General Program Information
Graduate School Contact:
William Heise, Ph.D., M.B.A. Program Director
122 Sam Wilson Hall
Jafar Alavi; Richard C. Alexander; Edward Baryla; Robert R. Beach; Prasun Bhata Charjee; Ting-Heng Chu; Andrew Czuchry; C. Allen Gorman; Dana Harrison; Beichen Liang; Kurt Loess; Warren Mackara; Michael McKinney; Phillip Miller; Thomas Moore; Joseph Newhard; Martha Pointer; Joel Ryman; Gary Shelley; Donald Shemwell; Michael Small; Jon Smith; Allan Spritzer; Anca Traian; William Trainor; Craig Turner; William Heise.
The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program provides the knowledge and preparation required for positions of responsibility in business or not-for-profit institutions. The M.B.A. program is fully accredited by AACSB International.
The M.B.A. degree is recognized as the key to success in both large and small organizations. It is suited to graduates in engineering, science, technology, health care, the liberal arts, and other non-business areas, as well as students with undergraduate degrees in business. The M.B.A. is a general, broad-based degree program that incorporates and integrates study of the organizational, financial, and operational management of organizations; the global economic, technological, and information environment; and the production and marketing of goods and services. Emphasis is given to the strategic view of the organization, teamwork, and effective problem solving.
Admission Requirements for the Traditional M.B.A.
A student applying to the traditional M.B.A. program must be eligible for admission to the university as a graduate student and must meet the admission criteria for the program. The student must submit completed application and scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Admission criteria include the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average and satisfactory scores on the GMAT. The applicant is presumed to have computer literacy and an understanding of mathematics. Questions relating to admission requirements should be addressed to the M.B.A. Program Director.
Admission Requirements for the Accelerated M.B.A.
The accelerated M.B.A. is designed for students who have at least three years of professional managerial experience and who desire a rapid-paced, alternative delivery of the M.B.A. courses. A student applying to the accelerated version of the M.B.A. program must be eligible for admission to the university as a graduate student. An applicant must have at least three years of professional managerial experience and the support of his or her supervisor. Admission criteria include the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average, professional managerial experience as indicated on a current resume, three letters of recommendation, a letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor, an interview, and an essay.
Students admitted to other graduate programs in the university may enroll in selected graduate business courses if appropriate course prerequisites have been completed. Non-degree students, visiting students, and applicants awaiting admission to the M.B.A. program may not register for graduate business courses without prior approval of the M.B.A. Program Director.
Business Administration Core Requirements: 27 credits
Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits
- All electives must be at the graduate level and must be approved by the M.B.A. Program Director prior to registration. The six credits of electives will be selected to meet students’ special interests and needs and may include nonbusiness courses. No more than one elective may be taken from courses co-listed with undergraduate courses.
Strategic Experience: 3 credits
This course fulfills the Culminating Experience requirement in the M.B.A. program.
Traditional M.B.A. Additional Information
M.B.A. students, with the approval of the M.B.A. Program Director, may declare an emphasis in their program. Possible areas of emphasis include but are not limited to accountancy, finance, health care management, environmental management, marketing, public administration, and technology. Interested students should submit a proposal describing their desired emphasis no later than the semester in which they complete 21 semester credits of M.B.A. core coursework.
The length of the traditional M.B.A. program will depend upon a student’s prior academic work and the number of courses to be taken per semester. The well-prepared full-time student who enters the program in the fall semester can complete the program in four semesters. Part-time traditional M.B.A. students can complete the program through evening classes at the ETSU main campus. Students can take selected courses at ETSU at Kingsport or, via the instructional television system, at sites throughout Northeast Tennessee.