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Focus and Format of the MBA Program

The Master of Business Administration Program is an innovative program designed to meet the needs of practicing executives in profit and nonprofit settings. Offered in the popular Weekend Degree Program format, the MBA focuses on sharpening skills in decision-making and problem-solving behavior for professional administrators. The program’s instructional design integrates scientific and technological advances with proven principles of management.

The MBA program requires a commitment to an intensive educational experience as well as a considerable degree of independence and discipline. The format enables successful managers to continue to grow professionally without interruption of their careers, thus enhancing their competitive positioning in an increasingly sophisticated economic environment. Typical students are junior and senior managers who work in financial institutions, oil and utility companies, insurance and communications companies and other businesses, as well as healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses and administrators.

The weekend format is based on the assumption that adult students, given a structured set of learning objectives and a prescribed methodology, can independently master a major portion of the content of most courses. Instructional contact hours in the Weekend College Program are fewer than in more traditional programs, so that much of the student’s work is teacher-directed learning outside the classroom. Some classes require team meetings to be held outside the regular classroom hours so that team projects can be completed in a timely and professional manner.

Master of Business Administration

Admission Application Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Completed application
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $25
  3. An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  4. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application
  5. A grade point average of at least 2.50 for cumulative undergraduate work or 3.00 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work
  6. Adequate preparation for MBA studies through appropriate business course work. (Six hours of accounting, six hours of economics, three hours of statistics, and 15 hours of advanced business courses preferably marketing, finance, human resources, information systems and production.)
  7. A satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (An applicant who already holds a master’s degree is exempt from this requirement.)
  8. Three references knowledgeable about the student's managerial and/or professional performance.
  9. A résumé highlighting managerial or professional work experience
  10. At least three years of managerial or professional experience is encouraged for success in the MBA program. An admission interview will be required of all students not possessing this level of experience.

International Students

An international student seeking admission into the master’s program for a Master of Business Administration should refer to page 35 of this bulletin for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional acceptance is granted on the merits of each case. In some circumstances, applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted conditionally. If they fulfill the conditions listed in their letters of conditional acceptance within the specified period of time, they will receive regular admission. If conditional acceptance is given because of missing official credentials, the period of time to provide those documents will not extend beyond the first term of attendance.

Special Admission (Non-Degree Seeking)

If a student wishes to register only for course work and not for degree work, that student may be admitted as a special student. Such students must meet the foundation and prerequisite requirements for any course to be taken. Acceptance as a special student does not guarantee regular admission. The admission application requirements for special students are as follows:

  1. Application for admission
  2. Application fee of $25
  3. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application
  4. Detailed work history
  5. Two letters of recommendation from employer or work supervisor

No more than 12 semester hours earned as a special student may be applied toward a degree. If admission to the degree program is later applied for and received, credit earned as a special student will apply to the degree upon approval of the dean of the School of Business and Leadership. The student will be required to meet all of the remaining admissions requirements for degree-seeking students.

Transient Students

Occasionally, a master’s student from another institution may request permission to take one or two courses at OLLU to complete degree requirements at the home institution. Such students must meet the foundation and prerequisite requirements for any courses to be taken. An application for admission, the $25 application fee, a copy of their degree plan, a statement from their dean or graduate adviser stating which OLLU courses are authorized, and a letter of good standing verifying master’s status are required.

Admission Deadline

Deadline for submitting a completed application for the Master of Business Administration program is two weeks prior to class orientation for each trimester.

Degree plans listing specific required courses in each program may be obtained in the Weekend College Office, in San Antonio and Houston.

Finance, Healthcare Management and Management concentrations

Concentrations are available in the above areas. All concentrations require completion of the core courses below plus three additional courses within the chosen field of study.

Prospective applicants lacking preparatory courses in basic business fields will be required to take BADM 6600, Fundamentals of Business Administration.

MBA in Finance consists of the following core courses:

BADM 8309

Management Theory and Decision-Making Processes

BADM 8310

Legal and Ethical Environment of Business and Global Decision-Making

BADM 8313

Managerial Control Systems

BADM 8315

Corporate Finance

BADM 8316

Marketing Strategies and Policies

BADM 8317

Information Systems for Management

BADM 8319

Supply Chain and Operations Management

BADM 8325

The Economics of Global Business Conditions

BADM 8330

Strategic Management Concepts and Processes

Complete three (nine hours) of the following courses from the Accounting (ACCT) or Finance (FINC) disciplines to complete the MBA in Finance:

