Business at West Texas A&M University

 

Business at West Texas A&M University

Business at West Texas A&M University

The College of Business is committed to teaching excellence in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Faculty members are student oriented yet maintain high standards for classroom performance, preparing students for intelligent, active and productive participation in business and community life.  West Texas A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

   

Academic Departments

  • Pre-Business
  • Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • Department of Computer Information and Decision Management
  • Department of Management, Marketing and General Business

 

Pre-Business

Pre-Business

Preliminary Major for Business Students

Pre-Business coursework consists of both preparatory and lower-division courses of the business major.  Once students are admitted to West Texas A&M University, they can gain admittance to a College of Business major by satisfactorily completing a set of pre-admission courses.  Through its admission policies and procedures, the College of Business is able to help students succeed in specific business major concentrations by only admitting those students who are qualified and have the basic skills to complete a business degree. Admission requirements into the College of Business involve the completion of a pre-business core with an earned grade of “C” or higher in all courses. The pre-business courses include:

(1) ACCT 2301 – Principles of Accounting I

(2) ECON 2301 – Principles of Macroeconomics

(3) ECON 2302 – Principles of Microeconomics

(4) MATH 1325 – Mathematics for Business & Economics II, MATH 2413 – Calculus I, or equivalent

(5) ENGL 1301 – Introduction to Academic Writing and Augmentation or equivalent

(6) ENGL 1302 – Research and Rhetoric, COMM 1321 – Business and Professional Communication, or advisor approved equivalent

(7) BUSI 1304 – Business Communication, CIDM 1301 – Introduction to Information Science, CIDM 1315 – Programming Fundamentals, CIDM 2345 – Video Game Design, FIN 1307 – Introduction to Personal Finance, or advisor approved University Core 90 equivalent.

Upon completion of the pre-business core, students should meet with an academic advisor in the College of Business, select a specific business major concentration area (e.g., accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, general business, or computer information systems), apply for a degree plan, and are encouraged to register with the Office of Career Services. Students seeking admission to the business program that have completed 48 or more credit hours in a different major or as a transfer student may be admitted to the business program with approval by dean or associate dean.  New students in the top ten percent of an admission class may be admitted directly into the business program by invitation of the associate dean.

Students seeking help as a pre-business major or with the transition to a specific business major are encouraged to meet with advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Programs or Dean's Office.

 

Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance

The mission of the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance is to assist individuals in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to be successful professionals in their respective fields. Courses emphasize the acquisition of technical skills as well as the consideration of ethical issues and an ability to communicate complex ideas. They are committed to providing a high-quality accounting education; inspiring the development of ethical values, leadership skills, and international awareness; offering academic programs responsive to the accounting community; providing expertise to the public; preparing students for divergent careers in accounting, including the use of technology within the profession; fostering a commitment to lifelong learning by stressing the dynamic nature of the accounting profession; and supporting faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The field of economics provides a framework for analyzing and solving problems that arise from scarcity and is excellent preparation for further graduate studies in many areas of interest to our students. Economists study the allocation of scarce resources to produce the maximum amount of goods and services. Economists conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts. They apply economic theory to endeavors such as banking, finance, manufacturing, education, law, international trade, labor, insurance, agriculture, health, criminal justice, energy, natural resources, and telecommunications.

People who work in finance affect almost every aspect of business – indeed, of life itself – because money still does make the world go round. Consider the impact these financial practitioners make: Corporate finance officers help their companies raise capital that finances new plants and new products, resulting in new jobs. Public finance professionals raise money to build roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. Lending officers at banks, savings and loans, and credit unions help their customers finance homes or college education. Portfolio managers invest the retirement funds of millions of people.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance

Graduate Programs

  • Accounting (Graduate)
  • Finance and Economics

Accounting

 

CAReer  Opportunities

Accountants are at the center of business operations of all kinds.  It is a degree that lets you do just about anything you want in the business world.  Accountants work with businesses to develop business and information systems strategies.  They help investors by analyzing mergers and acquisitions.  They enable government to develop new measures of economic efficiency.  They assist boards of directors by implementing corporate controls.  They work with all types of organizations to measure and communicate financial results.  Accountants and auditors help to ensure that firms are run efficiently, public records kept accurately, and taxes paid properly and on time. They analyze and communicate financial information for various entities such as companies, individual clients, and Federal, State, and local governments. Beyond carrying out the fundamental tasks of the occupation—providing information to clients by preparing, analyzing, and verifying financial documents—many accountants also offer budget analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology consulting, and limited legal services.

Some accountants go into public accounting and become partners in accounting firms.  Others, go into corporations as internal auditors, managerial accountants, tax planners, and information systems consultants.  Government agencies, including the IRS, FDIC, U.S. Department of the Treasury, state agencies, and local government also employ accountants.  Accounting offers competitive starting salaries and long-term growth potential. 

