Sep 19, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration, M.B.A.


General Program Information


Graduate School Contact:
Marc Tucker; tuckermr@etsu.edu; (423) 439-6590

William Heise, Ph.D., M.B.A. Program Director
333 Sam Wilson Hall
Box 70699
(423) 439-5395
e-mail: heisew@etsu.edu

Faculty: Jafar Alavi; Richard C. Alexander; Robert R. Beach; Prasun Bhatacharjee; Ting-Heng Chu; C. Allen Gorman; Dana Harrison; Beichen Liang; Kurt Loess; Warren Mackara; Michael McKinney; Thomas Moore; Joseph Newhard; Gary Shelley; Donald Shemwell; Michael Small; Jon Smith; 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.

The Business Analytics concentration focuses on developing skills and techniques to manage and manipulate data in support of business decision making. The Cybersecurity Management concentration focuses on topics in cybersecurity assessment, governance, and risk management for organizations. Students may complete the M.B.A. program without declaring a concentration. 

The approximate cost of the M.B.A. program is $22,000 (for the latest cost information please visit https://www.etsu.edu/bf/bursar/tuitioninfo/calendar.php). Additional fees are required for online courses.   

The cost of the Accelerated M.B.A. program is $30,000 for in-state students.   

Admission Requirements for the M.B.A.


To be admitted, prospective students must submit a completed application and scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). If the student has completed another graduate degree, regardless of subject area, GMAT scores are not required. Students who have a 3.5 or higher GPA from an AACSB accredited undergraduate program are not required to take the GMAT for admission. Admission decisions will be based on applicants’ undergraduate grade point average and either their scores on the GMAT or their transcript from another completed degree. All applicants are presumed to have computer literacy and an understanding of college-level 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 professional 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 the support of his or her supervisor. Admission criteria include the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average, professional 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. The GMAT is not required for admission.

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.

Additional Information


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.

Foundational Skill


Students who have not completed a business-related undergraduate degree are required to complete preliminary academic preparation before entering certain graduate courses. This academic preparation will be delivered via online modules (or similar) that can be completed via independent self study. At the time of admission, the MBA Director will specify which preparatory content must be successfully completed as a prerequisite to certain courses.

M.B.A. Degree Requirements: 36 credits


Core Requirements 24 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 9 credits
Strategic Experience 3 credits
TOTAL 36 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 9 credits


  • All electives must be at the graduate level and must be approved by the M.B.A. Program Director prior to registration. The nine credits of electives will be selected to meet students’ special interests and needs, and may include nonbusiness courses. 

Strategic Experience: 3 credits


This course fulfills the Culminating Experience requirement in the M.B.A. program.

Accelerated M.B.A. Degree Requirements: 36 credits


Core Requirements 27 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 6 credits
Strategic Experience 3 credits
TOTAL 36 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 non-business courses. 

Strategic Experience: 3 credits


This course fulfills the Culminating Experience requirement in the M.B.A. program.

Accelerated M.B.A. Additional Information


The accelerated M.B.A. program will meet every third weekend on Friday evenings and all day on Saturday. Students in the accelerated M.B.A. program will complete three courses in each of the four twelve-week sessions. An orientation session for the accelerated M.B.A. students will be held on a Saturday prior to the beginning of classes. The entire accelerated M.B.A. program may be completed in one year. Students enrolled in the accelerated M.B.A. will pay a differential fee for the accelerated courses.

Students enrolled in the accelerated M.B.A. program are not eligible for Graduate Assistantships or Tuition Scholarships.

International Student Seminar Policy


International Students : Must complete 4 credits of International Student Seminar  to meet graduation requirements.