Nov 13, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, MBA

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Admission Procedures

Before being admitted to a master’s program in the School of Business, the applicant must meet the minimum requirements for admission to graduate studies as administered by the Office of Graduate Admissions.

  1. Obtain admission to the university by submitting the following to the UNT Dallas Office of Graduate Admissions:
    1. Graduate School Application for Admission (apply online at
    2. Complete official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  2. Obtain admission to the MBA program by submitting the following additional admissions materials to the School of Business.  Students seeking on-time registration need to submit a completed application packet by July 15 (Fall admission) or November 15 (Spring admission).
    1. Essay - please share with the admissions committee any unique events, life experiences, and qualifications that you feel distinguish your candidacy and will add value to the class
    2. Resume (work/academic experience)

Admission Standards

The School of Business determines admission and assesses background courses that may be required.  In the determination of an applicant’s eligibility for admission to the MBA degree, the following measures are of critical importance in determining the ability to succeed in the program.

  • A GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale) in the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework leading to an undergraduate degree that was completed at a regionally accredited college or university or the foreign equivalent
  • A GMAT score of 400 or better or a comparable GRE score (scores more than five years old at the time of application for admission will not be considered)
  • Four (4) or more years of relevant professional, managerial, or military experience
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.4 (4.0 scale) or better on minimum of 12 graduate level courses completed at a regionally accredited college or university or the foreign equivalent
  • An earned master’s, doctoral or professional degree in any discipline earned at a regionally accredited college or university or the foreign equivalent

Unconditional Admission

Applicants who have earned a graduate/professional degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university or the foreign equivalent and are in good academic standing with that institution are granted automatic Unconditional Admission.  Applicants who do not already hold an earned graduate/professional degree must satisfy at least 2 of the measures of ability to succeed.  With Unconditional Admission, students who are in good academic standing with the University are allowed to take courses in any order, assuming all prerequisites have been met.

                Conditional Admission

Applicants who meet at least one of the measures of ability to succeed can be granted under the Conditional Admission status.  Conditionally admitted students must take a minimum of 9 credit hours of core and/or elective coursework earning a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.  Students meeting the terms of the conditional admission are then granted a Full Admission status.

Denied Admission

Applicants who do not meet any of the measures of ability to succeed and whose complete file shows that certain criteria needs improvement will likely be denied admission.  All applicant data will be considered before an admission denial is made.

Graduate Non-degree Status

Students admitted under the graduate non-degree (GNDE) classification may take up to twelve hours of 5000-level business courses prior to admission in the MBA program. The 12 hours chosen may consist of the background courses or the 36 hours required of the MBA degree.  Students admitted in this status must have met university minimum admission criteria. 

UNT Dallas requires a minimum of 2.8 overall GPA or a 3.0 for the last 60 hours GPA from the student’s undergraduate degree. Applicants who have already completed a master’s degree must have at least at 3.4 GPA on the master’s or meet the undergraduate GPA standards.

Academic Standards

  • The MBA program requires that a student maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) or better.
  • The MBA Admissions Committee will recommend dismissal of a student from the master’s program if the student receives two course grades below C (for purposes of this rule, the lowest grade received in a course is used).
  • Master’s students may not graduate with more than two C’s in their program requirements, although a course may be repeated to raise a grade of C or less.
  • Master’s students whose academic performance falls below a cumulative 3.0 GPA on all graduate work attempted will be notified by the Office of Graduate Admissions that they have been placed on academic probation.
  • Students will remain on probation and be allowed to re-enroll for a subsequent term/semester as long as they achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA on all graduate work attempted during the term/semester even if their overall graduate GPA remains under 3.0.
  • Students on probation who fail to make a 3.0 GPA in graduate work attempted during a term/semester (fall, spring or summer) will be notified by the Office of Graduate Admissions that they have been placed on academic suspension for one term/semester (fall, spring or summer) during which the student may not enroll at UNT Dallas.
  • Probationary students who have previously been placed on suspension will be notified by the Office of Graduate Admissions that they have been terminated from the program should they fail to make a 3.0 GPA on all graduate work attempted during an academic term/semester (fall, spring or summer).
  • Course work taken at another university by a student on suspension cannot be applied toward the degree program.

Background Courses:

Background Courses are required for students who do not have the appropriate undergraduate business courses.

ACCT 5020 - Accumulation and Analysis of Accounting Data  (3.0 hrs.)
UNTD Undergraduate Equivalent: ACCT 2010 - Accounting Principles I (Financial Accounting)  and ACCT 2020 - Accounting Principles II (Managerial Accounting)  

BLAW 5050 - Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Environment of Business  (1.5 hrs.)
UNTD Undergraduate Equivalent: BLAW 2300 - Legal and Ethical Environment of Business  

DSCI 5010 - Statistical Analysis  (1.5 hrs.)
UNTD Undergraduate Equivalent: DSCI 3710 - Business Statistics with Spreadsheets  

ECON 5000 - Economic Concepts  (3 hrs.)
UNTD Undergraduate Equivalent: ECON 1100 - Principles of Microeconomics  and ECON 1110 - Principles of Macroeconomics  

FINA 5040 - Introduction to Finance and Financial Mathematics  (1.5 hrs.)
UNTD Undergraduate Equivalent: FINA 3770 - Finance  

MGMT 5070 - Management Issues  (1.5 hrs.)
UNTD Undergraduate Equivalent: MGMT 3830 - Operations Management  

Business Core:

ACCT 5130 - Accounting for Management  or ACCT 5110 - Fundamentals of Accounting Research  *

ECON 5140 - Managerial Economics  

FINA 5170 - Financial Management  

MGMT 5870 - Leadership Research and Development  

MKTG 5150 - Marketing Management  

BUSI 5190 - Administrative Strategy  (Must be taken final semester)

*For Accounting concentration, must take ACCT 5110

Concentration and Elective Courses:

Concentration and elective courses vary according to choice of concentration, if applicable.

MBA without concentration 

Select 4 courses:

MBA with Accounting concentration

MBA with Human Resources and Organizational Behavior concentration

Select MGMT 5140 and 3 electives:

MBA with Strategic Management concentration

Select 4 courses:

Please note that most courses in the rotation are offered once per year. 

If the graduate-level background course is not available in any given term, you can take the Undergraduate equivalent at UNT Dallas or at a community college. You can also take the equivalent CLEP exam or an academic-leveling course(s) through Peregrine Academic Services. See the Graduate Recruitment Coordinator regarding these options. 

Courses are offered in an 8-week hybrid format during the fall and spring terms and in 8-week online format during the summer. Morning classes are from 9:00 AM - 11:50 AM; afternoon classes are from 1:00 PM - 3:50 PM.

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