PLAN OF STUDY and Degree Information

  • Accounting B.B.A Plan of Study
  • Accounting B.B.A. Degree Information
  • Accounting B.B.A. Curriculum Guide
  • Accounting Minor Plan of Study
  • Accounting (B.B.A./M.P.A) Plan of Study
  • Accounting B.B.A./M.P.A Degree Information
  • Accounting M.P.A. Degree Information

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN and Skills

The accounting major provides a student with the analytical foundation to excel as a certified public accountant, internal auditor, financial manager, controller, tax advisor and consultant. Tools and techniques of planning, control and decision analysis (including computer applications) are developed in broad areas such as financial and managerial accounting, income taxes, consulting, cost analysis, and computer information systems.  The skills that have been identified for recruiting accounting students include: strong quantitative skills; problem identification/solving skills; strong interpersonal skills including communication, listening,  and leadership; strong writing skills; a national and global perspective; the ability to manage time well; to be self-disciplined; and to have a strong work ethic. 

You will learn about such important topics as taxation, financial statement analysis, auditing, accounting information systems, and payroll accounting.

Extracurricular Activities

The Accounting and Finance Association is a club that supports networking and career exploration for careers in the accounting and finance professions.

Enactus is a student organization in the College of Business.  Enactus uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.


As an AACSB accredited business school, the College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students) and Beta Alpha Psi (International Honors Society for Financial Information Professionals with degrees in accounting, finance, or computer information systems).

The College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues.  Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Cananda.

Economics

 

Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Economists study how society distributes resources, such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery, to produce goods and services.  They conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts on a wide variety of issues, including energy costs, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, business cycles, taxes, and employment levels, among others.  Economists develop methods for obtaining the data they need. Preparing reports, including tables and charts, on research results also is an important part of an economist's job. Economics is often considered an ideal pre-professional undergraduate degree.  Over half the students pursuing an undergraduate degree in economics will continue into professional programs, which include law school, MBA programs, graduate programs in finance, or doctorate programs in areas such as marketing, management, economics or finance.  Economics graduates not not seeking advanced professional degrees often work in banking, insurance, management, economic development enterprises, regulation, government, or international business relations.

PLAN OF STUDY

  • Economics B.B.A Plan of Study
  • Economics B.A./B.S. and B.B.A. Degree Information
  • Economics B.B.A. Curriculum Guide
  • Economics Minor Plan of Study
  • Economics M.S.F.E. Degree Information

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

A degree in economics can provide you with the knowledge necessary to view and describe society and organizations from an analytical perspective.  Economics combines the foundation knowledge from business with the social sciences in an effort to understand human behavior not only by using psychology and sociology, but also by studying society through mathematics, statistics, and historical analyses.  Economics majors learn to make cost-benefit decisions and to apply policy analysis based on qualitative and quantitative research.  Ultimately, economic models help students analyze complex issues.  Critical thinking is a prerequisite to clear writing and oral presentation.  Economics helps develop the ability to organize thoughts and to write professionally for both technical and non-technical audiences.  These are essential skills in any occupation that can readily transfer to various careers and are valuable assets for professional degrees in law and business. 

Extracurricular Activities

The Economics Club is an organization that meets twice a month to informally discuss current issues in economics.  The organization has received multiple grants from the Koch Foundation, which provides funding for reading materials, lunches, guest speakers, travel, research support, and miscellaneous other activities.  The club allows students interested in economic issues to share ideas with peers and faculty members outside of the classroom environment.

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the International Honors Society for Economics students, was established at West Texas A&M University in 1970.  West Texas A&M University is host to the Nu chapter of ODE.  Admission to Omicron Delta Epsilon is recognized on the academic transcript of inductees at West Texas A&M University.

As an AACSB accredited business school, the College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students).

Enactus is a student organization in the College of Business.  Enactus uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.


The College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues. Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Cananda.

Finance

 

Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Almost every firm, government agency, and other type of organization employs one or more financial managers.  Financial managers oversee the preparation of financial reports, direct investment activities, and implement cash management strategies.  Managers also develop strategies and implement the long-term goals of their organization.  The duties of financial managers vary with their specific titles, which include controller, treasurer or finance officer, credit manager, cash manager, risk and insurance manager, and manager of international banking.  For most finance careers, you will need at least a bachelor's degree.  If you would prefer to work in management, a master's in finance is highly recommended.

PLAN OF STUDY 

  • Finance B.B.A Plan of Study
  • Finance B.B.A. Degree Information
  • Finance B.B.A. Curriculum Guide
  • Finance Minor Plan of Study
  • Finance M.S.F.E. Degree Information
  • B.B.A. Curriculum Guide for Finance & Accounting Major
  • B.B.A. Curriculum Guide for Finance & Economics Major

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Business majors who study finance will focus on mathematics, statistical analysis, technology, and ethics. Finance requires the development and use of critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Corporate finance addresses how managers of companies make real investments, raise capital, control risks, and return money to investors. Topics of study can include cash flows, capital budgeting, capital structure and cost of capital, business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, as well as payout policies.

