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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration Full Time MBA

The College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee consists of approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, 120 faculty, and 125 staff members with a commitment to developing and becoming Mindful Leaders of Worthy Enterprise. We include our alumni among our constituency and are particularly thankful for the 2,800 alumni who contribute each year and the 500+ who participate in our gift societies. They additionally provide continuing guidance through our college, departmental, and program-based advisory councils. Alumni gifts allow us to provide over 280 scholarships to our students and over 35 chairs and professorships to our faculty. Big Orange, Big Ideas is a slogan we often hear at UT, and we in the College of Business Administration believe we have many big ideas. Among these ideas are our four strategic initiatives – scholarly endeavors where we believe we are or can be true global leaders. In addition our Center for Executive Education (CEE) has served for years as a really big idea. Our window to the business world, CEE is both a source for new ideas and a proving ground for the value of our research. We have many other programs, research centers, and initiatives that go beyond what is expected, and add value to our students, our state, and our greater community. Please take the time to explore the many ideas and programs that make our college a unique and exciting place.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Total Program Enrollment 75
In-State Tuition (Total) $35,640
Out-of-State Tuition (Total) $66,456
Average Starting Salary $78,029

Program Information

University of Tennessee—Knoxville College of Business Administration Says

The College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee consists of approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, 120 faculty, and 125 staff members with a commitment to developing and becoming Mindful Leaders of Worthy Enterprise. We include our alumni among our constituency and are particularly thankful for the 2,800 alumni who contribute each year and the 500+ who participate in our gift societies. They additionally provide continuing guidance through our college, departmental, and program-based advisory councils. Alumni gifts allow us to provide over 280 scholarships to our students and over 35 chairs and professorships to our faculty.

Big Orange, Big Ideas is a slogan we often hear at UT, and we in the College of Business Administration believe we have many big ideas. Among these ideas are our four strategic initiatives – scholarly endeavors where we believe we are or can be true global leaders. In addition our Center for Executive Education (CEE) has served for years as a really big idea. Our window to the business world, CEE is both a source for new ideas and a proving ground for the value of our research. We have many other programs, research centers, and initiatives that go beyond what is expected, and add value to our students, our state, and our greater community. Please take the time to explore the many ideas and programs that make our college a unique and exciting place.

Specializations Offered: Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Care Administration and Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#59 Businessweek Full Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 69% accepted out of 148 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 26
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.4
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 609
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3
  • Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

To apply for University of Tennessee at Knoxville's MBA program, students must submit a completed application form, undergraduate transcripts, a GMAT score report, two letters of recommendation, and four personal essays. A personal interview is also recommended. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 to be eligible for the program. International c...To apply for University of Tennessee at Knoxville's MBA program, students must submit a completed application form, undergraduate transcripts, a GMAT score report, two letters of recommendation, and four personal essays. A personal interview is also recommended. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 to be eligible for the program. International candidates must have the equivalent GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. In recent years, incoming students had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.0, an average GMAT score of 606, and average work experience totaling almost three years.

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Important Dates

Round 1
February

1

Deadline
August

11

Start

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This Program Include: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Scripps Networks Interactive, Caterpillar, CROSSMARK

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Other 30% $60,083
Consulting 25% $100,000
Manufacturing 16% $77,000
Financial Services 11% $72,500
Consumer Products 11% $77,700
Pharma / Biotech / Healthcare 7% $58,333

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 149
Percent International Students 8%
Total Full-Time Faculty 38

Student Life

Expect a “positive, high energy atmosphere” here driven by a “very friendly and help­ful” student population. In part because “we take a lot of classes in a short period of time, which always keeps us on our toes,” students here are quick to support one another. “Everyone is very friendly and willing to help in any way they can.” The “fun college town” offers plenty to do, with football being one of the biggest draws, while the “very diverse academic and professional backgrounds (of your classmates) adds to the collec­tive learning.” That diversity may be surprising to some. Between 25 and 30 percent of the class is from Europe and Asia, adding a broad mix of viewpoints to the “fast-paced and enjoyable” Knoxville culture. “There is a very professional culture amongst my classmates that has proven to be quite contagious,” but don’t mistake that as meaning students don’t know how to have fun. “It is not uncommon for a group of more than 20 MBA students to go out together on weekends or attend a cookout together. Overall, everyone gets along very well.” Students find that their classmates are “fun to work with in class as well as great to be around outside of class. Everyone has very different backgrounds and stories, which makes our class diverse and interesting.”

