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Master's of Business Administration

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Master's of Business Administration 

Tennessee Tech's Master's of Business Administration (MBA) is designed to prepare students with diverse backgrounds for rewarding careers across all industries. The core area of business studies is broad in scope for the purpose of floor sealdeveloping general managerial competence through extensive use of various pedagogies such as case methods, simulations, and research projects. Electives are used to develop special competencies of interest to the student.

The MBA Program is designed to allow students to pursue a 100% online program for maximum convenience and flexibility. Faculty experts in the College of Business have nearly twenty years of experience teaching online courses, and although content is delivered online, a student's diploma looks exactly the same as if the courses were taught on campus.

Full-time and part-time programs are available for students to earn their degree at their own pace. Students can finish the 30-hour program in as little as one year, or can self-pace for up to six years for program completion. MBA students receive a high-quality education at an affordable price at Tennessee Tech. The College of Business graduate programs are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. 

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The MBA program at Tennessee Tech consists of ten, 3-hour courses for a total of 30 hours:

  • Seven 3-hour core courses (21 hours)
  • Three 3-hour electives (9 hours)

Students may also pursue academic certificates in three specialized areas: Health Care, Cyber Management and Analytics, and Banking and Financial Services, by adding two additional 3-hours courses to their program of study. For more information, please visit our Industry-Focused Certificate Page.

Course Descriptions

  • Core Classes

    Each core course in this group will be required of all MBA candidates.

    ACCT 6010. Accounting Information for Management Decisions
    Analysis, interpretation, and use of accounting information by managers in directing the operations of organizations. This class does not apply to students in the Accounting concentrations- those students will take a fourth accounting elective.

    FIN 6020. Financial Management
    Concepts and theories of corporate financial management with emphasis on value-based decision-making, including the financing decision, the investment decision, and relevant special topics.

    ECON 6050. Analytical Decision Making
    Analytical decision making for business operations including statistics, quantitative methods, and other optimization and simulation models.

    MKT 6100. Strategic Marketing
    Strategic marketing issues and opportunities that impact both the marketing process and marketing program. Decisions will also consider environmental variables as well as the internal elements of an organization.

    BMGT 6200. Organizational Leadership
    An examination of behavioral concepts required for effective leadership within business organizations.

    DS 6220. Management of Information Technology
    Concepts of current components of information technology and their management as it relates to the support of the strategic business plan.

    BMGT 6950. Business Strategy
    Prerequisites: ACCT 6010, FIN 6020, ECON 6050, MKT 6100, BMGT 6200.
    An integrative capstone course dealing with the formulation and implementation of corporate strategy.

  • Elective Courses

    Three (3) courses/nine (9) semester hours must be selected based on the student’s chosen curriculum, from the list of courses below. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COURSES ARE NOT OFFERED EVERY YEAR/SEMESTER.

    ACCT 4600 (5600) - Forensic Accounting and Fraud Accounting Cr. 3.
    ACCT 4300 (5300) - Financial Statement Analysis Cr. 3.
    ACCT 4700 (5700) - International Experience in Accounting Cr. 3.
    ACCT 6900 - Special Topics Cr. 3.
    BMGT 4410 (5410) - Conflict Management and Negotiation Cr. 3.
    BMGT 4930 (5930) - Business Strategy Cr. 3.
    BMGT 6400 - Employee Relations Cr. 3.
    BMGT 6510 - International Business Cr. 3.
    BMGT 6900 - Special Topics Cr. 3.
    DS 4125 (5125) - Computer Forensics and Investigations Cr. 3
    DS 4630 (5630) - Advanced Quantitative Analysis Cr. 3.
    DS 4900 (5900) - Special Topics in Decision Sciences Cr. 1-3.
    DS 6530 - Decision Support Systems Cr. 3.
    DS 6540 - Business Telecommunications Systems Cr. 3.
    DS 6550 - Data Resources Management Cr. 3.
    DS 6570 - Cyber Security Management  Cr. 3
    DS 6900 - Special Topics Cr. 3.
    ECON 6900 - Special Topics Cr. 3.
    ECON 6920 - International Economics Cr. 3.
    FIN 6350 - Small and Micro-Cap Portfolio Management Cr. 3.
    FIN 6900 - Special Topics Cr. 3.
    FIN 6910 - Multinational Finance Cr. 3.
    FIN 6920 - Banking and Financial Services Cr. 3
    MBA 6980 - International Experience Cr. 3.
    MKT 6630 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Cr. 3.
    MKT 6900 - Special Topics Cr. 3.
    MKT 6930 - International Marketing Cr. 3.

    Course descriptions are available via the Graduate Catalog.

  • MBA Learning Goals and Objectives

    MBA Learning Goals and Objectives

    Learning Goal 1: Students will possess a broad integrative knowledge of business disciplines.

    Learning Objective 1.1: Students will demonstrate ability to integrate knowledge of core business disciplines.

    Learning Goal 2: Students will consider ethical dimensions in decision-making.

    Learning Objective 2.1: Students will demonstrate awareness of ethical implications of business decisions.

    Learning Goal 3: Students will possess the necessary knowledge and skills to perform in a professional environment.

    Learning Objective 3.1: Students will demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication skills. 

    Learning Objective 3.2: Students will be able to make appropriate choices regarding communication strategy, medium, and design.

    Learning Goal 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically in addressing business problems.

    Learning Objective 4.1: Students will demonstrate ability for problem solving and analytical decision making. 

    Learning Goal 5: Students will demonstrate an understanding of leadership skills and the ability to influence others.

    Learning Objective 5.1: Students will be able to identify effective leadership skills required in diverse situations.

    Learning Objective 5.2: Students will be able to demonstrate leadership skills required in diverse situations.

    Learning Objective 5.3: Students will demonstrate teamwork skills that enhance individual and team processes.

    The details of the assessment results for all the learning objectives for the BSBA and MBA programs and the improvements that were driven by those results, are given in the Institutional Effectiveness (IE) reports. These reports are available at Student Learning Outcomes and Assessments

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