Pursuing a UTC MBA — whether it’s on campus, 100% online or a flexible program — is one of the best steps you can take for your business career future. As a serious student, you’re going to have a question or two about your UTC MBA program. For this reason, we’ve included this list of frequently asked MBA program questions.
- What is the difference between the 100% Online MBA program and the Flexible MBA Program?
Both programs offer the opportunity to earn a respected AACSB accredited Master of Business Administration degree.
The 100% Online MBA:
- A completely online program - no need to set foot on campus Courses delivered asynchronously
- A general track as well as concentration options: business analytics, finance or healthcare administration.
- A program that can be pursued as a part-time student who works full time
- Registration priority in online MBA courses
- 100% Online MBA students need a reliable PC and regular access to a high speed internet connection.
The Flexible MBA:
- Option of all face-to-face courses or a combination of face-to-face and online courses
- A general track as well as concentration options: business analytics, finance or healthcare administration.
- A program that can be pursued as a part-time or full time student
- Face-to-face courses conveniently taught one evening a week in the fall and spring semesters from 5:30-8 pm and twice a week in the summer abbreviated part-of-term sessions from 5:30-8:40 pm. There are no Friday, Saturday or Sunday classes.
*Applicants interested in completing the MBA fully online, should apply to the Online MBA.
- Are there different concentrations offered within this MBA program?
Yes. Right now, the UTC MBA Program has a general track (no concentration) or a concentration track (several concentrations from which to choose):
- MBA Business Administration: General (available in the Online or Flexible format)
- MBA Business Administration: Business Analytics Concentration (available in the Online or Flexible format)
- MBA Business Administration: Finance (available in the Online or Flexible format)
- MBA Business Administration: Healthcare Administration Concentration (available in the Online or Flexible format)
For more information about the concentrations or the MBA core curriculum, visit the MBA curriculum page.
- How quickly can I complete the MBA program?
Time to completion is typically 2 years (six semesters) for part-time students working full-time.
Time to completion is typically four semesters or 1.5 years for full-time students.
- What are my choices for elective courses?
If you are pursuing the MBA general track, you may choose from three approved graduate electives taught by UTC's College of Business in the areas of management, marketing, finance, and accounting. Students pursuing an MBA concentration (e.g. business analytics, finance, & healthcare administration) will take three courses required by that particular concentration instead of three electives.
- Do I need to register for classes and how do I know my schedule?
Students in both the 100% Online MBA and the Flexible MBA are notified of registration information via email sent to their UTC student email account and from their advisor.
For 100% Online MBA Students:
Your advisor will map out the most efficient route through the program for you based on any special scheduling requests made by you and forecasted availability of classes. If a student attends all terms without taking time off, the online MBA can be completed in 24 months.
Admitted students are free to take any courses they choose from those offered each semester as long as prerequisites are met for the courses chosen. Typically, core courses are offered every fall and spring semester and some are offered summer semester. Electives are offered on a rotational basis and usually at least once a year.
For Flexible MBA Students:
Core courses are offered on a rotational basis. Electives are based on a forecasted demand but schedules are not guaranteed. Each elective is typically offered once a year.
- Does UTC's MBA program operate on semesters and how long are classes?
For both the 100% Online MBA and the Flexible MBA, courses are delivered in Fall and Spring following a full semester (15 weeks plus exam week). During full semesters, most part-time students will take two courses simultaneously; alternatively, a part time student may take just one course per semester. Students must take three courses (9 credit hours) to be considered full-time.
The Summer semester follows a "parts of term" schedule that includes two mini-terms: Summer 1 and Summer 2. Each summer term is six weeks long. Part time students take one class during each part of term for a total of two courses during the summer.
Students may choose to sit out any semester, but should notify their advisor as soon as this is known.
To view current and upcoming semester dates, visit UTC's Academic Calendar.
- How many courses will I take per semester?
Part-time students working a full time job will take two courses (or one) per semester. Full-time students (non-working individuals) may take three courses per semester. If a student intends to attend full time, they should notify their advisor immediately. It is assumed each applicant is interested in taking two courses per semester.
Time to completion is typically 24 months for part time students (working full-time) who take two courses per semester. There are twelve total courses in the MBA program.
Time to completion is typically four semesters or 1.5 years for full-time students and six semesters or 2 years for part-time students.
- Why are there two parts to the application?
An application to UTC's MBA program consists of application to the UTC Graduate School and application to the MBA Program. Each entity has a set of admission's requirements. Completing both applications, as outlined on the MBA Application page, fulfills these requirements and ensures applicants are aware of all required documents.