Capital markets examines how financial securities are priced by markets, and how to make decisions concerning investments in portfolios of different types of financial assets. Capital Markets should include the relation between risk and return, pricing of bonds, stocks and derivatives, term structure of interest rates, allocation of wealth among different types of securities, and institutional frictions that prevent attainment of optimal prices.

International finance examines the branch of financial economics broadly concerned with monetary and macroeconomic interrelations between two or more countries. International finance examines the dynamics of the global financial system, international monetary systems, balance of payments, exchange rates, foreign direct investment, and how these topics relate to international trade. Investors and multinational corporations must assess and manage international risks such as political risk and foreign exchange risk, including transaction exposure, economic exposure, and translation exposure.

Extracurricular ACtivities

The Accounting and Finance Association is a club that supports networking and career exploration for careers in the acccounting and finance professions.

Through the Student-Managed Investment Fund, finance majors explore applied investing.  Students manage a portfolio of funds and decide on stocks to purchase and sell with a goal of long-term growth.  They learn investment fundamentals, valuation techniques, and technical analysis. All finance majors explore one or more investment opportunities, which are forwarded to the student portfolio managers for consideration. Portfolio managers attempt to meet the dual objectives of increasing the long-run value of the portfolio combined with the short-run objective of providing student scholarships.  Portfolio managers attend the annual Hodges Investment Forum in Dallas, Texas.

Enactus is a student organization in the College of Business. Enactus uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.


As an AACSB accredited business school, the College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students) and Beta Alpha Psi (International Honors Society for Financial Information Professionals with degrees in accounting, finance, or computer information sytems).

The College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues. Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Cananda.

Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.A.) Degree

Introduction

The MPA degree at West Texas A&M University can be earned in two ways.  The traditional degree is a master’s degree earned after completing a bachelor’s degree.  West Texas A&M also offers a program that integrates the undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and the graduate Master of Professional Accounting degrees.  Both degree paths provide a foundation for a career as a certified public accountant or continued academic toward a doctorate degree. General Admission Requirements

Graduate School Admission:

  1. Admission: Applicants with an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA for accounting courses above principles of 3.0 or higher may opt out of taking the GMAT exam by completing the GMAT Election form with the MPA administrator.
  2. Conditional Admission: Students that do not qualify for regular admission are granted conditional admission when the applicant has an undergraduate overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and a GPA for accounting courses above principles of 2.5 or higher and scores in the 30th percentile or higher in one or more categories of the GMAT.
  3. Students not qualifying for regular or conditional admission will be denied admission and may consult with the dean of the Graduate School for assistance on future admission possibilities or possible committee review for conditional admission based on special circumstances consistent with House Bill 1641.

Secondary Admission Requirements for College of Business

Graduate Pre-Business Considerations:

  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA)
  • GMAT score
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume showing career progression
  • Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree
  • Deadlines: August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring), May 1 (Summer)

Graduate Business Regular Admission Considerations:

  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA)
  • GMAT score
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume showing career progression
  • Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree
  • Proficiency in foundation business courses
  • Deadlines: August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring), May 1 (Summer)

M.P.A. Degree Requirements

Options

  • Plan I (Thesis)
  • Plan II (Non-Thesis)

Students who enter the M.P.A. degree program on probation may be required to take leveling courses in areas where a grade of “C” or lower was earned. Students seeking the M.P.A. degree must establish proficiency in the following areas in addition to requirements for the M.P.A. degree:

  • introductory, intermediate, tax, systems, cost accounting and auditing
  • economics
  • statistics
  • marketing
  • management
  • finance

Proficiency may be established by courses taken in an undergraduate program, by completing advanced-standing examinations or by taking the following courses or their equivalent: ACCT 6300, 3311, 3331, 3332, 3371, 3375, 4351, MGT 6300, MKT 6300, FIN 6300, CIDM 6300 and ECON 6300.

Additional Requirements

Plan I (Thesis)

Thirty (30) semester hours in advanced and graduate courses, including at least 18 semester hours in accounting. At least 24 semester hours must be in 6300-level courses (excluding ACCT 6300, MGT 6300, MKT 6300, FIN 6300, CIDM 6300 and ECON 6300).

The following graduate courses are required:

  • ACCT 6301
  • ACCT 6302
  • ACCT 6320
  • ACCT 6321
  • Nine semester hours from ACCT 6306, ACCT 6308, ACCT 6309, or ACCT 6310
  • Three semester hours advanced accounting elective
  • Three semester hours from ECON 6306, ECON 6312, or ECON 6341
  • Six semester hours from ACCT 6307, CIDM 5311, CIDM 6310, FIN 5311, FIN 5320, FIN 5323, FIN 6320, FIN 6322, or FIN 6350
  • Pass comprehensive final exam.

