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The College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The most popular course is management.

Thirty-four total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Managerial Accounting/Controllership
  • Management and Evaluation of Information Systems
  • Statistical Decision Making
  • Managerial Finanace
  • Marketing Management
  • Behavior in Organizations
  • Managerial Economics
  • Operations Management * Business Strategy and the Economics Environment

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring credits.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 6 years.

There are 8 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 9; average business class size is 15.


A bachelor’s degree is required. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 950. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 96; 36 were accepted; 26 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.32; average GMAT score was 468. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, transcripts, GMAT scores and a nonrefundable application fee of $25. The application deadlines are July 1 for fall entry; November 1, sprinf; April 1, summer. Once accepted, students may defer admission.

Financial Aid

Stipends and programs are available for minority students. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is approximately $4892 per year. Nonresidents pay approximately $12,824 per year. Graduate student housing consists of on-campus dormitory rooms or apartments. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Forty-one percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students were from Tennessee (68%). Fifty-one percent were women, 74% were minorities, and 30% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 30; ages ranged from 21 to 55. Ten percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 5% already had a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 50%, business; 20%, engineering; 20%, liberal arts; and 10%, economics. About 26% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 95% remain to receive their degree.

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