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Master of Arts in Administration

The Master of Arts in Administration (MAA) degree programs at the University of the Incarnate Word are fully accredited under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) guidelines. The MAA program is unique among graduate programs in South Texas in that it provides participants with core competencies in administration as well as essential knowledge, skills and abilities in specific concentrations. The program curriculum is designed to develop ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize, and critically analyze complex organizational issues and who are able to persuasively communicate toward a course of action that is in the best interests of those they serve.

MAA Admission:

A.  Admission to the MAA program (Tier 1) will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission to graduate studies to include:

  1. Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0,
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, and
  3. A completed application.
  4. GRE not required for Tier I and II applicants.

B.  Alternate admission to the MAA program (Tier II) will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission noted above but who have a GPA of 2.50 but less than 3.0. Those granted Alternate Admissions will be assigned to Tier II, with specific courses to be taken at the beginning of the program, all of which must be completed with a “B” or better. GRE not required.

C.  Probationary Admission to the MAA program (Tier III) will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission noted above but who have a GPA of 2.00 but less than 2.5. Applicants with a GPA above 2.0 but less than 2.5 MUST achieve a combined score of verbal and quantitative score of 800 or higher and an analytical writing score of at least 3.5 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test or a 450 or higher on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) before they can be admitted into the MAA program. Those granted Probationary Admission will be assigned to Tier III, with specific courses to be taken at the beginning of the program, all of which must be completed with a “B” or better.

D.  As a general rule, applicants with an earned baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA less than 2.0 will not be admitted.

E.  For Tier II and III students, the first four courses to be taken are: Accounting Concepts and Issues (ADMN 6310), Management Concepts and Issues (ADMN 6360), Organizational Behavior and Learning (ORGD 6320), and Foundations of Organizational Research and Assessment (ORGD 6330). Any single course with a “C” grade may be retaken once. Upon completion of these courses, the student will be able to move to the next tier.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs at the University of the Incarnate Word are fully accredited under the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) guidelines. The program curriculum provides each student a broad understanding of how the elements and processes of business organizations relate to one another and to the external environment. Degree requirements are designed to develop proficiency and confidence in all of the functional areas of business. In addition to providing the technical skills required for an executive-level business position, the ethical considerations of business are emphasized. These programs are supported by experienced faculty with expertise in all functional areas of business.

MBA Admission:

A. Admission to the MBA programs (Tier I) will be granted to applicants satisfying the following:

1. All general requirements for admission to graduate studies, including:

Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0,
Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work,
An evaluation by the graduate program advisor, and
A completed application with a writing sample.

2. Common Professional Components (CPCs); an adequate foundation in:

Accounting I & II
Management Information Systems
Economics (Macro and Micro)
Statistics and Quantitative techniques
Finance
Global Environment
Marketing
Legal Environment
Management

A. Alternate Admission to the MBA programs (Tier II) will be granted to applicants satisfying the following:

1. All general requirements for admission to graduate studies, including:

Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 2.5-2.99,
Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work,
An evaluation by the graduate program advisor, and
A completed application with a writing sample.

2. Common Professional Components (CPCs); an adequate foundation in:

Accounting I & II
Management Information Systems
Economics (Macro and Micro)
Statistics and Quantitative techniques
Finance
Global Environment
Marketing
Legal Environment
Management

3. Those granted Alternate Admissions will be assigned to Tier II, with specific courses to be taken at the beginning of the program, all of which must be completed with a “B” or better.

Tier II
For the MBA program, the first four graduate level courses to be taken will be: Business Research and Analysis, Accounting, Economics, and Finance For students with an International Concentration, these courses are Business Research and Analysis, International Accounting, International Economics, and International Finance, and each course grade must be a “B” or better. Any single course with a “C” grade may be retaken once.

Upon completion of these courses, the student will be able to move to the next tier

Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (M.A.)

This program is designed for PK-12 teachers who want to continue in the classroom, while assuming leadership roles in their school and community. This program focuses on the “teacher as a leader” and empowers experienced master teachers to effect change and improve student learning. The concentration is appropriate for teachers who wish to advance their current work as teachers or assume master teacher roles as department heads, team leaders, curriculum leaders, instructional coaches or informal teacher leaders.

MA Admission:

A. Unconditional admission to the MEd program will be granted to applicants who satisfy all general requirements for admission to graduate studies to include:

1. Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 GPA scale,
2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work,
3. a combined verbal and quantitative score of 800 or higher and an analytical writing score of at least 3.5 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. Requirement waived for applicants who have been awarded masters/post-masters degrees, who were inducted into Delta Mu Delta or Alpha Chi Honors Societies, and for applicants who have taken and passed tests considered comparable to the GRE, e.g. GMAT, LSAT, CPA, etc., and
4. A completed application.

B. Conditional Admission may be granted to the MEd program if you have an overall undergraduate GPA of less than 2.5, and meeting all of the other requirements for unconditional admittance. You may be admitted with the understanding that you must achieve a minimum grade of "B" in each course completed through the first 12 hours of graduate study.

C. If you have not taken the GRE, you may be admitted with the understanding that you will satisfy the testing requirement during the first Fall or Spring semester of enrollment, as applicable.

For additional information regarding graduate admissions, email us your questions or call 1-877-827-2702.


 

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