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University of Tennessee - Martin Graduate School of Business Administration Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 53% accepted out of 32 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 24
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.27
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 491
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • Out of State Application Fee: $30
  • In State Application Fee: $30

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Personal Essay

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

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 97
Percent International Students 6%
Total Full-Time Faculty 16
Full-Time Faculty 93%

Student Life

UT Martin’s traditional MBA programs attract ambitious professionals from the local region. On campus, there is “a good mix of 20-somethings who are just out of undergrad­uate work, and career progressives in their 30s who are taking the next steps for success.” In addition to locals, the student body includes “a large percentage of international stu­dents,” which adds an interesting cultural dimension to the campus culture and “leads to even greater discussion in class.” Students on the main campus in Martin, Tennessee, have all the benefits of life in a small college town, which offers a relaxed and affordable environment for work and study. While they have access to the many clubs, organiza­tions, and activities on the larger UT Martin campus, “As a graduate student, its pretty much just class and nothing else.” A current student says, “My only extracurricular involvement is serving as a chapter adviser for my fraternity.” Though they may not meet face-to-face, online students still benefit from contact with their classmates—a group of “successful, intelligent, dependable, helpful, working pro­fessionals.” Coming from Tennessee, as well as the greater United States, students in the online program have “very diverse work experience” and make great contributions to their cohort.

Career

Outside of Memphis, UT Martin’s College of Business offers the only AASCB-accredited MBA program in West Tennessee. Even though the campus is located in the small town of Martin, students benefit from the strong University of Tennessee brand name, as well as the extensive alumni network across the many UT campuses. There is a university-wide Career Employment and Placement Services at the Student Success Center. This office typically assists undergraduate students in making career choices and applying for jobs. However, it does also have regional job opportunities for MBA graduates.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Offering part-time and full-time MBA options, as well as an online degree, University of Tennessee at Martin is a friendly, flexible, and low-key place to get a quality business education. On campus, the character of the MBA is largely defined by the fact that “UT Martin is a small campus and small school,” which encourages relationships and net­working within the College of Business. One of the many goals of the MBA curriculum includes developing strong communication and teamwork skills, and “The program requires regular engagement with faculty and fellow students” through both classes and group projects. A current student enthuses, “I love that my professors know my name and connect with me on a level deeper than just academics.” The regular MBA curricu­lum is focused on the principles of general management, kicking off with a series of core courses in accounting, management, economics, and other key areas, followed by elec­tives. Within the business school, “All professors are good, some are excellent,” includ­ing strong faculty in finance, management, and other areas. When students analyze the costs and benefits of pursuing an MBA, the numbers come out in favor of a UT Martin degree. At this state-run school, “The tuition cost is extreme­ly low for an AACSB-accredited degree.” Plus, many recent graduates are “offered a graduate assistant position,” which helps cover the cost of their education in exchange for working with a UT professor. Convenience and flexibility are also key factors for local professionals. The school offers a flexible program in Martin, which can be completed either full-time or part-time. MBA candidates “go to school at night,” while maintaining full-time employment during the day. “The classes are typically 3 to 2.5 hours long” mak­ing it possible to work, attend class, and head home for dinner. While MBA students have a lot on their plate, “Academically it is appropriately rigorous, but not too over­whelming for a working adult.” In addition to its traditional program, University of Tennessee—Martin operates a 20­month fully online MBA for working professionals, whose schedules require the “flexi­bility of online classes.” This program is principally directed at finance and banking pro­fessionals, though coursework covers all important business areas, from marketing to ethics. In the online program, students “usually watch recorded lectures and attend live meetings with the professor and the class once a week.” In contrast to the campus pro­gram, the online curriculum is entirely “cohort-based,” which means students complete the core “one class at a time” and in tandem with the same group of students through­out the program. While they do not benefit from face-to-face networking, online students “regularly work with students in workgroups from all around the US using video chat, email, and other collaboration tools.” Students describe the experience as “relaxed but challenging,” and that, “The professors are willing to go above and beyond to keep the students engaged.” When it comes to running the online group, the “Administration is absolutely excellent,” and they help to “keep us on track” throughout the course of the year-and-a-half program.

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.utm.edu/admin/catalog02/intprog.htm

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