College of Business and Public Affairs
   Dannie E. Harrison, Dean
  Gerry N. Muuka, Assistant Dean and Graduate Coordinator
   109 Business and Public Affairs Building
   270-762-6970      cbpa@murraystate.edu
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In this chapter...

Academic Departments
 Accounting
 Computer Science and Information Systems
 Economics and Finance 
 Journalism and Mass Communications
 Management, Marketing and Business Administration 
 Organizational Communication
 

Graduate Programs
 Professional Accountancy (M.P.Ac.) 
 Business Administration (M.B.A.) 
 Economics
 Mass Communications 
 Organizational Communication 
 Telecommunications Systems Managment
 

 
  The College of Business and Public Affairs offers six graduate degree programs:  the Master of Business Administration (MBA), offered through the Arthur J. Bauernfeind Graduate Program in Business Administration; the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc); the master of science in economics;  the master of arts or science in mass communications; the master of arts or science in organizational communication; and the master of science in telecommunications systems management. These programs prepare graduates for a variety of challenging and rewarding careers in industry, private enterprise, governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.
   The university began offering programs in business and public affairs in 1935. The College of Business and Public Affairs was formed in 1966. The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Department of Organizational Communication were added in 2000. Both the undergraduate business and MBA programs are accredited by AACSB-International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
   Faculty. The primary resource in graduate programs is the teaching faculty. The graduate faculty of the college give a high priority to excellence in teaching and research activities in support of teaching. Since 1967, the faculty have published in the college’s professional journal, Journal of Business and Public Affairs, and in many other national and international professional and scholarly journals. Enrollment in most graduate courses ranges from 10 to 25 students, enhancing close student-faculty relations.
   Computer facilities. Students at Murray State University have varied and extensive access to computing resources. The university’s Computing and Information Services Center, located in the Martha Layne Collins Center for Industry and Technology, houses an IBM 2003 Model 106 mainframe computer. In addition to this systems’ administrative support role, faculty, staff and students may also utilize this computer on a no charge individual account basis. There are also a number of open microcomputer labs located in buildings and dorms across campus available for use on a first come, first serve basis.
    The College of Business and Public Affairs maintains seven individual labs with approximately 180 Pentium class microcomputers within the College’s building complex. There is also a 17-station Macintosh lab in Wilson Hall. Each of these labs is fully networked with in-house multi-server support and all are linked to the fiber optic backbone on campus providing high-speed access to both on-campus and off-campus information resources. The College continuously upgrades the hardware and software in its facilities to keep pace with state of the art technology and through numerous course offerings, provides in-depth instruction on the use of many of the most popular software suites and applications.
    Additionally, all students attending Murray State University are provided personal email accounts and, at their request, may be assigned web server space to develop and host a personal web page. Students living in the dorms have direct network access through high speed local area networks similar to those found in the microcomputer labs located on campus. Those individuals choosing to live off-campus may gain access to collegiate resources by dialing into the University’s network.
   Library services. The Murray State University library system provides access to information essential for teaching and research. Of the library’s 960,000 resources, more than 30,000 volumes focus specifically on business topics. The library subscribes to over 350 business-specific journals in print, and has access to 4,500 business-specific publications full text electronically. In addition to the electronic catalog of monographic materials, the library subscribes to over 50 databases including EBSCO’s Business Source Premier, ProQuest’s Computing and Career and Technical Education, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Regional Business News. These five databases provide access to at least 20 years worth of 8,740 publications, some 10,000 company profiles and 1,700 industry profiles. Remote access to the library’s electronic collections is available via proxy server.
   Placement service. The college works closely with the university Career Services Office. A number of national corporations, governmental agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and regional organizations regularly visit the campus to interview qualified candidates.
Bureau of Business and Economic Research. The Bureau of Business and Economic Research provides research services to business, community organizations and government agencies in Kentucky. In addition, the Bureau maintains a web-based data set that contains information on education and economic statistics for West Kentucky. The website also contains bureau research reports and newsletters. This can be accessed through the college’s website.
   West Kentucky Small Business Development Center. The principal function of the West Kentucky SBDC is to provide technical assistance to small businesses throughout the region. Paid consulting opportunities are available to full-time graduate students.