Plan II (Non-Thesis)

Students must complete 36 semester hours in advanced and graduate courses, including at least 18 semester hours in accounting. At least 24 semester hours must be in 6300-level courses (excluding ACCT 6300, MGT 6300, MKT 6300, FIN 6300, CIDM 6300 and ECON 6300).

The following graduate courses are required:

  • ACCT 6320
  • ACCT 6321
  • Nine semester hours from ACCT 6306, ACCT 6308, ACCT 6309, or ACCT 6310
  • Nine semester hours advanced accounting electives
  • Three semester hours of advanced accounting-related courses as advised
  • Three semester hours from ECON 6306, ECON 6312, or ECON 6341
  • Six semester hours from ACCT 6307, CIDM 5311, CIDM 6310, FIN 5311, FIN 5320, FIN 5323, FIN 6320, FIN 6322, or FIN 6350
  • Pass comprehensive final exam.

 B.B.A./M.P.A. Degree Requirements 

General Requirements for the Administration (B.B.A.)

Degree Integrated Program

  • At least 24 semester hours must be in courses numbered 6300 or above.
  • This program will be a non-thesis program.  Students desiring to do a thesis program will be required to complete the regular M.P.A. degree program.
  • Application for entry into the program will be made during the semester in which the student completes 90 hours of course work. Graduate course work cannot be taken prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Admission: Applicants with an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA for accounting courses above principles of 3.0 or higher may opt out of taking the GMAT exam by completing the GMAT Election form with the MPA administrator.
  • Conditional Admission: Students that do not qualify for regular admission are granted conditional admission when the applicant has an undergraduate overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and a GPA for accounting courses above principles of 2.5 or higher and scores in the 30th percentile or higher in one or more categories of the GMAT. 
  • Students not qualifying for regular or conditional admission will be denied admission and may consult with the dean of the Graduate School for assistance on future admission possibilities or possible committee review for conditional admission based on special circumstances consistent with House Bill 1641.
  • Applicants must have completed the following accounting courses prior to admission: ACCT 2301, 2302, 3311, 3331, 3332, 3371, 3375.

Required Courses for the Integrated B.B.A./M.P.A. Degree Program (150 hours)

University core curriculum requirements (42 hours) must include ECON 2301.

College of Business Requirements (39 hours)

  • MATH 1325, ECON 2302, Advanced Economics Elective, BUSI 3312, ACCT 2301, 2302, CIDM 2342, CIDM 3330, FIN 3320, MGT 3330, MGT 4315, MKT 3340, and a course in the COB writing component

Undergraduate Accounting Requirements (21 hours)

  • ACCT 3311, ACCT 3331, ACCT 3332, ACCT 3371, ACCT 3375, ACCT 4351, and CIDM 4331

Undergraduate Electives (21 hours)

Graduate Accounting Requirements (9 hours)

  • Nine semester hours from ACCT 6306, ACCT 6308, ACCT 6309, or ACCT 6310

Advanced Accounting Electives for Graduate credit (9 hours)

  • Nine semester hours of ACCT graduate electives (excludes ACCT 6300 and ACCT 6305)

Graduate Advanced Electives (9 hours)

  • Nine semester hours of graduate electives (selected in consultation with MPA Coordinator/Advisor)

Other Business Electives (9 hours)

  • Three semester hours from ECON 6305, ECON 6312, or ECON 6341
  • Six semester hours from hours from ACCT 6307, CIDM 5331, CIDM 6310, FIN 5311, FIN 5320, FIN 5323, FIN 6320, FIN 6322, or FIN 6350 

Pass Comprehensive Exam

  • During the last semester of course work for the B.B.A./M.P.A. degree, the student will be required to take a comprehensive written and/or oral exam covering the M.P.A. core courses.  The examination will be administered by a three-member graduate accounting faculty committee.  If the student fails the first examination, one semester or equivalent (16 weeks or two summer sessions) must elapse before the student takes the exam again.  Additional course work or directed study will be recommended for the student in the interim.

Master of Science in Finance and Economics (M.S.F.E.)

Introduction

The College of Business at West Texas A&M University offers a Master of Science in Finance and Economics (MSFE). A program like this is offered at few other schools in the United States. We are able to offer the degree at West Texas A&M University because our economics and finance programs reside in the same department. The MSFE is designed for students who want to improve their understanding of economics and finance, particularly those interested in or already working in: (1) Finance institutions and finance departments in business and government; (2) Policy-oriented and community service occupations in the private and public sectors; (3) Economic and financial consulting and advising; (4) Teaching at the high school, community college, or instructor level; (5) Preparation for law school or doctorate programs in economics, finance, management, or marketing. The program's orientation toward application as opposed to theory enhances opportunities for graduates in a broad range of occupations and institutions. The program places strong emphasis on corporate governance and ethics which includes recognition of FIN 5311 by MBAprograms.org in the article, The 36 credit hour MSFE program is designed for completion within a two-year period, although the degree can be completed in as soon as one year for some students. Courses are offered on campus, in Amarillo (primarily at night) and online. Students are able to take courses in a combination of these offerings.

