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Southwest Metroplex Center

Complete your degree in Fort Worth

Tarleton State University Southwest Metroplex Center

Founded in 1899, John Tarleton College was a private, liberal arts college in Stephenville, Texas. The Institution became a member of The Texas A&M University System in 1917, and became a four-year degree-granting institution in 1959. In 1973, the school gained status as a university and became Tarleton State University. In 1978, Tarleton extended its reach to the DallasFort Worth Metroplex offering the Medical Laboratory Science programs. In 2007, the Southwest Metroplex location opened on Camp Bowie Boulevard to meet the demands of the growing student population in Fort Worth. Degree options expanded to include additional graduate and undergraduate programs in psychology and business. In 2010, the Fort Worth location received Center Status from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Currently, the Southwest Metroplex Center offers master’s programs and bachelor’s completion programs. Additional degree programs continue to be added each year. In addition to the main campus in Stephenville, Tarleton State has locations in Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, and online to serve the demands of today’s students. The mission of Tarleton State University’s Southwest Metroplex Center is to provide an academically challenging educational experience to those who seek to pursue truth, acquire understanding, knowledge, and skills necessary for establishing successful careers and becoming leaders.

Notable Alumni Mike Moncrief Former Mayor of Fort Worth, judge, and state senator.

Millie Hughes-Fulford NASA Science Astronaut and Chemist

Barry B. Thompson Former Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System

Dave Mitchell Award winning broadcaster

George Kennedy Oscar Award winning actor

Bill Casner Owner WinStar Farms, Kentucky Derby & Belmont Stakes winner 2010

Tarleton is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For a list of all accreditations held by Tarleton, visit Tarleon.Edu/about/accreditations.

Life Happens It’s never too late to earn your degree

Tarleton understands not everyone is looking for the traditional college experience. Family and work responsibilities take the place of student activities and campus life. Fort Worth Texans are serious students in need of degree options that fit in their budget and schedule. Tarleton combines quality education with real world experience to give graduates a jump start to a successful future. At the Southwest Metroplex Center, classes are offered days, nights, weekends, and online to accommodate the diverse student body. A variety of degree options, including non-traditional degrees, enable students to reach their educational and professional goals. The safe campus and small student-to-teacher ratio support a diverse learning environment, ideal for student success. For someone my age going back to school, Tarleton professors are really understanding and helpful. The classes are small and there is a lot of connection with students and instructors. Gina Wuerflein

BSW Social Work Class of 2013

Tarleton has the lowest tuition rate among universities in Dallas-Fort Worth.

More for Less Tarleton provides quality, affordable degree options in Fort Worth.


Tarleton ranks among the most affordable public four-year universities in Texas, and is in the bottom 25% for tuition and related costs. The tuition estimate for 12 hours of faceto-face classes in Fort Worth is $2,672.60. This amount does not include international student fees, online course fees, or books. To calculate your own estimate of tuition and related costs, visit TARLETON.EDU/FINADMINWEB.


More than $4 million in institutional and private scholarships are offered annually. Fort Worth students are eligible for non-traditional, transfer, major specific, leadership, and need-based scholarships. Graduate scholarships are also available, including a $500 scholarship for first time graduate students. TARLETON.EDU/ SCHOLARSHIPS

financial aid

Tarleton offers many types of assistance based on eligibility requirements including grants, loans, and work study. Complete your free application at To help you reach your educational goals in a timely manner, Tarleton has Financial Aid Consortium Agreements with Tarrant County, Weatherford, and Hill Colleges. These agreements enable students co-enrolled at Tarleton and one of these three community colleges to receive full financial aid for credit hours at both institutions. TARLETON.EDU/FINAID

83% of all Tarleton graduates are employed in their chosen field within three months of graduation.

Undergraduate Degrees

Tarleton cared enough and understood the education required to obtain my Master Peace Officer license. The 33 hours credit for my work experience really sealed the deal for choosing Tarleton.

The undergraduate degrees offered at the Southwest Metroplex Center are Bachelor Completion Degrees designed to build upon associate degrees or two years of college level coursework.

Traditional Degrees

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The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees are traditional degrees awarded solely for coursework completed at an accredited college or university.

BAAS Criminal Justice Administration Class of 2013

Non Traditional Degrees BAAS

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science degrees allow students to apply related work experience and training towards the completion of their degree.


The Southwest Metroplex Center’s undergraduate degrees are two year completion degrees, designed to build upon two-year degrees offered at community colleges, such as TCC, Weatherford College, and Hill college.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science allows students to apply approved occupational or technical specialization towards the completion of their degree. Tarleton’s BAAS & BSAS degrees are fully accredited and meet the same qualifications as traditional bachelor’s degrees.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFER STUDENTS • 30 or more semester hours: Minimum 2.0 GPA Specific degree programs may require a higher GPA for admittance into the program.

