• 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 - 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 - July 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

    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 BIA 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 each semester, 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.


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

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

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
         QM 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, QM 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 - July 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 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, Health Care Management

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management requires 48 hours-36  hours in the major plus an additional 12 hours for the Health Care Management concentration.

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 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.

  • MBAI 6835 - IT Applications for Decision Making

    2 credit hours

    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.

  • 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 BIA 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 Professional Development Seminar each semester, 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.

Concentration Courses (12 hours)

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • ECON 6400 - Health Economics  3 credit hours  

    ECON 6400 - Health Economics

    3 credit 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

    3 credit 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 (6 hours)

  • BLAW 6500 - Legal Aspects of Healthcare

    3 credit hours

    The U.S. health care system; its major stakeholders; and the laws and regulations that apply to health care institutions, professionals, and suppliers including Medicare, electronic health records, health care fraud and abuse, compliance planning, certificates of need, health care business associations, federal tax exemption, liability and licensing issues, and ethics in decision making.

  • HLTH 6510 - The Nation's Health

    3 credit hours

    Investigates the determinants of health and the role of public health and health care on the health status of the population of the United States. Study of biological, socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence health status and care in America.

  • MGMT 6300 - Not-for-Profit Management and Governance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MGMT 3610 or MGMT 6600 or permission of department. Focuses on the management theories and practices that impact effective management and governance of organizations in the not-for-profit sector. Emphasizes management decision making within the not-for-profit context and will be one of two core courses in the Master's of Science in Management Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit concentration curriculum.

  • MKT 6900 - Health Care Marketing

    3 credit hours

    The role of marketing in the delivery of health care services. Topics include the history of health care in the United States, the evolution of marketing in health care, marketing strategy and implementation in health care, and the future of health care marketing. Students will apply marketing concepts and theory to practical situations.

  • NURS 6401 - Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Digital literacy. Foundation to informatics study providing the theoretical framework for information management within various health care setting. Topics include an overview of health care information systems and applications and national health care information management initiatives.

  • SOC 5040 - Health Care Delivery Issues

    3 credit hours

    Sociological analysis of health care delivery and major issues facing providers, patients, and citizens in the twenty-first century, from the level of social interaction through the broader structures of health care systems and policies. Includes sociological approaches to health and medicine, health care institutions, insurance and reimbursement structures, and vulnerable populations, along with future issues and directions in U.S. health care delivery.

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, Music Business, M.B.A.

S. Kim Sokoya, MBA Program Director
(615) 898-2964
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
         QM 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, QM 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 - July 1; Spring - December 1; Summer - April 1. Completed application packages received after the deadline will be evaluated based on the data 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 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 degree. 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, Music Business

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Music Business requires 48 hours--36  hours in the major plus an additional 12 hours for the Music Business concentration.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 6835 - IT Applications for Decision Making

    2 credit hours

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MBAM 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.

  • 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.

  • MBAM 6925 - Strategic Business Consulting

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MBAK 6915, MBAA 6885/MBAF 6885, and BIA 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 each semester, 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.

Concentration Courses (12 hours)

Required Course (3 hours)

  • RIM 6630 - Applied Recording Industry Research

    3 credit 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 (9 hours)

Complete three courses from the following:

  • RIM 6050 - International Popular Music

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to a University graduate program and permission of instructor. Explores marketing strategies, artistic representation, branding, and general exploitation of both traditional and social media and how these modes affect the construction, performance, and sale of popular music across international borders. Includes assigned readings, lectures, in-class exercises, class presentations, guest presentations, and professional group projects and experiences.

  • RIM 6300 - Recording Industry Economics and Emerging Business Models

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ECON 6030 or equivalent. Focuses on macro- and microeconomic issues and analysis of the recording industry, with particular attention to market/demand analysis, economics of the firm, and political economic issues.

  • RIM 6400 - International Entertainment Transactions

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program; others - admission to a University graduate degree program and permission of department. Focuses on the critical areas of international law and business entrepreneurship as applied to the entertainment industry. Student investigates, via research and multi-national case studies, the details of what is necessary to achieve the global exploitation of creative content. Includes global research (including field research with professionals around the world) and case study reading and discussion culminating in the creation and written preparation of the Entertainment Transaction Proposal for presentation to angel investors as a start-up entity in a student-selected foreign territory.

  • MRAT 6150 - Legal Rights of the Creative Individual

    3 credit hours

    Examines legal rights and duties of creative persons. Students apply concepts from copyright, trademark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, defamation, and other branches of the law to media productions.

 

  • MGMT 6670 - Seminar in Negotiation  3 credit hours  OR 

    MGMT 6670 - Seminar in Negotiation

    3 credit hours

    A structured overview of the process of negotiation in organizations and manager development of improved negotiation skills. Topics include distributive negotiations, integrative negotiations, tactics, strategies, power dynamics, alternative dispute resolution, and negotiation ethics in an organization environment.

  • MGMT 6750 - Business Ethics  3 credit hours  

    MGMT 6750 - Business Ethics

    3 credit hours

    Impact of individual values and ethics on the management of organizations. Topics include legal and ethical aspects of dealing with organization stakeholders: stockholders, consumers, employees, and the general community. Emphasis on using ethical theory to make good business decisions.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions for the M.B.A.

  1. How do I apply?

    You can apply online through the College of Graduate Studies website.

    Students must submit the online application with the appropriate application fee, official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended, and an official GMAT or GRE Score.  If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-US) institution, a course-by-course analysis is required. Original non-US transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service.

    Students should also fill out the FAFSA if they believe they will require financial aid.
  1. Can I start any semester? What are the deadlines?

    You can start in the spring, summer, or the fall. The priority dates for applications are October 1 for the spring, March 1 for the summer, and June 1 for the fall. The Accelerated 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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. 
  1. Are there scholarships?

    The Jennings A. Jones College of Business does not offer scholarships for graduate students. The College of Graduate Studies offers a few, however. More information about who is eligible and how to apply can be found at the Graduate Studies website.
  1. 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.              
  1. What time are the classes offered?

    The M.B.A. program is designed so that students can take classes on the campus, online, or a combination of both. We offer courses during the day and recognizing that most students in the M.B.A. work during the day, classes are also 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 classes on Saturdays.               
  1. How many hours are required for the degree?

    Students without prerequisite requirements must complete 36 hours to finish the degree. If a student is missing certain undergraduate classes, he or she may have up to an additional nine hours of coursework to complete. Students that opt for a concentration in Healthcare Management or Music Business are required to take an additional 9 to 12 credit hours.
  1. 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 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
FIN 3010: Business Finance
BIA 2610 Statistical Methods and BIA 3620: Intro to Business Analytics

OR their equivalent:

ACTG 3000: Survey of Accounting for General Business
FIN 3000: Principles of Financial Management
BIA 6000: Quantitative Methods Survey

  1. How many classes are required each semester?

    We do not require students to enroll in a certain amount of classes every semester. We have flexible scheduling and allow students to go at their own pace. 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 to be eligible for federal financial aid.
  1. 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 at least 6 hours a semester (including over the summer), most will finish in two years. It is possible to finish as quickly as three semesters if a student has no prerequisite requirements and takes 12 hours a semester. 
  1. 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.   
  1. Is there a thesis?

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

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. To apply, contact Kim.Sokoya@mtsu.edu.

Contact and Student Information

Kim Sokoya
kim.sokoya@mtsu.edu
615-898-2964

Kim Sokoya
kim.sokoya@mtsu.edu
615-898-2964

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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