Arthur J. Bauernfeind Graduate Program in Business Administration
270-762-6970
cbpa@murraystate.edu
Henderson - Mickey Johnson
270-926-0149

   The graduate program leading to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree for full-time students is offered during the day and evening at Murray. The same program is offered in the evening for part-time students at Murray, Paducah, Henderson, and Hopkinsville.
   The M.B.A. program is offered jointly by the departments within the college. It is designed to qualify graduates for creative leadership positions in a complex and ever-changing business environment. Primary emphasis is placed on the analysis of business problems, the determination of business policies and the development of the skills and mature judgment necessary for competent management.
   The broad integrated curriculum provides each student with an understanding of the major facets of domestic and international business operations including work in the theoretical and historical foundations of business, quantitative controls and information systems and decision making, research methodology, decision-making through the development of advanced functional skills, and the socio-political environment of business. Opportunity is provided for a moderate degree of specialization through the choice of graduate electives selected. The accounting option requires additional foundation courses and all graduate electives to be taken in accounting. There is no comprehensive examination or thesis requirement. However, the capstone course, MGT 656, can be taken only after completion of at least 18 hours of graduate course work.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows.

Unconditional
   An applicant must attain an acceptable score on a formula that combines undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) and the score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
   The formula at the beginning of 2000 was as follows:  200 times UGPA plus GMAT score must equal at least 1000, that is:

(200 x UGPA) + GMAT  = minimum 1000
   An alternative formula is used if any applicant’s grade point average on the last 60 semester hours (LGPA) of undergraduate work, or undergraduate and graduate work, is 0.25 points or more above the applicant’s overall UGPA:
 200 x (LGPA - .25) + GMAT  = minimum 1000
   The minimum GMAT score for applicants with overall GPAs of 3.0 and above is 400. Those with GPAs of less than 3.0 require substantially higher GMAT scores.
   An applicant whose native language is not English or who did not graduate from an English-speaking college or university must satisfy the above requirements, meet all admission requirements specified in the international student admission section of this bulletin, and score a minimum of 525 paper-based and 197 computer adaptive on the TOEFL (see page 24).

Conditional
An applicant who has not taken the GMAT will be granted conditional admission to the M.B.A. program if the applicant’s UGPA is at least 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale), or if the applicant’s LGPA is at least 3.00. This student must take the GMAT within two months of receiving the conditional admission letter. A student who is conditionally admitted may enroll in foundation courses (see below) but may not enroll in 600 level courses without a special waiver from the assistant dean/MBA director. International students are not usually admitted conditionally, meaning they must take and pass the GMAT before coming to the United States.


Master of Business Administration

CIP 52.0101

ACCREDITED BY:
AACSB-International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY

The M.B.A. curriculum requirements are divided into two parts:  (1) foundation courses and (2) graduate courses.
The foundation courses are undergraduate courses designed to form a base upon which the student can build in the graduate phase of the program. A student who has satisfactorily completed one or more equivalent courses will be given a waiver for previous work. A minimum grade of C is required to satisfy each foundation course. 

Foundation Courses
Level I 
ACC 490 Survey of Accounting 
 -or-
ACC 200 Principles of Accounting 
 -and-
ACC 201 Principles of Accounting II
ECO 500 Foundations of Economic Analysis
   -or- 
ECO 230 Principles of Macroeconomics 
 -and-
ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics
MAT 220 Business Calculus
Level II
BPA 355 Information Systems and Decision Making1
FIN 330 Principles of Finance
MGT 350 Fundamentals of Management
MKT 360 Principles of Marketing
Level III
CIS 443 Business Statistics III2 
Total Hours  24-30

1 A student with a weak background in computers should take CSC 199 or an equivalent course before enrolling in BPA 355. ACC 308 may substitute for BPA 355. 
2 A student with a weak background in statistics may prefer to enroll in CIS 243 and/or 343 before enrolling in CIS 443.
3 All foundation courses must be completed by the time a student finishes 15 hours of graduate course work. 

The graduate courses include 21 hours in seven required or core courses and nine hours of approved electives.

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
ACC 604 Quantitative Financial Controls
CIS 653 Management Science for Managerial Decision Making
ECO 625 Managerial Economics
FIN 602 Corporate Finance
MGT 651 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
MGT 656 Seminar in Strategic Management
MKT 667 Marketing Planning and Application
Electives (9 hrs)

Note:  All electives must be selected with the approval of the M.B.A. director. At least six hours must be taken at the 600- level. No foundation course may be used as an M.B.A. elective.