Provisional Acceptance Requirements

Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher but less than 3.0
GMAT score comparable to that of students who are currently successful in the program
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
Three letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be a professional recommendation)*
Resume showing career progress*
Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree*
Proficiency in foundation business courses

 

Consideration may be provided for excellence in previous academic program, GMAT performance, career progression in
industry and/or in military service.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking a Master of Science in Finance and Economics degree must first establish proficiency in Economics, Finance, Accounting, and Statistics. This proficiency may be established by courses taken in an undergraduate program, by completing advanced standing examinations in these areas, or by taking the following courses: ECON 6300, FIN 6300, ACCT 6300, CIDM 6300.

M.S.F.E. Core Courses (21 graduate hours)

Theory of Housholds and Firms (select one)
    ECON 6305: Seminar in Advanced Microeconomic Theory   
    ECON 6370: Economics of Health and Medical Care
 
Monetary and Fiscal Policy (select one)
   ECON 6306: Seminar in Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
   ECON 6312: Seminar in Money and Banking
   ECON 6332: Problems in Government Finance and Fiscal Policy
 
Corporate Governance (select one)
   FIN 5311: Corporate Governance and Ethics
   FIN 6350 Seminar in Financial Planning
 
Corporate Finance (select one)
   FIN 6320: Seminar in Finance
   FIN 6370: Financial Management of Health Care
 
Asset Valuation (select one)
   FIN 5320: Investment
   FIN 5321: Portfolio Management
   FIN 6322: Security Analysis
 
International (select one)
   ECON 6341: Seminar in International Economics and Economic Development
   FIN 5323: International Finance
   FIN 6323 Multinational Finance
 
Quantitative Analysis (select one)
   ECON 6320: Econometrics
   ECON 6362: Advanced Business Forecasting
   CIDM 6305: Quantitative Analysis in Business

Additional Requirements:

  • Nine semester hours of graduate elective courses in economics or finance (excluding leveling courses ECON 6300 or FIN 6300). 
  • Six semester hours of graduate elective courses in economics, finance, accounting, or computer information & decision Management (excluding leveling courses ACCT 6300, ECON 6300, FIN 6300, or CIDM 6300). 

Upon completion of core coursework for the MSFE degree, all degree candidates must take a comprehensive exam. 

 
Department of Computer Information and Decision Management

programs at Department of Computer Information and Decision Management provide a strong foundation in business fundamentals, strategies, and managerial issues related to information technologies. Special interest is given to emerging technologies and their role as facilitators of strategic advantage in the marketplace. We offer degree programs at the undergraduate (BBA) and graduate (MBA) levels. We offer students comprehensive education in the various dimensions of computer information systems including database management, systems analysis and development, data communications and networking, web-based applications development, data mining, business intelligence, security, video gaming design, and visualization.

Our faculty consists of experienced specialists who have attained significant academic credentials in their fields; and they bring practical and relevant experience to enrich our students’ classroom learning-experience. We are relentless in our effort to enhance the quality of our academic offerings. We have been successful in our efforts to raise scholarship funds and internship opportunities to attract and retain high caliber students. A variety of financial assistance is available, including grants, scholarships, graduate assistant positions, and part-time employment

Computer Information and Decision Management

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The new business enterprise relies significantly on computer information systems to maintain efficiency and reliability.  Computer information systems are used to create synergy between management, employees, customers, and stakeholders of the enterprise and have become an integral part of the organization.  The Information Systems professional must examine the ever-changing role of information, systems and organizational processes.  Their work includes building and developing information systems (e.g., through analysis, design, development, maintenance, etc.) that are capable meeting the demands and the challenges in today’s global economy.  Information System professionals distinguish themselves by becoming problem-solvers by integrating computer-based technology solutions into business processes.

Information Systems (IS) professionals play a vital role in the implementation and administration of computer-based technology solutions within their organizations because they becomes experts in business and technology arenas.  In collaboration with other managers, they help determine the goals of an organization and then implement technology solutions to meet those goals.  They oversee all technical aspects of an organization, such as software development, web-based applications development, networking, security, data mining, business intelligence, database and mobile applications.  With a major in Computer Information Systems, you will be qualified to join the rapidly expanding information-age economy.  Our CIS graduates pursue professional careers as business application developers, database developers, system and business analysts, web-based application developers, mobile application developers, network security administrators, and project managers.  Public and private companies and organizations throughout Texas and the nation are looking for women and men with the skills you can learn while earning a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems.

