Sep 25, 2020  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business

Thomas H. Payne, Dean

Departmental Graduate Faculty: Robert Alley, Ismet Anitsal, M. Meral Anitsal, Curtis P. Armstrong, Bonita B. Barger, Deborah Ballou, Ann Davis, Ferdinand Difurio,  Dan Robert Fesler, Tor Guimaraes, Alma Hales, Mary Howard, Brian Hugeuenard, Steven Isbell, Brian Jones, Jack Matson, Mark MelicharChristine Miller, Ramachandran Natarajan, Mary Pashley, Julie M. Pharr, Rodley Pineda, Richard Rand, Robert Seay, Mark A. Stephens, Bruce Throckmorton, Thomas Timmerman, F. Stuart Wells III, Kenneth Wiant, Robert Willbanks

MBA Program

MBA Website

The College of Business offers an MBA program that is fully accredited by the AACSB International–the highest attainable level of accreditation. The program includes the following concentrations: Accounting, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management nformation Systems, and Risk Management and Insurance. The MBA degree may be obtained through the regular, full-time program or by distance learning.

The MBA program offers students the option to complete their degree 100 percent online, without any differentiation between the final degree regardless of the channel (online or on campus) by which it was pursued. The online approach delivers course content (lectures, presentations, external media, literature, etc.) strictly through a Learning Management System (LMS) and features a variety of instructional techniques consistent with each faculty member’s vision for the course and associated content. The learning environment includes communication between students and faculty members via iLearn, and includes case discussions, virtual project teams, and other active-learning approaches. Heavy in experiential learning, the online MBA program uses approaches that are designed to make a strong connection between academic subjects and the issues facing managers in today’s global, highly technology business environment.

To obtain application materials for the MBA or the distance-based MBA, write or call: Tennessee Technological University, College of Business, Division of MBA Studies, P. O. Box 5023, Cookeville, TN 38505, Telephone: (931) 372-3600, Fax: (931) 372-6544, E-mail: or online at

The MBA program at Tennessee Technological University includes a practical and an interactive student learning approach. The interactive teaching methods encompass cases, competitive computer simulation, field research, experimentation, applied problem solving, team building exercises, cross functional activities, scenario planning, business mentoring, workshops, field trips, role playing, primary data collection, feasibility projects, and/or consulting assignments. The MBA program provides a sound business theoretical foundation including the latest and most progressive intellectual thinking. Moreover, the theories and tools are applied so as to be relevant to current and futuristic business applications. The program is designed to serve both short and long term needs of all types of private and public organizations. The MBA program recognizes the impact of our global economy, the entrepreneurial demands of society, and ethical expectations. In essence, it takes a normative approach that will serve MBA students both today and in the future.

Departmental Admissions Requirements

Admission is open to qualified students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Applications are accepted for fall, spring, and summer semester admission. The application for admission should be received at least one (1) month before the semester in which the student plans to enroll (six [6] months for international students).

To be considered for admission, the applicant’s file must be complete including: a Graduate School Application, official transcripts of prior college work, one (1) letter of recommendation, and an official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score or the GRE® General Test (GRE). Additional information is required by The Graduate School for international students.

For admission to the MBA program, consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record, the AACSB formula score, the TOEFL or IELTS score, work experience and other activities that demonstrate potential for leadership, as well as recommendations from professors and work supervisors. A minimum GMAT score of 450 or minimum GRE® General Test (GRE) scores of 146 (Verbal) and 150 (Quantitative) is required for admission to the MBA program. A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale is required. A minimum AACSB formula score of 1,000 [(GPA x 200) + GMAT] or 1,050 for the last two (2) years of undergraduate degree is required. A score of 550 (79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a band score of 5.5 on the IELTS is required for all students whose native language is other than English. Students must be proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software including the integration of all three of the above.

Applicants may request to waive the GRE/GMAT requirement under the following circumstances:

  • They have completed an advanced terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., J.D., M.D., Pharm.D., DBA) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
  • They have completed a master’s degree in a scientific, technical, quantitative, or other field with a substantial quantitative component (e.g., math, engineering, computer science, statistics, economics) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a graduate GPA of at least 3.0. 
  • This waiver is not guaranteed and the request must be made in writing. The decision will be made by the MBA Exceptions Committee.

An applicant who does not meet the GMAT, GRE, GPA or Admission Index criteria may be admitted provisionally by a majority vote of the MBA Admissions Exception Committee whose members are the Director, the Dean of the College, and the Departmental Chairs in the College of Business. Provisional admission requires that the applicant maintain a 3.0 GPA for the first nine (9) hours of graduate credit or the applicant will be dismissed from the program.

Fast-Track MBA

This will allow selected undergraduates to enroll for up to six (6) hours of graduate courses prior to formal admission to the MBA program. These courses will not count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students completing the combined B.S. and MBA program will earn at least 150 semester hours of credit. Participation does not change the requirements for either the undergraduate or graduate program in business. Graduate classes counted toward the MBA may not be used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements. Once admitted to this program, the student will be allowed to enroll in appropriate MBA courses in the senior year with the consent of the student’s undergraduate advisor and the Director of MBA program.

Admission to Fast-Track

Minimum requirements for admission are:

  • 90 hours of undergraduate work in an AACSB accredited College of Business and successful completion of the required prerequisites
  • Recommendation of a faculty member in the student’s major
  • Overall GPA of 3.2