Other Degree Requirements
   In order to receive the degree, a candidate must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on all graduate courses taken at Murray State University. Repeating a graduate course does not cancel a previous grade in the course. A candidate may not repeat a course in which a previous grade of A or B was earned for credit.
   A minimum grade of C is required to receive credit for a graduate course.
   No more than one C will be accepted in fulfillment of the seven M.B.A. core courses.
   A candidate is awarded one “quality deficit point” for each grade of C received, two points for each D, and three points for each E. Upon receipt of four quality deficit points, a candidate is dropped from the program without opportunity for readmission except by special permission. (Also see Scholastic Probation, Chapter 2.)
   A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit taken at another institution may be transferred toward the fulfillment of core courses or electives, provided that the course was not used to complete another degree, that a grade of B or better was earned, and that a 3.00 grade point average is earned in Murray State graduate courses. Transfer courses must fall within the eight-year time limit allowed for completion of the master’s degree.
   Foundation courses may be completed at Murray State University or at any regionally accredited four-year institution or recognized foreign institution, before or after acceptance into the program. Only the 100- and 200-level foundation courses may be completed at a community or junior college.
   During the fall and spring semesters, a candidate may take a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate work or 15 credit hours if at least three hours are foundation work. The maximum load during each five week summer session is seven hours.
   A student may fulfill a foundation course by passing a proficiency test. A proficiency test may be taken only once per course. There is a fee for taking the test. Call the assistant dean’s office (270-762-6970) to schedule each proficiency test.
   A candidate who reapplies after a period of inactivity of 36 months will be subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
   A few applicants who have taken the GMAT and are denied admission may subsequently be admitted by a special admissions process on the basis of significant work experience or other extraordinary credentials.


Master of Business Administration
Accounting Option

CIP 52.0101

ACCREDITED BY:
AACSB-International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY

   The M.B.A. accounting option curriculum requirements are divided into three parts:  (1) foundation courses, (2) undergraduate accounting courses and (3) graduate courses.
   The undergraduate courses are designed to form a base upon which the student can build in the graduate phase of the program. A student who has satisfactorily completed one or more equivalent courses will be given a waiver for previous work. A minimum grade of C is required to satisfy each undergraduate course.

Foundation Courses
Level I
ACC 490 Survey of Accounting 
 -or-
ACC 200 Principles of Accounting 
 -and-
ACC 201 Principles of Accounting II
ECO 500 Foundations of Economic Analysis
  -or- 
ECO 230 Principles of Macroeconomics 
 -and-
ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics 
MAT 220 Business Calculus
Level II
BPA 355 Information Systems and Decision   Making1
FIN 330 Principles of Finance 
MGT 350 Fundamentals of Management
MKT 360 Principles of Marketing
Level III
CIS 443 Business Statistics III2
Total Hours   24-30

1 A student with a weak background in computers should take CSC 199 or an equivalent course before enrolling in BPA 355. ACC 308 may substitute for BPA 355. 
2 A student with a weak background in statistics may prefer to enroll in CIS 243 and/or 343 before enrolling in CIS 443.
3 All foundation courses must be completed by the time a student finishes 15 hours of graduate course work. 

Undergraduate Accounting Courses
ACC 300 Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 301 Intermediate Accounting II
ACC 302 Federal Income Tax
ACC 303 Cost Accounting
ACC 506 Principles of Auditing and Assurance Services

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
ACC course 600 level (3 hours)*
CIS 653 Management Science for Managerial Decision Making
ECO 625 Managerial Economics
FIN 602 Corporate Finance
MGT 651 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
MGT 656 Seminar in Strategic Management
MKT 667 Marketing Planning and Application

Electives to be selected from the following:
 (Two courses must be at 600-level)
ACC 500 Advanced Accounting
ACC 501 Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Entities
ACC 502 Advanced Income Tax
ACC 503 Advanced Cost Accounting
ACC 602 Tax Planning and Research
ACC 604 Quantitative Financial Controls
ACC 606 Auditing Theory and Practice
ACC 608 Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
ACC 609 Issues in Corporate Financial Reporting
LST 540 Commercial Transactions

Note: All electives must be selected with the approval of the M.B.A. director. At least six hours must be taken at the 600 level. No foundation course may be used as an M.B.A. elective.

