An MBA with a Mission

Are you looking for career acceleration, career development, or career changeover? The MBA program at MSU Texas enables you to achieve any of your career aspirations.  Our MBA program is a valuable and necessary supplement for many with undergraduate degrees in both business and non-business disciplines.  At the MBA level, students begin applying real-world examples, both in the form of case studies and hands-on applications. This educational experience becomes one of real-life applications and relevant to your career aspirations.

The Dillard College of Business Administration (DCOBA) is committed to providing leadership as the region's center of excellence in business education and service.  We are achieving this vision through our high-quality MBA program and the economic development services provided by our centers, such as Small Business Development Center, Dillard Energy Center, Bureau of Business and Government Research, Center for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Mamie Raborn Center for Economic Education, Munir Abdul Lalani Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.

I am delighted to hear of your interest in our MBA Program. Our MBA is a 33-hour, non-thesis, AACSB accredited program. The program is generally completed in one to two years, depending upon the pace selected by students.

Your future starts here.  I look forward to walking with you on your new and exciting journey! 

Sincerely,

Dr. Thuy Nguyen
Thuy D. Nguyen, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
MBA Director
thuy.nguyen@msutexas.edu

 


DCOBA MBA Mission Statement

The Dillard College of Business Administration Master of Business Administration prepares individuals for professional career opportunities in today's dynamic, challenging, and complex world of global business. The MBA program equips its graduates with the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to achieve their professional business goals and objectives. The MBA degree is especially valuable for individuals who want to advance their careers through leadership opportunities within a broad range of organizations.

To attain its mission, the graduate faculty within the Dillard College of Business Administration believes that the MBA Program must lead to the achievement of the following objectives. Each graduate student will:

  1. Exhibit the characteristics of leadership
  2. Be able to conduct themselves professionally in global environments
  3. Produce creative responses to business situations
  4. Integrate knowledge across business disciplines
  5. Communicate at a professional level

DCOBA MBA is a thirty-three hour (twenty-four hours for required courses and nine hours for electives), a non-thesis program that is generally completed in one to two years. The required courses include cost analysis, applied statistics, managerial economics, finance, I.T. management, organizational behavior, marketing, and a capstone course in business strategy.

Is Your MBA Important?

Approximately 1.6% of MBA graduates, who have less than one year of work experience, earn an average salary of $52,872.  Twenty-two percent of MBA graduates, who have one to four years of work experience, have an average salary of $60,779. Additionally, 32.9% of MBA graduates, who have 10 to 19 years of experience, make more than $100,283 per year. (Source: Investopedia.com, by David Joseph Hoppock, 2019).

Your MBA puts you ahead!  MBA graduates earn invaluable professional experience. During your MBA, you will not only review and study business theories and practices but will learn how to recognize and investigate today's real-world opportunities and threats. Further, you will identify creative and viable actions to capitalize on today's world conditions. Students use case studies, take part in industry applications, and learn from business professionals. These in-course experiences will easily translate to years of experience, which can lead to organizational success and rapid career advancement.  

Why DCOBA MBA?

DCOBA MBA is nationally and internationally accredited

DCOBA is accredited by the Association of Advance College Schools of Business, International (AACSB, International). AACSB ensures the highest quality standard in business education to prepare the next generation of business leaders. Only one-in-three business schools in the U.S. and one-in-twenty international schools have AACSB accreditation. The accreditation has only been granted to twenty-eight colleges in Texas. The national business accreditation has several benefits to MBA students:

  1. Each student will receive a professional education in business administration, which is relevant and of high quality.
  2. The programs of business education at MSU Texas are fundamentally similar to those received at other accredited institutions in the United States.
  3. When recruiting and hiring business students, companies look favorably on graduates from accredited business programs.

DCOBA MBA is affordable

DCOBA MBA has the second-lowest-cost in Texas. Total in-state tuition and fees for your MBA are projected to be $13,838 and out-of-state tuition and fees are projected to be $16,000! Fee & Rate Chart  A degree earned completely online costs around $13,838. DCOBA program is one of the most affordable MBAs in the nation. For more information on tuition and fee calculation, please see the University's Tuition and Fee Calculator. If you are an F-1 visa student, see your itemized cost estimate.

