Introduction to the University

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Overview of Campuses

Texas A&M University-Commerce is a multi-campus university with over 12,000 students in Commerce and the Metroplex Center in Mesquite that provides graduate courses to a large Dallas/Ft. Worth constituency. Courses also are offered at the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney, Navarro Partnership in Corsicana, Higher Education Center in Midlothian, and the Universities Center at Dallas (downtown). This catalog serves the graduate student population of all six campuses.

In addition to classes that are taught in the traditional classroom setting on the Commerce campus and at off-campus sites, a large array of graduate courses are offered via telecommunications and by internet-based instruction.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Hwy 50, Commerce, Texas

Texas A&M University-Commerce covers 2,081 acres of land in and near Commerce. The University is located eight blocks southwest of Commerce’s business center, and has a book value in excess of $218 million. The town of Commerce has a population of 8,650 and is located 65 miles northeast of Dallas, one of the world’s leading metropolitan areas. Surrounding the Commerce campus are several recreational lake areas. Commerce is in Hunt County, and Greenville, the county seat, has a population of more than 25,000 and is located just 14 miles west of Commerce.

Texas A&M University-Commerce Metroplex Center

2600 Motley Dr., Mesquite, Texas

Texas A&M University-Commerce Mesquite Metroplex is conveniently located between I-30, LBJ 635 and Hwy 80 in Mesquite, approximately 1.4 miles south of Eastfield Community College. This facility consists of 10 traditional classrooms, two interactive video (ITV) rooms, computer lab, seminar area, library, conference room and faculty/staff offices. This facility is shared by Texas A&M University-Commerce and the Mesquite Independent School District. Available at this facility are master’s degrees in educational leadership, curriculum & instruction, secondary education, special education, and organizational, learning & technology as well as courses supporting other programs such as psychology and social work. Onsite security and free parking are provided.

Navarro Partnership-Corsicana Campus

3200 W. 7th Ave., Corsicana, Texas

Bachelor's degree options through the Navarro Partnership in Corsicana include Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Criminal Justice and Environmental Science, and Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in EC-6, 4-8 Math, 4-8 Science, and 4-8 Math & Science for students pursuing a career in teaching.  A Master's in Mathematics is also available at the Navarro Partnership located in Corsicana.  Advising is available for various online bachelor's and master's degrees including business and education concentrations.

Midlothian Higher Education Center

899 Mt. Zion, Midlothian, Texas

Bachelor's degree options through the Midlothian Higher Education Center include Interdisciplinary with concentrations in EC-6, and EC-6 Bilingual Education for students pursuing a career in teaching.  A Master's in Business Administration is also available at the Midlothian Higher Education Center.  Advising is available for various online bachelor's and master's degrees including business and education concentrations.

Collin Higher Education Center

3452 Spur 399, McKinney, Texas 75069

Texas A&M University-Commerce has partnered with Collin College to provide undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney.  CHEC is a great alternative for students that live in the Collin County area and want an education from A&M-Commerce minutes from their home with personalized education in a small classroom environment.

Students who have already earned an Associate's degree or have a substantial number of college academic credit hours are able to complete their baccalaureate and graduate degrees offered at the CHEC in McKinney.  Texas A&M-Commerce offers four undergraduate degree programs, BA/BS Interdisciplinary Studies in Elementary Education (with Teacher Certification), BS in Psychology, and courses toward a BS of Sports and Recreation Management.  There are four graduate degrees which include, MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, MSW in Social Work, MEd in Counseling and a PhD in Counseling.  For additional information, please contact Candace New at 972-599-3122 or email at

Universities Center at Dallas (UCD)

801 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202 - Administrative Office/Visual Communication Department
301 N Market St, Dallas, TX 75202 - Business, Education, and Spanish classroom

The Universities Center at Dallas was the first multi-institutional teaching center (MITC) for higher education in Texas and was established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 20 years ago, to provide access to public higher education at the upper division and graduate levels to citizens who live, work and find it convenient to obtain their education in downtown Dallas.  

The Universities Center at Dallas conveniently offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Downtown Dallas.  Undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication with an emphasis in the following: Art Direction, Design Communication or New Media.  Graduate programs include the MBA, MFA in Art w/emphasis in Visual Communication, MSA in Accounting, MSF in Finance, MS in Management, MEd in The Art of Teaching and courses toward a MA in Spanish.  For additional information, please don't hesitate to contact our administrative offices.

