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Business Administration, M.B.A.

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree dramatically expands one's knowledge of business and is the academic ticket to greater opportunities for employment, promotions, and income.

The M.B.A. encapsulates complex business analyses of the impact of current events on the global business environment and examines the functional areas of business in addressing management decisions. This program includes accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and data analytics courses. Optional concentrations in Healthcare Management, Music Business, or Concrete Industry Management are available.

The Flex M.B.A. at MTSU can be completed on campus, online, or with any combination of online and on-campus courses. All core courses are offered during accelerated terms, lasting approximately seven weeks each, with two terms offered each semester.

Students can opt to take classes at their own pace or participate in a twelve-month Accelerated Cohort program comprised of online and on-campus courses. The program is also available in a flexible, 100% online format. Learn more about the online M.B.A. program.

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Professionalism Matters at Jones College of Business

"Interviewers were impressed with my polished and professional' presentation — even more than with my specific project management skills. Jones College's M.B.A. program was integral to my soft skill development, and it was one of the best investments I have ever made. I entered a one-year M.B.A. cohort program, and before graduation my salary doubled. I encourage future students to enroll in the Jones College M.B.A. program. Details such as the elevator pitch, career portfolio, professional LinkedIn page, and Dale Carnegie techniques will make all the difference when you are trying to distinguish yourself."

— Monica Holmes, Technology Operations Manager, Deloitte Project Management Office, M.B.A. 2017

Path to Successful Career Transition

"Jones College of Business put me on a path to success. It gave me the resources, knowledge, and support to transition from my job as a sales representative of 11 years into a career as an executive sales specialist for the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world. Choosing to obtain my M.B.A. from MTSU has already provided a substantial return on my investment."

— Dwayne Williams II, Executive Sales Specialist, Teva Pharmaceuticals, M.B.A. with a concentration in Health Care Management, 2018

News Briefs

Professionalism Matters at Jones College of Business

"Interviewers were impressed with my polished and professional' presentation — even more than with my specific project management skills. Jones College's M.B.A. program was integral to my soft skill development, and it was one of the best investments I have ever made. I entered a one-year M.B.A. cohort program, and before graduation my salary doubled. I encourage future students to enroll in the Jones College M.B.A. program. Details such as the elevator pitch, career portfolio, professional LinkedIn page, and Dale Carnegie techniques will make all the difference when you are trying to distinguish yourself."

— Monica Holmes, Technology Operations Manager, Deloitte Project Management Office, M.B.A. 2017

Path to Successful Career Transition

"Jones College of Business put me on a path to success. It gave me the resources, knowledge, and support to transition from my job as a sales representative of 11 years into a career as an executive sales specialist for the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world. Choosing to obtain my M.B.A. from MTSU has already provided a substantial return on my investment."

— Dwayne Williams II, Executive Sales Specialist, Teva Pharmaceuticals, M.B.A. with a concentration in Health Care Management, 2018

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CAREERS

An M.B.A. degree from MTSU can lead to a variety of opportunities. Following are just a sample of the possibilities:

  • Accountant
  • Advertising executive
  • Business manager
  • CEO
  • CIO
  • Credit analyst
  • Corporate communications manager
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Data analyst
  • Executive recruiter
  • Finance officer or financial manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Hotel or motel manager
  • Human resources director or manager
  • Management analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing director or manager
  • Marketing research analyst
  • Nonprofit management
  • PR specialist
  • Product manager

Employers of MTSU M.B.A. graduates include but are not limited to

  • Asurion
  • Avondale Partners
  • Bindtech, Inc
  • Bridgestone
  • Calsonic Kansei
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Caterpillar
  • Centennial Heart
  • Charter Media
  • Dell
  • Dempsey Vantrease and Follis
  • Dollar General Corporate
  • EFC Systems
  • Emdeon
  • Entrada Health
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • HCA
  • Health Trust Purchasing Group
  • Healthways
  • Ingram Content Group
  • Jobe, Hastings, & Associates
  • Keller Williams Real Estate
  • Kemberton Healthcare Services
  • Leviton
  • Merrill Lynch
  • M-Tek Inc
  • Nissan
  • Parallon Business Solutions
  • Pfizer
  • Raymond James Financial
  • Sarah Cannon Research Institute
  • Schneider Electric
  • Seigenthaler Public Relations
  • Southern Community Bank
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Turner Construction
  • UBS
  • WKRN

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Andrew C. Rambo Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Andrew Clark (Andy) Rambo by FCM Cares Inc., this one-year scholarship is awarded to an MBA student in the accelerated cohort program of the Flex MBA. The scholarship is for a 12-month period, during which the recipient is expected to finish the MBA program. Recipients must have an undergraduate degree from MTSU, must have been admitted into the MBA program, and must be Tennessee residents. Mr. Rambo was board chair of First Community Bank and board member of First Community Mortgage. For questions, contact [email protected].

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Samuel H. Howard MBA Scholarship

The Samuel H. Howard MBA Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to African American students pursuing the MBA degree or provide financial assistance for African American students pursuing the MBA degree to participate in the National Black MBA Association, particularly attending annual conventions.  The number and the amount of the scholarships to be awarded shall be determined by the College of Graduate Studies Scholarship Committee and limited to the funds available in the spendable account.Click here for details.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be an African American graduate student pursuing the MBA degree.
  • Provide three letters of reference.
  • Provide a statement of financial need and a brief personal narrative supporting the application.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

For additional scholarship opportunities with the College of Graduate Studies, click here.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions for the M.B.A.

