College of Business and Public Affairs
   Timothy S. Todd, Interim Dean
  Gerry N. Muuka, Assistant Dean and Graduate Coordinator
   109 Business and Public Affairs Building
   270-809-6970      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
 Information Systems
 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
270-809-6970
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 using the following formulas that combine the undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) and the score on either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

All applicants, including those with GPAs of 3.0 and above, must take either the GMAT and achieve a minimum score of 400, or the GRE and achieve a minimum score of 600. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs of less than 3.0 on the 4.0 scale need GMAT scores that are higher than 400, or GRE scores higher than 800.

For unconditional admission to the program, an applicant must satisfy one of two formulas:
GMAT Users:      (200 x UGPA) + GMAT > 1,000
GRE Users:     (200 x UGPA) + GRE  > 1,400
(Combined quantitative and verbal sections only)

An alternative formula is used if an applicant’s grade point average on the last 60 semester hours (LPGA) of undergraduate work is 0.25 points or more above the applicant’s overall UPGA:  200 x (LPGA-0.25) + GMAT > 1,000 if they take

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 20 in each of the four areas examined in the new TOEFL, ie. writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

Conditional
An applicant who has not taken the GMAT or GRE 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/GRE 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 or GRE 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 Financial Accounting  
   -and-       
ACC    201    Principles of Managerial Accounting       
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.

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 (270-809-6970) 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 or GRE 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 Financial Accounting        
    -and-
ACC    201    Principles of Managerial Accounting        
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 III      
    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    Decision Support Technologies
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    507    Fundamentals of Distributed Database Applications
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 (270-809-6970) 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 or GRE 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
270-809-4193
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. (1) after 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 are encouraged to apply for admission into the 150 semester hour dual-degree program during their first semester immediately after achievement of junior standing. Students must apply for admission to graduate status before they will be allowed to register for graduate courses. Graduate tuition and fees will be charged for all terms subsequent to that admission date. A decision to withdraw from the dual-degree program will result in the loss of graduate credit. Candidates may also apply for admission into the 30 semester hour M.P.Ac. program upon completion of an undergraduate degree.
    The admission requirements for the dual-degree program include: 1) a cumulative overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, 2) completion of nine semester hours of upper-division accounting courses at Murray State University with a minimum GPA of 2.65 in those courses, and 3) a minimum score of 400 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)  or 800 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To receive the degrees in the dual-degree program, a candidate must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all undergraduate coursework, a 2.00 on all upper-division accounting coursework, and a 3.00 on all graduate coursework.
    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 Separate-Degree Program requirements below), 2) a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 on undergraduate coursework, and 3) a minimum score of 400 on the GMAT or 800 on the GRE. To receive the degree a candidate must earn a minimum GPA of 3.00 on all graduate coursework.



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 Financial Accounting
ACC    201    Principles of Managerial Accounting
ACC    202    Accounting Applications 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)2 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.
    2This elective must be selected from ACC 500, 501, 502, or an accounting course approved by the graduate coordinator. Only one experiential course may be taken for credit toward the graduate degree.

    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.

DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAM
NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY
Total Undergraduate Requirements    120-128 hours

University Studies Requirements     58-65 hrs
(see Chapter 4, University Studies Requirements)

Business Core Requirements1     33 hrs
(see Core Requirements at beginning of this chapter)

Required Courses    17 hrs
ACC    202    Accounting Applications Laboratory
ACC    300    Intermediate Accounting I
ACC    301    Intermediate Accounting II
ACC    302    Federal Income Tax
ACC    303    Cost Accounting
ACC    507    Professional Issues
ACC elective (Restricted to upper-level courses except ACC 304, 488, 489, and 490.)

Business Electives
Area in Accounting    6-122
    (Restricted to upper level courses except ACC 304,
    489, 490 and BPA 355. See listing on page 56.)
   
Area in Accounting/Finance Option    12
FIN    332    Financial Management
FIN electives (300 level or above) (6 hrs)3
Business Electives (3 hrs) (Restricted to upper-level courses except BPA 355. See earlier listing of Business Electives.)

