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The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree will dramatically expand 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, the impact of current events on the global business environment, and examining the functional areas of business in addressing management decisions. The program includes courses in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and data analytics. An M.B.A. offers a well-rounded foundation for a career in the corporate world or the education arena. It is vital that the student who wishes to pursue the M.B.A. seek a university that has earned the AACSB accreditation—as has MTSU’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business, an acknowledgement that the program has passed rigorous standards to create a high-quality business regimen.

Optional concentrations in Healthcare Management, Music Business or Concrete Industry Management are available. The latter is open only to those individuals who have considerable experience in the concrete industry and related fields.

The Flex M.B.A. at MTSU can be completed on campus, online, or with any combination of online and on campus courses. 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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Monica Holmes

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

Dwayne Williams

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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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

The Jones College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree following a program that stresses interrelationships of functional business areas and requires 36 semester hours. MBAM 6925 Strategic Business Consulting is taken in lieu of a comprehensive written exam for the M.B.A. This course should be taken during the student’s last semester and after completing core courses (Tier 1 and Tier 2 courses) as outlined under the REQUIREMENTS tab. The student also can earn an M.B.A. degree with a concentration in Concrete Industry Management, Health Care Management, or Music Business. The M.B.A. is also available in a flexible, 100% online format. Learn more about the online M.B.A. program.

An Accelerated Bachelors to Masters (ABM) Program for the M.B.A. degree is available for undergraduate students with a major in Management or Business Administration in the Jones College of Business.

Prerequisites for the M.B.A.

While a bachelor’s degree in business is not required to pursue the M.B.A., if a student has an undergraduate degree in another discipline, he or she will be required to take a set of foundational courses in business. These courses will be helpful in preparing for master’s-level business studies. Admission to the M.B.A. program requires the following:

  1. An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. Completion of required foundation courses (9 hours) or equivalent before enrolling in core courses;
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0
  4. A minimum GMAT score of 400 or GRE equivalent AND
  5. A minimum index score of 950, calculated using (GPA x 200 + GMAT (or GRE equivalent)) equals 950 or Upper Division GPA x 200 +GMAT (or GRE equivalent) equals 1000.

Students admitted into the M.B.A. program who do not have a background in business education or those that think they may need some tutorial courses are advised to use any of the resources listed below. Please note that the program does not require prerequisite courses outside the listed foundation courses (ACTG 3000, BIA 6000 and FIN 3010 or their equivalent).

The following is a list of self-paced online programs that can be helpful. Students who think they may need to refresh their knowledge in the functional areas of business such as marketing, management, economics, finance, accounting, and statistics or in using Excel are advised to make use of any of the following resources before taking the core classes.

  1. www.mbamath.com
  2. www.linkedin.com/learning
  3. www.hbr.org/store/landing/courses

It is the responsibility of the students to avail themselves of the resources listed above. 

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

Business Administration, M.B.A.

Business Administration, M.B.A.

S. Kim Sokoya, Program Director
(615) 898-2352
Kim.Sokoya@mtsu.edu

The University offers a Master of Business Administration degree which requires courses in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, and marketing.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Business Administration program requires the following:

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. completion of required foundation courses (9 hours) or equivalent before enrolling in core courses:    
         ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business
         BIA 6000 - Quantitative Methods Survey
         FIN 3010 - Business Finance
  3. a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
  4. a minimum GMAT score of 400 or GRE equivalent; and
  5. a minimum Index Score of 950, calculated using: GPA x 200 + GMAT (or GRE equivalent) equals 950 or Upper Division GPA x 200 + GMAT (or GRE equivalent) equals 1000.

Required foundation courses may be taken after program admission.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, international applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency that meets the University requirement.

NOTE: Students admitted into the MBA program who do not have a background in business education or those who think they may need some tutorial courses are advised to use any of the resources listed below. Please note that the program does not require prerequisite courses outside the listed foundation courses above (ACTG 3000, BIA 6000, and FIN 3010 or their equivalent).

The following is a list of self-paced, online programs that can be helpful. Students who think they may need to refresh their knowledge in the functional areas of business such as marketing, management, economics, finance, accounting, statistics, or using Excel are advised to make use of any of the following resources before taking the core classes.