Graduate assistant positions are available to many students. MSU Texas has a number of graduate merit scholarships, graduate assistantships, and competitive waivers. All of which are awarded on a competitive basis. International students and/or out-of-state students that are granted a competitive waiver pay in-state tuition.


DCOBA MBA is flexible

You can choose whether to take classes face-to-face, online or a mixture of each. The eight-core classes are offered twice annually. This flexibility allows you to complete the MBA on YOUR schedule in the format that best suits your learning needs. It also gives you the peace of mind to know that if life presents opportunities or challenges, you can typically finish your degree online without losing any credits.

It's your choice how you want to take the classes. Many classes are offered using a hybrid or flipped classroom format, and more elective courses are coming online. Students can complete their MBA without stepping on campus. This is a great option for those who may be transferred or reassigned at some point in their graduate program. No hours will be lost!

We know that MBA students require flexibility—to that end we hold our classes in the evening and offer online and hybrid alternatives to maintain flexible scheduling to accommodate the various needs of our students.


DCOBA MBA is geographically advantageous

DCOBA is the only AACSB accredited program in a one hundred mile radius, giving the university a geographical advantage for all the surrounding rural areas. Midwestern State University is located less than a two-hour ride from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Oklahoma City.  A number of state highways and a regional airport provide accessibility to the campus, which is nestled in a beautiful residential area of Wichita Falls.


DCOBA MBA has the right people

The Graduate Faculty of the Dillard College is among the very best. Graduate faculty are all doctoral qualified from schools such as Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, the University of Washington, the University of Houston, Pennsylvania State University, Georgia State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Kennesaw State University. The Graduate faculty have decades of industry experience from IBM, Johnson Controls, Procter & Gamble, Exxon/Mobile, Gulf, United States Air Force, U.S. Department of Commerce Small Business Development Centers, General Motors, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, and Saint-Gobain Vetrotex.


DCOBA MBA offers financial assistance

The Graduate School has graduate merit scholarships and graduate assistantships. Both are awarded on a competitive basis. International students and out-of-state students may be granted waivers and pay in-state tuition. We have scholarships available for military personnel as well.


DCOBA MBA Alumni are successful!

Lacy Morgan
"MSU Texas offers the perfect balance between a close interactive college environment and all the excitements of a larger university. MSU Texas offers great value: the benefits that MSU Texas offers far outweigh the costs associated with it. MBA classes are generally small, and most of the same students move through the courses together. This is a great opportunity to really get to know your classmates. During my first semester in the MBA program, I was assigned to a group of 3 other students, and we've become best friends and great study-buddies from then on!"

Richard Whatcott
"The curriculum is competitive with that of any larger schools, and the facilities are exceptional. These offerings, coupled with an attractive price and committed faculty, made it a clear decision."

Capt. Will Vaughn
"Being on a three-year controlled Air Force tour at Sheppard, this assignment afforded a perfect opportunity for me to earn a master's prior to having to move again.  With a number of options available, primarily in the form of online programs, I was attracted to MSU Texas by the brick-and-mortar classroom environment that I desired, and, most notably, the strong recommendation of another Air Force officer who earned his MBA at MSU Texas.  A low student/teacher ratio means a very personal and interactive classroom environment. A very nice Dillard COBA facility.  Enough flexibility to allow for military duties (e.g., night flying, cross-country flying) but still accomplish all degree requirements."


DCOBA MBA Infrastructure is Advanced 

The Dillard College is located in a beautiful, 88,000-square-foot facility that opened in August 2006.  The investment of $1.5 million in state-of-the-art instructional technology positions the college on the leading edge in preparing students for career success and mobility. 

The Dillard College faculty is first and foremost committed to excellence in teaching.  We maintain small classrooms and seminars where faculty gets to know their students and provide them with the personal attention that assures a quality educational experience.  The Dillard College MBA program has a small, private college feel in a regional university setting. 

What If You Don't Have a Business Degree?