The College of Graduate Studies at Tarleton is superior not just because of the content of the classes offered, but because of the excellence and caliber of the professors. Mary Preston Assistant Principal, FWISD

Graduate Degrees Tarleton’s graduate degrees, certificates, and doctoral program provide professionals a valuable pathway to enhance a bachelor’s degree or pursue specific career goals. Graduate classes, both faceto-face and online, provide an active learning environment supported by research, internships and independent study. For more information on Graduate Studies, visit TARLETON.EDU/GRADUATE

Want to know what credits will transfer? Visit TCCNS.ORG to check course compatibility.

TARLETON.EDU/ADMISSIONS GRADUATE STUDENTS • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution Or equivalent from a foreign institution. • Minimum 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of completed coursework. • GRE, GMAT or MAT scores (GRE generally preferred).* * If your GPA on your last 60 hours of college coursework is a 3.0 or HIGHER, you have ONE semester to successfully complete the test. You will not be permitted to register for any other semester until acceptable scores are submitted. Requirements are subject to change as outlined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

TARLETON.EDU/GRADUATE Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor prior to applying to The University. Call to schedule an appointment with an advisor


RN to BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Tarleton-Fort Worth is home to the only medical laboratory science department in DFW.

Medical Laboratory Science Tarleton’s Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, a leader in educating laboratory professionals in DFW and Texas since 1978, is the only medical laboratory department in DFW. Tarleton offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate level programs designed to educate through theory and practice prior to graduation. Tarleton is committed to providing our health care industry a laboratory workforce of excellence. Graduates are highly sought and enter into the professional laboratory workforce in clinical, reference, research, and industry laboratories in the areas of medical laboratory science, histotechnology, molecular diagnostics, laboratory management, and cytogenetics. The MLS Department is located at the Schaffer Building on Enderly Place, in Fort Worth’s Hospital District. Find out more information about the program at

Tarleton’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing provides licensed, registered nurses the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree conveniently in Fort Worth. Classes are offered Thursdays and Fridays at Tarrant County College’s Trinity River East Campus to accommodate professional work schedules and to allow the opportunity to complete lower-level prerequisites if required. The BSN can be completed in as little as one year. For more information, visit Tarleton nursing graduates have 100% job placement within three months after graduation.

Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work program blends Tarleton’s liberal arts academic curriculum with a professional social work foundation. This includes course work in human behavior, social research, diversity and case management. After completion of this program several learners have become employed with agencies such as: hospice, non-profits, state (CPS) and more. Beyond the classroom training, students graduate with over 450 hours of practice through internships and helping skills within a community program or organization.

Tarleton’s excels in Teacher Education. Graduate pass rate on state education Certification exams is 99%.

Criminal Justice Education Tarleton offers a Master of Criminal Justice, and two tracks of criminal justice degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and the non-traditional Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Criminal Justice Administration. Tarleton has partnerships with the Fort Worth Police Department, Texas Department of Transportation, and the Greater Dallas Chapter of the National Latino Police Officers Association.

Psychology & counseling

The Psychology program is one of the fastest growing programs at Tarleton. Tarleton has partnered with the Tarrant Regional Family Justice Center in the development of One Safe Place. This center provides sexual assault and domestic violence intervention and prevention in Fort Worth. The Southwest Metroplex Center offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and two master’s degrees, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and a Master of Education in Counseling.

Tarleton offers nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate level programs in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in Fort Worth. A leader in innovative teacher education, Tarleton has founded one of the largest and oldest public school improvement partnerships in the United States. The student pass rate on teacher certification exams is 99%. Tarleton offers classes toward the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) program in Fort Worth, as well as Tarleton’s own alternative teaching certification program, TMATE.

Business Programs

The College of Business Administration is a dynamic and innovative community of scholars and business professionals with international and community partnerships. The Computer Information Systems program was recently named an outstanding four-year program in North America. The Online MBA is ranked fourth nationally among the best buys in online MBA programs by

On-Campus Services

At Tarleton, student academic success is a priority. To ensure student success, Tarleton provides excellent services and resources.

Advising Services

Advising services are offered to prospective students prior to applying to The University. Advisors ensure transfer readiness, assist students in choosing a degree, and finding campus resources.

On-Campus Library

The library on the Fort Worth campus is staffed with an experienced librarian to assist you in your research needs. Students have access to major research databases through the Dick Smith Library. Additional books and information are available and can be couriered to the Fort Worth campus for check-out. Staffed with an experienced librarian, the on-campus library supports students in their research needs.

The free Fort Worth writing lab assists students in perfecting documents.

Writing Lab

The Writing Lab at Tarleton’s Fort Worth campus is a free service for undergraduate and graduate students to assist them in becoming more effective, confident writers. One-on-one sessions with our trained, supportive instructor ensure student success by helping them communicate existing ideas and perfect their documents.

Accounting/ Statistics Lab

The accounting and statistics lab provides free tutoring in these subjects to students enrolled at Tarleton. Lab hours change each semester to accommodate the accounting and statistics class schedules.