ACCT 8315

Controllership

ACCT 8319

Internal Auditing

ACCT 8320

Contemporary Topics in Accounting

FINC 8319

Corporate Capital Budgeting

FINC 8321

International Finance

FINC 8323

Financial Institutions, Markets and Economic Activity

FINC 8340

Special Studies in Finance

MBA in Healthcare Management consists of the following core courses:

HCMG 7320

Healthcare Law and Ethics

HCMG 7361

Healthcare Finance

BADM 8309

Management Theory and Decision-Making Processes

BADM 8313

Managerial Control Systems

BADM 8316

Marketing Strategies and Policies

BADM 8317

Information Systems for Management

BADM 8319

Supply Chain and Operations Management

BADM 8325

The Economics of Global Business Conditions

BADM 8330

Strategic Management Concepts and Processes

Complete three (nine hours) of the following courses from the Healthcare Management (HCMG) discipline to complete the MBA in Healthcare Management:

HCMG 7304

Management of Healthcare Institutions

HCMG 7325

Healthcare Planning and Policy

HCMG 7380

Managed Care for Commercial, Medicare and Medicaid Populations

HCMG 7384

Special Studies in Healthcare Management

MBA in Management consists of the following core courses:

BADM 8309

Management Theory and Decision-Making Processes

BADM 8310

Legal and Ethical Environment of Business and Global Decision-Making

BADM 8313

Managerial Control Systems

BADM 8315

Corporate Finance

BADM 8316

Marketing Strategies and Policies

BADM 8317

Information Systems for Management

BADM 8319

Supply Chain and Operations Management

BADM 8325

The Economics of Global Business Conditions

BADM 8330

Strategic Management Concepts and Processes

Complete three (nine hours) from the following courses to complete the MBA in Management:

MGMT 8320

International Business Strategy

BADM 8318

Strategic Human Resources Management: Policies and Practices

MGMT 8315

Entrepreneurship

MGMT 8343

Current Topics in Business

BADM 8322

International Study Tour

Graduate Certificates – all concentrations (Accounting/Finance, Healthcare and Management)

The requirements to receive a graduate certificate as a non-degree seeking student are:

  • Admission to the graduate certificate program (same as admission to the MBA program)
  • 15 hours consist of the core courses and three additional courses in the elective area. (All courses must be completed at OLLU, no course will be allowed to be transferred in for the certificate program.)
  • Prerequisite course work and all preparatory courses in basic business fields must be met

Master of Science in Accounting

Admission Application Requirements

30 semester hours

Regular Admission

  1. Completed application
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $25
  3. An earned baccalaureate degree in accounting from a regionally accredited institution or 30 credit hours in accounting
  4. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application.
  5. A grade point average of at least 2.50 for cumulative undergraduate work or 3.00 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work.
  6. A satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (An applicant who already holds a master’s degree is exempt from this requirement).
  7. Two references knowledgeable about the student's managerial and/or professional performance.
  8. A résumé highlighting managerial or professional work experience

International Students

An international student seeking admission into this program should refer to page 35 of this bulletin for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional acceptance is granted on the merits of each case. In some circumstances, applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted conditionally. If they fulfill the conditions listed in their letters of conditional acceptance within the specified period of time, they will receive regular admission. If conditional acceptance is given because of missing official credentials, the period of time to provide those documents will not extend beyond the first term of attendance.

Special Admission (Non-Degree Seeking)

If a student wishes to register only for course work and not for degree work, that student may be admitted as a special student. Such students must meet the foundation and prerequisite requirements for any course to be taken. Acceptance as a special student does not guarantee regular admission. The admission application requirements for special students are as follows:

  1. Application for admission
  2. Application fee of $25
  3. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application
  4. Detailed work history
  5. Two reference knowledgeable about the student's managerial and/or professional performance

No more than 12 semester hours earned as a special student may be applied toward a degree. If admission to the degree program is later applied for and received, credit earned as a special student will apply to the degree upon approval of the dean of the School of Business and Leadership. The student will be required to meet all of the remaining admissions requirements for degree-seeking students.

Transient Students

Occasionally, a master’s student from another institution may request permission to take one or two courses at OLLU to complete degree requirements at the home institution. Such students must meet the foundation and prerequisite requirements for any courses to be taken. An application for admission, the $25 application fee, a copy of their degree plan, a statement from their dean or graduate adviser stating which OLLU courses are authorized, and a letter of good standing verifying master’s status are required.

Admission Deadline

Deadline for submitting a completed application for the Master of Science in Accounting June 1 of each calendar year for Fall admission.