*The M.B.A. option in Accounting consists of 12 hours of graduate-level accounting courses, nine hours of which must be at the 600 level.


Master of Business Administration
E-Business  Option

CIP 52.0101

ACCREDITED BY:
AACSB-International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY

Required Undergraduate Courses
CIS 307 Database Design and Implementation
Approved programming language course (3 hrs)

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
ACC 604 Quantitative Financial Controls
CIS 653 Management Science for Managerial Decision Making
ECO 625 Managerial Economics
FIN 602 Corporate Finance
MGT 651 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
MGT 656 Seminar in Strategic Management
MKT 667 Marketing Planning and Application

E-Business Courses
CIS 609 Data Warehousing and Data Mining
 -or-
MKT 685 Business Geographics for Managers
CIS 607 Distributed Database Design
MKT 675 Marketing Applications in E-Business

Other Degree Requirements
   In order to receive the degree, a candidate must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on all graduate courses taken at Murray State University. Repeating a graduate course does not cancel a previous grade in the course. A candidate may not repeat a course in which a previous grade of A or B was earned for credit.
   A minimum grade of C is required to receive credit for a graduate course. No more than one C will be accepted in fulfillment of the seven M.B.A. core courses.
   A candidate is awarded one “quality deficit point” for each grade of C received, two points for each D, and three points for each E. Upon receipt of four quality deficit points, a candidate is dropped from the program without opportunity for readmission except by special permission. (Also see Scholastic Probation, Chapter 2.)
   A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit taken at another institution may be transferred toward the fulfillment of core courses or electives, provided that the course was not used to complete another degree, that a grade of B or better was earned, and that a 3.00 grade point average is earned in Murray State graduate courses. Transfer courses must fall within the eight-year time limit allowed for completion of the master’s degree.
   Foundation courses may be completed at Murray State University or at any regionally accredited four-year institution or recognized foreign institution, before or after acceptance into the program.
   Only the 100- and 200-level foundation courses may be completed at a community or junior college.
   During the fall and spring semesters, a candidate may take a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate work or 15 credit hours if at least three hours are foundation work. The maximum load during each five week summer session is seven hours.
   A student may fulfill a foundation course by passing a proficiency test. The proficiency test may be taken only once per course. Call the assistant dean’s office (270-762-6970) to schedule each proficiency test. There is a fee for taking the test.
   A candidate who reapplies after a period of inactivity of 36 months will be subject to the degree requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
   A few applicants who have taken the GMAT and are denied admission may subsequently be admitted by a special admissions process on the basis of significant work experience or other extraordinary credentials.
   For additional information, request an M.B.A. Program Information Bulletin from the M.B.A. director.
 
 
Department of Accounting
Chair - Don Chamberlain
351 Business Building
270-762-4193
acc@murraystate.edu

   In addition to supporting the M.B.A., the M.B.A./Accounting option, and other graduate programs, the Department of Accounting offers the Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.Ac.) degree. This program is designed to provide students with the requisite skills to enter the field of accountancy with a higher level of proficiency in advanced accounting issues. Students completing the program will meet the academic requirements for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and other prominent professional accounting and business certifications.
  Candidates may earn the M.P.Ac. after (1) completing an undergraduate program (separate degree option) or (2) in an integrated program in combination with the accounting baccalaureate degree (see dual-degree option, Undergraduate Bulletin). Students completing the dual-degree program will receive both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Requirements for Admission
  Candidates entering the dual-degree program are encouraged to apply for admission into the program and graduate school during their first semester immediately following achievement of junior standing. The admission requirements include: (1) a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, (2) completion of 9 semester hours of upper-division accounting courses at Murray State University with a minimum GPA of 2.75, and (3) a minimum score of 400 on the GMAT. All requirements must be fulfilled for an applicant to receive unconditional admittance. In rare and unusual cases, the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Accounting may grant conditional admittance to students who have fulfilled at least two of the requirements and have demonstrated the potential for successful completion of the program. 
  Candidates who have already earned a baccalaureate degree or have substantially completed their undergraduate degree may apply for admission into the separate degree M.P.Ac. program. Admission requirements include: (1) successful completion of the accounting foundation courses (see the section M.P.Ac. Course Requirement for separate degree students, below), (2) a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 on undergraduate coursework, and (3) a minimum score of 400 on the GMAT.


