100% Online MBA
Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • The opportunity to earn a respected AACSB accredited Master of Business Administration degree on your own time, without leaving the workplace
  • A supportive and accessible team of faculty and advisors to guide you to success
  • Affordable tuition with financial aid available* 
Disclaimer:*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Financial aid is available based on availability and qualification criteria.
Yes. Right now, the UTC 100% Online MBA has a general track (no concentration) or a concentration track (two concentrations from which to choose):
  • MBA Business Administration: General (Online)
  • MBA Business Administration: Business Analytics Concentration (Online)
  • MBA Business Administration: Healthcare Administration Concentration (Online)
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, & human resources) will take three elective courses required by their particular concentration.
  • Background prerequisites can be completed through non-credit, online modules. Students can begin working on these modules, which are estimated to take 20-30 hours to complete, as soon as they are admitted to the UTC Graduate School and receive the login information from their advisor.
For 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.   
  • 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.
Beginning Fall 2018, the 100% Online MBA will deliver courses in Fall and Spring semesters that are full semester-long courses (15 weeks).  During full semesters, most part-time students will take two courses simultaneously; alternatively, a part time student may take just one course per semester. 
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.  
The above schedule for Fall, Spring and Summer mirrors the Flexible (Campus) MBA schedule.
Students may choose to sit out any semester, but should notify their advisor as soon as this is known.  Also, students should know that since courses are offered on a rotational basis, sitting out may cause a delay in completion of the program due to prerequisites and schedule limitations.
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.
One or two courses per semester is considered part-time and appropriate for anyone working a full time job.  Three courses is considered full time and not recommended for anyone working full time.  For each course taken in Spring or Fall, expect to devote 7-12+ hours per week on each course.  A schedule of two courses would require a combined time commitment of 14-24+ hours per week; a three-course-load per semester schedule requires a combined total commitment of 21-40+ hours per week for course related work on top of any professional or personal time commitments a student may have. 
During the Summer terms, expect to spend 14-18+ hours per week on one course during each six week mini-term. Time estimates include reading, reviewing video, homework, quizzes, research, papers, discussion board posts, exams, etc. (This is not an exhaustive list; some courses may require other types of assignments.) 
Actual time spent on courses will be unique to each student and the above range is meant as a guide; times will vary by student based on each students background and ability.
An application to the Online MBA at UTC consists of application to the UTC Graduate School and application to the UTC Online MBA Program. Each entity has a set of admission's requirements. Completing both applications, as outlined in the application instructions posted on the MBA application page, fulfills these requirements and ensures applicants have submitted all required documents.
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 should be handled by the Graduate Programs Office for the College of Business.
Time to completion is typically 24 months for full-time working individuals and is dependent on whether credit for previous courses completed has been granted.
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 to complete, as soon as they are admitted to the UTC Graduate School.
(This answer applies to Flexible MBA, too.)
Yes, you can potentially transfer up to 9 credit hours from another AACSB accredited MBA program. Once official transcripts are submitted and the student is admitted into the Online MBA program, the Admissions Office staff will evaluate those past credits and determine if any classes/credits would be transferable into the Online MBA program.
(This answer applies to Flexible MBA, too.)
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.
(This answer applies to Flexible MBA, too.)
You may still be considered for the Online 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.
(This answer applies to Flexible MBA, too.)
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.
(This answer applies to Flexible MBA, too.)
GMAT/GRE waiver* requests will be considered for students who meet one of the following waiver criteria and must be requested when completing the application online:
  • 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).
Disclaimer:
*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.
At this time, 100% Online MBA students are not eligible for Graduate Assistantships.
No, there is no thesis or comprehensive examination required to complete the MBA program. Instead a capstone course, Strategic Management, is required.
The cost for the 100% Online MBA is the same for either in-state or out-of-state.* Textbooks are not included in the program tuition and fees. Visit the 100% Online MBA Tuition Page for details.