It is the responsibility of the student to avail themselves of the resources listed above.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Priority deadlines for completed applications: Fall - June 1; Spring - October 1; Summer - April 1. Completed application packages received after the priority deadline will be evaluated based on the date received.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the GMAT or GRE examination;
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration requires completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours.

MBAM 6925 - Strategic Business Consulting, the capstone course, is taken in lieu of a comprehensive written examination for the M.B.A. This course should be taken during the student's last semester and after completing all other courses in the curriculum with the exception of the elective courses.

Curriculum: Business Administration

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Core Courses (30 hours)

  • MBAA 6815 - Accounting Information for Managers

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 3000 or ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120 or permission of department. Principles, concepts, and tools in financial and managerial accounting, including product costing, budgeting, decision making tools, performance measurement, financial accounting concepts, financial statement analysis tools, and reporting responsibilities of management. Not open to M.Acc. students.

  • MBAM 6825 - Leading Organizations

    2credit hours

    Explores current management thought and experience on how to effectively lead/manage the people within an organization in a changing world. Emphasis on self-assessment, skill improvement, and problem solving of the current challenges organizations face.

  • MBAE 6865 - Economic Decisions for Managers

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECON 2420 or equivalent, BIA 6000 or equivalent, ACTG 3000 or equivalent, FIN 3000 or FIN 3010 or equivalent. Focuses on the applications of microeconomic principles for making rational management analysis and decisions. Covers the guiding principles undergirding demand, supply, cost theories, and their relevance to business strategic pricing and output decisions. Explores the interaction of information, economic incentives, market competition, and how these interact to determine prices, products, profits, and patterns of trade and organization.

  • MBAF 6845 - Managerial Finance

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: ACTG 3000 or equivalent, FIN 3010 or FIN 3000 or equivalent, and BIA 6000 or equivalent. Topics include the manager's role in corporate planning, evaluating capital investment proposals, measuring managerial performance, performing cash flow analysis, interpreting and evaluating financial information, and applying the capital asset pricing modeling (CAPM). Not open to students enrolled in the M.S. in Finance program.

  • MBAK 6895 - Marketing Strategy

    2credit hours

    An analytical, managerial approach to the marketing activities of a business enterprise. Emphasis on problem solving and decision making in marketing environments.

  • MBAI 6835 - IT Applications for Decision Making

    2credit hours

    (Same as INFS 6835.) Focuses on application development using electronic spreadsheets to improve decision making efficiency and effectiveness. Uses a hands-on approach to develop skills in electronic spreadsheets and modeling applied to a variety of business situations. Not acceptable for credit toward the degree requirements for the M.S. in Information Systems but may be required as a prerequisite at the discretion of the program coordinator.

  • MBAA 6885 - Decision Making in Accounting and Finance  3 credit hours  
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    MBAA 6885 - Decision Making in Accounting and Finance

    3credit hours

    (Same as MBAF 6885.) Prerequisites: MBAA 6815 and MBAF 6845. An integrative course in decision making in accounting and finance for MBA students. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial distress and bankruptcy, efficient markets, contracting and agency, and risk analysis. Not open to M.Acc. students.

  • MBAF 6885 - Decision Making in Accounting and Finance

    3credit hours

    (Same as MBAA 6885.) Prerequisites: MBAA 6815 and MBAF 6845. An integrative course in decision making in accounting and finance for MBA students. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial distress and bankruptcy, efficient markets, contracting and agency, and risk analysis.

  • MBAM 6875 - Supply Chain Operations

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: MBAI 6835. Overview on the integration between supply chain operations strategies/decisions and their impact on other business functions in an organization.

  • MBAI 6905 - Applied Business Analytics

    3credit hours

    (Same as BIA 6905.) Prerequisites: BIA 6000 and MBAI 6835 or BIA 2610 and BIA 3620. An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.

 

  • MBAK 6915 - Integrated Marketing and Management Decision Making  3 credit hours  
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    OR 

    MBAK 6915 - Integrated Marketing and Management Decision Making

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAA 6885/MBAF 6885, MBAK 6895, and MBAM 6825. Offers an applied approach to the integration of marketing strategy and management fundamentals to address current business challenges. Explores the nexus between external-focused marketing and internal-focused management practices. Working in teams, students will develop solutions to current marketing challenges and internal management challenges and present their solutions for feedback.