Master of Professional Accountancy

CIP 52.0301

SEPARATE-DEGREE PROGRAM

 The following requirements are for candidates of the separate degree M.P.Ac. program. Students entering the separate degree M.P.Ac. program are expected to have completed the following foundation courses (or equivalent courses).

Foundation Courses
ACC 200 Principles of Accounting 
ACC 201 Principles of Accounting II
ACC 202 Financial Accounting Laboratory
ACC 300 Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 301 Intermediate Accounting II
ACC 302 Federal Income Tax
ACC 303 Cost Accounting
ACC 308 Accounting Information Systems

NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
ACC 506 Principles of Auditing and Assurance Services1
ACC 509 Accounting Theory1
ACC 606 Auditing Theory and Practice
ACC 608 Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
ACC 609 Issues in Corporate Financial Reporting
 -and-
Graduate Electives (15 hours)
 One graduate elective (3 hrs) must be an ACC course and the remainder must be 600 level courses that are selected based on career objectives and are approved by the M.P.Ac. coordinator. Courses must meet AACSB accreditation guidelines and include a minimum of six hours in business.

Other Degree Requirements
 A candidate must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on all graduate coursework.

 1Substitute courses are required for ACC 506 and 509 if a candidate’s undergraduate program included equivalent material.

   The following requirements are for candidates in the dual-degree M.P.Ac. program. Undergraduate requirements and listings may be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Students should be aware that withdrawal from the M.P.Ac. program prior to completion of all degree requirements will result in all graduate level credit reverting to undergraduate credit.

DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAM
NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY

Total Undergraduate Requirements 120-132 hours

University Studies Requirements  64-77 hrs

Business Core Requirements 33 hrs

Required Courses 14 hrs 
ACC 202 Financial Accounting Laboratory
ACC 300 Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 301 Intermediate Accounting II
ACC 302 Federal Income Tax
ACC 303 Cost Accounting
ACC 507 Professional Certification Review

Business Electives (Choose appropriate area below):
•Area in Accounting 3-9 hrs 
 (Restricted to upper level courses except ACC 304, 
 489, 490 and BPA 355. See listing on page 56.)

•Area in Accounting/Information Systems Option 8 hrs 
CIS 260 Application Program Development in COBOL I
CIS 307 Database Design and Implementation
CIS/CSC elective (200 level or above) (2 hrs)1
 (CSC 135 and CSC 336 must be taken as elective
 courses in the University Studies requirement.)

•Area in Accounting/Finance Option 9 hrs 
FIN 332 Financial Management
FIN electives (300 level or above) (6 hrs)2

Total Graduate Course Requirements 30 hours
ACC 506 Principles of Auditing and Assurance Services3
ACC 509 Accounting Theory3
ACC 606 Auditing Theory and Practice
ACC 608 Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
ACC 609 Issues in Corporate Financial Reporting
 -and-
Graduate Electives (15 hours)
 One graduate elective (3 hrs) must be an ACC course and the remainder must be 600 level courses that are selected based on career objectives and are approved by the M.P.Ac. coordinator. Courses must meet AACSB accreditation guidelines and include a minimum of six hours in business.

Total Dual-Degree Requirements 150-162 hrs

 1CIS 488, 489, 500 and 595 and CSC 488, 525, 526, and 595 will not count as electives.
 2FIN 488, 489, 505, and 595 will not count as electives.
 3Substitute courses are required for ACC 506 and 509 if a candidate’s undergraduate program included equivalent material.

Other Degree Requirements
 A candidate must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on all undergraduate coursework, a 2.00 on all upper-division accounting coursework, and a 3.00 on all graduate coursework.
 
 
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Chair - Victor Raj
652 Business Building
270-762-2094
csis@murraystate.edu

   Courses taught by the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems support the previously described M.B.A. program and other graduate programs.
 
 
Department of Economicsand Finance
Chair - David Brasfield
307 Business Building
270-762-4188
eco.fin@murraystate.edu

   In addition to supporting the M.B.A. program and other graduate programs, the Department of Economics and Finance offers the master of science degree in economics with two options. The first has a traditional M.S. in economics curriculum under which the student, subject to the judgment of the graduate coordinator, has a relatively wide choice of electives. The second option allows the student to take a concentration of courses in finance. Both options are designed to prepare a student for further study at the doctoral level, or to qualify a student for a variety of career positions in business, government and private agencies, or to prepare students for teaching at the community and junior college level.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional information about unconditional and conditional admission is following.

