Mays Business School

Administrative Officers

Dean - Eli Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Dean - Annie L. McGowan, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Services - Peter K. Drysdale, M.S.

General Statement

A goal of Mays Business School is to help develop students to become effective managers, concerned citizens and life-long learners. Through challenging academic and enrichment programs, the business school provides students with numerous opportunities for intellectual, leadership and personal development.

In support of this student development goal, the curriculum in business has a dual emphasis—a broad-based education in the foundation disciplines of the liberal arts and the sciences, and a focused development of business knowledge and behavioral skills.

The program of study in business provides students a background in the basic academic areas—mathematics; language, philosophy and culture; life and physical, social and behavioral sciences; and, rhetoric and composition. Students simultaneously pursue introductory coursework in accounting, economics, business information systems and the legal environment of business. This broad educational foundation provides an enriching dimension to the university experience that cannot be attained in a more limited course of study.

Upon successful completion of this broad-based coursework, the student will begin to focus on a major field of study and a full range of business courses. The major field—chosen from the fields of accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain management — is designed to prepare students for an entry-level organizational position as well as subsequent career development. Each major has a set of required courses, as well as electives, from which students may gain additional depth in the chosen area. Students admitted to Mays Business Honors pursue an interdepartmental degree in business honors.

This combination of a broad educational foundation and more specialized study produces graduates uniquely qualified to deal with the rapidly changing and diverse global economy.

Requirements for Graduation

Requirements for graduation are listed in the Texas A&M University Student Rules and this catalog.

With the exception of general elective requirements, courses taken to satisfy degree requirements must be taken for letter grades.

In addition, students in Mays Business School must have a GPR of 2.0 in the courses included in the Core Business Knowledge. Undergraduate business students must take two writing-designated (W) business courses. The requirement may be met by taking two writing (W) business courses or one W business course and one oral communication (C) business course. These W and C courses are major specific and are taken as part of the student’s upper-level coursework. See an academic advisor for additional information.

Transfer of Credits

Acceptance of transfer of credit for business courses will generally be limited to those courses taught in the freshman and sophomore years at this institution. Transfer credit is not offered for upper-level business courses.

Credit by Examination

Undergraduate students may receive credit for certain courses required in undergraduate business curricula by successfully completing Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Exam Program (CLEP) and departmental credit by exam. Students should contact the Undergraduate Advising Office (Room 238, Wehner Building) for information.  Information concerning AP, CLEP and departmental credit by examination may be obtained from the Testing Services website or (979) 845-0532. A fee is charged for such an examination.

Students may not receive credit by examination for courses in which they are enrolled, which they have previously failed, or which are prerequisite to courses for which they already have credit.

Bachelor’s Degrees and Departments of Instruction

The academic program of Mays Business School is organized in the following majors: Accounting, Business Honors, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Bachelor of Business Administration degrees are offered in each of these seven majors.

A Bachelor of Science in University Studies with concentration in business (USBU) is offered.

Bachelor of Business Administration

The degree of Bachelor of Business Administration is offered in these seven majors: accounting, business honors, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain management. Each requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours of study. The student elects one of these as a “major,” but is also required to study fundamental theory and procedure in each of the basic business functions. In addition, the student takes courses essential to a general liberal education.

The following is a representation of the curriculum requirements by major.

  Accounting Business Honors Finance Management Management Information Systems Marketing Supply Chain Management
Core Business Knowledge 36 hours 36 hours 36 hours 36 hours 36 hours 36 hours 36 hours
Courses required in major, not included in core 21 24 20 18 27 28 25
General electives 12 12 7 9 9 8 11
International electives 61 61 61 61 61 61 61
Other required courses:
0 0 9 0 0 0 0
American history
6 6 6 6 6 6 6
0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Business law
3 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Creative arts
3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Data analysis
0 0 0 3 0 0 0
0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Government/political science
6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Language, philosophy and culture
3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Life and physical sciences
9 9 9 9 9 9 9
6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Social and behavioral science
3 3 3 32 3 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 120 120 120 120 120 120 120

BBA Core Business Knowledge

Required Courses
ACCT 229Introductory Accounting3
ACCT 230Introductory Accounting3
ECON 202Principles of Economics3
ECON 203Principles of Economics3
FINC 341Business Finance3
ISTM 210Fundamentals of Information Systems3
MGMT 211Legal and Social Environment of Business3
MGMT 363Managing People in Organizations3
MGMT 466Strategic Management3
MKTG 321Marketing3
SCMT 303Statistical Methods3
SCMT 364Operations Management3
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Upper-Level Entry into Accounting, Business Honors, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing and Supply Chain Management (BBA)

Students who meet the University and college entrance requirements enter Mays Business School as lower-level business (BUAD) students. Enrollment of Mays Business School students in junior- and senior-level business courses is limited to those who have been admitted to upper-level (also referred to as upper division) in one of the seven BBA majors: accounting, business honors, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain management.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education is designed to augment the academic program of study with on-the-job training. Academic requirements a business undergraduate must have to be eligible to participate are 45 completed credit hours and a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Interested students may obtain more information from the Career Center website or (979) 845-5139 or in Room 209, Koldus Building.

Restrictions on Two Degrees

Mays Business School is enrollment managed; demand for admission to the undergraduate business program consistently exceeds available educational resources. Priority is given to qualified applicants for their initial bachelor’s degree.

Double Major

Only Business Honors majors may elect a second major field of study within the BBA degree. The first major must be business honors. The Business Honors student must satisfy all University and Business School requirements and complete all curriculum requirements for each major. This option leads to the granting of one BBA degree with two majors. Additional restrictions may apply.

Double Degree

Approval of double degrees (BBA with BA or BS) is granted by exception only. A written appeal for a double degree may be submitted; the appeal should reflect an excellent academic record, support from the BA or BS granting college, and a compelling justification.

Second Degree

Postbaccalaureate admission to Mays is severely restricted and granted by exception only. Applicants for a postbaccalaureate business degree may present a case for an exception to this enrollment restriction in the essay of a complete Texas A&M admission application. Generally, eligible applicants are denied postbaccalaureate admission but may be encouraged to apply, instead, to an appropriate graduate degree program.

Certificate Programs

Mays offers certificate programs for undergraduate students who want to explore a particular topic area in more depth. Most are open to all BBA majors, and some are designed for specific majors who wish to specialize in a particular area in the major field of study.

Students who pursue any of the certificate programs must complete all requirements for the specific program prior to graduation. Certificates are noted on the transcript after graduation. Information regarding certificates programs and requirements can be found in the Mays Business School Certificates section.

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International: Each program offers BBA degree seeking students the opportunity to study international business and other cultures to develop foundation knowledge to meet global business challenges.

Nonprofit and Social Innovation: Offers BBA degree seeking students high-impact educational opportunities that will equip them to contribute positively to nonprofit and social purpose organizations.

Department of Accounting 

Department of Finance 

International and Cultural Diversity Requirement

Texas A&M University requires its students to meet an International and Cultural Diversity requirement as part of the University’s Graduation requirement. Business students meet this requirement by taking six (6) hours of coursework from an approved list of international elective courses.

In the BBA curricula the 6 hours of approved international elective coursework simultaneously fulfill the University’s International and Cultural Diversity Graduation requirement.

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