UT Austin
Graduate Catalog
1999-2001



CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Graduate Study

CHAPTER 2
Admission and Registration

CHAPTER 3
Degree Requirements

CHAPTER 4
Fields of Study

CHAPTER 5
Members of Graduate Studies Committees

APPENDIX
Course Abbreviations
 

Chapter 4: Fields of Study

Business Administration


Degrees Offered

Master of Business Administration
Master in Professional Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy


Facilities for Graduate Work

Facilities for graduate study in business include state-of-the-art classrooms and seminar rooms, most of which are equipped with multimedia and computer terminal facilities. Computer classrooms, computer laboratories, a Financial Trading and Technology Center, and a behavioral science laboratory are also available. A variety of special collections and databases are available for research and study. In addition, there are extensive study and research facilities for individual and group projects.

Library holdings in business administration, economics, and related areas are unusually comprehensive; the library has several noteworthy collections, such as those on Latin America and Texas, that are of special interest to business administration students. Also available are a personalized reference service, an extensive tax collection, and a large selection of materials to aid in productive problem solving. These holdings are located in the Perry-Castaneda Library, which has fully computerized catalog and bibliographic services.

Other facilities of interest, especially to students of international business, include the Center for International Business Education and Research, the Benson Latin American Collection, the Institute of Latin American Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Asian Studies, and the Population Research Center. Additional opportunities for research are provided by the Bureau of Business Research, the C. Aubrey Smith Center for Auditing Education and Research, the Center for Energy Studies, the Bureau of Economic Geology, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Center for Research in Water Resources, the Center for the Study of Human Resources, IC2 Institute, the Center for Transportation Research, the Austin Technology Incubator, the Center for Customer Insight, and the Energy Finance Center.

The Graduate School of Business has its own computer network that links the school's laboratories and other computing resources. The network is also connected to the University's academic computer system.

The Office of the Graduate Business Dean provides information, counseling, and academic advising to Master of Business Administration (MBA) students. Inquiries about the MBA degree programs should be addressed to the Office of the Graduate Business Dean, Graduate School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1170. The Office of Professional Accounting Programs provides information, counseling, and academic advising to Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) students. Inquiries about the MPA degree program should be addressed to the Office of Professional Accounting Programs, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1172.


Areas of Study

Graduate study is offered in the following areas: financial accounting and reporting, auditing theory and methodology, computer application, management information systems, entrepreneurship, financing small business, general management, governmental and institutional accounting, industrial relations, insurance, international business, investments, management of technology, management of information systems, managerial accounting, marketing administration, monetary theory, operations management, operations research, organizational behavior, portfolio management, profit planning and control, management science, real estate and urban land development, regional resource management, tax analysis and planning, and urban affairs.


Degree Requirements
Master's degree programs in business administration are administered by the Graduate School of Business. Two programs are available: the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master in Professional Accounting (MPA). Both programs are designed to accommodate students with baccalaureate degrees in a wide variety of fields.

Master of Business Administration (Option I)

The objective of this program is to develop managers who are able to assume high-level responsibilities in the rapidly changing national and international environment of the public and private sectors. The curriculum is designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity; to develop analytical and research ability; and to give students the ability to make sound managerial decisions, to plan, organize, and control activities in order to achieve established goals, and to manage people, organizations, and change. Students are expected to acquire the concepts, tools, and understanding to operate in and contribute successfully to new economic environments. Such environments are characterized by rapid technological change, global competition, and information-rich or information-deficient management decisions. The program affords the student a wide range of choices to complete a course of advanced study that integrates developments, theory, and applications involved in the exercise of executive and staff administrative responsibilities.

The Option I program is a two-year, full-time program. Students enter the program in the fall and graduate at the end of the second spring semester. Fifteen hours of coursework are required each semester.

