Dec 08, 2022  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

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Kathryn Nicewicz, MBA Director



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.



  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA or better
  • Minimum 500 GMAT or GRE equivalent
  • Minimum 1,100 index


  • Minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA or better
  • Minimum 1,000 index
  • Official GMAT or GRE test scores

*Students admitted provisionally must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on the first nine** (9) hours of core content.

** ECON 6050 must be taken within the first nine (9) hours of the student’s program.


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 6.0 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 Program


This will allow selected undergraduates to enroll for up to six (6) hours of graduate courses prior to formal admission to the MBA program. The courses taken during the student’s junior/senior year can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. 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. 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
  • Program participants should consult with their future M.B.A advisor regarding appropriate graduate courses to take during their junior/senior year.
  • The student must earn a minimum grade of “B” in the graduate courses in order to apply them to their M.B.A program of study.
  • All requirements for full admission to Graduate School must be met upon graduation.
  • Students who do not succeed in their first graduate course (B grade or better) will be advised to withdraw from the Fast Track program and complete their B.S. degree in a normal manner.


Fulfilling the above minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Master Business Administration Fast Track program. Students who meet the above minimum requirements must consult with the College of Business for eligibility and acceptance.

Degree Requirements

MBA Program Website

The MBA program is intended for business and nonbusiness majors and experienced leaders. The program consists of seven (7) three-hour common courses (21 hours) and 9 hours of electives. It is intended that the full-time student can complete the 30-hour program in one (1) calendar year.

The 21 credit hours of common business studies are broad in scope for the purpose of developing general managerial competence through extensive use of various pedagogies such as case studies, simulations, and research projects. These case courses are taught in an active learning and frequently team-based environment. The 9 credit hours of electives are used to develop special competencies of interest to the student. With permission of the Director of MBA Studies and the appropriate academic department chair, a student with 18 hours in the appropriate academic area may omit the common course from that area and substitute another approved course. This will allow accounting track students to meet the 12-hour AACSB track requirement as well as allow other track students to further concentrate their course of study.

An MBA student is required to maintain a cumulative grade average of at least B (3.0) on all courses taken for degree purposes. Not more than six hours of credit below a B grade will be allowed. If a grade of C is assigned in an MBA degree-related course, the course must be repeated, and both the original grade and the grade for repeat will be counted in the cumulative average. An MBA course may be repeated only one (1) time and no more than two (2) MBA degree courses may be repeated. In addition, any student receiving a D or an F in an MBA degree course shall be dismissed from the program.

A general management MBA student may take elective courses in such areas as international business, entrepreneurship, quality management, technology management, e-business, and others as determined by demand. The general management MBA allows students to pursue a wide variety of business careers.

Students in the accounting concentration will take four (4) required accounting courses. A seven (7) course undergraduate accounting core that can be taken at Tennessee Tech is required before accounting concentration students can take 6000-level accounting courses. The undergraduate accounting core that is required must include six (6) hours of Intermediate Accounting, three (3) hours of Cost Accounting, three (3) hours of Tax Accounting, and three (3) hours of Auditing. Students in the accounting track are not required to take ACCT 6010, therefore there are six (6) common courses (18 hours) that are required instead of seven (7). The accounting concentration MBA qualifies students to sit for the Tennessee CPA examination and can fulfill one (1) year of the CPA experience requirement.

For students seeking a specialized knowledge base in finance, the concentration in finance is specifically designed to meet this need. With courses in corporate finance, investments, international finance, and insurance & risk management, the student will be able to select courses that will enhance their ability to perform both in their current position and in future desired positions. The concentration in finance requires the student to take nine (9) hours of electives.

Recent research on the value of human resource management suggests that the human resource function can be a significant source of competitive advantage for organizations that use evidence-based practices. Because the strategic value of the human resource function is often ignored in undergraduate business programs, the TTU MBA Program offers an ideal place to offer such instruction. The Human Resource Management Concentration offers education on the strategic importance of competent human resource management and the opportunity for students to complete professional certification exams. To earn a concentration in Human Resource Management, students must complete nine (9) hours of electives.

In the increasingly global economy, many of our graduates will be seeking employment in the field of international business with hopes of traveling and working abroad in a variety of countries and cultures. This type of employment requires graduates to have specialized knowledge of the unique economic, cultural, political, and social differences among countries and how these affect business practices relative to general business practices of firms operating in the United States. Students are required to complete nine (9) hours of electives.

The management information systems (MIS) concentration provides students with focused study of several important subjects in the current business information technology environment. It has the primary objective of strengthening current and future managers’ ability to manage information technology. Students in the MIS concentration are required to take three (3) of the four (4) MBA level MIS courses offered in addition to the Common Courses. The MIS Concentration courses are available through distance-based delivery as well as on-campus, in-class delivery.



Required Common Courses (Required of all students)

Each course in this group will be required of all MBA candidates. As many as nine (9) semester hours may be transferred from other AACSB accredited schools. Credit will not be allowed for courses taken more than five (5) years prior to application to Tennessee Tech. Enrollment in required common courses requires the permission of the MBA Director. All core courses should be complete prior to any 6000-level work. With permission of the Director of MBA Studies and the appropriate academic department chair, a student with 18 hours in the appropriate academic area may omit the common course from that area and substitute another approved course. 

Total Hours for Common Courses: 21

Total Electives & Required Common Courses: 30

Total Required Accounting Courses & Required Common Courses: 30

Total Required Courses & Required Common Courses: 30

Human Resource Management Concentration MBA Required Courses

Must complete nine (9) hours from the following:

Total Required Courses & Required Common Courses: 30

International Business Concentration MBA Required Courses

Must complete nine (9) hours from the following:

Total Required Courses & Required Common Courses: 30

Management Information Systems Concentration MBA Required MIS Courses

Total Electives & Required Common Courses: 30

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