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Considering applying for the MBA? Did you know…

You have 2 options as to how you want to complete your MBA—but note: it’s the same MBA—you just have 2 choices as to how you want to complete your degree. Professors and course content are comparable across options. Likewise, learning goals do not differ across options.

 

You MUST declare which of the following 2 options you’d like to be considered for when you apply through Graduate Studies.

 

Hybrid option

(this option is the modern-day interpretation of a traditional in-class MBA).

  • Hybrid applicants do NOT have a minimum work experience requirement to apply.
  • Our class sizes in the Hybrid program range from 20-25.
  • “Hybrid” means that no less than 1/3 of your class will be face-to-face: you attend class 5 Saturdays throughout the semester (Fall and Spring and Summer). The rest of each course is completed online with the same professor and classmates.
  • We offer from 8-10 hours each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) Hybrid.
  • Students can pick and choose what they want to take and when they take it. Students can take as little as 1 course per term.
  • There is a small chance that Hybrid students might be assigned to take an online course (e.g., Capstone course: MGT 790) is not offered every semester Hybrid, so if you want to graduate in a semester when it’s not being offered, we’ll place you in the online MGT 790. Same course, just faster—online courses are condensed and last 4-5 weeks each.
  • We enroll in the Hybrid option year-round: Fall, Spring or Summer.

Online option

  • Online applicants DO have a minimum work experience requirement to apply: 3 years post-bac work experience is required to be considered for the online option upon application.
  • Online applicants are admitted in a Cohort—a group of students that pace and complete the program together—cohorts are known to form effective work groups, study partners, and cultures which allow for effective course completion. The goal of the Cohort model is that those who are admitted together, graduate together.
  • Classes in the online option max at 20 students. The majority of professors teaching in the online option also teach in the Hybrid option.
  • Because we use a cohort model for the online option, we construct each cohort’s complete schedule—from beginning to end that will not change. So, planning trips, work, etc. is clearer and easier to understand. Also, we have designed the order and sequence of courses thoughtfully, considering prerequisite courses. Skipping courses or omitting courses is not allowed.
  • While some circumstances do call for deviations from the pre-set Cohort schedule, by and large, students stick to their schedule. Should unforeseen circumstances arise, we work with students to help them complete their degree—this might just mean joining another cohort for a class or two.
  • The online option course load is actually less than a full Hybrid load per term. Online students take 6-8 hours per semester. The BIG difference is in HOW your classes are taken: Online courses are taken ONE at a time, sequentially. 3 hour classes last approx. 4-5 weeks, while 4 hour classes last approx. 6-7 weeks. As an example, folks this term had MKTG 710 (4 hour course) from Jan. 12-Mar. 3, and will follow with BADM 705 (3 hour course) from Mar. 27-Apr 28.
  • We enroll 2 new cohorts total each year: (1) Spring (deadline for Spring start is late fall, typically early-mid December) and (2) Summer (deadline for Summer start is mid-April). We don’t start a cohort in the Fall. Students wishing to begin in the Fall would be assigned to grad courses as needed and then join the following Spring cohort.

Important questions to answer when considering your options:

Is my employer paying for my MBA wherein there is a maximum number of hours I can take per term? This is common; many firms will only pay for 1 course/term. This doesn’t necessarily have to impact your options, but the MBA office needs to know upon admission if this is a situation that applies to you. Pacing students slower than the cohort schedules is possible, but ideally, we would be able to account for this upon admission as there is a cap to the cohort size admitted.

 

Can I miss Hybrid classes as I may have missed my undergrad class meetings? In short, no. Class meetings are required. We do allow 1 pre-approved by professor, relevant excused absence per term. Appropriate paperwork, documentation and pre-approval is required.

 

Is there a course that I substantially dread? Sometimes, students who aren’t particularly great in an area, dread that course(s). Remember, if you are admitted, then all evidence points to your capability to succeed in the MBA program. Let your professor know before-hand and work with them and your classmates to set yourself up for success.

 

Can I take an International Travel Study for 3 hours credit in both the Hybrid and Online options? Absolutely! It will substitute for one of your elective courses. Travel study options (typically 1 per year) will be announced by MBA GA as they occur.

 

Are there different application materials for the 2 options? Yes. Please see website for info on Hybrid option application steps: http://www.utm.edu/departments/mba/mba.php and online option application steps: http://www.utm.edu/departments/mba/online_mba.php

 

Is there a cost difference between the 2 options? Minimal. There is a nominal fee difference in the 2 options (per 2016-2017 costs for in-state students: there is an $11/hour premium for online option over Hybrid)—info can be found at http://www.utm.edu/departments/bursar/tuition.php

 

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You can find course schedules for both Hybrid and Online classes on our website at http://www.utm.edu/departments/mba/online_mba_curriculum.php

 

Questions can be remitted to Alisha Saleem, the MBA GA @ alirsale@ut.utm.edu.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Brandon Kilburn, MBA Advisor

Dr. Ashley Kilburn, MBA Advisor

MBA options: Hybrid or Online

Applicants may be admitted as degree seeking (Unconditional or Conditional) as listed below. Degree-seeking applicants must meet the university requirements listed above under Types of Admission.