A total of sixty semester hours is required. Twenty-one semester hours are provided by the following required core courses: Business Administration 380N, 380S, 381T, 384T, 385T, 386T, and Management Information Systems 380N (Topic 1: Information Technology Management). Students must take all core courses in the first two semesters of the program.

During the first semester of the program, students are organized into cohorts of about sixty members. Within each cohort and in particular courses, students may be assigned to four- or five-person study groups to encourage group problem solving and teamwork and the development of leadership skills. Each cohort remains together for most first-semester required classes to share a common educational experience.

Thirty-nine semester hours of graduate electives are required; with the adviser's approval, nine hours may be taken outside the Graduate School of Business. The student may concentrate the elective coursework within a discipline, such as marketing, or may choose a specialization, such as consumer packaged goods marketing; each specialization consists of a sequence of courses that offers strong preparation for a particular career path. Students are not required to choose a concentration or specialization.

Upon admission to the program, the student must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $450 to indicate that he or she accepts the offer of admission. The deposit is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls. Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for assistance to cover the deposit. The deposit is also required of students admitted to the joint degree programs described below.

Further information about prerequisites, requirements, and concentrations is available from the Office of the Graduate Business Dean, via the World Wide Web at http://www.texasinfo.bus.utexas.edu/, and by e-mail from texasmba@bus.utexas.edu.

Master of Business Administration (Option II)

A carefully planned program of continuing training and education for executives is essential in today's dynamic business environment. The Option II MBA Program was created to provide this graduate business education for midlevel to senior managers while permitting them to continue their careers.

The Option II MBA Program is a two-year course-scheduling option with classes held on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. The program requires a serious commitment on the part of both the student and the student's employer. The coursework is rigorous and demanding; the result is an excellent management education experience.

Prospective students should have at least five years of experience in management, preferably in a middle-level or upper-level position. The average work experience of currently enrolled students exceeds ten years. A brochure describing the program is available from the Executive Education/Option II MBA Office. Information is also available via the World Wide Web at http://www.bus.utexas.edu /optionii/ and by e-mail from inquiry@optionii.bus.utexas.edu.

Master of Business Administration (Mexico City)

The Executive MBA in Mexico City is a two-year program offered jointly by the Graduate School of Business and the Mexico City campus of Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Graduates receive advanced business degrees from both institutions. Classes are taught in English and meet on alternate Fridays and Saturdays. The program also involves two one-week seminars in Austin.


Joint Degree Programs

The MBA (Option I) is offered jointly with degrees in Asian studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies; Latin American studies; Middle Eastern studies; communication; public affairs; law; manufacturing systems engineering; and nursing.

A student seeking admission to a joint degree program must apply through the Graduate and International Admissions Center. He or she must be accepted by each individual program in order to be admitted to the joint program. Like all other graduate applicants, the student is responsible for submitting any additional information required by the Graduate Studies Committee for each program. To enter the MBA/JD program, the student must apply for admission both to the Graduate and International Admissions Center and to the School of Law.

The Graduate School of Business also offers a program leading to both the Master of Business Administration and the Master in Professional Accounting. The student must complete at least seventy-two semester hours of coursework to earn both degrees; the taxation track within the MPA program may require additional hours.

Further information about prerequisites, requirements, and coursework for the MBA/MPA program and the following joint programs is available from the Office of the Graduate Business Dean or the Office of Professional Accounting Programs.

Each joint degree program described below is administered by faculty and staff members from the Graduate School of Business and from the cooperating program.

Master of Business Administration/Doctor of Jurisprudence

Through the Graduate School of Business and the School of Law, the University offers a joint degree program designed to train qualified law and business students for careers in either the business sector or the legal profession or both. Interaction between law and business is becoming more common and more complex, and graduates of the joint program may expect to be involved directly in this interaction. Students must complete at least 134 semester hours of coursework to earn the two degrees. The two degrees must be awarded in the same semester or summer session.

Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Affairs

The objective of the joint Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Affairs program is to provide students with a graduate education in functional areas of public affairs and business. A student must complete a combined total of at least seventy-five semester hours of graduate work in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Graduate School of Business. The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs may require additional background work relevant to the student's major.

Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts with a Major in the College of Communication

This joint program provides an educational background designed to develop leaders for an increasingly complex world. The program exposes students both to the abstract principles and issues involved in modern communication and business and to the realistic skills and techniques necessary for efficient and effective management. For the Master of Arts the student must major in advertising, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism, or radio-television-film. At least seventy-two semester hours of coursework are required to earn the two degrees. A department in the College of Communication may require additional hours of background work relevant to the student's major.

Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts with a Major in Latin American Studies

The objective of this joint program is to provide students with a graduate education that will prepare them for business positions involving Latin America. A student must complete a total of sixty-six to sixty-nine semester hours in the Graduate School of Business and the Language and Area Center for Latin American Studies. In addition, the Language and Area Center for Latin American Studies requires proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese.

Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts with a Major in Middle Eastern Studies

The objective of this joint program is to provide students with the skills and perspective necessary to work effectively in business, particularly in its application to the contemporary Middle East.

A student must complete a total of sixty-nine to seventy-five semester hours of coursework in the Graduate School of Business and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to the coursework, students in the program are required to demonstrate proficiency in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish equal to that shown by completion of two years of coursework.

Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts with a Major in Asian Studies

The objective of this joint program is to provide students with a graduate education that will prepare them for business positions involving Asia. A student must complete a total of sixty-six to sixty-nine semester hours in the Graduate School of Business and the Center for Asian Studies. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language (normally Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, or Malayalam) equal to the proficiency demonstrated by completion of three years of coursework.

Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts with a Major in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The objective of this joint program is to provide students with the skills and perspective necessary to work effectively in business, particularly in its application to contemporary Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Students must complete a total of sixty-nine semester hours of coursework in the Graduate School of Business and Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies, including a professional report. There is also a language proficiency requirement.

Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Engineering with a Major in Manufacturing Systems Engineering

The objective of this joint program is to offer an opportunity for a well-rounded professional education in the design and management of manufacturing technology. For the manufacturing engineer, this program offers the opportunity to understand the labor and management issues in the design of the manufacturing complex. For the manager of manufacturing, it offers the opportunity to develop an appreciation of world-class manufacturing technology.

A student must complete a total of at least seventy-two semester hours, including a report in the College of Engineering. Areas of specialization include design for manufacturing, manufacturing automation and assembly, advanced electronics packaging, integrated circuit manufacturing, and advanced materials manufacturing.

Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Nursing

The objective of this joint degree program is to prepare nurses with bachelor's degrees for leadership positions in the health care industry, particularly in hospital and community-based administration. Admission is open to students with undergraduate degrees in nursing.

The student must concentrate in nursing systems and must complete at least twenty-seven semester hours of graduate coursework in nursing. He or she must complete a total of at least seventy-two hours of coursework in the School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Business.


International Programs

Students interested in a Master of Business Administration degree program with an international focus may seek admission to one of the joint programs described above, or they may choose to study abroad. Students who are fluent in French, German, Spanish, or Portuguese may seek to earn both an MBA from the University and an advanced business degree from the Ecole de Management de Lyon in France, the Koblenz School of Corporate Management in Germany, the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey Campus) in Mexico, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile, the Escuela de Administracion de Negocios para Graduados in Peru, or the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Sao Paulo) in Brazil.

Through partnerships between the Graduate School of Business and outstanding business schools worldwide, the student may earn up to fifteen semester hours of credit toward the MBA in an English-language program abroad. Partner schools with programs in English include Australian Graduate School of Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Copenhagen Business School, Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Manchester Business School, Mcgill University, National University of Singapore, Norwegian School of Economics, Rotterdam School of Management, and Stockholm School of Economics.

