• M.B.A. grad Tim Fallon manages more than 1,100 people at Nissan
  • M.B.A. concentrations include Concrete Industry Management, Health Care Management, and Music Business
  • MTSU’s Flex M.B.A. opens opportunities to working professionals
  • Health Care Management is the newest M.B.A. concentration

Business Administration M.B.A.

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 effect of current events on the global business environment, multicultural influences on business decision-making, 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 that evaluate faculty qualifications, curricula, missions and objectives, and other aspects that have created a high-quality business regimen. Students pursuing the M.B.A. program also may choose from three concentrations in Healthcare Management, Music Business or Concrete Industry Management. The latter is open only to those individuals who have considerable experience in the concrete industry and related fields.

M.B.A. is stepping stone for grad

M.B.A. is stepping stone for grad

Jan Key Marks (’93) went straight into MTSU’s M.B.A. program after earning her B.B.A. in Finance. Looking back from her position today as syndications account manager for Caterpillar Financial, Marks remembers working in project-based teams. “Coming from the academic side, I was paired with people coming from the professional side. They brought real-life experience to share,” she says. “That cooperative experience is beyond what any classroom alone can offer. It really prepared me to get a job, graduating into a tough market for finance. For me, it was the defining factor between getting the job interview or not.” She also attributes acceptance into a post-graduation management training program to the M.B.A. “This program was the stepping stone that allowed me to go from one major corporation to another. I wouldn’t have been able to make the progression through these types of companies without an M.B.A. In corporate finance, an M.B.A. is really the minimum standard. I’m fairly certain that if I were trying to get a job now, I wouldn’t be able to get my foot in the door without an M.B.A.”

Enjoy scheduling flexibility while earning degree

Enjoy scheduling flexibility while earning degree

Deo Sanders (’13) had worked for eleven years as a professional healthcare advisor for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals before starting on his M.B.A. “The program couples real-world experience with a focus on the technical perspective in a way you don’t get as an undergraduate,” Sanders says. “When I finished the program, I felt ready to tackle any managerial position within my own company. Now, I am a senior biologic specialty representative managing accounts for all rheumatologists in Tennessee and southern Kentucky.” Sanders especially appreciated being able to schedule what worked for him. “The program allowed me to take some of the more challenging classes on campus and others online as my schedule demanded. I even took a class while working in New York on a special project,” he says. “That flexibility allowed me to get promotional exposure as well as to continue my education. The experienced faculty, helpful staff, and knowledgeable GAs formed a seamless support system, not only to understand the material, but also to apply the concepts back into the workplace.” ​

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.

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.lynda.com
  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 tab above.

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


Business Administration, M.B.A.

S. Kim Sokoya, Program Director
(615) 898-2964

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.

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.

Deadlines for completed applications: Fall - June 1; Spring - December 1; Summer - April 1. Completed application packages received after the 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 program follows an integrated curriculum that requires a total 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 course.

Curriculum: Business Administration

 Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (33 hours)

  • MBAA 6815 - Accounting Information for Managers

    2 credit 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.

  • MBAA 6885 - Decision Making in Accounting and Finance

    3 credit 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

    3 credit 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.

  • MBAB 6805 - Professional Development Seminar  1 credit hours  *  (3 credit hours total) 

    MBAB 6805 - Professional Development Seminar

    1 credit hours

    Current topics and issues focusing on developing managerial and leadership skills and preparing a professional/career development portfolio.

  • MBAE 6865 - Economic Decisions for Managers

    2 credit 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

    2 credit 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.

  • MBAI 6835 - IT Applications for Decision Making

    2 credit 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.

  • MBAI 6855 - Information Systems

    2 credit hours

    Focuses on the basic concepts of using and managing information across the enterprise. How information systems may help, hinder, or create opportunities for organizations; makes students aware they must be knowledgeable participants in various roles as they relate to information and the information systems function. Not accepted for credit toward the M.S. in Information Systems program.

  • MBAI 6905 - Applied Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BIA 6905.) 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 6895 - Marketing Strategy

    2 credit hours

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

  • MBAK 6915 - Integrated Marketing and Management Decision Making

    3 credit 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 6825 - Leading Organizations

    2 credit 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.

  • MBAM 6875 - Supply Chain Operations

    3 credit hours

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

  • MBAM 6925 - Strategic Business Consulting

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAK 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.

*NOTE: Students are required to register for MBAB 6805 - Professional Development Seminar, up to a total of three credits.

Approved Elective (3 hours)

  • Approved elective 3 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.