  • MBAM 6915 - Integrated Marketing and Management Decision Making

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAA 6885/MBAF 6885, MBAK 6895, and MBAM 6825. Offers an applied approach to the integration of marketing strategy and management fundamentals to address current business challenges. Explores the nexus between external-focused marketing and internal-focused management practices. Working in teams, students will develop solutions to current marketing challenges and internal management challenges and present their solutions for feedback.

 

  • MBAM 6925 - Strategic Business Consulting

    4credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAB 6805, MBAK 6915/MBAM 6915, MBAA 6885/MBAF 6885, and MBAI 6905. Capstone course integrating the entire College of Business curriculum. Specifically focuses on applying analysis tools to real companies and the strategic issues they face.

 

Approved Electives (6 hours)

  • Approved elective (6000 level) 6 credit hours

NOTE: The elective course requirement can be satisfied if a student takes an approved graduate course, approved internship, or an approved study abroad course. The course taken to satisfy this elective requires prior approval of the associate dean for Graduate and Executive Education.

Program Notes

Core courses may not be satisfied by independent study.

A degree plan must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program.

A student who has had substantial undergraduate instruction in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, or marketing may be required, as determined by the director, to take an alternate 6000-level course in the same area of instruction in lieu of the required graduate course.

Candidate must file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

Business Administration, Health Care Management Concentration

Business Administration, Health Care Management Concentration, M.B.A.

S. Kim Sokoya, MBA Program Director
(615) 898-2352

Kim.Sokoya@mtsu.edu

The University offers a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Health Care Management which requires courses in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, and marketing.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Business Administration program requires the following:

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. completion of required foundation courses (9 hours) or equivalent before enrolling in core courses:    
         ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business
         BIA 6000 - Quantitative Methods Survey
         FIN 3010 - Business Finance
  3. a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
  4. a minimum GMAT score of 400 or GRE equivalent; and
  5. a minimum Index Score of 950, calculated using: GPA x 200 + GMAT (or GRE equivalent) equals 950 or Upper Division GPA x 200 + GMAT (or GRE equivalent) equals 1000.

Required foundation courses may be taken after program admission.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, international applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency that meets the University requirement.

NOTE: Students admitted into the MBA program who do not have a background in business education or those who think they may need some tutorial courses are advised to use any of the resources listed below. Please note that the program does not require prerequisite courses outside the listed foundation courses above (ACTG 3000, BIA 6000, and FIN 3010 or their equivalent).

The following is a list of self-paced, online programs that can be helpful. Students who think they may need to refresh their knowledge in the functional areas of business such as marketing, management, economics, finance, accounting, statistics, or using Excel are advised to make use of any of the following resources before taking the core classes.

It is the responsibility of the student to avail themselves of the resources listed above.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Priority deadlines for completed applications: Fall - June 1; Spring - October 1; Summer - April 1. Completed application packages received after the priority deadline will be evaluated based on the date received.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the GMAT examination;
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management requires completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours.

MBAM 6925 - Strategic Business Consulting, the capstone course, is taken in lieu of a comprehensive written examination for the M.B.A. This course should be taken during the student's last semester and after completing all other core courses in the curriculum.

Curriculum: Business Administration, Health Care Management

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Core Courses (30 hours)

  • MBAA 6815 - Accounting Information for Managers

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 3000 or ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120 or permission of department. Principles, concepts, and tools in financial and managerial accounting, including product costing, budgeting, decision making tools, performance measurement, financial accounting concepts, financial statement analysis tools, and reporting responsibilities of management. Not open to M.Acc. students.

  • MBAM 6825 - Leading Organizations

    2credit hours

    Explores current management thought and experience on how to effectively lead/manage the people within an organization in a changing world. Emphasis on self-assessment, skill improvement, and problem solving of the current challenges organizations face.

  • MBAE 6865 - Economic Decisions for Managers

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECON 2420 or equivalent, BIA 6000 or equivalent, ACTG 3000 or equivalent, FIN 3000 or FIN 3010 or equivalent. Focuses on the applications of microeconomic principles for making rational management analysis and decisions. Covers the guiding principles undergirding demand, supply, cost theories, and their relevance to business strategic pricing and output decisions. Explores the interaction of information, economic incentives, market competition, and how these interact to determine prices, products, profits, and patterns of trade and organization.

