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At Texas A&M University-Commerce, we’re committed to helping students become successful leaders in world-class enterprise. By offering innovative and progressive programs, the College of Business provides you with the knowledge and practical tools you’ll need for a successful career.

Our highly committed, world-class faculty will work closely with you so it’s easy to succeed in the classroom or in an online environment. They will take the time to know you personally, offering relevant advice as you work toward your career goals. You’ll gain the knowledge and confidence you need to compete in the marketplace. Our graduates are highly sought by top employers.

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UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING CENTER

UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING CENTER

We advise for all undergraduate business programs. Our goal is to support students as they seek their undergraduate degrees. Let us know how we can help!

Office Information

Location: McDowell Administration Building, room 317
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Graduate Advising

Graduate Advising

The College of Business prepares graduates to be fulfilled professionally and personally. Our graduates are ready to meet the opportunities and challenges in the competitive, global and technological environment found in innovative business and industry enterprises.

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Graduate Long Range Schedule

Long Range Schedule

The long range schedule is for planning purposes only. It is always best to consult the course schedule for class meeting times and room numbers (not applicable to online courses). Keep in mind MGT 527 requires a request/permit and can only be taken in the graduating semester by filling out the Management Permit Form.

Each department has a two-year schedule for their courses that you can view by looking at the long range schedule.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If I take courses online, will that be reflected on my transcript or diploma?

No, our online courses and professors are the same as our live-taught courses/professors. There is nothing that distinguishes the venue in which you took a course on your transcript. Your diploma will simply read the name of the degree you received from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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Are classes and programs offered online in the College of Business?

Yes, all graduate programs offered by the College of Business are available online.

Note: Online courses (within the programs) are denoted with a W in the section such as MKT 501.01W.

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What do I do if my major is in a different college, but my minor is in business?

Contact the department that houses that minor. Example: If you are a Psychology major with a minor in Business Analytics, you will go to the Marketing and Business Analytics department to see the faculty advisor for Business Analytics.

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Where can I buy/rent my textbooks?

BOOKSTORE LINK – ISBN’s for books can be found on the course syllabus in myLEO.

Also see additional information in our “Guide to Getting Started in Graduate Courses” PDF document.

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What are my Hood & Tassel colors for Graduation?

MBA – Drab (Sandy) Tassel & Hood

MS – Gold Tassel & Hood (MS MGT, MS MKT, MS FIN, MS BUSA, MS ACCT)

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I would like to take the CPA examination. What are the state of Texas requirements?

The applicant must meet specific education requirements before an application for the CPA examination can be filed.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree conferred by an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Board; and
  • Successfully completed at least 150 semester hours of college credit; and
  • Successfully completed at least 30 semester hours of upper-division accounting coursework, beyond the first two semesters of elementary accounting as defined by Board rule. At least 15 of these hours must result from physical attendance at classes meeting regularly on the campus of any transcript-institute institution. The requirement that coursework must be classified as upper-division becomes effective January 1, 2004.

  • Successfully completed at least 21 semester hours of upper-division related business coursework as defined by Board rule. The requirement that coursework must be classified as upper-division becomes effective July 1, 2005.
  • Successfully completed a 3 semester hour ethics course in a traditional classroom setting that includes ethical reasoning, integrity, objectivity, independence and other core values as defined by Board rule. (Effective July 1, 2005) (Review the current list of Board-approved ethics classes.)

Please contact Dr. James Hamill, Department Head for full details.

Read more about the CPA exam at Texas State Board of Accountancy.

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How do I apply for a graduate program in the College of Business?

Note: If your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or better the GMAT/GRE test score is waived and will be reflected on your status once your transcript is received and verified. These items can be emailed to [email protected])

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Do my GMAT/GRE or TOEFL scores expire?

Yes. GMAT & GRE expire after 5 years. TOEFL expire after 2 years.

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I don’t have a business background. Can I take business classes?