PLAN OF STUDY

  • Computer Information Systems B.B.A Plan of Study
  • Curriculum Guide for B.B.A. CIS
  • CIS - Decision Management B.B.A. Plan of Study
  • Curriculum Guide for B.B.A. CIS - Decision Management
  • CIS B.B.A. Degree Information
  • Computer Information Systems Minor Plan of Study
  • Master of Business Administration Degree Information

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

As a CIS major, you will acquires technical skills and learn the tools and concepts needed to develop meaningful and relevant information systems that synthesize software, networking, data communications, hardware, data resources, system management and people. The focus of CIS degree is on integrating information technology solutions and business processes to meet the information needs of businesses and other enterprises, enabling them to achieve their objectives in an effective and efficient way. CIS is a business & technical discipline, and students will form a solid understanding of information systems as it relates to other business functions (finance, investment, accountancy, management, operations, and marketing) where information technologies are applied. 

The West Texas A&M CIS major equips students to manage and apply technology in organizations. The focus of this degree is on the analysis, design, and implementation of information systems. Core courses provide a solid foundation in object-oriented and structured programming, modern operating systems, and database management and development. Students can tailor their learning to specific areas of interest like artificial intelligence, telecommunication, web programming, or operation management. Computer information systems majors learn technical and organizational knowledge necessary to provide technology leadership. The program’s resources provide students with hands-on, applied learning, using state-of-the-art software and technology. Cooperative educational courses allow students to work in actual industry positions, earning credit, salary, and vital real-world experience.

Extracurricular activities

Students have several extracurricular activities to enhance their learning. The Technology Club works with several computing devices (e.g., robots, computer labs, server virtualization, etc.), offers computer-based technological services, competes in web and game design, host video game tournaments and LAN parties, provides service opportunities, and various other activities.

The CIS program provides students with an opportunity to visit various information technology companies in an effort to provide an opportunity to explore the on-site work environment and to visit with working professionals. Trips include visits to organizations such as Microsoft, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Bell Helicopter, NASA, Cisco, and Walgreens.

Enactus is a student organization in the College of Business. Enactus uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.

As an AACSB accredited business school, the College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students) and Beta Alpha Psi (International Honors Society for Financial Information Professionals with degrees in accounting, finance, or computer information systems).

The College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues. Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Canada.

Each semester and during the summer students are involved in technology research projects with CIS professors, giving students one-on-one interactions with skilled mentors. Several students have been awarded research grants for their own research projects.

 
Department of Management, Marketing and General Business

Degree programs in the MMGB department combine a strong grounding in business fundamentals and expertise in select functional areas. Students can gain breadth within their undergraduate studies by completing the general business major program. The general business program provides a broad understanding of business while allowing students to focus on a variety of areas of emphasis. International business and its related areas are always exciting as all aspects of the business environment become more global. International business can lead to exciting travel, investment opportunities, and getting to know other cultures and countries.
Organizations need highly talented workforces in order to excel in a global business environment. Human resource professionals are responsible for finding, hiring and developing talent. An emphasis in the field of human resources management can lead to exciting and dynamic career options.

Entrepreneurs and small business creators are the pioneers leading the way into the future. Vision based on a solid but flexible business model combined with adaptable zeal, energy and passion can develop a start-up organization into a stable organization that meets the needs of customers, employees, and communities. A degree in marketing offers a combination of tried and true marketing strategies with e-commerce and the demands of a knowledge economy. The College of Business curriculum provides specialized competencies in marketing strategy, social media and information technology that are essential to professional positions in today’s dynamic marketing environment.

Management is the study of people. A degree in management focuses on hiring people, keeping employees motivated, creating successful teams and becoming an exemplary leader as well as developing the strategies needed to keep the organization viable and competitive in a dynamic environment. All of the degree programs in the MMGB department focus on preparing students for intelligent, active and productive participation in business and community life. Join the MMGB team today and make one of these degrees yours.

Undergraduate Programs

  • General Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Graduate Programs

  • MBA Program
 
General Business

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The General Business undergraduate degree provides a solid understanding of the fundamental areas in business: finance, accounting, management, marketing, economics, business law and computer information systems.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the diverse environment of the business world.  The program gives students a wealth of career opportunities in large corporations, small businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.  Special concentrations areas includes international business, entrepreneurship, healthcare management, and business law & communications. Classroom courses are offered to full-time and part-time students during the day and in the evening.  As one of the pioneers of online-accredited business education, West Texas A&M University offers the General Business B.B.A. via the web, which allows students to complete the upper-level business administration requirements for the general business degree entirely online.  It is designed specifically for those who are not able to complete traditional courses at the Canyon campus location.  Of course, even if you are taking online classes but want to take one or more classes on campus to supplement the online offerings, you have the flexibility to do so.