MS in Accounting consists of the following courses (30 semester hours):

ACCT 8310

Managerial Control Systems

ACCT 8315

Controllership or (Internship)

ACCT 8325

Professional Ethics for Accountant

ACCT 8330

Business Income Taxation

ACCT 8340

Governmental Accounting

ACCT 8350

Federal Tax Research

ACCT 8360

Advanced Business Combination

FINC or ECON

6 semester hours of Electives

MGMT

3 semester hours of Electives

Master of Science in Information Systems and Security (Online only)

30 semester hours

The Master of Science in Information Systems and Security is designed to prepare information technology professionals to assume executive technical management positions, such as Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, or Chief Security Officer. The Information Systems and Security degree includes Information Systems and Information Assurance. The Information Systems curriculum consists of an in-depth study of database management systems, systems analysis and design, telecommunications and networking, and information systems platforms from the perspective of systems management. The Information Assurance curriculum covers principles of information assurance (IA) and security, IA planning and management, IA assessment, and Internet security architectures.

The course requirements of the program include 15 hours of Information Systems courses and 15 hours in Information Assurance and Security.

The MS in Information Systems and Security is offered in an online format, but Computer Information Systems and Security faculty members are available for individual or group consultation with students throughout each academic term.

Admission Requirements:

For unconditional admission applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in a technical discipline
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 overall and a 3.2 in the major field of study
  • A satisfactory score on either the GRE or GMAT

Applicants not meeting the above requirements may be admitted conditionally on a case by case basis. The School of Business and Leadership reserves the right to limit the enrollment in the MS in Information Systems and Security program, therefore meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee immediate admission to the program.

Required Core Courses (15 semester hours):

CISS 8302

Database Management Systems

CISS 8303

Information Systems Development

CISS 8304

Telecommunications and Networking

CISS 8305

Information Systems Hardware and Software Platforms

CISS 8310

Special Topics in Information Systems

Required IASM courses (15 semester hours):

IASM 8302

Principles of Information Assurance and Security

IASM 8303

Information Assurance Planning and Management

IASM 8304

Information Assurance Assessment

IASM 8311

Special Topics in Information and Security

IASM 8312

Internet Security Architectures

Graduate Certificate: Information Assurance and Security

The requirements to receive a graduate certificate as a non-degree seeking student are:

  • Admission to the graduate certificate program (same as admission to the MS program)
  • 15 hours consist of (IASM 8301, IASM 8302, IASM 8303, IASM 8304, IASM 8310) (All courses must be completed at OLLU, no course will be allowed to be transferred in for the certificate program.)
  • Prerequisite course work and all preparatory courses in basic business fields must be met

Master of Science in Nonprofit Management (Online only)

Admission Application Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Completed application
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $25
  3. An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  4. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application
  5. A satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (An applicant who already holds a master’s degree is exempt from this requirement)
  6. Two letters of recommendation (forms supplied by the University) from persons knowledgeable about the student’s managerial and/or professional performance

International Students

An international student seeking admission into the masters program for a Master of Science should refer to page 35 of this bulletin for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional acceptance is granted on the merits of each case. In some circumstances, applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted conditionally. If they fulfill the conditions listed in their letters of conditional acceptance within the specified period of time, they will receive regular admission. If conditional acceptance is given because of missing official credentials, the period of time to provide those documents will not extend beyond the first term of attendance.

Special Admission (Non-Degree Seeking)

If a student wishes to register only for course work and not for degree work, that student may be admitted as a special student. Such students must meet the foundation and prerequisite requirements for any course to be taken. Acceptance as a special student does not guarantee regular admission. The admission application requirements for special students are as follows:

  1. Application for admission
  2. Application fee of $25
  3. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application
  4. Detailed work history
  5. Two letters of recommendation from employer or work supervisor

No more than 12 semester hours earned as a special student may be applied toward a degree. If admission to the degree program is later applied for and received, credit earned as a special student will apply to the degree upon approval of the Dean of the School of Business and Leadership. The student will be required to meet all of the remaining admissions requirements for degree seeking students.

Transient Students

Occasionally, a masters student from another institution may request permission to take one or two courses at OLLU to complete degree requirements at the home institution. Such students must meet the foundation and prerequisite requirements for any courses to be taken. An application for admission, the $25 application fee, a copy of their degree plan, a statement from their dean or graduate adviser stating which OLLU courses are authorized, and a letter of good standing verifying masters status are required.

Admission Deadline

Deadline for submitting a completed application for the Master of Science program is two weeks prior to the semester commencing.

Nonprofit Management (online only)

NPMT 8600

Leading and Managing Nonprofits

NPMT 8605

Marketing for Nonprofits

NPMT 8610

Finance and Accounting for Nonprofits

NPMT 8615

Operations and Administration of Nonprofits

NPMT 8620

The Legal Landscape of Nonprofits

NPMT 8625

Strategic Management for Nonprofits