Yes, however you may be required to take some prerequisite courses. An evaluation will be performed upon receipt of your application to determine which, if any prerequisites will be required. These prerequisites become a part of your required program hours and cannot be counted as electives in the program.

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What courses can I take for my electives on my MBA degree?

You can view a list of electives for the MBA degree on the graduate Advanced Course Work sheet.

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I took graduate courses at another university. Can those courses transfer to A&M-Commerce?

Yes, up to nine applicable graduate hours (1/3 of your program) can be considered for transfer into any 30 hour program (MBA, MSMKT, MSMGT, MSBUSA, MSFIN). The MSA will allow up to 12 hours as it is a 36-hour program. The courses must be from a regionally accredited institution within the U.S and applicable to the program you are admitted to (A or B grades only will be considered). See Graduate Catalog.

To request a course transfer:

Or you may choose to print the form and submit via USPS with your transcript to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
College of Business Graduate Advising
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429

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Can I take courses at other universities while I am in a College of Business program?

Yes. Approval from the College of Business should be obtained before you register for the class if you plan to transfer the class to Texas A&M University-Commerce. Email [email protected] with your request.

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Can I do an Internship/CPT with my business degree plan?

Yes. Internships are available and can be coordinated with the Career Services office for the CoB. Please contact: [email protected] for more regarding these possibilities.

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What is the cost for the College of Business program?

Please refer to the current tuition/fee schedule. Please also review an overall approximate cost breakdown.

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What are the cutoff days to add/drop courses?

View the Registration Add / Drop Timeline

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Is there an Honor Society for CoB students?

Yes, Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Contact Dr. Mario Hayek for more info.

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How do I get a second Masters degree from TAMUC?

You will need to submit an application for the second major and pay the appropriate application fee. You can possibly transfer 3 applicable courses from your first Masters on to your second. You must complete a minimum of 21 new hours for the second degree (or 7 courses). See Policy

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What is the graduation process?

Login to myLeo and click on the link “Apply for Graduation” during the first two weeks of your final semester. Review and verify your information (MBA students with a minor will indicate their minor on this page), hit “Submit”. To complete the process make sure you submit the appropriate application fee as well. You should receive a confirmation email in your MyLeo account. More information on Graduation.

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Do you have conditional admission for those who do not meet the full requirements?

Yes. Individuals who do not meet full admission requirements are automatically considered for possible conditional admission. Admission to a program is a competitive process, so some prospects will be denied. Keep in mind, completing courses in provisional and/or non-degree admission does not guarantee admission to the program and it does not negate the requirement to complete any entrance exams (GMAT/GRE).

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What is the “Mandatory Advising” hold on my student account?

All new and transfer students have an advising hold automatically placed on their account until they have contacted an advisor and declared a major. If you feel this hold is in error, please contact CID Advising Center at [email protected].

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Can I take core courses prior to the prerequisite?

Yes, you can take core courses prior to the prerequisite.

However, prerequisites are required as outlined on your individual degree plan. You must complete the prerequisites in order to graduate. In the event you choose to take a core prior to a prerequisite (i.e., MKT 521 before MKT 501), receiving a passing grade in the core does not alter the requirement of a prerequisite.

If you feel an error has been made on your requirements, it is incumbent upon you, the student, to bring that to our attention early in your program in order to alleviate any discrepancies when you attempt to graduate. Please contact [email protected] for any concerns you may have.

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Who is my success coach and what do they do?

A success coach is the main point of contact for all entering students both first year and new transfers. Success Coaches are responsible for advising, course selection, and registration of all first year and new transfer students.

Main Email: [email protected]

Phone Numbers: 903.886.5174 or 903.886.5878

Visit the Success Coaches website.

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How do I change/officially declare my major within the College of Business?

You must contact your advisor in the COB Advising Center to have your major changed. All major departments can be found from the COB website. You can also complete and submit a declare major/minor form to the COB Advising Center in BA 314 or via email.