International Studies Program


Texas A&M University-Commerce promotes a number of international studies programs as part of its globalization strategy. Students have the opportunity to participate in the British Studies Program (London), Spanish Culture and Language in Spain (Madrid or Valladolid), and Global Business (China).  Other programs are available in Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Russia, South Africa, and Spain. For information on these and other international studies programs, contact the director of International Studies at 903-468-6034.

Our History

Texas A&M University-Commerce began as East Texas Normal College in 1889 when founder William Leonidas Mayo opened the doors to a one-building campus in Cooper. After the original campus was destroyed by fire in 1894, Mayo moved the college 16 miles to Commerce, Texas to take advantage of westward railroad lines to Dallas and other parts of the state. His creed, which continues today, was “ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought and unselfish service to others." The State of Texas took over the campus in 1917 and the name was changed to East Texas State Normal College. In 1923, the school was renamed East Texas State Teachers College. The graduate program was added in 1935, and in 1957 the Legislature, recognizing that the purpose of the institution had broadened from teacher education, changed the name to East Texas State College. Following the inauguration of the first doctoral program in 1962, the name was changed once more to East Texas State University in 1965. The name changed to Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1996, when the university joined the Texas A&M system.  Today, the University meets the undergraduate, graduate, and professional needs of the citizens of Northeast Texas and beyond through its main campus in Commerce, various Extended University locations, and state-of-the-art distance learning. Its mission is achieved through teaching, scholarship and service activities on its campuses, and in the community and region.

For the past 20 years the University has grown both in stature and student population, expanding its foundations to include agriculture, science, engineering, music, nursing, and distance education programs.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system. Since being created by the Texas Legislature in 1965, the Board has worked to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's mission is to work closely with policymakers and education stakeholders to develop and implement a higher education framework focused on initiatives to:

  • Dramatically increase the number of postsecondary completions;
  • Keep college affordable and accessible for all Texans; and
  • Align higher education outcomes with current and future workforce needs.


Our Vision

Texas A&M University-Commerce, as  part of the A&M family of universities, will become the university of choice for all those seeking a higher education in the Northeast Texas region and beyond. It will provide traditional and non-traditional learning opportunities through existing and new programs that set high expectations and goals for students, faculty, and staff. The University will provide a sense of community through a nurturing environment for all individuals in order to maximize learning, career, and personal development. A&M-Commerce will become a place where students, faculty, staff, and community are engaged in the pursuit of excellence.

Our Mission

Texas A&M University-Commerce provides a personal, accessible, and affordable educational experience for a diverse community of learners. We engage in creative discovery and dissemination of knowledge and ideas for service, leadership, and innovation in an interconnected and dynamic world.

Our Programs

Texas A&M University-Commerce offers graduate programs in 25 academic departments with more than 40 major areas of study. Six departments offer six doctoral degrees.

Graduate degrees now offered by A&M-Commerce are:

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Social Work
  • Specialist
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy

The Graduate School is a component of the Academic Affairs division of the University. The other components are the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts, the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services.

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources includes the department of Agricultural Sciences.

The College of Science and Engineering includes the departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Systems, Engineering and Technology, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy.

The College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts includes the departments of Art, History, Literature and Languages, Music, Political Science, Sociology and Criminal Justice and Theatre.

The College of Business includes the departments of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, and Marketing and Business Analytics.

The College of Education and Human Services includes the departments of Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Higher Education and Learning Technologies, Psychology and Special Education, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the School of Social Work.

Cooperative Alliance - Among Universities

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is an interstate agreement for sharing academic programs through an exchange of students across state lines. Students have access to selected programs not offered in their home states without having to pay nonresident tuition charges. Each of the participating states has designated a state coordinator for the program. In addition, each institution that has one or more academic programs in the ACM has named an institutional coordinator as contact person for that institution. The application can be found online at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website.  Contact the Graduate School for additional information.

Federation of North Texas Area Universities

The Federation of North Texas Area Universities, created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, is a consortium composed of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of North Texas. The Federation is designed to strengthen the resources of higher education in north central Texas through inter-institutional cooperation in graduate research and instruction. To this end, the Federation universities offer joint educational opportunities to their students in numerous program areas with some universities authorized to grant degrees and others authorized to provide support services for the degree programs. The following degrees are awarded through the Federation of North Texas Area Universities:

  • MFA in art
  • MS in computer science
  • MA, MS, MEd in reading
  • MS, MEd in early childhood education

A student who wishes to enroll in one of the above programs should submit an application to the Graduate School of A&M Commerce.