How do I apply?

To apply to the M.B.A. program, submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

  • Online application to the College of Graduate Studies website and application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • All non-U.S. transcripts, a course-by-course evaluated transcript from a NACES evaluation service is required.
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores if required

An admission decision will be made after all application items have been received and processed. Additional requirements for international students can be found here.

Students should also fill out the FAFSA if they believe they will require financial aid.

Can I start any semester? What are the deadlines?

You can start in the spring, summer, or the fall. Priority Application Deadlines are October 1 for the spring, March 1 for the summer, and June 1 for the fall although applications will still be accepted after these deadlines. The Accelerated M.B.A. Cohort class starts only in the Fall Semester.

Applying early and submitting your application items in a timely manner will help ensure that you are able to sign up for classes on time. Students submitting applications after the priority deadlines might have a more limited selection of classes.

What are your GMAT requirements?

Applicants will need to submit GMAT or GRE scores unless they qualify for the GMAT or GRE waiver. A minimum index score of 1000, calculated using (G.P.A. x 200) + GMAT score (or GRE equivalent) is needed to be considered for admission.

More information about the GMAT, including price, dates, locations, and study materials can be found on their website. More information about the GRE can be found on their website.

The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for applicants that meet any of the following conditions:

  • An earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
  • An earned bachelor's degree with a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher and five or more years of professional/managerial work experience (Applicants will need to submit a resume with application reflecting professional/managerial work experience)
  • An earned graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited college or university

How much is tuition?

The most current information about tuition and fee rates can be found here.

The graduate fee chart will list current tuition rates and associated fees for both instate and out-of-state graduate students.

Are there scholarships?

There are a few scholarships for students. Details on these scholarships can be found at the Scholarships tab above. The College of Graduate Studies offers a few scholarships as well. More information about who is eligible and how to apply can be found at the College of Graduate Studies website.

How do assistantships work, and how do I get a graduate assistant position?

Being hired as a G.A. is one of the best ways to pay for your education. Graduate assistantships provide a monthly stipend and a waiver for tuition. Out-of-state residents also receive a waiver for out-of-state fees.

Graduate Assistants usually sign a nine-month contract and work on campus for 20 hours a week. If you already work full-time, you will not be eligible for an assistantship.

Every department hires its own G.A.s, and each has different requirements. It's best for students who are interested in being an assistant to contact the department they are interested in and ask about the specific requirements for application.

There are only a limited amount of positions available on campus. Eligibility for an assistantship requires a student to be fully admitted into his/her desired program and have a current G.P.A., whether graduate or undergraduate, of 3.0 or higher.

Assistants must enroll in at least six (6) graduate credit hours per semester and maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0 for the master's level. Positions are usually renewable for up to two years. For additional information about graduate assistantships, visit the College of Graduate Studies website.

What time are the classes offered?

The M.B.A. program is designed so that students can take classes on the campus, online, or any combination of both. Recognizing that most students in the M.B.A. work during the day, classes are offered in the evenings. Evening classes are typically one day a week (Monday through Thursday) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Occasionally we offer some classes on Saturdays.

All core classes in the M.B.A. program are offered on accelerated terms which usually last about seven weeks per class.

How many hours are required for the degree?

The M.B.A. program requires 36 credit hours. Students that opt for the M.B.A. with an optional concentration in Healthcare Management or Music Business are required to take 45 credit hours.

If a student is missing any of the foundation prerequisite courses, he or she may have up to an additional nine credit hours of prerequisite coursework required. Prerequisite courses can be completed before or after program admission.

Are there prerequisites?

Yes. Students who were business majors as undergrads will likely have met some, if not all, prerequisite requirements by the time they graduate. Non-business majors will likely have to take nine hours (three classes) of foundation prerequisite courses at the beginning of their program. We are looking for the following classes with a minimum grade of C:

  • ACTG 2110 and 2120: Principles of Accounting I & II or
    ACTG 3000: Survey of Accounting for General Business
  • FIN 3010: Principles of Corporate Finance
  • BIA 2610 Statistical Methods and BIA 3620: Intro to Business Analytics or
    BIA 6000: Quantitative Methods Survey

How many classes are required each semester?

We have flexible scheduling and allow students to go at their own pace; students are not required to enroll in a certain amount of classes every semester. Enrolling in nine hours a semester is considered full-time in graduate school. Most students who work full-time only take two to three classes a semester. Students may take up to 12 hours per semester, but this is not recommended for anyone working full-time.

Students must enroll in at least five hours each semester to be eligible for federal financial aid.

How long does it take to complete the program?

This will vary. Students are allowed to go at their own pace, but assuming that a student takes classes part-time or at least 6 hours a semester (including over the summer), most will finish in two years. Students completing an optional concentration in Healthcare Management or Music Business generally finish in about two and a half years.

It is possible to finish as quickly as three semesters if a student has no prerequisite requirements and takes 12 hours a semester.

What about elective requirements?

Students must choose their electives from within the Jones College of Business. Elective requirements can be satisfied with an approved elective, approved internship, or approved study abroad course.

Do you accept transfer credit?

Students may transfer up to six hours of appropriate approved coursework from another AASCB-accredited institution.

Is there a thesis?

We do not require a thesis paper. All students must take our capstone course: MBAM 6925  Strategic Business Consulting

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