designating a concentration. Study abroad courses completed in Management, Marketing, Finance, Economics, or Accounting may be included.

Accounting: Strategic M.B.A. students may choose to complete one of two options to achieve a concentration in Accounting:

  • Four accounting electives or
  • Three accounting electives plus one finance, economics, or study abroad elective (study abroad course may be completed in Management, Marketing, Finance, or Economics).

Finance: Strategic M.B.A. students may choose to complete one of two options to achieve a concentration in Finance:

  • Four finance electives or
  • Three finance electives plus one accounting, economics, or study abroad elective (study abroad course may be completed in Management, Marketing, Economics, or Accounting).

Management: Strategic M.B.A. students may choose 4 courses from the graduate Management course offerings not already required for their degree program. One study abroad completed in Accounting, Economics, Finance or Marketing may be substituted for a Management course.

Marketing: Strategic M.B.A. students may choose 4 courses from the graduate Marketing course offerings not already required for their degree program. One study abroad completed in Management, Finance, Economics, or Accounting may be substituted for a Marketing course.

International Business: Strategic M.B.A. students may choose 4 of the electives listed to complete a concentration in International Business:

  • ACCT 6377 International Accounting
  • ECON 6367 Global Economics
  • FINC 6367 International Finance
  • MGMT 6367 International Operations Management
  • MGMT 6377 International Management
  • MKTG 6377 International Marketing
  • MGMT 6300 Selected Topics in Management (Must be designated as an international elective)
  • Study Abroad (May be completed in Management, Marketing, Finance, Economics, or Accounting.)

Entrepreneurship: Strategic M.B.A. students may choose 4 of the 7 electives listed to complete a concentration in Entrepreneurship:

  • EDEN 6350 Introduction to Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
  • EDEN 6351 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • EDEN 6352 Developing the Business Plan
  • EDEN 6353 Nurturing and Growing the Fledgling Venture
  • EDEN 6354 Growing the Successful Venture
  • EDEN 6355 Economic Development and Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Study Abroad (May be completed in Management, Marketing, Finance, Economics, or Accounting – limited to one.)

Economic Development: Strategic M.B.A. students may choose 4 of the 6 electives listed to complete a concentration in Economic Development:

  • EDEN 6350 Introduction to Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
  • EDEN 6355 Economic Development and Entrepreneurial Finance
  • EDEN 6356 Methods in Economic Development
  • EDEN 6358 Theory and Practice of Regional Economic Development
  • EDEN 6357 The Practice of Local Economic Development
  • Study Abroad (May be completed in Management, Marketing, Finance, Economics, or Accounting– limited to one.)

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
REQUIRED SPECIFIC BUSINESS COURSES    36 hours
ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION                        12 hours 
                TOTAL                                                   48 hours

General Requirements

  1. Computer literacy, basic competence in algebra and calculus and basic writing skills are prerequisite to all courses. Students are encouraged to complete a new student orientation online before registering for their first semester of coursework.
  2. Students whose admission index falls below the minimum and within the dean’s discretionary range, or whose TOEFL score is between 500 and 549, or whose GMAT verbal or quantitative score falls below the 10th percentile, may be accepted by administrative decision of the Assistant Dean. Applicants admitted under this category will be required to successfully complete specific MBA courses (such as MGMT 6351 or QMSC 6351) within a prescribed period of time, and will be prevented from registering for additional semesters until this condition is satisfied.
  3. Students may, with the approval of their UH-Victoria academic advisor, transfer in not more than six semester hours of graduate business course work attained at an accredited institution after acceptance into the program and within the time frame specified below.
  4. Students who, in compliance with 3. above, continue their graduate course work at another accredited institution (not to exceed six semester hours) must be in good standing at UH-Victoria and maintain proficiency standards in effect upon entry into the program in order to be awarded the M.B.A. degree from UH-Victoria.
  5. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be completed at UH-Victoria with a grade average of at least 3.0.
  6. All Strategic MBA students must participate in the MBA Conference during the semester in which they enroll in MGMT 6359. The conference is held each fall and spring in the Houston area. Strategic MBA students should check the schedule (available online at www.uhv.edu/bus) prior to registration to avoid conflicts.
  7. All requirements for the M.B.A. degree must be completed within a seven-year period preceding graduation.
  8. MBA students are expected to
    1. Be familiar with the mission and values of the program and to comply with the expectations of them outlined in this catalog, their new student orientation, and their course syllabi.
    2. Maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior as outlined on course syllabi each semester.
    3. Track their progress on their degree programs and contact their advisors promptly to resolve questions about their enrollment.
    4. Verify that they have the appropriate prerequisites for their courses each semester.
    5. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout the program, and receive no more than two Cs in MBA courses.
    6. Complete all degree requirements within seven years.
    7. Apply for graduation by the published deadline for the semester in which they will complete degree requirements.
    8. Ensure that the School of Business Administration has current contact information for them at all times, and visit the school’s web page (www.uhv.edu/bus) regularly for important updates as well as to obtain information on course textbooks and syllabi prior to each semester.