  • MBAF 6845 - Managerial Finance

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: ACTG 3000 or equivalent, FIN 3010 or FIN 3000 or equivalent, and BIA 6000 or equivalent. Topics include the manager's role in corporate planning, evaluating capital investment proposals, measuring managerial performance, performing cash flow analysis, interpreting and evaluating financial information, and applying the capital asset pricing modeling (CAPM). Not open to students enrolled in the M.S. in Finance program.

  • MBAK 6895 - Marketing Strategy

    2credit hours

    An analytical, managerial approach to the marketing activities of a business enterprise. Emphasis on problem solving and decision making in marketing environments.

  • MBAI 6835 - IT Applications for Decision Making

    2credit hours

    (Same as INFS 6835.) Focuses on application development using electronic spreadsheets to improve decision making efficiency and effectiveness. Uses a hands-on approach to develop skills in electronic spreadsheets and modeling applied to a variety of business situations. Not acceptable for credit toward the degree requirements for the M.S. in Information Systems but may be required as a prerequisite at the discretion of the program coordinator.

  • MBAA 6885 - Decision Making in Accounting and Finance  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    MBAA 6885 - Decision Making in Accounting and Finance

    3credit hours

    (Same as MBAF 6885.) Prerequisites: MBAA 6815 and MBAF 6845. An integrative course in decision making in accounting and finance for MBA students. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial distress and bankruptcy, efficient markets, contracting and agency, and risk analysis. Not open to M.Acc. students.

  • MBAF 6885 - Decision Making in Accounting and Finance

    3credit hours

    (Same as MBAA 6885.) Prerequisites: MBAA 6815 and MBAF 6845. An integrative course in decision making in accounting and finance for MBA students. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial distress and bankruptcy, efficient markets, contracting and agency, and risk analysis.

  • MBAM 6875 - Supply Chain Operations

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: MBAI 6835. Overview on the integration between supply chain operations strategies/decisions and their impact on other business functions in an organization.

  • MBAI 6905 - Applied Business Analytics

    3credit hours

    (Same as BIA 6905.) Prerequisites: BIA 6000 and MBAI 6835 or BIA 2610 and BIA 3620. An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.

 

  • MBAM 6915 - Integrated Marketing and Management Decision Making  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    MBAM 6915 - Integrated Marketing and Management Decision Making

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAA 6885/MBAF 6885, MBAK 6895, and MBAM 6825. Offers an applied approach to the integration of marketing strategy and management fundamentals to address current business challenges. Explores the nexus between external-focused marketing and internal-focused management practices. Working in teams, students will develop solutions to current marketing challenges and internal management challenges and present their solutions for feedback.

  • MBAK 6915 - Integrated Marketing and Management Decision Making

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAA 6885/MBAF 6885, MBAK 6895, and MBAM 6825. Offers an applied approach to the integration of marketing strategy and management fundamentals to address current business challenges. Explores the nexus between external-focused marketing and internal-focused management practices. Working in teams, students will develop solutions to current marketing challenges and internal management challenges and present their solutions for feedback.

 

  • MBAM 6925 - Strategic Business Consulting

    4credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAB 6805, MBAK 6915/MBAM 6915, MBAA 6885/MBAF 6885, and MBAI 6905. Capstone course integrating the entire College of Business curriculum. Specifically focuses on applying analysis tools to real companies and the strategic issues they face.

Concentration Courses (15 hours)

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • ECON 6400 - Health Economics  3 credit hours  

    ECON 6400 - Health Economics

    3credit hours

    Applications of microeconomics to analysis of the health care delivery system in the United States. Major issues include the private and public demand for health care, supply of health care, cost of health care, the pricing of health care, and the analysis of the various health care reform policies of the industry. Examines how economics can provide valuable insights into the above problems of social choice.

  • MGMT 6780 - Health Care Management

    3credit hours

    An overview of the U.S. health care system, including managed care, governmental and private sector programs and policies affecting the delivery of health care (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance), and legal, ethical, and budgeting issues relevant to managing health care organizations. Presents strategic and operational considerations unique to the management of health care organizations.

Elective Courses (9 hours)

  • Approved electives 9 credit hours

Business Administration, Music Business

Business Administration, Music Business, M.B.A.

