Academic Customization Opportunities
In addition to the core curriculum, Full-Time MBA students will be able to select customization opportunities to help prepare them for their post-MBA career paths. Academic Tracks will be completed by all students during the 18-month program. Students who choose to take courses beyond the third required semester can pursue Certificate Programs.
All students in the Full-Time MBA will select an academic track as part of their studies. During the 18-month program, students will complete a minimum of one academic track as part of their curriculum. Tracks are earned through the completion of four courses (12 credit hours) including a core curriculum course, their selected specialization course, and two additional electives at Mays Business School. Students will work with their academic adviser to select the courses that will allow them to complete their track.
Available academic tracks are:
- Data Analytics
- Supply Chain and Operations
The Full-Time MBA program offers certificate programs that provide deeper knowledge on a specific topic. To earn a certification, students extend their studies to complete 9-12 additional credit hours that are specified by the department or school. This additional coursework will extend a student’s studies for one additional semester past the core 18-month MBA program. Completion of a certificate program results in an official designation on a student’s transcript. Please note: not all certificate programs qualify students for financial aid; interested students should see their academic adviser for planning.
Currently available certificate programs are:
- Entrepreneurship and technology commercialization: This certificate program provides a basic understanding of new business planning, intellectual property protection and innovation in organizations. Students take one prerequisite course in the fall of the second year before beginning nine hours of certificate coursework during the spring of the second year.
- International business: This certificate program gives students the knowledge base and international exposure to be able to meet the global challenges faced by organizations. Students take a course in international business during the MBA program’s fourth term and then participate in a semester-long study abroad experience at a Mays international partner school. While abroad, students take at least 12 credit hours of international business courses.
- Supply chain management: This certificate focuses on operations management, business logistics, physical distribution, purchasing, channel management, information technology, and decision sciences. Students take a supply chain management course as their third-term elective and then complete the remaining 12 hours during the spring of the second year.
- Advanced international affairs: This certificate, offered by Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, involves a multidisciplinary series of graduate courses designed to provide a more complete understanding of world affairs. The set of courses that are available include intelligence, national security, diplomatic history, international business and government, geography and world systems, international law, and certain skill courses. Students work with the MBA Programs Office to coordinate enrollment and scheduling for this coursework.
- Public health: This program, offered through Texas A&M’s School of Rural Public Health, provides students with a general overview of the core functions and disciplines of public health and the tools to lead public health interventions. Students work with the MBA Programs Office to coordinate enrollment and scheduling for this coursework.
- Health systems management: This certificate, which involves five classes taken through Texas A&M’s School of Rural Public Health, is designed for students seeking formal training in health management. Students work with the MBA Programs Office to coordinate enrollment and scheduling for this coursework.