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  • General Graduate Business Questions (applicable to all McCoy graduate business programs)

  • Questions about the McCoy MBA Programs

    • We regularly host both in-person and online MBA information sessions at the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses, and also online via Zoom. Information on upcoming information session dates can be found on our events page. You may also contact Matt Painter, MBA Program Director, at 512.245.3591 or mpainter@txstate.edu. He has office hours every week at both campuses and is available to answer questions about the MBA programs.

    • Assuming that an MBA student takes six hours per semester, a Texas resident can complete the 36-hour MBA program for approximately $22,000 excluding books and incidental expenses. Details on the cost of McCoy graduate program can be viewed here.

    • Yes! Each year a faculty-led study abroad experience is available to both Flex and Cohort students. Prior destinations include Santiago, Chile; Lima, Peru; Estonia; and Finland. This international experience provides elective course credit for MBA students. Both the Flex and the Cohort trip are approximately 8 days long and are structured so that you can prolong the trip for personal travel after the official trip has concluded.

    • The McCoy Full-Time Cohort MBA spans 16 months. This expedited format adheres to a preset schedule and cannot be altered.

      The McCoy Flex MBA can also be completed in as few as 16 months, although the average completion time is approximately 24 months (and can be longer if needed).

    • The McCoy Full-Time Cohort MBA program is offered exclusively at the San Marcos Campus.

      The McCoy Flex MBA program is offered both at the San Marcos Campus and at the Round Rock Campus. Classes in both locations are taught by the same qualified graduate faculty, and students may take courses at either or both locations.

    • The McCoy Full-Time Cohort MBA program is 36 credit hours.

      Students within the McCoy Flex MBA program may choose either the 36-hour General MBA or a 39-hour option which allows for an optional area of emphasis.

    • Yes, but with several limitations. Any graduate courses you have taken resulting in a completed graduate degree cannot be applied to the MBA degree requirements. In other words, we cannot double-count courses. Any potential transfer credit must have been earned at an AACSB-accredited institution within the past six (6) years, and you must have completed the course(s) with a grade of B or better.

      A maximum of six (6) transfer credit hours (2 courses) can be requested to apply to your MBA degree requirements. Transfer credits cannot be applied to or substitute for any of our MBA core courses; transfer credits can only be applied to elective course requirements.

    • Full-time Cohort MBA students take 10 or 13 hours in the long (fall and spring) semesters and 3 credit hours in the summer.

      Students in the Flex MBA program can take 1-13 credit hours in the long (fall and spring) semesters and 1-7 hours in the summer. The majority of Flex MBA students are working professionals and we know from experience that a manageable course load for working students is 6-7 hours in the fall, 6-7 hours in the spring and 3-7 hours in the summer.

    • Full-Time Cohort students do not have the option for an area of emphasis or concentration.

      Flex MBA students usually choose the general MBA which provides the most elective course options. In addition to the general MBA we currently offer concentrations in Computer Information Systems, International Business, Engineering Technology, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, and Health Administration.

    • If you are pursuing a general MBA within the flex program you may take up to six credit hours of elective courses outside of the McCoy College of Business if the courses are business-oriented and have been pre-approved by the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs before you register. Students enrolled in the Full-Time Cohort program or in the Flex MBA program with an area of emphasis are required to take electives specified for their degree plan.

    • Full-Time Cohort students will be provided a course schedule at orientation.

      Flex MBA students are encouraged to request a meeting with your academic advisor, Mrs. Brittany Naylor, to plan out your class schedule. There are many variables within the Flex MBA program and Mrs. Naylor is happy to review these options with you to determine the best plan to meet your goals.

    • You may declare an emphasis (or change your current one) after enrollment, but it is best to decide this fairly early in the program. This ensures that you can complete the required classes without delaying your graduation date.

  • Questions about the MAcy and MSAIT Programs

    • The MAcy program is designed to prepare students to be CPA eligible and enter the accounting profession. The MSAIT is designed to provide opportunities for students who may or may not want to be CPA eligible, those that want more than just accounting, and individuals looking for increased knowledge in the area of information technology, creating a distictive difference when looking for employment.

    • Anyone interested in a career that combines accounting and technology are prime candidates for the MSAIT. Accounting graduates who are interested in accounting but not interested in getting their CPA and business graduates that want to differentiate themselves by learning more about accounting and technology would be good candidates for the program.

    • Job opportunities for MSAIT graduates cover both accounting and technology fields. Depending on the choice of electives, an MSAIT graduate can look forward to opportunities in accounting firms and businesses looking for someone with technology skills and additional accounting knowledge. Potential jobs include internal auditing, IT auditing, security, risk management, and compliance.

    • Leveling courses allow student without a business background, or students with a business background but little accounting coursework, to meet the prerequisites for graduate level accounting and business courses. Leveling courses provide a basic understanding of fundamental accounting concepts necessary for successful progress through the program.

    • No, but the MAcy and MSAIT programs have significant accounting requirements. Your accounting background will determine how many leveling courses will be required before you can begin the degree program.

    • No, however, both the MAcy and MSAIT are business degrees and have business requirements. If you are preparing the sit the CPA exam there are business hour requirements. How many business courses you have previously taken and whether you plan to sit the CPA exam will determine how many business courses you will need to take.

    • The MAcy program can be completed in 33 hours. Depending on the student's background it is possible that additional leveling courses will need to be completed first.

      The MSAIT program is 36 hours with the possibility of 9 additional hours of leveling courses to be completed first.

    • Generally, any student with a business undergraduate background will be eligible upon completion of their MAcy degree. Non-business background students should contact the MAcy academic advisor for planning. The official requirements of the TSBPA can be found on the Texas State Board of Public Acountancy website.

    • The MSAIT is not designed to meet CPA eligibility. However, for students meeting the prerequisites on graduate accounting courses, careful elective selection can enable one to meet the educational requirements necessary to take the CPA exam.

    • If leveling courses are not required, full-time students can typically complete either program in a year to a year and a half.

    • Yes, classes are offered during both the day and the evening for both programs. The MAcy program is primarily designed for full-time students although it can accommodate part-time students as well. The MSAIT program can also be completed as a full- or part-time student.

    • Competitive scholarships are available through the accounting department. Additionally, the PSBPA offers a 5th year scholarship that pays up to $7,500 for qualifying MAcy students. For more information on funding, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Department.

    • Currently, MAcy courses are only offered at the San Marcos Campus. Most CIS courses for the MSAIT program are offered in Round Rock but currently the accounting classes will have to be taken in San Marcos.

    • Students interested in the MAcy or MSAIT programs may contact the Accounting Department at (512) 245-2566 to set up an appointment with the academic advisor.

  • Questions about the MSHRM Program