Jun 23, 2024  
2017-18 Graduate Catalog 
2017-18 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

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S. Kim Sokoya, Program Director
(615) 898-2964


The University offers a Master of Business Administration degree which requires courses in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, and marketing.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Business Administration program requires the following:

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. completion of required foundation courses (9 hours) or equivalent before enrolling in core courses:    
         ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business
         BIA 6000 - Quantitative Methods Survey
         FIN 3010 - Business Finance
  3. a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
  4. a minimum GMAT score of 400 or GRE equivalent; and
  5. a minimum Index Score of 950, calculated using: GPA x 200 + GMAT (or GRE equivalent) equals 950 or Upper Division GPA x 200 + GMAT (or GRE equivalent) equals 1000.

NOTE: Students admitted into the MBA program who do not have a background in business education or those who think they may need some tutorial courses are advised to use any of the resources listed below. Please note that the program does not require prerequisite courses outside the listed foundation courses above (ACTG 3000, BIA 6000, and FIN 3010 or their equivalent).

The following is a list of self-paced, online programs that can be helpful. Students who think they may need to refresh their knowledge in the functional areas of business such as marketing, management, economics, finance, accounting, statistics, or using Excel are advised to make use of any of the following resources before taking the core classes.

It is the responsibility of the student to avail themselves of the resources listed above.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Deadlines for completed applications: Fall - June 1; Spring - December 1; Summer - April 1. Completed application packages received after the deadline will be evaluated based on the date received.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the GMAT or GRE examination;
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration program follows an integrated curriculum that requires a total of 36 semester hours.

MBAM 6925 - Strategic Business Consulting , the capstone course, is taken in lieu of a comprehensive written examination for the M.B.A. This course should be taken during the student’s last semester and after completing all other courses in the curriculum with the exception of the elective course.

Curriculum: Business Administration

 Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Approved Elective (3 hours)

  • Approved elective 3 credit hours

NOTE: The elective course requirement can be satisfied if a student takes an approved graduate course, approved internship, or an approved study abroad course. The course taken to satisfy this elective requires prior approval of the associate dean for Graduate and Executive Education.

Program Notes

Core courses may not be satisfied by independent study.

A degree plan must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program.

A student who has had substantial undergraduate instruction in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, or marketing may be required, as determined by the director, to take an alternate 6000-level course in the same area of instruction in lieu of the required graduate course.

Candidate must file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

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