PLAN OF STUDY

  • General Business B.B.A. Plan of Study
  • General Business B.B.A. (online) Plan of Study
  • GBUS in Entrepreneurship B.B.A. Plan of Study
  • Curriculum Guide for B.B.A. Entrepreneurship
  • GBUS in Healthcare Management B.B.A. Plan of Study
  • Curriculum Guide for B.B.A. Healthcare Management
  • GBUS in International Business B.B.A. Plan of Study
  • Curriculum Guide for B.B.A. International Business
  • General Business B.B.A. Degree Information
  • Curriculum Guide for B.B.A. General Business
  • Master of Business Administration Degree Information

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

A general business degree provides a broad exposure to all the crucial elements that make an organization function well. It doesn't provide the specialization that more targeted degrees do (such as finance or accounting), but is valuable in its generalist approach. Students obtain an overview of many functions in the business world and an understanding on how these functions interact. Any business degree will involve working with numbers and statistical analysis but general business students must also develop the ability to communicate concise written and verbal information, excel at team work, and work well under pressure. General business majors must also learn about organizational structures, taking into consideration the goals of the group, considering the raw materials or rough data, and developing plans to move projects forward.

Extracurricular activities

Enactus is a student organization in the College of Business.  Enacuts uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.

As an AACSB accredited business school, the College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students).

The College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues.  Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Cananda.

Management
 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Management is the organizational process that includes strategic planning, setting objectives, managing resources, deploying the human and financial assets needed to achieve objectives, and measuring results.  Management majors gain the flexibility to apply their skills in a variety of settings.  There are many career paths for management graduates, including positions with corporations, multinational corporations, governmental organizations, and not-for-profit entities in such areas as transportation and logistics, health care, energy, corporate administrator, operations manager, human resource management, leadership, entrepreneurship, international management, and planning in both services and manufacturing.  Nearly all organizations--large or small, profit or nonprofit--offer a variety of management careers.  Management positions require great communication skills, logical linear thinking, and comfort and competence in leading a team toward goals.  The management degree program at West Texas A&M Univeristy provides general training and instruction in management along with the opportunity to take specialized elective courses.

PLAN OF STUDY

  • Management B.B.A Plan of Study
  • Human Resource Management B.B.A. Plan of Study
  • Management B.B.A. Degree Information
  • Curriculum Guide for B.B.A. Management
  • Curriculum Guide for B.B.A. Human Resource MGT
  • Management Minor Plan of Study
  • Master of Business Administration Degree Information

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Management is the use of behavioral science concepts, strategy and entrepreneurial thinking, to make decisions for effectively and efficiently running a profit or nonprofit business.  The study of management includes learning what motivates people, how to optimize employee satisfaction and productivity; how to plan, organize, and control work; how to make decisions using information systems and quantitative information; learning whey there is a necessity of a formal hierarchy in larger organizations; and how to implement organizational strategies.

The first and most important skill that management courses offer students is how to deal with the human element in the workplace, whether through coworkers or employees.  Students are challenged to improve their communication skills, learn to resolve conflicts and become better and more effective leaders.  This may be accomplished through role playing, special projects, case studies or a variety of other methods.  Students should develop the skills to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and make projects run more smoothly.

Second, managers have to know how to handle resources as well, from keeping a tab on finances to ensuring that everyone has the materials necessary to get their jobs done effectively and efficiently.  Many courses will also focus on building skills in accounting and finance to ensure that managers stay within their required budgets and make the most of the resources they are allocated.

Finally, students should learn how to manage time wisely in a management degree program.  Being a manager not only means keeping other people in line and on schedule but setting a good example as well.  Time management, productivity, and other personal management skills are an essential part of keeping a business running smoothly.

Extracurricular activities

Enacuts is a student organization in the College of Business.  Enacuts uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.

As an AACSB accredited business school, the College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students).

The College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues.  Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Cananda.

Marketing

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers coordinate their companies' market research, marketing strategy, sales, advertising, promotion, pricing, product development, and public relations activities.  In small firms, the owner or chief executive officer might assume all advertising, promotions, marketing, sales and public relations responsibilities.  In large firms, which may offer numerous products and services nationally or even worldwide, an executive vice president directs overall advertising, marketing, promotions, sales, and public relations policies.

PLAN OF STUDY

  • Marketing B.B.A Plan of Study
  • Marketing B.B.A. Degree Information
  • Curriculum Guide for B.B.A. Marketing
  • Marketing Minor Plan of Study
  • Master of Business Administration Degree Information

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Marketing is a broad field with a primary purpose of generating demand for an enterprise's products or services.  The marketing major provides a solid understanding of various business activities, which includes the identification and selection of target markets, to the development, pricing, placement and promotion of goods and services, and the management of relationships among business partners and their customers.  Students receive a broad foundation in marketing concepts and practices and opportunities to pursue greater understanding and skills in selected areas of the discipline including sales, advertising, product management, distribution and logistics, e-commerce, and international marketing.  Professionals in marketing need good communication skills and must enjoy working with people.  Contemporary marketing managers must understand not only the traditional areas of marketing channels, sales management, advertising, and research, but must also be familiar with consumer and dealer motivation.  The process requires an understanding of buyer and seller behavior within the context of the overall business environment.

Extracurricular activities

Enactus is a student organization in the College of Business.  Enacuts uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.

