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Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why should I choose ETSU for my MBA?
How many courses are there in the MBA program?
When are the courses offered?
How long does it take to complete the MBA program?
Exactly what courses are required for the MBA?
What is BADM 5800, Strategic Experience?
What electives can MBA students take?
What if I do not have an undergraduate major in business?
What are the foundation courses?
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 MBA program?
What do I include in the personal essay?
Do I need to include personal references with my application?
What are the deadlines for applications?
What are the admission criteria for the MBA?
I have an undergraduate GPA of more than 3.0. Do I still need to score at least 450 on the GMAT?
What if I have an overall undergraduate GPA of less than 2.5?
How do I register for the GMAT?
What does the MBA program cost?
What if I need financial aid?
Exactly what are Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships?
What if I have more questions?


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 the AACSB International.

How many courses are there in the MBA program?
The MBA 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.

When are the courses offered?
The MBA courses are offered in the late afternoon (4:00 – 7:00 pm) and evening (7:00 – 10:00 pm). Most of the core courses are offered every semester, and many electives are offered each semester.

How long does it take to complete the MBA program?
Students who go to school full-time usually take 9 hours per semester. Students who work full-time usually take 3 to 6 hours per semester. The time to complete the program depends on your work schedule and the number (if any) of foundation courses required. Taking two courses per semester, the program may be completed in six semesters, about two years.

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Exactly what courses are required for the MBA?
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:

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

The courses listed above should be taken in order with the lower numbers taken earlier than the higher numbers.

What is BADM 5800, Strategic Experience?
BADM 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 BADM 5800, a student must have taken all of the core courses or be taking them concurrently with BADM 5800 and have a grade point average of at least 3.0.

What electives can MBA students take?
MBA 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 MBA advisor based upon an analysis of your transcripts and the courses you have taken previously.

What are the foundation courses?
In order to help non-business undergraduate majors successfully complete the MBA, foundation courses are required in the areas in which a student does not have adequate preparation. The foundation courses cover the areas of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, statistics, quantitative methods, and legal and social environment.

How do I know if I need foundation courses?
The MBA advisor will determine the number of foundation courses you need after an analysis of your transcripts.

How do the foundation courses relate to undergraduate business courses?
ACCT 5000, Essentials of Accounting, is the equivalent of two undergraduate accounting courses – principles of financial accounting and principles of managerial accounting.
ECON 5000, Essentials of Economics, is the equivalent of two undergraduate economics courses – microeconomics and macroeconomics.
ECON 5010, Essentials of Statistics, is the equivalent of two undergraduate statistics courses.
FNCE 5000, Essentials of Finance, is equivalent to an undergraduate course in business finance.
MGMT 5010, Essentials of Management, is equivalent to an undergraduate course in business management.
MKTG 5010, Essentials of Marketing, is equivalent to an undergraduate course in business marketing.
MGMT 5020, Legal and Social Environment, is equivalent to an undergraduate course in legal and social environment. (It is not equivalent to a business law course.)
MGMT 5030, Quantitative Methods, is to two undergraduate courses in decision science and production and operations management.

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If I have to take several of the foundation courses, is there any way I can receive more than just academic credit for them?
The College of Business and Technology offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. To receive the certificate, a student must apply for the GCBA program, be accepted, and complete five approved foundation courses.

We encourage students who did not major in business as undergraduates to apply for the GCBA in addition to the MBA. The GCBA does not require a GMAT score for admission. For more information about the GCBA, call us at (423)439–5314 or e–mail Pointer@etsu.edu.

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

You will need to complete an official application. The form may be found on the ETSU web site, or a paper copy may be obtained from the Graduate School 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
  • A personal essay of 150 to 300 words
  • A Residency Inquiry Form if claiming Tennessee residency
  • One official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work, except previous coursework taken at ETSU
  • An official GMAT score report
  • Payment of the required nonrefundable application fee of $25 for domestic students ($35 for international students)

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

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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 MBA, and your plans for the future. The essay should be about one page long.

Do I need to include personal references with my application?
No. The MBA program does not require personal references as part of the admissions process.

What are the deadlines for applications?
The MBA program has rolling admissions. The preferred application dates for Fall semester are April 29 for international students and June 1 for domestic students. However, applications will be considered as received.

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

(200 X overall undergraduate GPA) + GMAT score must be greater than or equal to 1,050, AND the overall undergraduate GPA must be at least 2.5, AND the GMAT score must be at least 450.

TOEFL Requirement of 79 (Internet Based).

I have an undergraduate GPA of more than 3.0. Do I still need to score at least 450 on the GMAT?
Yes, all students must score at least 450 on the GMAT regardless of undergraduate GPA.

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.

How do I register for the GMAT?
The GMAT web site is http://www.mba.com. The web site contains information about the GMAT and how to register for the exam.

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What does the MBA program cost?
Currently graduate tuition for business courses is $388 per credit hour for domestic students. Out–of–state students pay $834 per credit hour. Tuition and fees may change, so check the ETSU web site for current information.

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

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships are available on campus. Within the College of Business and Technology, an application is required. Please contact the CBAT Graduate Office in room 214 of Sam Wilson Hall for an application. You may contact us by mail at East Tennessee State University, College of Business and Technology, Graduate Studies, P. O. Box 70699, Johnson City, TN 37614 or by phone at (423)439–5314.

Exactly what are Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships?
A Graduate Assistantship waives your tuition (but not fees) each semester and pays you $750 each month for the eight months of the academic year. In return, you will work for the university 20 hours per week doing such activities as grading papers, helping professors with their research, data entry, and other jobs.

A Tuition Scholarship waives your tuition (but not fees) each semester. In return you work for the university 8 hours each week of the academic year.

What if I have more questions?
For more information contact The College of Business and Technology (CBAT) Graduate Business Studies by e-mail pointer@etsu.edu.

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