MBA at Texas A&M-Kingsville revamped to provide quality, convenient program

KINGSVILLE - June 15, 2015

Contact: Julie Navejar
Email: julie.navejar@tamuk.edu
or Phone: 361-593-2590


The College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has revamped their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program to provide a more relevant,  convenient and affordable program for managers to compete in today’s global marketplace.

The new program will begin with the fall 2015 semester and include 21 hours of required courses and nine elective hours. No thesis is required in this program, but a capstone course is part of the curriculum. The deadline to apply for this fall is July 15.

Dr. Natalya Delcoure, Dean of the College of Business Administration, said several stakeholders, including the advisory board, employers, students and alumni were asked for feedback on the previous program. 

“They didn’t think students were getting everything they needed from that program. It didn’t give them all the knowledge they needed to have. It is a holistic process that any kind of program goes through if we are providing educational opportunities to students. 

“It was a reality check for us. We wanted to identify the key skill set graduates need to have. Then faculty went back to the drawing board to pinpoint what needed to be in the program and put the curriculum in place,” she said. 

The college’s constituents determined that MBA graduates should possess a deep understanding of global complexities; think of innovative solutions to complex problems; recognize ethical dilemmas that pervade business situations; and become leaders of tomorrow who can jump across boundaries and disciplines and analyze cultural and global differences.

To attain this, Delcoure said, the revised program has four main themes, including language of management; management analytics; managing teams and leadership; and strategic thinking. The seven core courses were built around these themes, while the electives include human resource management; logistics and supply chain management; negotiation strategies; and critical thinking skills. Students also may specialize in health care management.

Part of the new program includes a new format for classes. All classes are still online, but they will be taught in eight-week modules. Based on taking two module classes every eight-week session, a student should be able to complete the program in 12 months, provided all the foundation courses have already been taken.

There are currently 78 students in the MBA program and enrollment is up four percent from spring 2014 to spring 2015. Applications for the fall 2015 cohort also are up.

For more information on the program, call Kim London at 361-593-2501 or email her at kim.london@tamuk.edu or MBA@tamuk.edu. Visit the website at www.tamuk.edu/cba/mba.

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