Unconditional
   Admission into the M.S. in economics program is open to persons with (1) an acceptable undergraduate grade point average (normally 2.5 on a 4.00 scale), and (2) an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (normally at least 50th percentile on the quantitative portion and 10th percentile on the verbal section), and (3) an undergraduate minor in economics or its equivalent.
   The applicant’s overall record, including undergraduate training, experience, and GMAT or GRE score, will be evaluated by the department graduate coordinator to determine the prospective student’s suitability for graduate work in economics.

Conditional
Admission into the M.S. in economics program may be granted to an individual not qualifying for unconditional admission if the individual demonstrates the potential to succeed. A conditional student may be admitted to full standing after completion of one semester (nine hours) of satisfactory work including prerequisites, with the recommendation of the M.S. graduate coordinator.


Master of Science in Economics

CIP 45.0601

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
ECO 630 Macroeconomic Theory
ECO 631 Microeconomic Theory
ECO 680 Quantitative Methods
ECO 685 Econometrics 
 -or-
ECO 690 Forecasting for Business and Government
ECO course, 500 or 600 level (3 hrs)
ECO 698-699 Thesis
Approved elective, 600 level1 (3 hrs)
Approved electives, 500 or 600 level1  (6 hrs)

Other Degree Requirements
• Comprehensive examination over course work and thesis.
• Minimum grade of B in both ECO 630 and ECO 631.

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
Same as above with the following substitution for thesis:

ECO courses, 500 or 600 level increase to 6 hrs
ECO course, 600 level 3 hrs

Other Degree Requirements
• Comprehensive examination over course work.
• Minimum grade of B in both ECO 630 and ECO 631.

1 No more than one elective (3 hrs) may be taken in any one of the following disciplines:  accounting, computer and information systems, management, marketing, or office systems.


Master of Science in Economics 
with Emphasis in Finance

CIP 45.0601

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
ECO 630 Macroeconomic Theory
ECO 631 Microeconomic Theory
ECO 680 Quantitative Methods
ECO 685 Econometrics 
 -or-
ECO 690 Forecasting for Business and Government
ECO 698-699 Thesis
Approved FIN electives, 500 or 600 level (6 hrs)
Approved FIN electives, 600 level (6 hrs)

Other Degree Requirements
• Comprehensive examination over course work and thesis.
• Minimum grade of B in both ECO 630 and ECO 631.

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
Same as above with the following substitution for thesis:

ECO courses, 500 or 600 level 6 hrs

Other Degree Requirements
• Comprehensive examination over course work.
• Minimum grade of B in both ECO 630 and ECO 631.


Master of Arts in Education 
(Secondary Education) with Economics Specialization

CIP 13.1205

Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete an economics specialization with 12 hours of 500 or 600 level economics courses.
 
 
Department of Journalism and Mass Communications
Chair - Jeanne Scafella
Graduate Coordinator - Bob Lochte
114 Wilson Hall
270-762-2387
journalism@murraystate.edu

   The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications offers the master of arts and the master of science in mass communications. The objectives of the graduate program are: 1) to prepare graduate students for positions in mass communications and research; 2) to provide a foundation for study at the doctoral level; and 3) to prepare graduate students for teaching mass communications at the college level.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are as follows:

Unconditional
 Unconditional admission is granted to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree from an ACEJMC accredited , or similarly rigorous, program in any mass communications field; and whose undergraduate grade point average is 2.75 or higher. International students must score at least 550 paper-based test or 213 computer-based test on the TOEFL, including scores of at least 55 paper-based test or 21 computer-based test on each of the three verbal areas, in addition to the above requirements. 

Conditional
  Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in fields other than mass communications; or whose undergraduate GPA is between 2.50 and 2.74. 
   International students entering the mass communications program from the Murray State University English as Second Language program (ESL) must complete Level 6 and must score at least 550 paper-based test or 213 computer-based test on the TOEFL, including scores of at least 55 paper-based test or 21 computer-based test on each of the three verbal areas, in addition to the above requirements. 
  All students granted conditional admission must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average in their first nine hours of graduate courses, with no single grade below a B, in order to remain in the program. The graduate coordinator may require up to nine (9) hours of additional prerequisite courses, including JMC 599, for any student admitted conditionally.