Your non-business degree is not an obstacle! A six-hour online leveling course (BUAD 5006) covers the necessary professional business core concepts. The course is offered online every semester.

What about Prerequisites?

Applicants with undergraduate business degrees in most cases have already completed the required common business knowledge core. Therefore, the prerequisites will not be necessary.

Applicants with undergraduate non-business degrees are required to take a six-hour credit leveling course, BUAD 5006. This course provides a condensed version of the business foundation.  Students are required to take this course in their first semester attending DCOBA MBA.

Specialized in Three Concentrations

Accounting

We offer an Accounting concentration (designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in accounting). The MBA with an Accounting concentration prepares graduates for a broad range of career options and advancement opportunities as well as provides them with the optimal required 150-hour educational preparation for the CPA Exam. The popularity of the MBA degree indicates that new Accounting professionals will receive the highest respect from other businesses.

Business Analytics

Business Analytics provides students the depth of analytics expertise and broad business applications to tell the stories, identify opportunities and threats, and solve business problems by using data. Students will learn from an intensive curriculum across a range of business functions and explore the latest technology and methods of transforming and translating data into meaningful information to make decisions.

Energy Management 

We offer an Energy Management (Oil & Gas) concentration (available to all MBA students regardless of their undergraduate degree/major). In this program, you will learn the worldwide dynamics of supply and demand that drive the price of energy. You will also learn how the oil and gas industry works, the critical processes of finding, drilling for and producing oil and gas, how to evaluate whether or not to drill a well, and how to raise funds needed to discover and drill. The Energy Management Concentration courses are Energy Management, Energy Accounting and Law, and Energy Industry Finance. To learn more, read about Energy Management Concentration.

How to Apply?

Application Requirements

If you have decided it is time to apply, then please submit your application.  To be considered for admission to the MBA Program, students must provide the information listed below to the Dr. Billie Doris McAda Graduate School.

  1. A bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A completed application form
  3. Official transcripts of all previous college course work (including verification of an earned bachelor's degree)
  4. An official score on either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  5. International students (from countries where English is not the native language) must provide the documents listed above as well as an official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS, ITEP, or PTE to the Office of International Services.

Once your application is fully submitted, you will be promptly notified of the committee's decision on your application. Assuming you are admitted, I will serve as your academic advisor, and we will work together to plan your course of study to ensure your successful completion of the program.

GMAT/GRE waiver

Members of Beta Gamma Sigma and/or individuals that have a prior graduate or terminal (e.g., M.D., J.D., Ph.D.) degree are exempted from the GMAT requirement.

GMAT / GRE may be waived by the MBA Coordinator with conditional admission for applicants who satisfies any of the following conditions: 

  1. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 from U.S. post‐secondary institutions
  2. Minimum major GPA of 3.5 from U.S. post‐secondary institutions
  3. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 from at least 9 hours of graduate-level course work from U.S. post‐secondary Institutions
  4. A quantitatively oriented professional certification
  5. Other standardized test scores demonstrating a comparable quantitative ability
  6. Significant professional work experiences

GMAT / GRE waived exceptions are made on a case‐by‐case basis by the MBA coordinator.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application. Feel free to contact us at graduateschool@msutexas.edu or at 940-397-4625.

Admission

We offer two types of admission:

Unconditional Admission: Student is not required to satisfy any conditions.

Conditional Admission: The student is required to achieve an accumulated GPA of 3.0 for the first 12 graduate credit hours.

Meet Your Cohort

International Students

If you are an international student with unique questions, please direct your questions to the Office of International Services at 940-397-4344 or email globalscholars@msutexas.edu.

English Language Proficiency

Official TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP or PTE scores must be sent directly to Office of International Services (where required). Midwestern State University score reporting number is 6408.

The minimum acceptable scores are:

Test Score Table
TOEFL 79
IELTS 6.0
ITEP 4.0
PTE 53

GRE/GMAT

Official GRE or GMAT (GMAT for MBA students only) scores must be sent directly to MSU Texas Admissions. However, the university currently suspends the GRE and GMAT requirements for MBA students.