 

To be considered for admission in the College of Business and Global Affairs (CBGA), applicants must holda bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or be currently enrolled in their final semester for a baccalaureate degree at an accredited American university/college. In addition, applicants must supply a resumé (including work history and educational record), a minimum acceptable GMAT Total Score and official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended. Students not achieving at least a 3.5 score on the Analytical Writing portion of the GMAT Exam must take Business Administration 701 (Research Methods and Communications), English 325/525, or Intensive English levels V and VI during the first term in which they take graduate courses. If the GMAT is taken more than once, the highest GMAT Total Score is used for determining admission and the highest Analytical Writing Score is used for determining whether Business Administration 701 must be taken. All materials should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN 38238.

 

Unconditional Admission

The applicant must:

  1. hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  2. have earned a Cum GPA such that 200 times GPA plus the Total Score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) must total at least 1,050 points or if the senior year GPA is used, the sum of senior year GPA times 200 plus GMAT must total at least 1,100 (minimum acceptable GMAT Total Score is 450.)
  3. have a positive review from the CBGA Graduate Admission Committee

 

OR

 

If the applicant's exceptional professional achievement (to include at least three years of professional experience) clearly demonstrates to the College of Business and Global Affairs Graduate Admission Committee high promise of success at graduate work, then the applicant must:

  1. hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. have earned a Cum GPA such that 200 times GPA plus the Total Score on the GMAT must total at least 950 points or if the senior year GPA is used, the sum of senior year GPA times 200 plus GMAT must total at least 1,000.
  3. provide a letter of recommendation from his/her most recent employer in addition to the current resumé referenced above. The letter should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN 38237.
  4. have a positive review from the CBGA Graduate Admission Committee. A limited number of applicants meeting this criteria will be admitted on a competitive basis.

 

Conditional Admission

The applicant must

  1. hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university AND
  2. * have earned a Cum GPA such that 200 times GPA plus the Total Score on the Graduate Admission Test (GMAT) must total at least 1,050 points or if the senior year GPA is used, the sum of senior year GPA times 200 plus GMAT must total at least 1,100 AND
  3. have a positive review from the CBGA Graduate Admission Committee. Admission Reqts for Business & Public Affairs / Admission Reqts for Education and Behavioral Sciences

*GMAT/GRE Waiver

 

Your admissions exam may be waivered if you satisfy one of the following:

  1. If you have previously earned a Master's degree, then you do not have to take an admissions exam. OR,
  2. If you have 7+ years of full-time professional business experience after earning your Bachelor's Degree that demonstrates progressive responsibility AND your undergraduate GPA was a 2.50 or higher, your admission test may be able to be waived.

 

Non-Degree Seeking

An applicant in Business can only be admitted as a non-degree student if he or she has already earned a graduate Business degree.

 

Transient Students

A student who has been admitted to a master's degree program at another institution (whether matriculated or not) and who wishes to take courses for transfer to that institution may be admitted as a transient student upon receipt of an application for admission, application fee, and an official letter from that institution verifying that the student is enrolled in a graduate degree program and is in good academic standing.

The transient classification is valid for one semester only. Enrollment as a transient student in any subsequent semester requires reapplication (no additional application fee required) and an official letter from the applicant's degree-granting institution affirming that the student is enrolled in a graduate degree program and remains in good standing. A maximum of 12 UT Martin graduate semester hours may be accumulated while enrolled as a transient student.

 

Seniors Taking Graduate Course Work

A senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin who needs less than 30 semester hours to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree and has at least a B (3.00) cumulative average, may take sufficient work for graduate credit to make a combined total of undergraduate and graduate credit hours of not more than 15 per semester, subject to the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Business courses may only be taken if a student meets all undergraduate prerequisite course requirements and a minimum score of 500 on the GMAT.

 

GMAT or GRE Registration

To register for the GMAT or for additional GMAT information, visit the GMAT site at www.mba.com/.

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The MBA degree from the UT Martin College of Business is one of the best values in graduate education. We offer outstanding value for the price.

 

Information on resident and non-resident fees and expenses can be found at the University of Tennesee at Martin Bursar's Office.

 

Financial Aid

A number of Graduate Assistantship positions exist. The positions are awarded on a competitive basis. Contact the Financial Aid for information on available financial aid and scholarships.

 

Further info can be found: http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/

Hybrid MBA Program

The Hybrid MBA program offered through the College of Business and Global Affairs is open to anyone holding a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university, regardless of undergraduate major. Students complete their coursework through a combination of online and hybrid courses. Students can select either the General MBA or MBA with Agricultural Option.

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Online MBA for Financial Services Professionals

Open to students in all fields, The Online MBA is geared toward the financial services industry, and may be of particular interest to professionals with a connection to, or interest in banking and/or financial services.

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