In addition, foreign-language exchange programs are available with Ecole superieure de Commerce de Paris in France, Escuela de Administracion de Negocios para Graduados in Peru, Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas in Spain, Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Brazil, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion in Venezuela, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey campus) in Mexico, Kobe University in Japan, Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile, and University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.


Spanish Language Track

The Spanish language track is a three-course sequence designed to help students gain proficiency in Spanish. Each course in the sequence is tailored for business students: comprehension and communication skills are emphasized, and a business orientation is used throughout. The aim of the program is to give students the ability to communicate comfortably in normal business situations as well as an understanding of the economic structures and business practices and protocols of Spanish-speaking countries, particularly those in Latin America.

The first course in the sequence is a noncredit refresher course for students who have had fewer than two years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. This intensive five-week course is offered in the summer, just before the beginning of the fall semester, by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). Credit for this course does not appear on the student's University record, and it does not count toward his or her degree. The second course is International Business 395 (Topic: Business Spanish). It is offered in the fall semester and focuses on business vocabulary, common business situations, and business culture. To take this course, students must have completed the summer refresher course or must pass an oral interview. The final course in the sequence, offered in the spring semester, is International Business 395 (Topic: Business in Latin America). This business elective, taught in Spanish, addresses critical dimensions of the business environment in Latin America.

Additional information about the Spanish language track is available by e-mail from CIBER at ciber@bus.utexas.edu.


Master in Professional Accounting

The objective of this program is to provide the student with a sound foundation in the body of knowledge of business administration, broad exposure to the discipline of accounting, and the greater depth in accounting required to specialize and to enter the profession with the prospect of rapid career progress, high-level responsibility, and future leadership. The program is designed to provide outstanding students with the educational foundation for successful careers in public accounting, industry, consulting, not-for-profit organizations, and educational and financial institutions. The program is sufficiently flexible to accommodate students with bachelor's degrees in any field of study.

Upon admission to the program, the student must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $450 to indicate that he or she accepts the offer of admission. The deposit is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls. Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for assistance to cover the deposit. All fees and deposits are subject to change with appropriate approval. Students should consult General Information for the current amount of the enrollment deposit.

The accounting faculty has designed three concentrations within the MPA program: auditing/financial reporting, taxation, and managerial accounting/control. Each concentration is a sequence of courses that offers strong preparation for a particular career path. In addition, the student may choose a generalist curriculum. Further information about prerequisites, requirements, and concentrations is available from the director of the Master in Professional Accounting Program, Department of Accounting, CBA 4M.202, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1172. Information is also available via the World Wide Web at http://www.bus.utexas.edu/~accounting/mpa/ and by e-mail from texasmpa@bus.utexas.edu.


Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral programs in business administration are under the supervision of the dean of the Graduate School. Each program--accounting, finance, management, management science and information systems, and marketing administration--is under the authority of a Graduate Studies Committee. Information about each program is available from the graduate adviser.


For More Information

Campus address: Graduate School of Business Building (GSB) 2.104, phone (512) 471-7612, fax (512) 471-4131

Mailing address: Graduate School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1170

E-mail: For the MBA program: texasmba@bus.utexas.edu; for the MPA program: texasmpa@bus.utexas.edu

URL: http://texasinfo.bus.utexas.edu/



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Business administration courses: B A

Accounting
   Graduate Studies Committee
   Accounting courses: ACC

Finance
   Graduate Studies Committee
   Finance courses: FIN
   Real estate courses: R E

Management
   Graduate Studies Committee
   Management courses: MAN

Management Science and Information Systems
   Graduate Studies Committee
   Legal environment of business courses: LEB
   Management information systems courses: MIS
   Management science courses: MSC
   Risk management courses: R M
   Statistics courses: STA

Marketing Administration
   Graduate Studies Committee
   International business courses: I B
   Marketing courses: MKT

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Chapter 4 |  Chapter 5 |  Appendix


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