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What does the Basic Skills policy have to do with me?

Please review the University Basic Skills policy for information on this rule so that we can better ensure your success in your higher educational endeavors.

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Why can’t I drop my Math or English course and What does the Basic Skills policy have to do with me?

Math courses include: PJCM 306/300 or Math 131/141/175

English courses include: ENG 100/110/101

ENG 100 must be taken concurrently with coordinating college-level courses according to the University Basic Skills Policy found in the Student Guide. As a CID student, you must be continuously enrolled in mathematics until you complete your math requirements.

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How do I declare a College of Business minor?

Contact your advisor to have your minor declared. You can also complete and submit a declare major/minor form to the COB Advising Center in BA 314 or via email.

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How can I see my degree evaluation (audit)?

  1. To see your degree evaluation
    • Log onto myLeo, click “Student Resources,” then “DegreeWorks Student Link”
    • Click “Access Undergraduate DegreeWorks”
  2. To see degree requirements of another degree that is not listed
    • While in your Undergraduate DegreeWorks, click “What-If”
    • Select the term of your current catalog and choose the major from the drop down menu
    • Click “Process What-If”
  • If you have trouble getting your degree evaluation from the myLeo
    system, you can also contact the department of your major to obtain a copy
  • If you continue to have difficulty with this process, for assistance:
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How do I drop and/or add College of Business classes?

  • Fall/Spring Semesters (16 weeks)
    • 1st – 4th class days: No signatures for drops or adds
    • After 4th class day: Instructor & COB Dean Signature required to ADD.
    • After 12th class day: Instructor approval required to drop.

You cannot add a class after the 12th class day. To drop a class after the 12th class day, you must complete the Drop Form, get the instructor’s signature, and take it to the office of the registrar. After the 12th class day, be aware that a grade of either a DP or DF would be assessed (DP=Drop Passing which does not affect your GPA; DF=Drop Failing is calculated into your GPA as an F and will be detrimental to your overall GPA).

  • Summer Semester (5 weeks)
    • 1st – 2nd class days: No signatures for drops or adds
    • After 2nd class day: Instructor & COB Dean Signature required to ADD.
    • After 4th class day: Instructor approval required to drop.

You cannot add a class after the 4th day. To drop a class, you must complete the Drop Form, get the instructor’s signature, and take it to the office of the registrar. After the 4th class day, be aware that a grade of either a DP or DF would be assessed (DP=Drop Passing which does not affect your GPA, DF=Drop Failing is calculated into your GPA as an F and will be detrimental to your overall GPA).

  • Mini Terms (13 Days)
    • 1st class day, students must withdraw since they are only in one course
    • 1st – 2nd class days: No signatures for drops or adds
    • After 2nd class day: Instructor & COB Dean Signature required to ADD.

After the 2nd class day, you must complete the Drop/Add Form, get the signature of the Instructor of the class you want to add, get the signature of the COB dean (BA 215), and take it to the office of the registrar. After the 2nd class day be aware that a grade of either a DP or DF would be assessed (DP=Drop Passing which does not affect your GPA, DF=Drop Failing is calculated into your GPA as an F and will be detrimental to your overall GPA).

  • Online Courses
    • E-mail your instructor stating that you desire to drop the course
    • The instructor will reply back to you via e-mail with an acceptance of your drop and forward your request to the office of the registrar ([email protected])
    • The office of the registrar will process the drop (You will need to check myLeo to validate the drop in a timely manner)

REMEMBER: Dropping a course may affect your financial aid and/or your scholarships; please check with those offices before proceeding, if necessary. ALSO: If you are unable to come personally to take care of the Drop/Add because of your location, please contact the Department of the course you wish to Drop/Add for clear directions to fax or email your completed form.

If you wish to add or drop a class, fill out the Add/Drop Form.

If you wish to withdrawal, fill out the Withdrawal Form.

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How does financial aid work?

