Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Science in Business (M.S.B.) degree is designed to offer business skills and knowledge to qualified students with a non-business undergraduate major. The plan of study features cohort classes to allow students whose previous education has been in non-business fields, such as liberal arts, science and engineering, to obtain graduate level business training as a complement to their previous education.
Why UTSA for an MS in Business?
- Affordable tuition
- Full-time, cohort program (classes taken in a specific sequence)
- One year program, beginning in June (Summer I semester) or August (Fall semester)
- Specialized Business study for students with non-business backgrounds/degrees
Degree candidates must complete 33 semester credit hours of required coursework.
For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
| Required Degree
||Applicants are limited to individuals with non- business backgrounds and or degrees.
| Other Degree Requirements
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
||A resume with employment or other experience is optional.
| Letters of Recommendation
||At least two letters of reference.
| Statement of Purpose
|| A personal statement of academic and personal goals.
| Test Scores
||GMAT or General GRE, not older than five years.
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
||Students who do not submit a standardized test score may be considered for Conditional Admission upon recommendation of the M.S.B. Admissions Committee.
Applicants whose undergraduate degree is in business should consider the MBA or a specialized Masters’ degree. Applicants with a B.B.A or other undergraduate or graduate business degree, or significant business experience will not be admitted to this degree program.
Cohort Based Program Requirements
The M.S.B. is a full-time cohort program offered during the daytime and designed to be completed within one year.
All graduate students in the MS-Business Cohort based program are expected to enroll and pay tuition by the 12th-class day of the semester admitted. Students failing to enroll and pay their tuition by the 12th-class day of the semester must re-apply for admission in order to return to the University. They must also submit an Application for Readmission to the Graduate School by the Master's Degree Application Deadline given in and must pay the application fee. Students must also obtain the approval of the graduate program and College of Business. Readmission to a graduate program is not guaranteed.
Career Options Available for an M.S.B. Graduate
Regardless of their major in college or area of employment, a majority of college graduates will find themselves working within an organization or a corporation. A research lab, retail store, school, political consultancy shop, art loft and magazine proofing department, are all organizations (or parts of organizations). And these organizations can be studied, advanced, and understood in the discipline of business administration. The study of the structures and functional areas of business and the tools and methods for decision making, problem solving, and leadership apply to nearly all non-business jobs. The M.S. in Business is a generalist degree, designed for non-business majors with little or no business experience. The M.S. in Business is thus expected to add value to unemployed and to underemployed non-business majors. While a faculty committee developed the curriculum, input was obtained from corporate recruiters and members of the College of Business Advisory Board.
Course Scheduling and Offerings
The MS in Business program is a full-time lockstep program which will begin each summer. Students will take 7 hours in the summer, 13 hours in the fall, and 13 hours in the spring semester. A suggested schedule is below.
Summer (7 credit hours)
MS 5003 Quantitative Methods for Business Analysis
MGT 5043 Management and Behavior in Organizations
MGT 6971 SP: Business Speaking
Fall (14 credit hours)
ACC 5003 Financial Accounting Concepts
ECO 5003 Economic Theory and Policy
MKT 5023 Marketing Management
MGT 5633 Effective Negotiating
GBA 6302 Professional Development and Communication
Spring (12 credit hours)
FIN 5023 Financial Management
MGT 5093 Leadership
MOT 5243 Essentials of Project and Program Management
MGT 5903 Strategic Management & Policy