Additional Services and Support Transfer Services

The Office of Transfer Services assists students in the transition from community college or university to Tarleton by assisting with course Transfer Equivalency Guides (TEGS), Unofficial Transcript Evaluations, Transfer Counseling, and Application Assistance.

Student Disability Services Students who need academic accommodation pursuing the goal of a college education can contact Student Disability Services for support. Students are provided voluntary and confidential means to resources, including assitive technology.

Student Assessment Services Entrance and placement testing services along with exam proctoring is offered to current students in Fort Worth. Tests may be scheduled by contacting the Fort Worth campus. Want more information on these services? Contact the Southwest Metroplex Center at 817-732-7300.

Veterans Services

The Veterans Services Office assists military service members and veterans in the transition from military to academic life. Named a Military Friendly School by G. I. Jobs, Tarleton expands services and programs as a military supportive university by assisting with benefits, certifying enrollment for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and connecting students to available resources.

Study Abroad

Study Business in Spain, Social Work in London, and Criminal Justice in Great Britain. Tarleton has programs that will take you almost anywhere in the world. Receive credit for coursework while experiencing other countries and cultures, broadening your world view, and enhancing your opportunity for employment.


NASA, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, GM, professional sports teams...You’ll find Tarleton interns across the nation. Internships are required in several majors, resulting in many job offers for students prior to graduation. Tarleton students have unlimited resources in Fort Worth, a city with the fourth highest concentration of Fortune 500 company headquarters in the U. S.

Tarleton State University 100% Online Degree Programs


Tarleton understands the need for quality, cost-effective online degree options. The e-Campus allows distance learners the opportunity to earn the same valuable Tarleton degree 100% online. Self-disciplined students with organizational and time management skills will find the online bachelor’s degree completion programs and master’s degree programs an excellent route to obtain a degree.

Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs Administrative Systems, BBA, BS Business, BAAS Business Administration, BBA, BSAS Criminal Justice Administration, BAAS Health Professions Technology, BAT Information Technology, BAAS Manufacturing and Industrial Management, BAAS

Online Master’s Degree Programs Agriculture and Consumer Resources, MS Business Administration, MBA Criminal Justice, MCJ English/Professional Educator English, MA Human Resource Management, MS Information Systems, MS Management and Leadership, MS Manufacturing Quality and Leadership, MS Music Education, MM


Visit TARLETON.EDU/ECAMPUS for additional information and the most up-to-date list of degree programs offered online.

Fort Worth Degree Programs Undergraduate Degrees Admission to the off-campus locations such as the Southwest Metroplex Center (including Weatherford) require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.

Accounting, BBA, BS Administrative Systems, BBA, BS Business, BAAS Business Administration, BBA, BSAS Computer Information Systems, BBA Criminal Justice, BS Criminal Justice Administration, BAAS Family and Consumer Sciences, BS Health Professions Technology, BAT Histotechnology, AAS Human Resource Management, BBA Information Technology, BAAS Interdisciplinary Studies, BS Teacher Education

Early Childhood - Grade 6 Generalist with English as a Second Language

Early Childhood - Grade 6 Bilingual with English as a Second Language

All Level Special Education and Early Childhood - Grade 6 Generalist with English as a Second Language

General Studies, BS Management, BBA Marketing, BBA Medical Laboratory Science, BS Medical Laboratory Technology, AAS Nursing, BSN Psychology, BS Social Work, BSW

Graduate Degrees

Business Administration, MBA Counseling, MEd Counseling Psychology, MS Criminal Justice, MCJ Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Educational Administration, MEd Educational Leadership, EdD Management and Leadership, MS Medical Laboratory Science, MS

Certification Programs

Counselor Certification

Medical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology Certification Principal Certification Superintendent Certification Tarleton Model for Accelerated Teacher Education (TMATE) Teacher Certification

Visit TARLETON.EDU/FORTWORTH for the most up-to-date list of degree programs.

Tarleton helped me finish what I started. Tuition is inexpensive and all my credits transferred. It was the smart choice.

Thelma Mitchel

BBA Management Class of 2011

Ready to Apply? Application checklist Meet with an advisor.

It is strongly suggested students meet with an advisor prior to applying in order to ensure they are TSI complete and prepared to transfer to Tarleton. To schedule an appointment call 817-732-7300.


Visit to access the online application. Submit the application fee.

Submit Official Transcripts

Have official transcripts sent to: Tarleton State University Undergraduate Admissions Box T-0030, Stephenville, TX 76402

Contact Information 817-732-7300

Locations: The Hickman Building 6777 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ste. 500 The Schaffer Building Fort Worth Hospital District 1501 Enderly Place 817-926-1101

Submit Graduate-Level Test Scores GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores. (GRE preferred)

Submit Scholarship Application

Visit for application and deadlines.

Submit your FAFSA

Visit to apply for financial aid.

Submit Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination

Fort Worth students under 30 years of age must submit proof of initial booster at least 10 days prior to the first class day.

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Tarleton State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and Educator committed to excellence through diversity.

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