- What is the purpose of The Graduate School?
The Graduate School is responsible for admissions, enforcing holds, maintaining official records, processing required forms (i.e. program of study and graduation audit forms, revisions to candidacy). All advising and program issues is handled by the Graduate Programs Office for the College of Business.
- Can I be admitted to UTC's MBA program if I don't have a bachelor's degree in business?
Yes, any major is eligible for the UTC MBA program. If admitted to the program, you will complete the MBA program's business prerequisites through non-credit, online modules. Students can begin working on these modules, which are estimated to take 20-30 hours each to complete, as soon as they are admitted to the UTC Graduate School.
- Can I transfer credits into the UTC MBA program?
Yes, you can potentially transfer up to 6 credit hours from another AACSB accredited MBA program. Once official transcripts are submitted and the student is admitted into the UTC MBA program, the Admissions Office staff will evaluate those past credits and determine if any classes/credits would be transferable into the UTC MBA program.
- How is an applicant's GPA used in the admission process?
The UTC MBA program requires applicants to have a minimum GPA of 2.70 for all undergraduate work taken for the baccalaureate degree. Because the UTC Graduate School will allow graduate programs to admit students who meet other GPA criteria, UTC's MBA program may consider for admission applicants who meet one or more of the following GPA requirements from a regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent:
- 3.00 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate academic coursework OR
- 3.00 GPA for 30 or more semester hours of undergraduate credit after earning the first bachelor's degree OR
- 2.70 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate academic coursework and a 3.00 GPA on fewer than 24 hours of graduate coursework OR
- 3.00 GPA for 24 or more graduate hours OR
- An earned master's degree or higher-level degree with at least a 3.00 GPA
Note: All GPAs are based on a 4.0 point scale; the last two years of undergraduate coursework are equivalent to approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter hours.
- What happens if I do not meet the 2.70 GPA requirements?
You may still be considered for the UTC MBA program. In this case, a minimum score of 500 or more on the GMAT is required, as well as a formal admission by exception request and essay explaining why you should be considered for admission. This does not guarantee admission; however, the Admissions Office staff will review your application once complete and make an admission decision.
- How is the minimum required 2.70 overall GPA determined?
All classes taken and grades received are included in the calculation of the overall undergraduate GPA, including any classes that were not passed but earned a letter grade. Additionally, grades are "leveled", dropping pluses and minuses in order to bring all university transcripts to the same grade standard as UTC. Questions concerning how the overall undergraduate GPA or any other applicant GPA is calculated should be directed to the UTC Graduate School at 423-425-4666.
- Is there a GMAT/GRE waiver request option? Does my extensive work experience exclude me from having to take the GMAT?
GMAT/GRE waiver* requests will be considered for students who meet one of the following waiver criteria and must be requested when completing Part 2 of the application online:
*GMAT/GRE waivers are not guaranteed to those who meet the above criteria. The applicants entire application packet will be considered when a GMAT waiver decision is made.
- Previous graduate degree with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher; OR,
- 3.25 undergraduate GPA plus 5 years of professional work experience and application for waiver; OR,
- UTC undergraduate Business majors and other AACSB Business majors with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.2 cumulative GPA within AACSB business major (defined as upper level courses in business).
- Are Graduate Assistantships available to 100% Online MBA students?
At this time, 100% Online MBA students are not eligible for Graduate Assistantships.
- Are Graduate Assistantships available to Flexible MBA students?
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to graduate students. If you wish to apply, complete a College of Business graduate assistantship application. To be considered for an assistantship, applicants must submit all MBA application materials to the UTC Graduate School and must complete and submit the COB graduate assistant application to the COB Graduate Programs Office. GA applications may be turned in at any time, but priority application deadlines are the following dates:
Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: October 15
To apply for assistantships outside of UTC's College of Business, contact UTC's Graduate School for an application and more information. In addition, general assistantship information (e.g. eligibility requirements, application, financial package) can be found on the Graduate School website.
- Is there a thesis or comprehensive exam?
No, there is no thesis or comprehensive examination required to complete the MBA program. Instead a capstone course, Strategic Management, is required.
- How much does the UTC MBA cost? What is the cost for in-state vs. out-of-state tuition?
Current tuition and fee schedules can be viewed here:
100% Online MBA Tuition Information
Flexible MBA Tuition Information
Note: Textbooks and other course materials are not included in the program tuition and fees.
Are you interested in learning more about a UTC flexible MBA degree? Did we miss something in this online MBA FAQ? At UTC, we’re here to help. contact your advisor with your on-campus, online or flexible MBA program questions.