Sep 23, 2021  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

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Kathryn Nicewicz, Director - Graduate Programs 



MBA Website

The Tennessee Tech MBA is fully accredited by AACSB International–the highest attainable level of accreditation. The MBA degree may be obtained completely online or through a combined online/on-campus program of study.

The MBA program offers the option for 100% online completion, in as little as one year.  The online learning environment is highly interactive and incorporates case discussions, teamwork, simulations, and other active-learning approaches.  MBA courses make a strong connection between academic subjects and the practical issues facing managers in today’s globally competitive, high tech, and analytically-focused business environment. 

To apply for the program, please visit  For additional information, please call, (931) 372-3600, E-mail: or visit the program website at


General MBA Admission 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. Application deadlines are listed on the University’s Graduate Studies webpage.

To be considered for admission, the applicant must have the following:

  • A four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A combined score of 10 points on the MBA Admissions Matrix as denoted on the College of Business website
  • Current resume and statement of purpose*

*Pertains only to applicants to the hybrid MBA program.


1.  Additional information is required by Graduate Studies for international students (see Graduate Studies website)

2.  Tenessee Tech students approved for the Fast Track program will automatically have their GMAT/GRE admissions requirement waived as long as they maintain a 3.2 GPA through their final semester of undergraduate coursework.


  • A combined score of 10 points or more on the MBA Admissions Matrix.


  • Minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA or better
  • Minimum  AACSB Formula Score (index) of 1,000 [(GPA *200)+GMAT]
  • 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 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.

Specilized Admission to the Hybrid, Industry-Immersed MBA program:

The hybrid (online with onsite components), industry immersed MBA option was designed specifically with working professionals in mind.  The goal of the program is to provide students with fundamental graduate level business education that will supplement their current acumen and allow them to become more effective industry leaders.

Participants in the hybrid MBA program will move through the curriculum as a member of a team of professionals who all work within a common industry.  The “industry immersion,” coupled with a team oriented atmosphere, allows for networking, engagement with business leaders, career opportunities, and collaboration on projects over the course of the program.

Students will be guided through the program in a lock-step fashion, completing seven foundational business courses and three elective courses with industry applications in just a year and a half (five semesters).  While the majority of the course content will be delivered online, the program will be supplemented by a series of weekend meetings, which will be held in Nashville and will represent the hybrid component of the program.  This hybrid educational option allows for the interaction between faculty members and students, the possibility of seminar sessions, industry keynote speakers and in-person review and application of concepts.

Admission is open to students with a bachelor’ degree from an accredited institution currently working within the health care industry.  Applications are accepted for fall semester only; application deadlines are listed on the University’s Graduate Studies web page.

To be considered for admission, the applicant must have the following:

  • A four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution of her education
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A combined score of 10 points on the MBA Admissions Matrix as denoted on the College of Business website
  • Current resume and statement of purpose

Fast Track Program

This will allow selected undergraduates to enroll for up to six (6) hours of graduate courses that will count at both the undergraduate and graduate level prior to formal admission to the MBA program.  Participation does not change the requirements for the student’s undergraduate or MBA/MAcc program. 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 Graduate Programs for the College of Business.


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 and GPA of 3.2 in the student’s major
  • Program participants should consult with their future M.B.A advisor regarding appropriate graduate courses to take during their junior/senior year.
  • 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.

Note:  Tennessee Tech students approved for the Fast Track program will automatically have their GMAT/GRE admissions exam requirement waived.  Students will be expected to maintain the 3.2 GPA through their final semester of undergraduate coursework in order to be admitted without at GMAT or GRE exam.


Fulfilling the above minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Master of Business Administration Fast Track program or the MBA 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 requires no prerequisites and is designed for college graduates regardless of major.  In all organizations, career success and advancement requires knowledge of finance, marketing, accounting, information technology, analytics, and management.  In addition, the teamwork, leadership, technological and communication skills along with the networking opportunities provided throughout the MBA experience add value for full time students, working professionals, and their current employers.  The program consists of seven (7) three-hour common courses (21 hours) and nine (9) hours of electives.  Full-time students can complete the 30-hour program in one (1) calendar year.

The seven core courses provide technical and contextual knowledge as they develop students’ managerial competence.  In addition to assuring a working knowledge of primary business functions, these career-relevant courses provide opportunities to work individually and in teams through a variety of case studies, simulations, and research projects.  The nine (9) credit hours of electives are used to develop special competencies of interest to the student.  

An MBA student is required to maintain a cumulative grade average of at least B (3.0) on all courses taken for degree purposes, and must achieve a grade of B or better in BMGT 6950. Students must repeat BMGT 6950 until a grade of B or better is obtained. Other courses may be repeated at the discretion of the student, and both the original grade and the grade for the repeat will be counted in the cumulative average. (Any student earning a “C” prior to March 2019 will be required to repeat the course, per the policy in effect when the grade was awarded.)  Any student receiving a D or an F in an MBA degree course shall be dismissed from the program.

As an alternative to the aforementioned concentrations and depending on their individual interests, an MBA student may choose to take elective courses across a range of areas in international business, entrepreneurship, quality management, technology management, e-business, and others as available.



MBA Degree Requirements

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 approval of the MBA Director. All core courses should be complete prior to any 6000-level work. 


Core Courses 21 Credits
Advisor Approved Electives 9 Credits
TOTAL 30 Credits

MBA with a Certificate

Core Courses 21 Credits
Certificate Courses* 15 Credits
TOTAL 36 Credits

*3 out of the 5 Certificate courses count as the 9 credits for the MBA approved electives.

Required Courses

Certificate Options

Total Hours: 14 or 15

Total Hours: 15

Health Care Informatics

Total Hours: 15

Elective Courses for the MBA

Three (3) courses/nine (9) semester hours must be selected based on the student’s chosen curriculum, from the following courses:

Total Electives & Required Common Courses: 30

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