Frequently Asked Questions

 As a serious student, you’re going to have a question or two about the UTC MSDA program.  For this reason, we’ve included this list of frequently asked MBA program questions.


Yes. Right now, the UTC MSDA Program has two concentrations from which to choose:

  • MSDA with a Business Concentration
  • MSDA with a Computer Science Concentration

For more information about the concentrations or the core curriculum, visit the MSDA curriculum page. 

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.
Yes, 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.
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.
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.
An application to UTC's MSDA program consists of application to the UTC Graduate School and application to the MSDA Program. Each entity has a set of admission's requirements. Completing both applications, as outlined on the MSDA Application page, fulfills these requirements and ensures applicants are aware of 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 is handled by the Graduate Programs Office for the Gary W. Rollins College of Business.

The UTC MSDA 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 MSDA 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.

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.

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:

  • 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).
*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.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to graduate students. If you wish to apply, complete a Rollins 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 RCOB graduate assistant application to the RCOB Graduate Programs Office. GA applications may be turned in at any time, but priority application deadlines are the following dates:
Fall Semester: July 30
Spring Semester: October 15
To apply for assistantships outside of UTC's Gary W. Rollins 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.

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.