The Texas A&M University System and The University of Texas System

A cooperative arrangement between The University of Texas System and The Texas A&M University System allows graduate students at one institution to use unique facilities or courses at other institutions with little paperwork. The graduate student registers and pays tuition and fees at the home institution and may retain any fellowship or financial assistance awarded by it. Space must be readily available, and the instructor or laboratory director of the proposed work must consent to the arrangement. In addition, approval must be given by the graduate dean of each institution.

Campus Facilities

Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries


The Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries are comprised of the James G. Gee Library on the Commerce campus and the Metroplex Center Library in Mesquite.  Together, they offer the University community nearly one million print and electronic items.  Access to e-books, e-journals, and electronic databases is available 24/7.

The main facility, James G. Gee Library, provides many facilities for study and working with technology. The Nexus lab features with 138 computers, open continuously from 10:00 am on Sunday through 9:00 pm on Friday, and from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday during the regular semester.  The Library Bistro is a popular food service and casual meeting area with Wifi and recharging outlets that seats 84 people.  The Library also features a new, state-of-the-art 3D Visualization Lab, an Assistive Technology lab, and Teacher Resource Center.  Additional services include secure cell phone charging bays, a multimedia studio and 28 study rooms, including three that are available to students for practicing classroom presentations.  Multimedia equipment, including sound systems, cameras, recorders, tripods, etc., is available for checkout.  Laptops and iPads are also available for checkout in the library as well as from kiosks located in the student center and library.  Networked and wireless printing is offered in both black-and-white and in color.  3D printing is also available.  Two "KIC" scanners allow students to make digital copies at no charge.  An ATM, photocopy machines and an account management kiosk for university Lion Cards are also located in the library.

In support of undergraduate and graduate programs, the libraries provide interlibrary loan and document delivery services.  The Interlibrary Loan Department borrows books and articles from libraries around the world and provides electronic document delivery service for articles and book chapters held by the A&M Commerce libraries.

A&M-Commerce Libraries are members of the Texas A&M University System, Amigos, TexShare, and the Greater Western Library Alliance. These alliances allow A&M-Commerce students access to all state-supported academic libraries plus many of the regional private universities as supplementary resources to the Gee Library collections.

Among other research facilities at A&M-Commerce are the laboratories for arts and sciences and the University Farms.

IT Support Services


The IT Support Center is located in the Business Administration Building in room number 156.  The IT Support Center provides end-user support for hardware and software issues for computers, Macs and printers, telecommunications; ethernet, on-campus wireless access, myLeo portal, LEOmail, cell phones and access account management.  Support Services also provides software support for personal computers including but not limited to, computer virus and spyware scanning and removal. 

The mission of IT Support Services (ITSS) is to become a value-centric organization that provides the highest level of service while focusing on continuous process improvement and knowledge transfer.  ITSS seeks to establish trust with customers through professionalism, high quality customer service and a commitment to partnership and collaboration.  The IT Support Center may be reached via email at and by calling the 24/7 helpdesk at 903-468-6000.  The helpdesk observes University holidays.

Alumni Relations


The Office of Alumni Relations is responsible for maintaining positive relationships between the University and its more than 80,000 alumni. The office plans and conducts an array of special events to maintain contacts and recognize alumni, including class and organization reunions, commencement receptions, alumni chapter activities, the Alumni Ambassador Forum, and the annual Homecoming celebration. The Alumni Relations Office is housed in the Alumni Center and serves as the headquarters for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Association and supports the operation of the Association Board of Directors. A variety of services are provided to individual alumni and groups. This office maintains addresses and other data files on the alumni constituency. Records maintained include membership in campus organizations, degrees and majors, biographical data, and employment information. All A&M-Commerce graduates are placed automatically on the mailing list of the Alumni Association. Alumni Relations also facilitates production of the Pride, the semi-annual magazine for alumni and friends. Other programs and services include discounted auto and medical insurance for graduates, legacy scholarships for children of alumni, and recognition of alumni for distinguished achievement and service.

