MBA Studies

Admission Requirements

MBA Requirements

  • Four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

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Full Admission Requirements

IMPORTANT DEADLINES -Last Day for International Applicants to Apply for Summer 2018 Admission: February 1
-Last Day for US Applicants to Apply for Summer 2018 Admission: May 1
-Last day for International Applications to apply for Fall 2018 Admission: April 1
-Last Day for US Applicants to apply for Fall 2018 Admission: July 1
-Last Day for International Applicants to Apply for Spring 2019 Admission: October 1
-Last Day for US Applicants to Apply for Spring 2019 Admission: November 10

  • A combined score of 10 points or more on the MBA Admissions Matrix, below.
  • Students are also required to be proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software including the integration of all three.
MBA Admissions Matrix
Criterion Points
Work Experience*
1 year of professional work experience 3
3 years of professional work experience 4
5+ years of professional work experience 5
Academic Experience^
Graduate Degree (Master's Level) 4
Terminal Degree (JD, MD, PharmD, PhD) 5
Overall Undergraduate GPA
2.5 GPA 3
3.0 GPA 5
3.5 GPA 7
400-499 3
500-599 5
600 or above 7
Discretionary Points%
A maximum of two additional points may be awarded based on strength of resume
and statement of purpose, as determined by program director
and/or Exceptions Committee.

% Pertains only to hybrid program candidates
** GRE Comparison Tool
^ All degrees must come from accredited U.S. institutions
* Work experience must be deemed relevant to the industry focus for Hybrid MBA students (e.g. health care)

Provisional Admission Requirements*

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Minimum score of 1,000 on the index formula
  • Submission of official GMAT or GRE test scores

*Students admitted provisionally must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on the first nine** (9) hours of core coursework.

**ECON6050 must be taken within the first nine (9) hours of the student's program.

MAcc Requirements

MAcc admission is open to qualified students with a bachelor’s degree and a major in accounting (or the equivalent) from an accredited institution. Consideration is given to the applicant’s work experience and other activities that demonstrate potential for successful completion of the program.

Applications are accepted for fall admission only. The application for admission should be received by July 1 before the fall semester in which the student plans to enroll (April 1 for international students). However, candidate screening and admission decisions by the MAcc Admissions Committee will begin March 1. The Committee includes the Accounting Department Chair, the MAcc coordinator, the COB Director of Graduate Studies and all tenure-track graduate faculty in the Department of Accounting.

Full Admission Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum score of 500 on the GMAT (or GRE equivalent)
  • One letter of recommendation

Provisional Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum score of 1,000 on the index formula
  • Submission of official GMAT or GRE test scores

Provisional admission requires that the applicant maintain a 3.0 GPA for the first twelve (12) hours of graduate credit or the applicant will be dismissed from the program.

Fulfilling the above minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Master of Accountancy. Admission decisions to the Master of Accountancy will be made by the Master of Accountancy Admissions Committee, whose members are the College of Business Graduate Program Director, the MAcc Coordinator, the Chair of the Accounting Department and two Accounting Department faculty.

International Students

International student applications for College of Business graduate programs must be filed by April 1st with the Office of Graduate Studies. In addition to the standard admission requirements, international students must also complete the following:

Step 1

International students from non-English speaking countries must submit satisfactory scores on either the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, FLS International Language Center, ELS Language Centers, TOEIC, CEFR, or SLEP exams.

Official Test Score Reports Required for Admission to MBA Program

Test Score at least
TOEFL 550 paper-based (79 iBT)
FLS International Language Center Level 16
PTE Academic 53
ELS Level 112

Step 2

All applicants for admission must meet the following requirements:

  • Verification of adequate financial support from parents or sponsors, including the amount and length of time funds will be provided.
  • Verification of sponsor's ability to provide support from a financial institution where funds are on deposit.
  • Submission of one pdf_icon_smletter of recommendation (true letters preferred over the PDF form).
  • Submit Official transcripts: Bachelor's degree and any institutions attended since that time. Official transcripts are sent directly from the institution to Tennessee Tech, not submitted by the student. International students may submit attested transcripts.
  • Submit pdf_icon_smStudent Health Form. The following vaccinations are required:
    • TWO doses of the MMR vaccine
    • TWO doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine
    • Negative result on a TB skin test. Test must be taken within 6 months prior to registration

Non-immigrant students already in the U.S. must submit the following additional documents:

  • Photocopy of passport
  • Photocopy visa
  • Photocopy of I-94
  • Photocopy of all previously issued I-20s

Resident Alien

A lawful permanent resident of the United States (holder of a "green card") may be required to take the English Placement Test or other tests to determine proficiency in English and the necessity for taking courses in English.

Step 3

All application materials become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant regardless of whether admission is approved or denied.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Graduate Admissions Office
Phone: (931) 372-3808

College of Business Graduate Office
Phone: (931) 372-3600

Pre-MBA Foundation Modules

Effective Fall 2014: Students will no longer be required to complete undergraduate business coursework prior to beginning the MBA core courses*. For those students who do not have a business education background, the Pre-MBA modules are still available for optional purchase. Our office is still available to review your transcripts and make suggestions on which modules would be most beneficial.
*Note: The Accounting concentration electives still require satisfactory grades in Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Tax, Cost and Audit undergraduate classes.

The Pre-MBA foundation modules were created to help non-business undergraduates prepare for the MBA program. Seven self-paced, non-credit Pre-MBA foundation modules are available over the following topics:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Statistics/Quantitative Methods
  • Business Law

Modules culminate in a competency-based validation exam.

"Having an engineering background with little exposure to accounting, management or finance, I found the pre-requisite modules to be vital in getting me up to speed with my business-major peers. I was able to complete the modules while working full-time because they were self-paced and didn’t require traveling to and from a campus.” - Aaron Anderson, Network Development Manager, BBS, BellSouth.

Pre-MBA foundation modules each have a price of $375. To purchase the Pre-MBA foundation modules, click here.