Area in Accounting/Financial Planning Option    12
FIN    331    Principles of Insurance
FIN    333    Principles of Investment
FIN    336    Employee Benefits and Retirement
FIN    338    Estate Planning

Area in Accounting/Information Systems Option    13
CSC    232    Visual Basic Programming I
Choose nine hours from the following:
CIS    260    Application Program Development in COBOL I
CIS    304    Principles of Information Systems Analysis and Design
CSC    125    Internet and Web Page Design
CSC    332    Visual Basic Programming II
    or
Choose six hours from the following:
CIS    260    Application Program Development in COBOL I
CIS    304    Principles of Information Systems Analysis and Design
CSC    125    Internet and Web Page Design
CSC    332    Visual Basic Programming II
    and
three hours from the following:
FIN    421    Financial Models
GSC    521    Geographic Information Systems
MKT    475    Marketing Strategies for E-Commerce

Note: Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher in all 300-level and above accounting courses to meet graduation requirements.

Total Graduate Course Requirements    30 hours
ACC    506    Principles of Auditing and Assurance Services4
ACC    509    Accounting Theory4
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)5 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    150-158 hrs
    1ACC 308 must be taken instead of BPA 355.
    2B.A.B. requires 6 hours; B.S.B. requires 12 hours.
    3FIN 488, 489, 505, and 595 will not count as electives.
    4Substitute courses are required for ACC 506 and 509 if a candidate’s undergraduate program included equivalent material.
    5This elective must be selected from ACC 500, 501, 502, or an accounting course approved by the graduate coordinator. Only one experiential course may be taken for credit toward the graduate degree.

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
Graduate Coordinator - Meenu Singh
652 Business Building
270-809-2094
csis@murraystate.edu



Master of Science in Information Systems

CIP 52.1201

    The Master of Science in Information Systems prepares individuals for management careers in the vast and growing field of information systems. This field includes such diverse areas as software development, information management, data analysis, information security, information systems architecture, system planning and systems analysis, to name a few. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics “employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2012. Technological advancements will boost the employment of computer-related workers; as a result, the demand for managers to direct these workers also will increase...Opportunities for obtaining a management position will be best for workers possessing an MBA with technology as a core component, or a management information systems degree, advanced technical knowledge, and strong communication and administrative skills.” (http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos258.htm).
    The curriculum consists of seven core courses and three elective courses. This structure prepares the student for both depth and breadth in the information systems field. A sound foundation in business and information systems is expected prior to beginning the program. (See foundation courses and skill requirements listed below.)
    Upon successful completion, graduates can move into careers as information systems managers, business analysts, software architects, college-level instructors, information systems auditors, project managers, consultants etc. based on individual strengths, skills and inclination.

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

Unconditional
Admission into the M.S. in information systems requires a written Statement of Purpose (500 words or less) and a resume summarizing work experience. These materials should be submitted to the graduate coordinator by February 1, for international students and May 1, for U.S. students.

Conditional
Conditional admission into the program may be granted to those not qualifying for unconditional admission if the potential to succeed is demonstrated. A student may be admitted to full standing after completion of one semester (nine hours) of satisfactory work including prerequisites, with the recommendation of the graduate coordinator.

Foundation Courses and Skills
ACC  490    Survey of Accounting1
CIS    243    Business Statistics I2
CIS    304    Principles of Information Systems Analysis and Design
CIS    343    Business Statistics II2
CIS    407    Advanced Database Management Systems
CSC   332    Visual Basic Programming II3
FIN    330    Principles of Finance

NON-THESIS TRACK ONLY
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
ACC  604    Quantitative Financial Controls
CIS    609    Data Warehousing and Data Mining
CIS    650    Software Methodologies
CIS    645    Decision Support and Expert Systems
CIS    695    Comprehensive Project in Computer Information Systems
CSC    510    Data Communication and Networking
TSM    603   Telecommunications Project Management
Approved electives, 500-level CIS/CSC/TSM or other
   business courses (9 hrs)

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 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 core courses.
For additional information, please contact the program’s graduate coordinator.

    1Or ACC 200 and ACC 201.
    2Or MAT 135.
    3Or equivalent programming knowledge in another object-oriented language.


Department of Economics and Finance
Chair - David Brasfield
307 Business Building
270-809-4188
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

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

Other Degree Requirements
•    Minimum grade of B in both ECO 630 and ECO 631.

THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
Same as above with the following substitutions:

ECO    698-699 Thesis
ECO elective, 500 or 600 level    decrease to 3 hrs
Delete ECO elective, 600 level (3 hrs)

Other Degree Requirements
•    Oral exam over the thesis.
•    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

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

Other Degree Requirements
•    Minimum grade of B in both ECO 630 and ECO 631.