Student Services Building

Built in 1970, the three-story D. Whitney Halladay Student Services Building houses the offices of the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Campus Life & Student Development, Assistant Dean of Campus Life & Student Development and Student Rights & Responsibilities, Counseling Center, Residential Living & Learning, International Student & Scholar Services, and TRIO Programs.

The Department Residential Living & Learning at Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a variety of living environments: traditional residence halls, suite-style residence halls, and single student apartments. The Department of Residential Living & Learning strives to create a living-learning environment in each residence hall that will enable each resident to succeed academically and developmentally.  Residential Living and Learning is located in D. Whitney Halladay Students Services Building.  For more information about student housing, please contact Residential Living & Learning and/or visit the departmental website at Residential Living and Learning.

Rayburn Student Center (RSC)

As a department, the Rayburn Student Center provides premier programs and activities, service with excellence, and state-of-the-art facilities for the campus community to gather, connect, and experience.  The Rayburn Student Center is one of the newest facilities on campus, recently expanded to provide 120,000 square feet of modern meeting rooms, a food court, dining room, student Club, Pride Shop for graphic design needs, game room, informal lounges, patios and the Student Involvement Suite ((SIS).  In addition the RSC features a University Bookstore, the Mane Card student ID office, the Serving Engaged, Empowered, & Diverse Students (S.E.E.D.S.), and the Leadership Engagement and Development (L.E.A.D.) suite.


  • First Floor: Welcome Desk, the Club, Campus Bookstore, Convenience Store, Mane Card Office, Special Events Room, Campus Dining and Food Court.  The S.E.E.D.S. office is a new addition to the 1st floor!  The office is a great place to hang out and get to know other students on campus!
  • Second Floor: The Student Involvement Suite (SIS) is the hub for student organizations, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, & RSC Scheduling Office.  The Center for Leadership Engagement and Development (L.E.A.D.) offers leadership programs and activities for students.  A large combo Conference Room and 15 additional rooms for meetings, luncheons and presentations can be utilized by students, faculty, staff and community guests.


The Student Involvement Suite (SIS) provides many services and opportunities to help maximize students' college experiences.  Much of what we do is centered on providing resources, increasing involvement, and enhancing learning experiences.  Students are encouraged to get involved and make the most of their college experience!  Being involved helps students to connect with one another, their campus, and their community.  Students have opportunities to participate in events, join organizations, access resources and develop their leadership skills through our programs and services.  The SIS is home to the Campus Activities Board, Student Government, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Golden Leos, and over 100 other student organizations.

The student center is located on the corner of Neal and Stonewall streets right across from the Science Center.

Recreational and Cultural Facilities

Morris Recreation Center (MRC)


Opened in the summer of 2003, the Morris Recreation Center is a $12 million state-of-the-art recreation facility that is a focal point of the campus life at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  The facility features the following activity areas: two multipurpose basketball courts, a 45 foot climbing wall and bouldering wall, three lane jogging track, four multipurpose racquetball courts, large fitness room with cardiovascular machines and weight equipment, fitness activity room, classroom, lounge, and men's and women's locker rooms.  The outside area includes: An Outdoor MAC Courst, heated leisure pool, two-tier hot tub, two sand volleyball courts, picnic tables, and a sunbathing area.  The newest addition to the facility is the outdoor Multi Activity Court that will house numerous intramural and special events as well as be available for informal soccer, futsal and valleyball.  The Morris Recreation Center serves as the "heartbeat" of student life where participants can learn, engage, grow, and recreate.  Additional information about our services is available at the department's website: or by calling our business center at 903-468-3170.

Cain Sports Complex

Located on the western edge of campus, the Cain Sports Complex is a multi-purpose outdoor facility for Texas A&M University-Commerce.  It features multiple sport fields, multipurpose green space.  Home to Campus Recreation's intramural program, the Cain Sports Complex plays host to numerous outdoor intramural events.  This area is great for parties, organizational events, or simply a fun weekend with family or friends with an approved reservation.

