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All candidates for the professional Master of Business Administration are required to complete 36 semester-credit-hours of graduate-level business courses: eight core MBA courses and four business electives.

Core MBA courses

(24 semester-credit-hours, 8 courses)

Our core MBA courses are offered either completely online or in a traditional face-to-face class with the option to attend via Zoom.

  • ACCT 5311 - Accounting for Management
  • BUSI 5350 - Executive Leadership
  • ECON 5320 - Managerial Economics
  • FINC 5314 - Advanced Financial Management
  • *MGMT 5317: Strategic Management
  • MKTG 5313: Marketing Management
  • One of the following:
    • MGMT 5371: Operations Management
    • MGMT 5377: Organizational Behavior and Theory
    • MGMT 5381: Information Systems in Organizations
  • One of the following:
    • ACCT 5366: Advanced Statistical Methods/Data Analytics for Detecting Fraud
    • BUSI 5380: Applied Business Analytics and Data Visualization
    • ECON 5325: Data Driven Decision Making
    • MGMT 5380: Quantitative Management Applications

*MGMT 5317 is a capstone course and must be taken in the last semester of study. You may take other courses simultaneously. 


(12 semester-credit-hours, 4 courses)

You may take any 5000-level business course that is available in rotation. You can view these options through the online dynamic schedule of classes, or contact the MBA director.

If you'd like to take a nonbusiness course as an elective, you must first receive approval from the MBA director.

If you're pursuing an MBA concentration in Human Resource Management or Sports Business, there are specific courses from which to choose your electives.

Curriculum requirements

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Additional program requirements

  • All courses must be completed within six years of graduate enrollment.
  • To remain in good standing, students must have a 3.0 GPA (B average) in all graduate work.
  • No Ds and no more than two Cs may be counted toward graduate degree requirements.
  • No more than two graduate classes may be repeated to improve the course grade.
    • The GPA may not be improved by retaking a course at another university.
  • When approved by the MBA director, a student may transfer a maximum of 12 semester-credit-hours from another school.
  • To satisfy the university’s comprehensive exam requirement, a grade of B or better is required in the capstone MGMT 5317 course.

Ready to apply?

Apply to SFA for your graduate studies and let's get started!


Jason Reese, PhD
MBA Director
Associate Dean of Finance and Administration


Physical Address:
McGee Business Building, Suite 137

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13077, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962