You have to be enrolled in at least 6 hours (2 courses) to be considered half-time and eligible for grants and loans. Full-time enrollment is 12 hours (4 courses).
For more information, visit the Cost and Assistance page.

All students applying for financial aid with questions please email [email protected] or call 903.886.5096.

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Who is my admissions counselor prior to officially declaring my major?

Visit the Admission Counselor page.

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Who will help me with a conference letter for my embassy/sponsor?

DegreeWorks is the official form of communication for A&M-Commerce students. Follow the instructions below for letters to extend a scholarship, validate online courses, or to verify your student status and/or expected graduation date

How to get a letter from DegreeWorks

1. Log into myLeo
2. Select Student Resources tab
3. Select DegreeWorks Student Link under the Student Information heading
4. Select Access Graduate School DegreeWorks
5. Select Save as PDF
6. Attach PDF from #5 above in an email to your advisor (or other necessary entity).

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How can I request information about the College of Business programs offered at the Graduate level?

Request more information from the Graduate School.

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How do I receive program and admission information?

To find your program and its page, you can visit the Program Finder. To receive admission information, you can visit the Admissions Page.

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Can my work experience and training be considered in order to waive some of my prerequisite courses for my Master’s Degree?

Unfortunately, experiential work is not regionally accredited and thus cannot be used to waive courses or admission requirements.

“Awarding of this credit will be based solely on experiential learning that is part of a formal agreement between the University and another regionally accredited educational institution or certifying agency licensed by the State of Texas to provide professional certifications, which have historically been limited to universities. The formal agreement shall require the approval of the departmental faculty, the academic dean, the graduate dean, and the provost, and will comply with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.”

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How do I obtain Verification of Enrollment?

View the steps to obtain your Enrollment Verification.

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How do I register for College of Business classes?

Via myLeo or by calling 903.886.5064.

Also see additional information in our “Guide to Getting Started in Graduate Courses” PDF document.

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How do I search for my College of Business classes?

Please see our “Guide to Getting Started in Graduate Courses” PDF document.

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Where can I access the Graduate Catalog?

The catalog can be found online.

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Am I required to do a comprehensive exam?

Yes, a comprehensive exam is required in all graduate programs. Students must pass their exam in order to be eligible to graduate from their program. See the Graduate Catalog (pg 37-38).

Accounting (MSA)

  • You’ll take the comprehensive exam in ACCT 599, a zero-credit course.
  • Students will be registered for the course upon applying for graduation or by emailing the graduate enrollment specialist, [email protected].
  • For more information on the comprehensive exam, you can view the Accounting Comprehensive Exam Procedures.

Business Administration (MBA) and Management (MS)

  • You’ll take the comprehensive exam in the final course (MGT 527). To register for this course, complete the MGT 527 Departmental Permit.

Business Analytics (MS)

  • You’ll take the comprehensive exam in the final course (BUSA 521). To register for this course, you must complete the BUSA 521 Departmental Permit.

Finance (MSF)

  • You’ll take the comprehensive exam in FIN 599, a zero-credit course.
  • Students will be registered for the course upon applying for graduation or by emailing the graduate enrollment specialist, [email protected].
  • For more information on the comprehensive exam, view the Finance Comprehensive Exam Procedures.

Marketing (MS)

  • You’ll take the comprehensive exam in the final course (MKT 529). To register for this course, you must complete the MKT 529 Departmental Permit.
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The College of Business course I want/need is full, how do I get on the waitlist?

Please follow the guidelines here:

1) Locate the 5-digit CRN for the course you want/need to add.

2) Go to the registration page in myLEO (register/add or drop classes) and type the CRN into the “add classes worksheet” at the bottom of the page and submit changes. You will receive a registration add error notifying you that the class is closed. The system is asking you if you’d like to be placed on the waitlist and it lets you know what place you are on the list (1-15).

3) Change the action to “waitlisted” and click the submit changes.

