Graduate Frequently Asked Questions
- Could I meet an advisor and receive more information?
- Who can I contact for Veteran’s Affairs?
- What scores / documentation do I need to enter the program?
- How do I apply?
- How do I get an application packet?
- Is there an application fee?
- Do I have to take the GMAT or the GRE?
- Do my GMAT/GRE or TOEFL scores expire?
- Can I take classes before I complete the GMAT or the GRE?
- What happens after I turn in my application packet?
- Are classes and programs offered ONLINE?
- I don't have a business background. Can I take business classes?
- My undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) is too low (below 3.0). Can I still take classes?
- Do you have conditional admission for those who do not meet full requirements?
- What courses can I take for my electives on my MBA degree?
- I took graduate courses at another university; can those courses transfer into TAMU-C?
- Can I take courses at other universities while I am in this program?
- I have a special research need not met by the traditional mix of classes. Are independent study opportunities available?
- Can I do an Internship/CPT with my business & technology degree plan?
- The course I want/need is closed (FULL), can I get a permit?
- Am I required to do a comprehensive exam?
- Where can I access the Graduate Catalog?
- What is the program cost?
- How do I search for my classes?
- How do I register for classes?
- Where can I buy/rent my textbooks?
- What are the cutoff days to do Add/Drops?
- How do I obtain Verification of Enrollment?
- Is there an Honor Society for GPBT students?
- How can I request information about the programs offered at the Graduate level?
- How do I get a 2nd Masters degree from TAMU-C?
- What is the Graduation process?
- What are my Hood & Tassel colors for Graduation?
- If I take courses online, will that be reflected on my transcript or diploma?
- Can my work experience and training be considered in order to waive some of my pre-requisite courses for my Master’s Degree?
- I would like to sit for the CPA, what are the State of Texas requirements?
- Who will help me with a conference letter for my embassy/sponsor?
- Where can I find a link to the Graduate School's FAQ page?
- Can I take core courses prior to the pre-requisite?
1. Could I meet an advisor and receive more information?
We have many locations in which we can meet you in person. From Dallas, to Rockwall as well as at our main Campus in Commerce. Feel free to contact us and make an appointment. You can also complete this form to receive information about our programs delivered directly to your email and mailing address.
2. Who can I contact for Veteran’s Affairs?
Contact the Veteran's Affairs Office
3. What scores / documentation do I need to enter the 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
4. How do I apply?
- Complete an Application via Apply Texas.
- Pay your Application Fee via myLEO.
- +Submit 1 (one) Letter of Recommendation
- +Submit your current Resume/Vita
- +Write & submit your Application Letter (Outlining your career goals and objectives, approx 500 words)
- Official transcripts from Undergraduate University must be received
- *GMAT or GRE test score
(*NOTE: If your UGPA 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 CBE@tamuc.edu)
5. How do I get an application packet?
Please see #4 above.
6. 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.
Yes, unless your UGPA is 3.0 or higher. All applications received by the College of Business & Entrepreneurship 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. Average standardized test scores vary by semester [GMAT = 400-550] [GRE = 250-300].
8. Do my GMAT/GRE or TOEFL scores expire?
Yes. GMAT & GRE expire after 5 years. TOEFL expire after 2 years.
9. Can I take classes 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.
10. What happens after I turn in my application packet?
After your application is received and complete in the graduate school, that department forwards the same to the Advising Center. The Director of the Advising Center will review your file for an admission recommendation (full, conditional, denied) based upon your packet, test scores and other pertinent data. Once the admission decision is made, the graduate school updates your information on myLEO. Students can check their status anytime by logging into myLEO. If admitted, the Graduate Coordinator (Sarah.Elder@tamuc.edu - 903.468.6051) then performs a transcript evaluation and generates a degree plan for you. The scanned copy of your official degree plan will be emailed to you in about 10 days (after the admission date you see on myLEO). The graduate school will send you official notification of your admission status. Students who have been admitted after Spring 2010 can also review their degree requirements on DegreeWorks, if there are discrepancies between the hard-copy and electronic copy, please let us know.
11. Are classes & programs offered ONLINE?
Yes. We currently offer the MS ACCT, MBA, & MS MGT programs completely online.
12. I don't have a business background. Can I take business classes?
Yes. You may be required to take some background courses first. You can fax or email a copy of your transcript to our office for a transcript evaluation Fax: (903) 468-6011. We will notify you of any necessary prerequisite courses. 501 courses are considered pre-reqs and can’t be used as electives. See also Question #39 below as it pertains to this subject.
13. My undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) is too low (below 3.0). Can I still take classes?
Yes. You may take up to 12 hours as a Non-Degree student before you enter the program. At the conclusion of the 12 hours you may apply for conditional admission, provided you have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or above and an acceptable GRE/GMAT score (ONLY Domestic students are eligible for non-degree admission).
14. Do you have conditional admission for those who do not meet 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. 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).
