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Business Education, M.B.E.

The Master of Business Education at MTSU is the only graduate degree of its kind in Tennessee. Courses are taught by nationally recognized leaders in the field. Faculty members have served and continue to serve on committees and in editorial positions for the National Business Education Association. Teachers who have been placed in Tennessee by the department have close business and/or personal relationships with individual faculty members. “We frequently get calls and emails from school administrators searching for teachers because they know we turn out top-notch students,” says Dr. Stephen Lewis, Program Director.

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She was prepared to meet any challenges

She was prepared to meet any challenges

Karva Henderson Jones is a training and development specialist and conducts web-based and on-site training sessions for clients. She also assists in creating and designing web-based courses, documentation, and on-demand recorded sessions. Jones says her M.B.E. degree from MTSU, which she earned in 2009, “afforded me many opportunities to interview for training positions that I would not otherwise have had. Upon receiving my credentials, employers immediately realized that I have the foundational knowledge to be successful in their training department.” She notes that MTSU prepared her to meet any challenges she has encountered thus far. “From industry-simulated approaches to instructional design that I learned in Dr. Virginia Hemby-Grubb’s Managerial Media Presentations course to foundational theory that I learned in Dr. Vincent Smith’s Training Strategies for Business Systems and Technology class, all proved to be beneficial in the real world.”

Rigor, relevance, and compassion set MTSU degree apart

Rigor, relevance, and compassion set MTSU degree apart

Jessica Supakhan received her M.B.E. degree from MTSU in 2005 and says she had a wonderful experience. Today, she teaches business and marketing at Holloway High School in Murfreesboro. “I believe that obtaining my M.B.E. gave me the competitive advantage over other applicants within the business education field. The professors in MTSU’s program are some of the best in the industry. Dr. Robert Blair is my personal friend and mentor, as well as someone who exemplifies excellence in education. Dr. Vince Smith and Dr. Steve Lewis were wonderful professors who both offered support and encouragement to make this program an easy transition from the bachelor’s degree. MTSU’s M.B.E. program is one of the best in the country in terms of rigor, relevance, and compassionate professors.” Having taught for 12 years in the county school system, Supakhan says her professors at MTSU inspired her to pursue her doctorate degree.

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It is not unusual to have students apply for an M.B.E. who already hold a master’s degree in some other area – occasionally a doctorate degree – and who feel called to the teaching profession and therefore decide to change careers.  The same is true of students who decide to pursue the corporate emphasis.  They like interacting with people, and perhaps they have been working in a job where they do not have that opportunity.  There is an appeal to working as a trainer at the corporate level where an energetic people-person can help others grow in their jobs and achieve greater success.  Examples of career opportunities with both these option include

Teaching certification option

  • Community colleges
  • High schools
  • Middle schools
  • Technology centers

Training certification option

  • Corporate training
  • Independent (freelance) training 

Employers of MTSU M.B.E. graduates include

  • Acumen Physician Solutions
  • ASTERA Business Solutions
  • Bedford County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Daymar Institute, Murfreesboro
  • Federal Reserve in Nashville
  • Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee
  • Hardin County Schools
  • Health IT Services Group (Nashville/Brentwood)
  • Lawrence County Schools
  • Metro Davidson County Schools
  • Michael Burt Enterprises
  • Middle Tennessee Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Montgomery County Schools
  • People, Technology, and Processes, LLC
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Shelby County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

The Master of Business Education (M.B.E.) offers teaching, non-teaching, or training and development options. The teaching certification helps prepare graduates to teach business courses at the junior and secondary school levels and in technology centers and community colleges. To earn the M.B.E. degree, students must complete 33 semester hours of required and elective courses. The training option helps open the path to becoming corporate trainers. The latter emphasis is a non-teaching program. There are opportunities for independent study and research.


A business degree from an accredited institution qualifies for admission to the M.B.E. program if the student has a satisfactory GPA, an acceptable score on the Miller Analogies Test or the GRE, three letters of recommendation, and official college transcripts.

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

Undergraduate degrees

The Department of Marketing offers two bachelor’s degrees: the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree with a major in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Business Education.  A State of Tennessee Teaching Certificate can be obtained upon successful completion of the Business Education major and the business Praxis Exam.  The business education major will include a minor in Secondary Education.  A Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education with a non-teaching, (Corporate Communication Technology) option also is available.  Students who select this degree will earn a minor in Business Administration.

An undergraduate minor is available in Business Communication, Corporate Communication and Marketing, and the department participates in interdisciplinary minors in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Studies.

Business Education, M.B.E.

Stephen D. Lewis, Program Director
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The Department of Marketing offers the Master of Business Education degree. The M.B.E. offers preparation to teach business subjects at the middle school and secondary school levels, to teach in technology centers and community colleges, or to train individuals in a corporate environment. A flexible curriculum allows students to customize their programs to fit individual objectives. As many as 27 elective hours may be chosen in consultation with an advisor; thus, tailoring a program to fit goals is easy. Advisement for the degree is provided by graduate faculty members in this department.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admissions are based on a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s qualifications including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and undergraduate and graduate grade point average.

All students in the graduate program will be expected to have at least 24 semester hours of undergraduate business subjects.

Application Procedures

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

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. submit three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals that address the applicant's potential to successfully complete an M.B.E. program;
  3. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
  4. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Education requires completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours with no more than 30 percent of the total dually listed as undergraduate/graduate hours.

Candidate must

  1. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination (may be taken no more than twice);
  2. meet licensure requirements to teach business subjects upon completion of the degree or select the non-teaching/nonlicensure option.

Curriculum: Business Education

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

General Option (33 hours)


  • 27 hours of guided electives

*Students who complete this course at the undergraduate level may substitute another three-hour graduate level course in business or marketing education.

Research Option (33 hours)


  • 24 hours of guided electives

*Students who complete this course at the undergraduate level may substitute another three-hour graduate level course in business or marketing education.


All program electives will be chosen in consultation with department advisor.

A nonteaching/nonlicensure training and development specialization includes PRST 6400 and PRST 6450. Electives for this specialization will be chosen in consultation with a department advisor.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. 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.

Contact Information

Steve Lewis

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Steve Lewis

Mailing Address

Department of Marketing
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 40
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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