If a seat opens in the course the system emails (to your myLeo) the first person on the waiting list. That person has 24-48 hours to respond (you must log into myLeo and add the course) before moving to the next person on the list. In addition, the department will add another section when a waitlist reaches 15, so it is imperative that you put yourself on the applicable waitlists.

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I have a special research need not met by the traditional mix of classes. Are independent study opportunities available?

Yes. Up to two independent study classes may be taken. Such independent study options should be set up well in advance by coordinating with the particular professor with whom you would like to work (contact them directly for approval). Documentation and approval is required by the Department Head and/or Professor teaching the class, at their discretion.

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What graduate minors are offered by the College of Business?

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • *Business Analytics (cannot be added to MSBUSA)
  • *Cyber Security
  • *Corporate Management
  • *Digital Marketing
  • *Economics
  • *Entrepreneurship
  • *Finance
  • *Financial Planning
  • *Real Estate
  • *Economics of U.S. Healthcare
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • *Marketing Analytics

You can add any minor above to the MBA program. Minors depicted with a * can be added to any graduate degree offered at Texas A&M University-Commerce (unless noted). Complete the Request for a Minor form and submit the form to your academic advisor.

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My undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) is too low (below 3.0). Can I still take classes in the College of Business?

Yes. Individuals who do not meet full admission requirements are automatically considered for possible conditional admission. Admission to a program is a competitive process. Some prospects will be denied. Keep in mind, completing courses in provisional and/or non-degree do not guarantee admission to the program and it does not negate the requirement to complete any entrance exams (GMAT/GRE).

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What happens after I turn in my application packet for admission to the College of Business?

Once you apply and are granted provisional status, you will be contacted by your advisor regarding your program choice and registration recommendations for your first semester [via email].

After your application packet is complete, the graduate school will forward your application packet to the department. They will review your file for an admission recommendation (full, conditional, denied) based upon your application, any required test scores and other pertinent information.

Once the admission decision is made, the graduate school will update your information on myLEO. Students can check their application status any time by logging into their myLEO account.

If you are admitted, your academic advisor will review all submitted transcripts. Pre-requisite courses can be waived during this review, based upon completed courses/grades and applicability to the disciplines.

Once the review is complete, an official degree plan is developed for you. The scanned copy of your official degree plan will be emailed to you in about ten days (after the admission date you see on myLEO).

The graduate school will send you official notification of your admission status. Students are encouraged to also review their degree requirements on DegreeWorks.

Accessing DegreeWorks:

  • Log into MyLeo
  • Select the “Student Resources” tab
  • Select DegreeWorks link under the “Student Information” heading
  • Select “Access Graduate School DegreeWorks”

*Note: If you believe there is an error in your DegreeWorks, please contact your advisor for assistance at [email protected] or 903.468.3197.

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Can I take classes in the College of Business before I complete the GMAT or the GRE?

Yes, Domestic students can choose the non-degree option when making application. Non-degree seeking will allow you to take up to 4 classes (12 hours) before you officially enter the program (International Students ARE NOT eligible for non-degree status).

Note however, entering as a non-degree student and completion of 12 hours does NOT waive the necessary GMAT/GRE or any items in the application packet.

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Do I have to take the GMAT or the GRE for admission to the College of Business?

Yes, you are required to take the GMAT or GRE unless your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.

All applications received by the College of Business will be considered, but acceptance into a degree program is a competitive process. No minimum score is required to apply; however, higher scores enhance your likelihood of admission.

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Is there an application fee?

Yes. A $50.00 fee is required for domestic students. A $75.00 fee is required for international students. Pay online via myLeo after you receive your CWID# from the Graduate School.

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What scores / documentation do I need to enter the College of Business program?

To qualify for FULL admission an applicant would need a 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. If below 3.0 then you need a GMAT or GRE. For complete information, please refer to this link: ADMISSION INFORMATION

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Who can I contact for Veteran’s Affairs?

Contact the Veteran’s Affairs Office.

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