As an AACSB accredited business school, the College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students).

The College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues.  Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Cananda.

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A)

The MBA program at West Texas A&M University offers a variety of options for students seeking a professional business degree from a program with AACSB accreditation.  Students in the MBA program have the option to concentrate in management, marketing, health care administration, and computer information systems (students interested in an accounting concentration should consider the MPA program while those interested in an economics or finance concentration are encouraged to consider the MSFE program). The MBA program at West Texas A&M University has received national recognition by a variety of groups. This includes rankings in 2013 U.S. News & World Report, recognition as a 2012 - 2013 rising star by FindyourMBA, and GetEducated.com's ranking as a Best Buy MBA program. Most recently, MBAprograms.org has recognized WT's course in corporate governance and ethics as one of the unique courses included in the article,
Consideration may be provided for excellence in previous academic program, GMAT performance, career progression in industry and/or in military service.

The 31-49 credit hour MBA program is designed for completion within a two-year period, although the program can be completed in as soon as one year for some students.  Courses are offered on campus, in Amarillo (primarily at night) and online.  Students are able to take every course required for graduation in the online, campus or Amarillo environments.  In addition, students have the option of combining online courses with traditional campus or Amarillo courses to meet degree requirements. 

Full Admission Requirements

Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher
While all applicants are encouraged to take the GMAT exam, those with an UG GPA of 3.0 or higher may request to have this requirement waived by completing a GMAT Score Waiver Request Form and emailing it to Dr. LaVelle Mills, associate dean of graduate business programs
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter must be a professional recommendation. The College of Business Recommendation Letter Form is available for downloading.
Resume showing career progress*
Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree*
Proficiency in foundation business courses

 

Provisional Acceptance Requirements

Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher but less than 3.0
GMAT score comparable to that of students who are currently successful in the program
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
Three letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be a professional recommendation)*
Resume showing career progress*
Statement of goals for pursuing a graduate business degree*
Proficiency in foundation business courses


Provisional acceptance to a graduate program in the College of Business can consist of multiple steps, dependent on each applicant’s overall background as described above.

Step One

Consistent with historic Graduate School admission policy, basic provisional acceptance may be granted when both of the following conditions are met:

  • At least a 2.5 undergraduate GPA and
  • At least 25th percentile in one or more categories of the GMAT.
Students not qualifying for basic provisional acceptance will be denied acceptance and may consult with the dean of the Graduate School for assistance on future admission possibilities.

Step Two

Consistent with requirements established for provisional acceptance to a graduate program in the College of Business, the Graduate Business Admissions Committee will review all student materials as listed above, in addition to any initial graduate work completed, and determine requirements needed to maintain provisional acceptance (e.g., repeat the GMAT to earn a score comparable to that of students who are currently successful in the program or provide clarification with respect to professional goals). It is expected that students who have provisional acceptance will earn grades of B or higher in all courses.

Step Three

The Graduate Business Admissions Committee will review materials for all students in Step Two of provisional acceptance at the end of each fall and spring semester and at the end of the second summer session. Depending on student performance as described in Step Two above, the Graduate Business Admissions Committee may recommend the student be moved to full admission in their elected graduate program in the College of Business. Recommendations for students not meeting the requirements for full admission will be considered on an individual student performance basis and can include recommendation to end provisional acceptance and encourage the student to consult with the dean of the Graduate School for assistance on other program admission possibilities outside the College of Business.

Graduate School Application Materials

A complete Graduate School application packet includes the Graduate application, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, GMAT scores (as required), and a non-refundable graduate application fee. The complete application packet must be received by the Graduate School by application deadlines to ensure consideration for the semester selected. Application deadlines are August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring), and May 1 (Summer).

An administrative “hold” preventing the applicant from enrolling in subsequent semesters is placed on the student’s file if the student has not completed the admission procedure before the end of the first semester of graduate course work.

NOTE: Students must be admitted before being eligible for federal financial aid. Programs may require additional documents for admission.

College of Business Application Materials

Applicants for the MBA program in the College of Business are requested to provide the office of graduate business programs with a copy of their career resume, a statement describing their career goals and how earning a MBA degree will help them achieve those goals, and three letters of recommendation.

Upon approval by the College of Business Graduate Business Admissions Committee, a student with provisional acceptance may enroll in a maximum of 12 – 18 semester credit hours of graduate courses selected with the student and the MBA advisor for the office of graduate business programs. The graduate business admissions committee will consider students for full admission to a graduate program in the College of Business based on their review of the student’s undergraduate GPA and:

  • earning grades of B and above on graduate level work completed as a provisionally accepted graduate student in the College of Business,
  • submitting a GMAT score that is comparable to successful students in the MBA program,
  • providing three letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be a professional recommendation),
  • providing a resume showing career progress,
  • providing a statement of goals and objectives and how attainment of an MBA degree will
    enhance their ability to reach their career goals.