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Accelerated Master of Business Administration (AMBA)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is an accelerated MBA?
When do the classes for the AMBA meet?
How are the classes in the AMBA different from the traditional MBA classes?
Why should I choose ETSU for my MBA?
How many courses are there in the AMBA program?
Exactly what courses are required for the AMBA?
What is AMBA 5800, Strategic Experience?
What electives can an AMBA student take?
What if I do not have an undergraduate major in business?
How do I know if I need foundation courses?
How do the foundation courses relate to undergraduate business courses?
If I have to take several of the foundation courses, is there any way I can receive more than just academic credit for them?
How do I apply to the AMBA program?
What do I include in the personal essay?
What are the deadlines for applications?
What are the admission criteria for the AMBA?
Do you require the GMAT for the AMBA?
What if I have an overall undergraduate GPA of less than 2.5?
What does the AMBA program cost?
What if I need financial aid?
Are Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships available in the AMBA program?
What if I have more questions?


What is an accelerated MBA?
An accelerated MBA is an MBA program in which the traditional two–year program is offered in twelve months. The AMBA is designed for students who have at least three years of professional managerial experience and who desire a rapid–paced, alternative delivery of MBA courses. ETSU's accelerated MBA has the same courses, taught by the same faculty, as the traditional MBA, but the time frame of the course offerings is consolidated into one year.

When do the classes for the AMBA meet?
The Accelerated MBA classes will meet every third weekend on Friday night (6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.), Saturday morning (8:00 a.m. – noon), and Saturday afternoon (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.). The program is divided into four terms of twelve weeks each. In each of the terms an AMBA student will take three courses. In total, a student will attend four weekends in each term. Each of the four weekend sessions will be divided between the three courses.

How are the classes in the AMBA different from the traditional MBA classes?
The courses offered in the AMBA are the same courses offered in the traditional MBA. However, the delivery system will be different. The AMBA classes will use a combination of on–ground instruction and on–line instruction.

Why should I choose ETSU for my MBA?
ETSU's MBA program not only is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), but also is accredited by the premier business school accrediting agency, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Less than 5% of business schools world wide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International.

How many courses are there in the AMBA program?
The AMBA program includes 10 core courses (30 credit hours) and two electives (6 credit hours) for a total of 12 courses or 36 semester credit hours.

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Exactly what courses are required for the AMBA?
Twelve courses are required to complete the MBA. Ten of the courses (30 hours) are required core courses, and two of the courses (6 hours) are electives. The required core courses are as follows:

AMBA 5140 Data Analysis and Modeling
AMBA 5150 Accounting Information for Decision Making
AMBA 5180 Economics for Managers
AMBA 5210 Operations and Technology Strategies
AMBA 5220 Global Business
AMBA 5230 Strategic Leadership
AMBA 5400 Market Strategy
AMBA 5430 Applied Corporate Finance
AMBA 5500 Strategic management Process
AMBA 5800 Strategic Experience

What is AMBA 5800, Strategic Experience?
AMBA 5800 is the capstone course for the MBA. In the course, teams of MBA students conduct a real world consulting experience. In order to enroll in AMBA 5800, a student must have taken all of the core courses or be taking them concurrently with AMBA 5800 and have a grade point average of at least 3.0.

What electives can an AMBA student take?
AMBA students will determine the elective courses that will be offered. In general, graduate business students may take any business courses that are offered at the 5000 level. However, only one course may be taken that ends in a "7." Students who want to take a non–business elective must receive prior permission from the College of Business and Technology's Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

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What if I do not have an undergraduate major in business?
Non–business undergraduate majors may need to take up to eight foundation courses. Which, if any, foundation courses you need will be determined by the AMBA advisor based upon an analysis of your transcripts and the courses you have taken previously.

In order to help non-business undergraduate majors successfully complete the AMBA, students may be required to take one or more on-line 'boot camp' courses that cover the areas of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, statistics, quantitative methods, and legal and social environment. They are asynchronous, typically 8 hours long and are offered free of charge to students accepted into the AMBA.

How do I know if I need foundation courses?
The Dean of Graduate Studies in the business school will determine the number of foundation courses you need after an analysis of your transcripts.

How do I apply to the AMBA program?
All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants can apply on line at the Graduate Studies web site, or a paper copy may be printed from the Graduate Studies site. Paper applications can also be obtained from the Graduate Studies in room 309-B of Burgin Dossett Hall or the College of Business and Technology Graduate Office in room 214 of Sam Wilson Hall. The application materials include the following:

  • A completed official application (can be completed on-line)
  • A personal essay of 150 to 300 words (can be completed on-line)
  • A Residency Inquiry Form if claiming Tennessee residency
  • One official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work, except previous coursework taken at ETSU
  • Payment of the required nonrefundable application fee of $35 for domestic students, $45 for international students (can be completed on-line)
  • A letter of support from your supervisor
  • A current resume indicating at least three years of professional managerial experience
  • Three letters of recommendation

All materials should be submitted to the ETSU Graduate School at the following address:
East Tennessee State University
School of Graduate Studies
P. O. Box 70720
Johnson City, TN 37614-1710
Attention Cindy Hill

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What do I include in the personal essay?
In your essay, tell us about yourself, why you want to earn an AMBA, and your plans for the future. The essay should be about one page long.

What are the deadlines for applications?
The AMBA program begins in August of each year. Applications will be processed as they are received. To assure acceptance, early application is recommended. The preferred application date is April 1. However, applications will be considered as received through August 1st.

What are the admission criteria for the AMBA?
An applicant must meet the following admission criteria:

  • A completed official application (can be completed on-line)
  • A personal essay of 150 to 300 words (can be completed on-line)
  • A Residency Inquiry Form if claiming Tennessee residency
  • One official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work, except previous coursework taken at ETSU
  • Payment of the required nonrefundable application fee of $35 for domestic students, $45 for international students (can be completed on-line)
  • A letter of support from your supervisor
  • A current resume indicating at least three years of professional managerial experience
  • Three letters of recommendation

All applications materials listed above must be submitted. Following the submission of the application materials, an interview may be scheduled. At the interview, the AMBA admission committee will assess you likelihood of success in the program.

Do you require the GMAT for the AMBA?
No, the GMAT is not required for the AMBA program. The AMBA admission committee will use the interview and other application materials to assess each student's ability to succeed in the program.

What if I have an overall undergraduate GPA of less than 2.5?
The ETSU School of Graduate Studies requires that all applicants have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to be admitted into any masters level program. There are no exceptions.

What does the AMBA program cost?
The total cost of the AMBA program is projected to be $25,000 for in state students in 2014. This amount includes tuition, fees, books, and a laptop computer. Additionally, the AMBA students will have an advisor to help facilitate registration and to address other problems as they arise.

What if I need financial aid?
Financial aid is handled by the ETSU Financial Aid Office. You may contact them at (423) 439–4300.

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Are Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships available in the AMBA program?
No, there are no Graduate Assistantships or Tuition Scholarships available to AMBA students. The program is intended for working professionals.

What if I have more questions?
Please contact Pete Cornett, the MBA Coordinator. He may be reached at 423-439-4622 or by e-mail at cornette@etsu.edu.