Career

Connections and opportunities abound. “The program emphasizes career placement and devotes a lot of time to teaching business skills needed for effective job search and inter­viewing.” The staff can be “instrumental in making professional connections.” The pro­gram here provides “a lot of networking opportunities in the southeast.” In addition, the faculty “are very active in helping find internships as well as providing interview prep and resume writing assistance. They provide a lot of networking lunches, dinners, and other opportunities as well as interesting speakers like the CEO of Walmart.” Most students find placement in the South (about 50 percent) and the Midwest (about 20 percent), with 40 percent of graduates taking jobs in logistics or operations. In recent years, graduating UTK students reported a mean base salary of about $75,000, with a salary range between $33,000 and $100,000.

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Students Say

You’ll be glad for the opportunity to join “an institution steeped in tradition and pride” and to “get an excellent education at an affordable price from professors who care, in an environment that promotes a full student life,” but you’ll have to work for it. Packing a full MBA program (including a required internship) into an intense three semesters is a challenge, but it is one students welcome thanks to educators who “are passionate about teaching their subject matter. There is not the overwhelming emphasis present in the classroom that they are ‘too busy’ to teach or help students that need it outside of class.” The key is in making the subject matter engaging and interesting. “They have real world experience that they apply to the classroom, and they are very informed in all areas of business.” These “very engaging” professors “have a great sense of humor, which makes the material 100 times more interesting.” Notably, “the professors all have lengthy experience working in industry prior to teach­ing, so the lessons are very well grounded in what actually takes place outside of acade­mia.” Even more important, these educators “continue to remain active in their previous fields, so they continue to infuse current lessons learned from industry into their class­es.” This means “they teach you skills that you can use in the real world.” Those skills come through an education Knoxville students can tailor to suit their own needs, choos­ing to either focus on a single concentration or to pursue a dual major. Supply chain man­agement “is the program's flagship area of study,” but majors in areas like engineering, sports management or business analytics, and academic concentrations in entrepreneur­ship and innovation, finance, operations management, and marketing are all on the agenda. While “there have been a few communication issues between the professors and staff,” by and large students praise the accessibility of their teachers and the work of the admin­istration. “The administration works hard to make everything easy for potential and cur­rent students,” while professors “are very easy to contact and very willing to help.” Indeed, “faculty and staff are always available to talk about our career paths and advise us for the future.” None of it comes easily—in the classroom, students “are challenged and expected to give maximum effort in order to succeed” —but students wouldn’t have it any other way. One student sums it up: “Overall, this program has been a great aca­demic experience and I learn something new about myself and my leadership skills every day.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for Business and Economic Research; MBA Career Services; Masters Investment Learning Center

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Customized speech and writing support, customized ESL training, alternative international experience that highlights Washington DC

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Designated funds for attending Reaching Out MBA conference.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Diversity program within the college; also designated funds for attending the National Black MBA Association conference and participating in a National Black MBA Association case competition team.

  • Research Facilities:

    Center for Business and Economic Research; MBA Career Services; Masters Investment Learning Center

  • Study Abroad:

    Chile; Europe

  • Women Support Groups:

    active MBA Women International student group and designated financial support for women who would like to attend the MBAWI national conference.

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Tennessee—Knoxville College of Business Administration include:

James Gower - President & CEO, Rigel Pharmaceuticals

Bob Hall - CEO, Jewelry Television by ACN

Kevin Clayton - President & CEO, Clayton Homes

Kiran Patel - CFO, Solectron

Ralph Heath - VP & COO, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $36,754

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Scripps Networks Interactive, Caterpillar, CROSSMARK

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 48% $72,567
Other 45% $80,594
Operations / Logistics 43% $84,500
Other 30% $60,083
Consulting 25% $100,000
Marketing / Sales 20% $60,000
Manufacturing 16% $77,000
Finance / Accounting 14% $71,000
Other 11% $74,125
Financial Services 11% $72,500
Technical 7% $91,667

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 62%
Three Month Employment 80%
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