S. Kim Sokoya, MBA Program Director
(615) 898-2352
Kim.Sokoya@mtsu.edu

The University offers a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Music Business which requires courses in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and recording industry.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the Master of Business Administration program requires the following:

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. completion of required foundation courses (9 hours) or equivalent before enrolling in core courses:    
         ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business
         BIA 6000 - Quantitative Methods Survey
         FIN 3010 - Business Finance
  3. a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
  4. a minimum GMAT score of 400 or GRE equivalent; and
  5. a minimum Index Score of 950, calculated using: GPA x 200 + GMAT (or GRE equivalent) equals 950 or Upper Division GPA x 200 + GMAT (or GRE equivalent) equals 1000.

Required foundation courses may be taken after program admission.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, international applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency that meets the University requirement.

NOTE: Students admitted into the MBA program who do not have a background in business education or those who think they may need some tutorial courses are advised to use any of the resources listed below. Please note that the program does not require prerequisite courses outside the listed foundation courses above (ACTG 3000, BIA 6000, and FIN 3010 or their equivalent).

The following is a list of self-paced, online programs that can be helpful. Students who think they may need to refresh their knowledge in the functional areas of business such as marketing, management, economics, finance, accounting, statistics, or using Excel are advised to make use of any of the following resources before taking the core classes.

It is the responsibility of the student to avail themselves of the resources listed above.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Priority deadlines for completed applications: Fall - June 1; Spring - October 1; Summer - April 1. Completed application packages received after the priority deadline will be evaluated based on the date received.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the GMAT examination;
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Music Business requires completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours.

MBAM 6925 - Strategic Business Consulting, the capstone course is taken in lieu of a comprehensive written examination for the M.B.A degree. This course should be taken during the student's last semester and after completing all other core courses in the curriculum.

Curriculum: Business Administration, Music Business

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Core Courses (30 hours)

  • MBAA 6815 - Accounting Information for Managers

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 3000 or ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120 or permission of department. Principles, concepts, and tools in financial and managerial accounting, including product costing, budgeting, decision making tools, performance measurement, financial accounting concepts, financial statement analysis tools, and reporting responsibilities of management. Not open to M.Acc. students.

  • MBAM 6825 - Leading Organizations

    2credit hours

    Explores current management thought and experience on how to effectively lead/manage the people within an organization in a changing world. Emphasis on self-assessment, skill improvement, and problem solving of the current challenges organizations face.

  • MBAE 6865 - Economic Decisions for Managers

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECON 2420 or equivalent, BIA 6000 or equivalent, ACTG 3000 or equivalent, FIN 3000 or FIN 3010 or equivalent. Focuses on the applications of microeconomic principles for making rational management analysis and decisions. Covers the guiding principles undergirding demand, supply, cost theories, and their relevance to business strategic pricing and output decisions. Explores the interaction of information, economic incentives, market competition, and how these interact to determine prices, products, profits, and patterns of trade and organization.

  • MBAF 6845 - Managerial Finance

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: ACTG 3000 or equivalent, FIN 3010 or FIN 3000 or equivalent, and BIA 6000 or equivalent. Topics include the manager's role in corporate planning, evaluating capital investment proposals, measuring managerial performance, performing cash flow analysis, interpreting and evaluating financial information, and applying the capital asset pricing modeling (CAPM). Not open to students enrolled in the M.S. in Finance program.

  • MBAK 6895 - Marketing Strategy

    2credit hours

    An analytical, managerial approach to the marketing activities of a business enterprise. Emphasis on problem solving and decision making in marketing environments.

  • MBAI 6835 - IT Applications for Decision Making

    2credit hours

    (Same as INFS 6835.) Focuses on application development using electronic spreadsheets to improve decision making efficiency and effectiveness. Uses a hands-on approach to develop skills in electronic spreadsheets and modeling applied to a variety of business situations. Not acceptable for credit toward the degree requirements for the M.S. in Information Systems but may be required as a prerequisite at the discretion of the program coordinator.

  • MBAA 6885 - Decision Making in Accounting and Finance  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    MBAA 6885 - Decision Making in Accounting and Finance

    3credit hours

    (Same as MBAF 6885.) Prerequisites: MBAA 6815 and MBAF 6845. An integrative course in decision making in accounting and finance for MBA students. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial distress and bankruptcy, efficient markets, contracting and agency, and risk analysis. Not open to M.Acc. students.

