Welcome to Rawls MBA Program
The Rawls MBA Program allows qualified students to customize the curriculum to their own interests and goals. Our current rolling admission policy allows enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students have the option to obtain a general MBA degree or concentrate in a specialized area of business. This grants students the flexibility to tailor programs to meet their specific needs, whether in information technology, entrepreneurship, or consulting.
A qualified student with a bachelor’s degree, regardless of the discipline, may complete the full 48-hour program in 16 months as a full time student or in about three years on a part-time basis. We will accept transfer of up to six hours of graduate coursework from an accredited university with the permission of the MBA Program Coordinator.
The MBA program consists of 36 hours of general business courses, 3 hours of out-of-class experience and 9 hours of electives. Students may choose to take electives in the following specific areas for a concentration to be recognized: Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Health Organization Management, Management & Leadership Skills, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate and Business Statistics. Students may request permission from the MBA Program Coordinator to take graduate level electives outside the Rawls College. We also have a number of joint degrees to enable you to broaden your graduate studies while at Texas Tech.
Graduate education in business prepares students for a wide variety of career options. Our state-of-the-art curriculum blends knowledge based on sound theory and research with a healthy mixture of hands-on learning. Students develop an array of both conceptual and analytical tools, allowing them to synthesize a comprehensive approach to problem solving. They acquire advanced and effective computer skills, as well as technical and quantitative knowledge that will enhance their marketability for a rewarding career in management.
Our pedagogy consists of presentations, class discussions, case studies, and teamwork, which are essential ingredients of classroom learning. Students examine business successes and failures, and analyze complex issues such as the impact of competing interests on an organization. You will be challenged to address ethical questions and make responsible judgments as you learn to drive results through an organization.
Our practical approach to classroom activities will combine your abilities with others in team projects and presentations. You will have hands-on experience in both internal conflict management and global competition.
As with most academic programs the MBA program in the Rawls College of Business consists primarily of course work. Course work is where students learn the basic business subjects such as accounting, finance, marketing, management, statistics and information technology. However, in addition to skills students learn during their course work, there are other key skills that are necessary to ensure that an MBA graduate will be fully prepared for the course work, and prepared to have a successful and meaningful career. In order to provide our students with these skills, the Rawls College of Business is joining many of the top business schools in the nation by requiring that our students participate in a cutting edge MBA enhancement program that provides learning experiences and guidance aimed at providing our students with the best possible career advantage.
In order to successfully complete the enhancement program all MBA students (except for those who qualify for waivers as indicated) are required to successfully complete 20 units of program enhancements. Of these 20 units, 10 are required units that are offered as part of the MBA Orientation required of all new students. The other 10 units are electives that may be selected from a short list of workshops offered during the remainder of the MBA program. Students in select dual degree professional programs (eg. JD, MD, PharmD, MArch) are exempt from the 10 elective units.
MBA Program Enhancements Events
Required Orientation Enhancement Events
Iliad Assessment (1 unit): A fee for this Iliad Assessment will be included in the course fee for BA 5199, the capstone course. This is a standardized exam of your management skills.
Communication and Presentation Skills (1 unit): These skills are described by experts.
Communication and Presentation Role Playing Skills (1 unit): Small groups practice these skills.
Economics Boot Camp (1/2 unit): This is a prerequisite or corequisite for MKT 5360. Students with 12 hours of undergraduate economics may waive this unit.
How to Succeed in Ethical Thinking (1/2 unit): This is a recommended prerequisite for MGT 5372.
Interviewing Skills (1 unit): For interviewers and interviewees, this workshop also includes information about the opportunities offered by the University Career Services and by the Rawls College Career Management Center.
Career Portfolio Management (1/2 unit): Professionals need to consider maintaining a portfolio.
Team Building Exercise (1/2 unit): Many projects in class and on the job require a team.
Excel Boot Camp (1 unit): This is a prerequisite for FIN 5219 and FIN 5320. This workshop levels the playing field.
Accounting Boot Camp (3 units): This is a prerequisite for ACCT 5301. Successful completion of these units replaces the catalog prerequisite for this course. Students with an A or B in an undergraduate accounting course may waive these units.