THESIS TRACK
Total Course Requirements    30 hours
Same as above with the following substitution:

ECO    698-699 Thesis
Delete ECO electives, 500 or 600 level (6 hrs)

Other Degree Requirements
•    Oral exam over the thesis.
•    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
Interim Chair - Allen White
Graduate Coordinator - Bob Lochte
114 Wilson Hall
270-809-2387
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 follow.

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 GPA is 2.75 or higher. International students must submit TOEFL scores of at least 213 computer-based test, including at least 21 on each of the three verbal areas, or 20 in each of the four areas of the Internet based test 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 JMC program from the Murray State University English as Second Language program (ESL) must complete Level 6 AND students must submit TOEFL scores of at least 213 computer-based test, including at least 21 on each of the three verbal areas, or 18 in each of the four areas of the Internet based test in addition to the above requirements.


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 Mass Communication         -and-
JMC    630    Theories of Mass Communications
JMC    648    Mass Media Industries
JMC    660    Methods of Communications Research
JMC    670    Philosophical and Ethical Concepts of the Mass Media
JMC    690    Comprehensive Project

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    585    Specialized Journalism/Radio TV I
JMC    586    Special Topics
JMC    600    Seminar in International Mass Communications
JMC    601    Media, Culture, Gender and Race
JMC    602    Seminar in Advertising
JMC    603    Seminar in Public Relations
JMC    622    JMC Study Abroad
JMC    677    Directed Individual Study
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
Interim Chair - Gerry Muuka
451 Business Building
270-809-6196
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
270-809-4483
orgcom@murraystate.edu

The Department of Organizational Communication offers the Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in organizational communication. Graduate study in organizational communication prepares students for effective membership, humane management, and prudent leadership in organizations. Coursework focuses on various organizational, interpersonal, and small group communication processes vital to personal and organizational success. Students acquire advanced communication knowledge and skills in such areas as conflict resolution, managerial communication, leadership, customer relations, team communication, organizational change, healthcare communication, persuasion, intercultural communication, training, and organizational learning.

The program, which is theoretically and experientially oriented, provides students with course offerings allowing in-depth study and opportunity to pursue individual interests. Coursework is designed for both focused study and maximum flexibility to meet the unique career goals of each student. The program prepares individuals (1) to enter areas of business, industry, government, and nonprofit administration, 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. 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.

Weekender Program
Courses are taught in a unique weekend format to meet the needs of employed professionals who are seeking advancement, desiring additional professional development, or considering a career change. Typical weekend courses meet five times during the semester, with the first meeting on a Friday evening and the final meeting on a Saturday. The middle three weekends meet Friday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A schedule of alternate weekends allows students to take up to two weekend courses per semester. Students often supplement weekend courses with departmental independent study courses. Additional evening courses are offered for those students who can attend. Students can also take approved graduate level electives offered by other departments, many of which are delivered through ITV or taken online. The entire program can be finished through weekend and independent directed study courses.

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 communication, business, or related field.

Conditional
•    An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50.
Conditional students may be required to complete certain undergraduate courses before beginning the program. After beginning the program, conditional students will undergo a review after their first nine hours and are admitted to full standing after completion of B or better work and approval of the graduate program coordinator.

International students entering the organizational communication program from the Murray State University English as a Second Language (ESL) program must have completed Level 6 and must score at least 18 in each test area on the TOEFL Internet-based test, a 500 on the TOEFL paper-based test or 178 on the computer-based test. International students who have not completed the ESL program must score at least 18 in each test area on the TOEFL Internet-based test, a 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test.


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.


Telecommunications Systems Management
Graduate Coordinator - George Rice
270-809-6216
csis@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, MGT 651, or TSM 603. 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
MGT    651    Seminar in Organizational Behavior
TSM    601    Telecommunications Principles
TSM    602    Telecommunications Systems
TSM    603    Telecommunications Project Management
TSM    610    Telecommunication Networks Management
TSM    630    Telecommunications Legal Environment: Law, Policy and Regulations
TSM    680    Telecommunications Solution Development
   
and two of the following:
ACC    608    Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
CIS    507    Fundamentals of Distributed Database Applications
CIS    609    Data Warehousing and Data Mining
CIS    645    Decision Support and Expert Systems
CIS    646    Manager’s Guide to Database
CIS    647    Systems Analysis and Design for End User/Manager
ECO    625    Managerial Economics
FIN    612    Capital Investment Analysis
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