Outdoor Adventure Center

The Outdoor Adventure program provides adventure and educational opportunities promoting active lifestyles, appreciation for natural environments and personal development.  Activities include day and weekend trips, cycling and a bike shop, clinics, disc golf course, and outdoor gear rental.  The Outdoor Adventure center also features a challenge course which offers adventure-based learning opportunities to enhance leadership, decision-making and communication skills through an interactive process for groups to develop as a team.  This hands-on approach is designed to help individuals learn from their interaction with others and then apply those principles to their life situations. The course offers 13 low challenge course elements and 18 high element challenges.  The newest addition to the Outdoor Adventure program is a 5 mile trail comprised of four different loops.  The trail has been professionally designed for both bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Crabtree Tennis Courts

The Crabtree Tennis Court complex is currently being renovated and relocated.  When finished we hope to have 4-6 courts located within the grounds of the Cain Sports Field Complex.  The complex will be open for informal play and tournaments.

Other Recreational Facilities

A&M-Commerce’s Memorial Stadium, which seats nearly 10,000, is used for football, track and field and other special events. The Field House, which seats approximately 2,500, is used for athletic and other special events, including concerts and various commencement exercises for the University and local high schools. In intercollegiate athletics, A&M-Commerce competes in football, basketball, track and field, cross country, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Softball competition began with the 2014-2015 season. Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of the Lone Star Conference of Texas and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.

Imagine learning in the state-of-the-art Keith D. McFarland Science & Technology Building, with one of the most technologically sophisticated planetariums in the southwest or playing in the $29 million Music Building, completed in the fall of 2010. The Music Building includes the Jack and Lou Finney Concert Hall, recital hall, four rehearsal halls, classrooms, piano and electronic music labs, studios and practice rooms. The Department of Music sponsors 21 musical groups, including the award-winning A&M-Commerce "Pride" Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Chorale.

The Performing Arts Center has two modern theaters, a 300 seat Mainstage Theater and a variable capacity Studio Theater, a computerized lighting system, scene shop, dressing rooms, makeup rooms, and studios for KKOM radio station and ManeMedia Television cable Channel 3. The University Playhouse produces several plays during the school year.

The University’s 100,000 watt public radio station, 88.9 KETR, is an NPR member station providing locally and nationally-produced programming. KETR-FM, heard within 75 miles of Commerce and online at, is the radio home for A&M-Commerce Lions football and basketball broadcasts each fall and spring. The mission of the station, which operates from historic Binnion Hall, is to provide Northeast Texas citizens and the A&M-Commerce community with entertaining, educational, and informative programming, and to serve as a learning environment for students to pursue excellence in broadcasting and journalism. The station is supported by listener contributions, corporate sponsorships, foundation gifts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The 1,200-seat University Auditorium is housed in the Ferguson Social Sciences Building.

Student publications are The East Texan, a weekly newspaper; A&M-Commerce Special, a feature magazine; and Forthcoming, a magazine of prose and poetry.

More than 100 social, departmental, special interest, and religious organizations offer many opportunities for students.

University Police Department

Emergency—911; Non-Emergency—(903) 886-5868

This office provides police services and all security functions for the university. The University Police Department also provides many services for the faculty, staff, students, and visitors on campus. The department is responsible for investigation of criminal activity, crime prevention programs, safety awareness, public service assistance for motorists, event security, and parking enforcement. The department is responsible for the enforcement of university parking regulations as well as motor vehicle laws. All motor vehicles parking on the Commerce campus must be registered at the cashier and the parking permit properly displayed.

Officers of the department are certified by the State of Texas as commissioned peace officers, the same as other Texas municipal police officers, and have full law enforcement authority.

The department publishes a weekly crime log in order to better inform the University of current crime trends. Anyone wishing more information on crime statistics should contact the University Police or visit our website at

The University Police Department is open 24 hours a day for assistance. The office is located on the first floor of Henderson Hall on Monroe Street. Emergency—911; Non-Emergency—(903) 886-5868.

Campus Concealed Carry

Texas Senate Bill - 11 (Government Code 411.2031, et al.) authorizes the carrying of a concealed handgun in Texas A&M University-Commerce buildings only by persons who have been issued and are in possession of a Texas License to Carry a Handgun.  Qualified law enforcement officers or those who are otherwise authorized to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Texas are also permitted to do so.  Pursuant to Penal Code (PC) 43.035 and A&M-Commerce Rule 34.06.02.R1, license holders may not carry a concealed handgun in restricted locations.  For a list of locations, please refer to ( and/or consult your even organizer.  Pursuant to PC 43.035, the open carrying of handguns is prohibited on all A&M-Commerce campuses.  Report violation to the University Police Department at 903-886-5868 or 9-1-1.