  • MBAF 6885 - Decision Making in Accounting and Finance

    3credit hours

    (Same as MBAA 6885.) Prerequisites: MBAA 6815 and MBAF 6845. An integrative course in decision making in accounting and finance for MBA students. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial distress and bankruptcy, efficient markets, contracting and agency, and risk analysis.

  • MBAM 6875 - Supply Chain Operations

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: MBAI 6835. Overview on the integration between supply chain operations strategies/decisions and their impact on other business functions in an organization.

  • MBAI 6905 - Applied Business Analytics

    3credit hours

    (Same as BIA 6905.) Prerequisites: BIA 6000 and MBAI 6835 or BIA 2610 and BIA 3620. An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.

 

  • MBAK 6915 - Integrated Marketing and Management Decision Making  3 credit hours  
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    MBAK 6915 - Integrated Marketing and Management Decision Making

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAA 6885/MBAF 6885, MBAK 6895, and MBAM 6825. Offers an applied approach to the integration of marketing strategy and management fundamentals to address current business challenges. Explores the nexus between external-focused marketing and internal-focused management practices. Working in teams, students will develop solutions to current marketing challenges and internal management challenges and present their solutions for feedback.

  • MBAM 6915 - Integrated Marketing and Management Decision Making

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAA 6885/MBAF 6885, MBAK 6895, and MBAM 6825. Offers an applied approach to the integration of marketing strategy and management fundamentals to address current business challenges. Explores the nexus between external-focused marketing and internal-focused management practices. Working in teams, students will develop solutions to current marketing challenges and internal management challenges and present their solutions for feedback.

 

  • MBAM 6925 - Strategic Business Consulting

    4credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAB 6805, MBAK 6915/MBAM 6915, MBAA 6885/MBAF 6885, and MBAI 6905. Capstone course integrating the entire College of Business curriculum. Specifically focuses on applying analysis tools to real companies and the strategic issues they face.

Concentration Courses (15 hours)

Required Course (3 hours)

  • RIM 6630 - Applied Recording Industry Research

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIA 6000; MKT 6000; acceptance to M.B.A. program. Focuses on applied qualitative and quantitative research projects for the recording industry, with particular attention to research design and implementation.

Electives (12 hours)

  • Approved electives 12 credit hours

Program Notes

Core courses may not be satisfied by independent study.

A degree plan must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program.

A student who has had substantial undergraduate instruction in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, or marketing may be required, as determined by the director, to take an alternative 6000-level course in the same area of instruction in lieu of the required graduate course.

Candidate must file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

Applicants to the online M.B.A program can begin the application process 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 

An admission decision will be made after all application items have been recieved 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 MBA Cohort class starts only in the Fall Semester.

Applying early and submitting your paperwork 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 to choose from due to classes filling up.

What are your GMAT requirements?

All students must submit a GMAT or equivalent GRE score. Our minimum GMAT score requirement is 400, but students may have to score higher depending on their undergraduate GPA. Our index formula is: Undergraduate GPA x 200+GMAT = at least 950.

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.

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 GA 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. 

GAs 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 GAs, and each has different requirements. It’s best for students who are interested in being an assistant to call 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 GPA, 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 GPA of at least 3.0 for 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, all 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.  

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 one or two 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 also 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?

For the most part, 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. Students must meet with program director for course approval.

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

Is the program available online?

The online M.B.A. is available in a flexible, 100% online format. Please visit the online M.B.A. site to learn more.

 

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 Kim.Sokoya@mtsu.edu.

Apply now!


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.

Contact Information

Kim Sokoya
Kim.Sokoya@mtsu.edu
615-898-2352

Allyson Baugh
Graduate Business Advisor
Allyson.Baugh@mtsu.edu
615-898-2964

Rhianna Caplice
Enrollment Representative (online M.B.A.)
Rhianna.Caplice@mtsu.edu
615-742-9992

Who is My Advisor?

Kim Sokoya
Kim.Sokoya@mtsu.edu
615-898-2352

Allyson Baugh
Graduate Business Advisor
Allyson.Baugh@mtsu.edu
615-898-2964

Rhianna Caplice
Enrollment Representative (online M.B.A.)
Rhianna.Caplice@mtsu.edu
615-742-9992

Mailing Address

Jennings A. Jones College of Business
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 290
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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