Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need to take the GMAT/GRE?
Perhaps not. Our admissions matrix includes professional work experience, graduate, and undergraduate education in assessing a candidate's eligibility for admission. Additionally, Tennessee Tech students who have a 3.2 GPA overall, and in their major, do not have to take an admissions exam.
2. What is the deadline for admission to a certificate program?
Students who are interested in pursuing a certificate must meet all of the admissions requirements of the MBA program.
3. How do I apply for a certificate program/which application should I submit?
Students who wish to pursue an industry-immersed certificate should submit the same online application used to admit students for the traditional MBA program. However, students should indicate on the application that they are interested in the industry-immersed certificate program by checking the appropriate box on the application.
4. What are the benefits for pursuing a certificate?
The industry-focused graduate certificates were designed specifically with working professionals in mind, and allow students to count relevant graduate coursework toward both an MBA or a MAcc, as well as a 15-hour certificate, in order to make the most of their time and financial investment at Tech. The certificates have been designed to be flexible, affordable, and convenient, available 100% online with no pre-requisite courses required. By utilizing nearly two decades of experience in online learning, Tennessee Tech has designed a industry-focused certificate options that allow students to further specialize in their fields by obtaining certificates prior to, concurrently with, or following an MBA or MAcc degree. Graduate certificate options in Cyber Management and Analytics, Health Care Informatics, and Banking and Financial Services offer students the option to specialize their skills to meet industry needs.
6. How many courses are in a certificate track?
Students who are pursuing one of our certificates can count three (3) courses (nine  credit hours) of their MBA elective credit toward a certificate of their choice, adding on two (2) additional classes for a total of 15 hours (five courses).
7. Do I have to get an MBA to get a certificate?
No. Students may pursue a graduate certificate through the College of Business at Tennessee Tech before, after, or concurrently with an MBA or MAcc degree.