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Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration with an Engineering Technology Emphasis is offered by the Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration and the Department of Engineering & Technology.

The Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB, The International Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.  The mission of the college is to provide broad-based undergraduate and masters-level educational programs that produce graduates with the skills, knowledge and values to excel in a diverse, globally competitive environment.

The Department of Engineering & Technology is an academic division of the College of Science and Engineering. The mission of the department is to prepare graduates for technical and professional careers in industry and education. At the graduate level, the Engineering & Technology Department offers course work in a technically oriented laboratory environment and in areas related to industrial management.

Technology graduates have established an excellent record of placement, and MBA students pursuing an Engineering Technology Emphasis should find enhanced career opportunities with companies oriented significantly toward engineering and technology.

All courses are offered in the evening to accommodate the needs of the employed student. To provide an atmosphere that encourages active discussion, the average class size is fewer than 30 students.

Admission to the MBA Program with Engineering Technology Emphasis

Admission to the degree program is competitive and designed to identify applicants who have the ability, interest and maturity to manage the rigors of the program as well as potential for future professional growth. All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university.  The Admissions Committee will carefully consider all aspects of an applicant’s professional and academic background.  The Admissions Committee will be looking for applicants with strong academic performance throughout their undergraduate experience and competitive scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Also very important to the Admissions Committee are qualitative elements such as letters of recommendation, quality of written essays, relevant work experience, extracurricular and community activities, honors and achievements, and other personal characteristics that will enhance diversity in academic programs.

All international applicants (non-U.S. citizens) must fulfill the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirement as identified in the “Admission Documents” section of the Graduate Catalog.  Fluency in reading, speaking and writing English is expected of all accepted students.

The Degree

The master of business administration degree with engineering technology emphasis stresses the knowledge and tools needed for professional success. The program is designed for those individuals who expect to pursue careers in the management of technology-based business enterprises in either public or private sector.


The degree consists of three requirements: background courses, core graduate business and technology courses, and graduate technology electives. Students must satisfy 15 semester hours of background courses, 27 hours of graduate-level core courses, and nine hours of elective courses.
An in-depth analysis of a case designed to integrate the MBA core areas is required and satisfies the university's requirement for a comprehensive examination.

Background Courses

The purpose of background courses is to provide a strong base for advanced business studies in technology-based business enterprises. In addition, the graduate faculty strongly suggest that individuals entering the program have a working knowledge of elementary calculus. Background courses may be waived for students who have successfully completed previous course work addressing current developments in the content area.

The following courses comprise the background:

  • accounting
  • business law
  • economics
  • finance
  • statistics


These courses may be taken at any accredited, four-year college or university.


All students must complete 27 hours of graduate-level core courses.
The following courses comprise the core:

CIS 5318
Information Technology in the Digital Economy
MGT 5314 Organizational Behavior and Theory
TECH 5315 Engineering Economics Analysis
MKT 5321 Marketing Management
TECH 5364 Statistical Applications in Manufacturing Process Control
QMST 5334 Advanced Statistical Methods for Business
ACC 5361 Financial and Managerial Reporting and Analysis
FIN 5387 Managerial Finance
MGT 5313 Administrative Policy

Advanced Statistical Methods for Business should be taken the first semester of enrollment in graduate core courses. Administrative Policy should be taken the last semester because it serves as the capstone course for integrating course material in the MBA program.

Graduate-Level Core Courses

Elective Courses

Degree plans include nine hours of graduate-level electives.
Recommenced technology electives include:

TECH 5382 Industrial Ecology
TECH 5385 Readings in Technology
TECH 5387 Planning Advanced Technology Facilities

Other 5000 level technology courses are equally acceptable as electives. However, courses other than those listed here may require certain background work and/or permission of the professor.

For more details of the application process, go to

Academic Support

Learning Resources Center
Graduate business students have access to the Alkek Learning Resources Center/Library, which houses an extensive collection of business and industrial directories, indexes and publications and is designated as a depository of the United States Government Printing Office. Access is available to databases throughout the nation.

Computer Center
Microcomputers are conveniently located in the McCoy College of Business Administration, the Technology Department and throughout the campus for student use. Technical consulting services and seminars are offered.

Placement Center
Employment information and services are available through the Career Services Office. The office assists graduating students and alumni in finding employment, posts notices of job openings, and arranges on-campus interviews with employer representatives.

Financial Aid
The Texas State Graduate College offers scholarships for academic excellence on a competitive basis. More information about the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation Scholarship and the Graduate Scholars Program can be obtained by contacting the Texas State Graduate College. Additional scholarship and fellowship information can be found at

The Office of Student Financial Assistance awards aid on the basis of financial need, starting with the highest need factor and awarding aid until funds are depleted. Information about the MLK/Rivera Scholarship can be obtained by contacting Financial Aid and Scholarships, Texas State University-San Marcos, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666.

The University

Texas State University-San Marcos is a multi-purpose university with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students. Located at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities. The beauty of the crystal-clear San Marcos River and many sprawling cypress and pecan trees on the campus add to the charm of this picturesque setting. Located 30 miles south of Austin and 50 miles north of San Antonio, San Marcos has managed to retain the charm of a smaller community. Texas State encourages an atmosphere where faculty and students take the processes of teaching and learning seriously.

Texas State University-San Marcos, a member of the Texas State University System, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educational institution. Publications will, upon request, be provided in alternative format.

For More Information:

Director of Graduate Business Programs
McCoy College of Business Adminstration
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas, 78666-4616
Phone: 512.245.3591
Fax: 512.245.8375

Graduate Coordinator
Technology Department
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas, 78666-4616
Phone: 512.245.2137
Fax: 512.245.3052

The Graduate School
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas, 78666-4616
Phone: 512.245.2581
Fax: 512.245.8365