15. What courses can I take for my electives on my MBA degree?
Please refer to: Advanced Course Work
16. I took graduate courses at another university; can those courses transfer into TAMU-C?
Yes, Up to 9 applicable graduate hours can be transferred into your program. Complete this form (making sure to include course descriptions & original transcripts), email the form to MBA@tamuc.edu and let us know the transcripts will follow via USPS. Or you may choose to print the form and submit via USPS w/transcripts to: TAMU-Commerce, CBE Graduate Advising Center, PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429 ATTN: Shanna Hoskison, Director. See POLICY.
17. Can I take courses at other universities while I am in this program?
Yes. Approval from the Graduate Programs in Business & Entrepreneurship should be obtained before you register for the class if you plan to transfer it to TAMU-Commerce. Email CBE@tamuc.edu with your request.
18. 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.
19. Can I do an Internship/CPT with my business & entrepreneurship degree plan?
Yes, International Students are eligible for CPT. Please review the process & requirements outlined on the ISSO website.
The student is responsible for securing a professor to agree to the requirements for their CPT. Keep in mind this professor must be teaching a course you are registered in during the same semester of your CPT. All documents necessary should be coordinated between student and professor.
20. The course I want/need is closed (FULL), can I get a permit?
It’s possible (although not a guarantee); please email the instructor of the specific course. Or if the course indicates ‘staff’ you may contact the Departmental Secretary as well for instructions. If the professor allows a permit, please forward that email to CBE@tamuc.edu so we can put the permit on the system which will allow you to register.
21. Am I required to do a comprehensive exam?
Yes, The comprehensive is required in all Graduate Programs. The following programs: MBA, MSMGT, MSMKT utilize a course-embedded exam in the FINAL course for these programs (MGT 527). To register for MGT 527 you must receive a MGT 527 Departmental Permit. The MSFin requires the student to contact the Finance Department in their graduating semester to schedule their comprehensive. The MSAcct program has a course-embedded exam in the FINAL course (ACCT 595). To register for ACCT 595 you must receive a ACCT 595 Departmental Permit. Students must pass their comp in order to be eligible to graduate from their program.
22. Where can I access the Graduate Catalog?
The catalog can be found online.
23. What is the program cost?
24. How do I search for my classes?
25. How do I register for classes?
Via myLeo or by calling 903.886.5064.
26. Where can I buy and/or rent my textbooks?
BOOKSTORE LINK - ISBN#'s for books can be found on the course syllabus in myLEO.
27. What are the cutoff days to do Add/Drops?
28. How do I obtain Verification of Enrollment?
29. Is there an Honor Society for graduate students in the CBE?
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. TAMU-C Contact person is Dr. Kendra Ingram.
30. How can I request information about the programs offered at the Graduate level?
31. How do I get a 2nd Masters degree from TAMU-C?
You will need to submit an application for the 2nd major and pay the appropriate application fee. You can possibly transfer 3 applicable courses from your 1st Masters on to your 2nd. You must complete a minimum of 21 new hours for the 2nd degree (or 7 courses). See Policy
32. 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 w/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.
33. What are my Hood & Tassel colors for Graduation?
- MBA - Drab (Sandy) Tassel & Hood
- MS - Gold Tassel & Hood (MS MGT, MS MKT, MS FIN)
34. 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 TAMU-Commerce.
35. Can my work experience and training be considered in order to waive some of my pre-requisite courses (or entrance tests) 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.”
This information can be found HERE.
36. I would like to sit for the CPA, what are the State of Texas Requirements?
The applicant must meet specific education requirements before an application for the CPA examination can be filed. These requirements are as follows (Contact: Virginia.Fullwood@tamuc.edu):
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.)
37. Who will help me with a letter to attend a conference for my embassy/sponsor?
If you are a Business student, we will be happy to assist you with a letter to your embassy or sponsor, please complete this FORM. The conference requested should be at least ONE MONTH from the date of your submission. SACM requires this lead-time for processing. You will be copied on the letter via email when completed. Our office writes ONLY conference letters. All other required letters can be run directly from DEGREE WORKS by the student. Degree works is the OFFICIAL form of communication for TAMU-Commerce students. Follow these instructions 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-
- Username: CWID
- Password: Date of Birth (MMDDYY)
2. Click on Registration, Records and Grades
3. Click on Student Records
4. Click on DegreeWorks- Evaluation and Planning
5. Click on Access Degree Works and Save as PDF
6. Attach PDF from #5 above in an email to your advisor (or other necessary entity).
38. Where can I find a link to the Graduate School's FAQ Page?
Graduate School Forms
Change of Major
Courses over 6 years
39. Can I take a core course prior to completing the pre-req required on my plan of study (degree plan)?
Pre-reqs are required as outlined on your individual degree plan. You must complete the pre-reqs in order to graduate. However, in the event you choose to take a core prior to a pre-req (i.e., Mkt 521 before Mkt 501), receiving a passing grade in the core does not alter the requirement of a pre-req. 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 so as to alleviate any discrepancies when you attempt to graduate. Email us ASAP.