Master of Arts or Master of Science 
in Mass Communications

CIP 09.0101

NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY

Total Course Requirements  30 hours
JMC 515 History of U.S. Journalism and Broadcasting 
 -or-
JMC  600  Seminar in International and Intercultural Communication 
 -and-
JMC 630 Theories of Mass Communications
JMC 648 Mass Media Industries 
JMC 660 Methods of Communications Research
JMC 670 Philosophical Concepts of Mass Media
JMC 690 Comprehensive Project in Mass Communications

Three courses chosen from the following:
JMC 515 History of U.S. Journalism and Broadcasting
JMC 558 New Media Technologies
JMC 560 Alternative Media Criticism
JMC 600 Seminar in International Mass Communications
JMC 601 Seminar in Media, Culture, Gender and Race
JMC 602 Seminar in Advertising
JMC 603 Seminar in Public Relations
JMC 668 Critical Analysis of Mass Media

Elective, 500 or 600 level 
 (as approved by graduate coordinator)

Other Degree Requirements
• The semester before enrolling in JMC 690, the student must meet with the graduate coordinator, present a proposal for the project, and gain approval of the proposal.
• At least 18 total hours must be at the 600-level.
• For the master of arts degree only, the candidate must demonstrate competency in an approved foreign language.
 
 
Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration
Chair - Roger Schoenfeldt
451 Business Building
270-762-6196
mgt.mkt@murraystate.edu

   The graduate courses taught by the Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration support the previously described M.B.A. program and other graduate programs.


Master of Arts in Education 
(Secondary Education) with Business and Marketing Specialization

CIP 13.1205

Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education (see Chapter 5) may complete a business and marketing specialization with 12 hours of 500 or 600 level courses. Courses must be planned and approved by a business education advisor. BED 610, Foundations of Business and Marketing Education, is required as one of the courses.
 
Department of Organizational Communication
Chair - Steve Cox
Graduate Coordinator - Edward Brewer
312 Wilson Hall
270-762-4483
orgcom@murraystate.edu

   The Department of Organizational Communication offers the master of arts and master of science degrees in organizational communication. The program, which is theoretically and experientially oriented, provides students with course offerings allowing in-depth study and opportunity to pursue individual interests. The program prepares individuals (1) to enter areas of business, industry, government and entertainment where knowledge of and competence in communication are essential; (2) to enter other vocations where communication is of prime importance (e.g. the ministry, law, public service); (3) to continue study of communication at the doctoral level; and (4) to teach organizational  communication at the college level. Major areas of study include organizational, interpersonal, small group and instructional communication plus communication theory and research methods. Recent degree options in organizational communication and the innovative “Weekender” master’s degree in organizational communication reflect the department’s commitment to respond to regional needs.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Additional departmental requirements are as follows:

Unconditional
• An overall GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate work with at least a minor in speech communication or related field, and
• A minimum GRE (V+A) composite of 800.

Conditional
• An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50 and a minimum GRE composite (V+A) of 900.
Conditional students are admitted to full standing after completion of nine hours of B or better work and approval of the graduate program coordinator.

Weekender
Students entering the “Weekender” program may be admitted without significant training or experience in communication within organizations on the understanding that they will complete certain undergraduate courses.


Master of Arts in 
Organizational Communication

CIP 09.0901

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 34 hours
COM 585 Advanced Organizational Communication
   (if not taken for undergraduate degree)
COM 645 Foundations of Organizational Communication
COM 672 Communication in Instructional Environments 
    (required of laboratory assistants only)
COM 685 Seminar in Organizational Communication
COM 690 Research Methods in Organizational Communication
COM 692 Research Practice
COM 693 Readings in Communication Research
COM 698-699  Thesis
Approved COM electives, 600 level
Approved electives, 500 or 600 level (3-6 hrs)

Other Degree Requirements
• Oral defense of the thesis.
• Written and oral examinations designed to facilitate integrative learning.

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements 34 hours
Same as above with the following substitution for thesis:

Approved electives, 500 or 600 level increase to 6-9 hrs

Other Degree Requirements
Written and oral examinations designed to facilitate integrative learning.


