An applicant must indicate MBA/MS Merchandising as a major on the Graduate School application. Graduate Admissions will send one copy of the submitted materials to the College of Business Administration (COBA) and another copy to the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management (SMHM).

In most cases, the student will be required to take background courses in business or merchandising, but not both. However, a student who does not have an undergraduate degree in either discipline may have to take the background courses from both areas. Minimum admission standards of both disciplines must be met including a satisfactory score on the GMAT.

Applicants who have taken the GRE prior to admission, and whose GRE scores meet the minimum standards may use those scores for admission into the program. If the student has not taken either test, then he/she must take the GMAT. Scores more than 10 years old at the time of application for admission will not be considered.

Applicants whose native language is not English must either present a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL or be a graduate of a college or university in the United States.

General Information

During the first semester, the student is to meet with a specified professional field advisor in business to initiate the degree plan process. The degree plan must be approved by the associate dean of the COBA and the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. Any degree plan change must have prior consent. Each student must receive counseling prior to registration each semester.

The student is also to meet with the graduate advisor in the SMHM. The graduate advisor is the contact person for the new student until the major professor is identified. The major professor assists a student in filing a degree plan to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. The degree plan must be approved by the dean of SMHM. Any degree plan change must have prior consent of the student's major professor and approval of the SMHM dean.

Awarding of Degrees

Upon completion of the background courses in either business or merchandising or both, the student will complete 30 hours of graduate courses in business and 24 hours of graduate courses in merchandising. Six hours of the completed merchandising degree will count as electives in the business professional field. The written comprehensive examination for the MBA is satisfied by the completion of BUSI 5190 - Administrative Strategy.

The MBA/MS is the non-thesis option and the student must pass a written comprehensive exam upon completion of the SMHM coursework. A student who has completed an undergraduate degree in merchandising or home furnishings merchandising can elect to complete a thesis as part of the MS degree. In this case, the student is required to complete SMHM 5300 Research Methods (3 hrs.) and SMHM 5950 Master's Thesis ( 6 hrs.).

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