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MBA Studies

Master's of Business Administration

MBA Best Buy

Welcome to the MBA Program at Tennessee Tech University!

The MBA Program is designed to allow students to pursue an on-campus program, a 100% online program or a combination of both. Our program has over a decade of online learning experience. Whether students take class on-ground or online, courses and professors are all the same and there is no difference between earning a degree online, or on campus.

Black AccreditedFull-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. MBA students can receive a high-quality education at an affordable price at TTU. Geteducated.com lists our program a "Best Buy" and ranks us #15 on their list of 2013 Best Online Programs. AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranks us in their list of Top 30 Online MBA Programs. The MBA program is 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.

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)

As many as 9 semester hours may be transferred in from other AACSB accredited schools. Credit will not be allowed for courses taken more than five years prior to application to Tennessee Tech.


Core Classes Include

Each core course in this group will be required of all MBA candidates with the exception of ACCT 6010 for those students in the Accounting concentration. Click course title to view course description.

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.
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.

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

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.

An examination of behavioral concepts required for effective leadership within business organizations.

Concepts of current components of information technology and their management as it relates to the support of the strategic business plan.

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

Concentrations Include:

NOTE: Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for accounting electives unless (a) they currently hold a Master of Accountancy or (b) they are currently enrolled in another university's MBA program and have taken the following prerequisite undergraduate courses: Principles I & II, Intermediate I & II, Tax, Auditing, and Cost.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate accounting core including ACCT 3170, ACCT 3180, ACCT 3210, ACCT 3330, and ACCT 3620 (or their equivalents).

A case study course covering compliance with relevant authoritative pronouncements used in the preparation of general purpose financial statements.

This is a case study course in accounting and reporting for governmental and not-for-profit entities, including healthcare entities.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate accounting core including ACCT 3170, ACCT 3180, ACCT 3210, ACCT 3330, and ACCT 3620 (or their equivalents).

A case study course emphasizing research, analysis, development, and communication of solutions to tax-related problems using modern information technology resources.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate accounting core including ACCT 3170, ACCT 3180, ACCT 3210, ACCT 3330, and ACCT 3620 (or their equivalents).

Emphasizes case studies, auditing simulations, modern authoritative pronouncements, and current events in the accounting profession.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Advanced portfolio theory through actual management of a real investment portfolio.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Advanced portfolio theory through actual management of a real investment portfolio.

FIN 6710 examines the economic principles underpinning risk and insurance and introduces key risk and insurance concepts and practices. The causes of change in risk management and insurance are examined through exploration of relevant physical, technological, cultural, regulatory, and other environmental perspectives.
Application of the risk management process, including risk control and risk financing techniques, to risk management problems in business. Emphasizes risk identification and evaluation, together with alternative methods of risk control and risk financing techniques.
This course will introduce students to mathematical and simulation modeling of risk. The first part of the course reviews the basic mathematics of optimization, and then develops conceptual models of preference and choice. These models are then used to model uncertainty, risk aversion, and theories of information. The second part of the course reviews statistics, introduces students to simulation, and then provides hands-on experience with simulation modeling.
International markets and instruments, global financing strategies, global capital budgeting, global working capital management, international tax planning.
The purpose of this class is to expose students to factors that influence the quality of the employee-employer relationship. Special emphasis will be placed on the effects of managerial behaviors and human resource practices. Specific topics will include a) the connection between employee relations and a company's financial performance, b) the relational aspects of a company's HR practices (e.g., selection, performance appraisal, termination), and c) the importance of fairness and trust perceptions.
This course will focus on the recruitment, selection, and retention of human resources within organizations. Specific topics will include workforce planning, recruiting, selection, and organizational entry. The strategic importance of these topics will be addressed by considering the legal, social, organizational, and technological environments in which staffing decisions are made.
This course will focus on the development, protection, and compensation of human resources within organizations. Specific topics will include performance appraisal and feedback, compensation, benefits, training, and health and safety. The strategic importance of these topics will be addressed by considering the legal, social, organizational, and technological environments in which labor relations decisions are made.
International markets and instruments, global financing strategies, global capital budgeting, global working capital management, international tax planning.
A case study course emphasizing the global environment in which today's businesses function.
International markets, instruments, and global marketing strategies. This course will focus on the study of consumer behavior and buying cultures in all major regions of the world, and it relates this information to the creation of international marketing plans and strategies.
Theory and practice of managing across borders. This course is about global management. It demonstrates how cultural factors influence behavior in the workplace and examines the skills needed to manage across national borders.
Develops graduate students' understanding and knowledge of international business in a foreign nation. This course is based on the assumption that immersion in an alternative national setting is an extremely powerful method of learning. The aim of the course is to introduce a global business approach to students. Topics covered include cultural differences, international strategy, regional politics, the internal economic situation, marketing, international finance, quality in services, organizational development and change, international negotiations, and international operations. Note: Course not offered every year.
An introduction to expert systems, decision support systems, and executive information systems as they are employed in business organizations.
Introduces students to the concepts of telecommunications, wide and local area networks, and other state-of-the-art communications technologies.
Introduces students to the concepts, terminology, tools, and techniques comprising the general area of data resources management.
Marketing is not an official concentration of the MBA program. Students interested in taking Marketing electives will pursue the general MBA path.

This course will focus on service organizations and services marketing issues to make students aware of the unique challenges involved in marketing and managing organizations in sectors such as finance, health care, entertainment, hospitality, professional services, retailing, education and transportation. Specific topics will include learning and developing strategies for real life business cases to close potential service gaps such as customer, knowledge, service development/design, performance, and communication gaps that have negative impact on service performance and quality perceptions of customers about the service offering.
A case course concentrating on the salient issues and management decisions covering entrepreneurship, the formation and management of new business ventures, and the complex managerial process of small business ownership.
International markets, instruments, and global marketing strategies. This course will focus on the study of consumer behavior and buying cultures in all major regions of the world, and it relates this information to the creation of international marketing plans and strategies.

Students choosing a concentration will select an elective within that concentration, general MBA students can choose electives from any discipline with the exception of most Accounting courses. All students have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their curriculum.


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