Master of Science in 
Organizational Communication

CIP 09.0901

NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY

Total Course Requirements 31 hours
COM 585 Advanced Organizational Communication
   (if not taken for undergraduate degree)
COM 645 Foundations of Organizational Communication
COM 672 Communication in Instructional Environments 
  (required of laboratory assistants only)
COM 685 Seminar in Organizational Communication
COM 690 Research Methods in Organizational Communication
COM 692 Research Practice
Approved COM electives, 600 level (3-6 hrs)
Approved electives, 500 or 600 level (9-12 hrs)

Other Degree Requirements
Written and oral examinations designed to facilitate integrative learning.


Master of Arts/Master of Science in 
Organizational Communication: Health Care Administration Emphasis

CIP 09.0901

Total Course Requirements 34-37 hours

Required Courses 10-13 hrs
COM 585 Advanced Organizational Communication
   (if not taken for undergraduate degree)
COM 645 Foundations of Organizational Communication
COM 685 Seminar in Organizational Communication
COM 690 Research Methods in Organizational Communication
COM 692 Research Practice

Electives 6-9 hrs 
 (Select from the following)
COM 553 Advanced Small Group Processes
COM 581 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
COM 600 Seminar in International and Intercultural Communication
COM 673 Organizational Training and Development
COM 681 Seminar in Conflict Resolution
COM 683 Seminar in Communication Variables

Health Care Administration Courses 15 hrs
ADM 645 Resources Management
HCA 601 Overview of the Health Care Delivery System
HCA 602 Clinical Management Models for Health and Human Services
HCA 668 Health Education in Managed Care and Human Services
HCA 674 Health Counseling and Managed Care
HCA 680 Advanced Topics in Stress and Health Care Delivery

Thesis (M.A. only)
 Six hours of thesis (COM 698 and 699) may be taken in place of three hours in the Organizational Communication Elective Block. Topic must include consideration of organizational communication theories or perspectives.

Other Degree Requirements
 Written and oral examinations designed to facilitate integrative learning.


Telecommunications Systems Management
270-762-6970
cbpa@murraystate.edu
   The masters program in telecommunications systems management provides students a core of fundamental courses and the option of choosing a specialization within the curriculum. Although students in the masters program will have the insight and ability to manage all aspects of telecommunications systems, the program option choice will support the aspect of management which interests them most, the physical system and its  components or the business structure and operations that depend on the system.

Requirements for Admission
   Applicants must meet the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). For admission consideration, all candidates must take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There are no exceptions to this rule. Scores should be sent directly to Murray State University by the testing service using the institution code 1494. 

Unconditional
   Students taking the GMAT must satisfy the GMAT admission formula, which is: (200 x GPA) + GMAT > 1,000 points. If the GRE is taken, on the other hand, the GRE formula must be satisfied, which is: (200 x GPA) + GRE > 1,400 points. This GRE formula uses the combined score from the quantitative and verbal sections only.
   In addition, candidates must take the TOEFL and score at least 550 on the paper-based exam (or 213 on the computerized version) if English is not their native language or they have not graduated from an accredited English speaking university. 

Conditional
   TSM applicants may be admitted conditionally under the following conditions: 1) their overall GPA is 2.75 or higher, or at least 3.0 for their last 60 hours of undergraduate study; and 2) they take the GMAT or GRE and meet the admission formula within their first semester in the program, and 3) for the first nine hours of graduate work, students admitted conditionally must take TSM 601, TSM 602 and one course selected from ACC 604, FIN 612, or MGT 651. Such students will be dropped from the TSM graduate program if they do not achieve at least a 3.0 GPA (at least a B average) for the first nine hours of graduate courses.


Master of Science in 
Telecommunications Systems Management

CIP 11.0401

NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY

Total Course Requirements 30 hours
ACC 604 Quantitative Financial Controls
FIN 612 Capital Investment Analysis
MGT 651 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
TSM 601 Industry Overview and Telecommunications Applications
TSM 602 Telecommunications Systems Laboratory
TSM 610 Telecommunications Systems I
TSM 630 Telecommunications Legal Environment
TSM 680 Telecommunications Solution Development

and two of the following:
ACC 608 Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
CIS 609 Datawarehousing and Data Mining
CIS 647 Systems Analysis and Design for End User/Manager
CSC 607 Distributed Database Applications
ECO 625 Managerial Economics
MKT 667 Marketing Planning and Application
MKT 675 Marketing Applications in E-Business
MKT 685 Business Geographics for Managers
TSM 670 Developing E-Commerce Applications
TSM 688 Telecommunications Systems Practicum
 
 

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