Graduate Catalog
Degree Programs

Master of Science
Business Administration

Dr. Stephen Jones
Associate Dean
Rothwell, Room 432
(479) 968-0673

The MSBA program provides a graduate business alternative for students whose undergraduate preparation was a field outside of business administration. Students who wish to develop administrative skills for their chosen career but who are not interested in completing a Master of Business Administration degree can opt for this program instead. These students would be required, for an MBA, to complete six of this program’s courses as leveling work prior to matriculation of the actual MBA coursework. The six courses comprising the MSBA replicate much of what is taught in the undergraduate business core, and the addition of three administrative electives and a graduate capstone course provide a basic graduate education in the field of business. Non-business departments may also provide a group of graduate-level administrative electives for the student to bolster the student’s career-specific education.

This program may be completed online.

This program will no longer accept new applicants beyond the fall 2014 semester.

Unconditional Admission

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree program in Business Administration if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for Graduate College.
  2. Applicants must have completed BUAD 2003 (Business Information Systems) or its equivalent with a "C" or better.
  3. Applicants must have completed BUAD 2053 (Business Statistics) or its equivalent with a "C" or better.

In addition, applicants must submit admission materials no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester as a priority admission date. Applicants submitting after the priority deadline will be considered if space is still available in MSBA graduate classes.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who fail to meet the grade point requirement specified for admission may be admitted conditionally to enroll for a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours. If a student was admitted conditionally based on grade point average, the condition will be met if upon completion of twelve (12) semester hours, a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better is achieved.

An applicant who satisfies the grade point requirement at an unaccredited college may also be granted conditional admission. In some instances, transcripts may be judged to be deficient and the student may be required to complete up to thirty (30) undergraduate hours in addition to graduate credits required for the degree. If a cumulative 3.00 grade point average is achieved at the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours, the student will be granted unconditional admission.

Applicants who do not meet the BUAD 2003 and/or BUAD 2053 prerequisite course requirement(s) may be conditionally admitted to enroll in select graduate classes while taking one or both prerequisite classes the first semester of the program or successfully completing a skills assessment exam.

Degree Requirements

  1. The completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work including the following courses:

    ACCT 6003 Principles of Business Accounting
    BLAW 6003 Business Law & Ethics
    ECON 6003 Survey of Economics
    FIN 6003 Financial Decision Making
    MGMT 6083 Business Policy
    MGMT 5203 Project Management
    MGMT 6003 Survey of Management and Organizational Behavior
    MKT 6003 Marketing Strategy and Research
    5000-Level Electives (6 hours)

    *5000-Level Electives: Any ACCT, BLAW, BUAD, ECON, FIN, MGMT, or MKT course at the 5000 level.

  2. A cumulative grade point average of a 3.00 or better must be achieved in all graduate work attempted at Arkansas Tech University, with a maximum of six (6) hours of "C" grades. A student receiving more than six (6) hours of "C" or grades lower than "C" should refer to the section of the catalog on Academic Probation and Dismissal.
  3. A minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate course work completed at Arkansas Tech University.
  4. Completion of all degree requirements within six (6) years from the time of unconditional or conditional admission into the program.


Graduate students admitted unconditionally must apply for candidacy to the selected degree program upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. Students admitted conditionally cannot apply for candidacy until all conditions assigned at the time of admission to graduate study have been removed.

Upon the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours, a hold will be placed on the students' record until a candidacy form has been approved by the Graduate Dean. Failure to apply for candidacy will result in the hold remaining on the students' record, and an inability to register for subsequent coursework. 

Students who have filed a candidacy form but do not enroll or receive graduate credit for one (1) academic year must submit a new candidacy form upon being readmitted into the same graduate program.  If admitted into a different academic program, students are not required to submit a new candidacy form until twelve (12) graduate credits have been accumulated within the new program.

Application for Graduation

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must file an Application for Graduation online or at the Registrar's Office.  Students must apply for graduation upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours.

Special Conditions of Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit Taken Prior to Admission to Arkansas Tech University

A maximum of six (6) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the student's major department and the Graduate College Dean. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Graduate College Dean. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit.

Graduate Credit Taken After Admission to Arkansas Tech University

If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must (in advance of enrollment) obtain written approval from the program director and the Graduate College Dean.