Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The objective of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is to educate a diverse group of students by providing them with the knowledge, analytical ability, and management skills necessary for leadership positions in a world characterized by a diverse work force, rapid technological change, and a fiercely competitive global marketplace. The MBA program at Texas Southern University provides a general management education to individuals who aspire to advance in their current career or wish to prepare themselves for a completely new career.

 Graduates of the MBA program are equipped with:

  • An understanding of a broad array of business concepts related to finance, accounting, economics, marketing, operations, statistics, and business law.
  • Skills that enable the appropriate application of critical, analytical, and strategic  thinking to the analysis of and development  of solutions to business problems.
  • The ability to utilize information technology and systems for effective decision-making, problem solving, and communication.
  • Strategies for leading and structuring high performance teams, working cooperatively, and communicating effectively.
  • A greater appreciation for workplace diversity, ethical issues facing businesses today, and the challenges of the global market place.

MBA Admission Process

Students are admitted to the MBA program twice per year, in the fall and spring semesters only. The deadline for submission of all application materials is July 15 for the Fall semester and November 15 for the Spring semester (early submission is encouraged).

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  1. Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. An official transcript of all undergraduate course work.
  3. An acceptable GMAT score (score must be from a test taken  within  the last five (5) years of your application  date, to be considered).  An Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or above is required on the GMAT exam to fulfill the English proficiency requirement.
  4. A two-page, career-objective essay (max 500 words) including a description of the applicant’s greatest accomplishment and disappointment, and, lessons learned from the experiences, as well as a brief discussion of post MBA goals.
  5. Two confidential letters of recommendation that include applicant’s  strengths,  areas of improvement,  and commitment to excellence.
  6. A current résumé.
  7. Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)  score if the applicant’s  native  language  is not English,  unless the applicant has received an undergraduate degree from a U.S. college  or university.  A TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper  based  test or 213 on the computer based test or 79 on the Internet based test is required. An official IELTS score can be submitted in lieu of TOEFL in which case a minimum overall band score of 6.0 is required.

Only completed applications (containing all required application materials listed above) will be reviewed for admission. Graduate application materials are received by the Graduate School and forwarded to the Jesse H. Jones School of Business for review. The recommendation of Jesse H. Jones School of Business is returned to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will make the final admission decision and notify the applicant of the decision. Prospective students wishing to inquire about their application status should direct questions  to the Graduate  School, until an official admissions notification is received.

Admission to the MBA program as a conditional or an unconditional student requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Unconditional Admission

The applicant must submit an acceptable Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) score that will be used in conjunction with the applicant’s socioeconomic profile and the undergraduate grade point average to determine admission to graduate programs.  The following  are some factors that may be included in the socioeconomic profile used in the admission process:

  1. Economic status of family when applicant attended elementary, secondary, and undergraduate school.
  2. Applicant’s status of first-generation to attend undergraduate school.
  3. Applicant’s status of first-generation to attend graduate or professional school.
  4. Applicant is multilingual.
  5. Applicant’s employment while attending undergraduate school.
  6. Applicant’s role in helping rear other children in family.
  7. Applicant’s geographic residence in Texas at time of application.
  8. Geographic region wherein applicant’s high school is located.
  9. Applicant’s demonstration of performance in community activities.
  10. Applicant’s demonstration of commitment to a particular field of study.
  11. The presence or absence of role models with comparable graduate school training in the applicant’s region of residence.
  12. The applicant’s performance during a personal interview.

Conditional Admission

Students who fail to satisfy the unconditional admission criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis. Under conditional admission, the student must have at least a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average,  or, the undergraduate  grade point average  on the last sixty-hours  (60) of course  work must be at least 3.25. Students admitted in this category will be required to meet the unconditional  admission  criteria  by maintaining  at  least a grade of “B” or better in each course in the first twelve hours of graduate work within the first year of enrollment. Failure to satisfy unconditional admission criteria within the stipulated time period will result in the student being dropped  from  the  program. All applicants seeking conditional admission must provide GMAT or GRE scores with initial admission application.

Course Requirements

The Master of Business Administration degree requires thirty-six (36) hours of course work, including six (6) hours of electives that allow students to build depth of knowledge in a particular business discipline.

The following courses or equivalent thereof must have been completed or must be completed as prerequisites to the MBA level courses:

ACCT 231Principles Of Accounting I3
ECON 2301Principles Of Economics I (OR)3
Principles Of Economics II
MGSC 239Business Statistics I3
MGSC 302Operations Management I3
MGMT 300Principles of Management3
FIN 301Basic Financial Management3
MKTG 306Principles of Marketing3
MIS 304Information Technology3

Degree Requirements

The minimum general requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree are:

  1. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for all graduate work attempted.
  2. A residency of at least one academic year, or its equivalent, is required.
  3. Courses transferred may not exceed 6 semester hours, and a grade of “B” or better must have been earned in each course.
  4. No more than 6 semester credit hours of “C” and/or “C+” work are accepted toward satisfying graduation and degree requirements.
  5. The program must be completed within 6 calendar years.
  6. All MBA students are required to score a “3.5” or better on the writing component of the GMAT, or pass an English proficiency exam during their first semester, or obtain a passing grade in English 501.
  7. To be considered full-time, a student must register for at least 9 semester hours of graduate work per semester. A normal course load consists of 12 semester hours. The maximum load that can be taken  is 15 semester  hours.  A student  who takes 15 semester  hours must have an overall graduate grade point average of 3.5 or better and not be employed full- time.


Core Curriculum21
Other Required Courses9
Total Hours36


FIN 621Fin & Econ Anal3
BADM 630Managerial Communication3
MGMT 636Organizational & Mgmt Theory3
MGMT 670Global Strategic Mgmt3
MGSC 624Statistical Methods3
MIS 671Introduction to MIS3
MKTG 650Sem Mktg Probs3
Total Hours21


ACCT 631Sem: Managerial Acctg3
BADM 655Entrepreneurship3
FIN 652Managerial Finance3
Total Hours9


Select two of the following:6
Investment Management
Graduate Seminar in Mgmt
Supply Chain Management
Spec Topics in Quantative Anal
Application Programming
Data Communications
Database Management Systems
Marketing Research
Total Hours6

Six (6) semester hours of restricted elective (Choice of 2 courses from electives list)