Sep 20, 2020  
2010-2011 Graduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Business Administration, M.B.A.

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Professor Michael Owens, Assistant Dean of the College of Business
(423) 425-4210 or email at


A student who holds a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university may be considered for admission to the MBA program. Applications are accepted by the Graduate School at any time; however, in order to ensure adequate time for consideration, the completed application, Graduate Management Admissions (GMAT) test score or alternatively a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test score, and any other supporting credentials should be received by the Graduate School no later than one month prior to the beginning of the term for which admission is desired.

Application Procedures

To be accepted into the MBA program, a student must complete all of the following:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (any major is acceptable). An official transcript is required from each previously attended college. An application and a non-refundable application fee of $30 domestic, $35 international, should also be submitted to the Graduate School.
  2. Be granted admission to UTC’s Graduate School based on a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7, or a GPA of 3.0 in the senior year.
  3. Have an official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of 450 or above or alternatively an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1,000 or above with a minimum 400 on the verbal section and a minimum 500 on the quantitative section. The GMAT is offered at Pearson Professional Center. For more information on taking the GMAT refer to The GRE is offered at the Prometric Testing Center. For more information on taking the GRE, refer to
  4. Meet the minimum acceptable admissions index (AI) of 950 if using the GMAT, or 1,500 if using the GRE. The admissions index is calculated as follows: 200 x (undergraduate GPA) + GMAT Score or GRE Score =AI.

Program Requirements

The MBA program requires that a student complete a minimum of 36 semester hours credit in graduate coursework. Students admitted to the program who lack academic experience in certain areas will be assigned up to 12 hours of additional coursework in the background courses listed below in order to gain needed competencies:

Total: 12 hours

Additional Information and Notes

Some or all of the background courses in which academic training has previously been completed may be waived. The requirements to waive a foundation class are:

  1. A grade of “C” or better from an AACSB accredited business school, or
  2. A grade of “B” or better from a non-AACSB accredited business school.

All required background courses must be completed before more than two MBA core and/or elective courses are completed.

Capstone Courses (all MBA core courses must be completed before capstone courses may be taken)

Total: 24 hours

Elective Courses

All MBA students complete 12 hours of elective classes. An MBA student may select electives in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, health services management, human resource management, international management, information systems, marketing, operations/production management, or organizational management. The offering of electives is determined by student demand. Electives must be chosen in consultation with and approved by the MBA adviser.

Total: 12 hours

Total: 36 hours

Additional Information and Notes

Graduate level ACC, ETR, FIN, MGT, MKT, and BUS courses for which a student has earned an A or B at UTC or any other institution cannot be repeated for credit. Students registering for courses in which they have earned an A or B will be changed to audit.

Transfer Credit

Six semester hours of courses completed at other universities for graduate credit may be considered to satisfy MBA degree program requirements at UTC. A transferred course generally must form a logical part of the MBA program to be approved.

Those who request transfer credit must be prepared to provide the university catalog in effect at the time at which the courses were completed as well as any other supporting information to the Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business and the Dean of the Graduate School. For additional requirements see “Transfer Credit” under “Graduate Program Regulations ” in the UTC Graduate Catalog.

Admission to Candidacy

To be eligible for admission to candidacy, a student must have completed a minimum of 9 hours of core and/or elective courses. Students are required to earn a minimum 3.0 GPA on all courses approved on the candidacy form and a 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA to be eligible for degree conferral.

An application for candidacy may be obtained on-line at Students should refer to the Admission to Candidacy section under “Graduate Program Regulations ” in the UTC Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding admission to candidacy. The application for candidacy must be approved by the Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business and the Dean of the Graduate School prior to completion of more than 18 core and/or elective hours.


Students who earn 3 or more grades of C or below in graduate level courses will be dismissed from the MBA program.

Executive MBA Program (EMBA)


The Executive MBA Program (EMBA) has the same admission standards as the MBA program. However, the EMBA includes the following additional requirements: three to five years of professional experience and a recommendation from an employer.

The College of Business faculty selects a diverse cohort of approximately 15 students each year. The EMBA program meets for 16 months on alternating Fridays and Saturdays on the UTC campus in Fletcher Hall. The program follows a Fall-Spring/Summer-Fall sequence. The program requires an international trip for all participants to emphasize globalization in our economy. The EMBA program is tailored to meet the needs of current and rising executives. The same content areas, as specified by AACSB, are covered in the EMBA.

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