Master of Business Administration

Mission Statement

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is dedicated to providing educational and research opportunities to working adults wanting to develop professionally by enhancing their business skills and credentials. Graduates from this degree program are able to communicate effectively through written and oral expression; apply critical thinking skills to managerial decisions; analyze and evaluate ethical decision making and social responsibility when solving business problems; understand and apply the strategic management principles of crafting and executing strategy in a global economy; and obtain in-depth knowledge of the functional areas of business.

MBA Program Overview

The MBA program is a 30-hour program intended for upwardly mobile professionals and recent baccalaureate graduates with exceptional academic backgrounds. Courses are offered in an entirely online format. The curriculum is divided into eight core courses and two electives. If a student wishes to obtain a concentration in Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, Healthcare Administration, Sport Management, Strategic Management, Supply Chain Management, or Technology Management they are required to take eight core courses and four concentration specific electives for a total of 36 semester credit hours. The core curriculum focuses on business theory and applications by integrating case studies, research, presentations, and seminars. The objective of the program is for the student to be able to apply the principles of accounting, finance, economics, information technology, management, marketing, business analytics, business strategy, and business ethics within a contemporary global business environment. A degree from this program can lead to career advancement across all business disciplines in the private, public, or nonprofit sectors.

Expected outcomes of the MBA include:

  • BUS1 Evaluate leadership styles to determine appropriate managerial actions for changing environments.
  • BUS2 Evaluate investment decisions using financial theory, analytical decision-making tools, and quantitative and non-quantitative economic attributes.
  • BUS3 Apply marketing theories and strategies to global and domestic environments to appropriately target specified audiences.
  • BUS4 Integrate and apply quantitative methods for decision-making.
  • BUS5 Develop a business feasibility plan incorporating marketing, economics, accounting, finance, and management theory.

MBA Admission Requirements & Procedures

Applicants must submit the online application for admission, application essays, the $50 application fee, a current resume, official transcripts showing the completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA, official transcripts of all other undergraduate and graduate course work from accredited institutions, and two (2) recommendation letters from professionals in the field.

International students must have a minimum score of 70 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a six (6) on the IELTS exam. In cases where a foreign student is otherwise qualified for admission to the program but his/her TOEFL score indicates the need for additional English language instruction, he/she might be admitted conditionally to the program pending satisfactory completion of the necessary courses.

If an applicant, domestic or international, has completed their bachelor’s degree in a country other than the United States, the applicant is required to submit a degree evaluation report from a reputable credentialing service (WES – World Education Services, https://wes.org/) that demonstrates degree and course equivalency. The official report for each degree evaluation report must be submitted directly from the credentialing service and provided to the School of Business; Graduate Department; 421 Park 40 North Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37923.

The admission decision is based on an evaluation of all application materials submitted by the individual. The following are criteria utilized in the decision process:

  1. MBA Application
  2. Previous work experience
  3. Undergraduate GPA
  4. Graduate GPA
  5. Specific course work completed
  6. Two (2) recommendation letters
  7. Writing sample

Conditional MBA Admission Status

Under special circumstances, a person who does not meet the requirements for MBA admission may be allowed conditional admissions status. In order to be considered for conditional MBA status, the student must have earned a cumulative bachelor’s degree GPA of at least 2.40 from a regionally accredited institution. The student must also submit all other MBA admissions documents. If granted conditional MBA status, candidates may take no more than six (6) semester hours of graduate coursework from their planned program within the conditional semester and earn no grade less than “B”. A grade less than “B” disqualifies the candidate from full graduate admission. Students will be granted full graduate admission upon earning grades of “B” or above within all enrolled courses during their first semester within the MBA program.

Special Admission for LMU School of Business Baccalaureate Degrees

Initial admission to the MBA program is granted to all students who successfully complete their baccalaureate degree from LMU School of Business provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. Receive a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 upon graduating with an LMU School of Business bachelor’s degree.
  2. Complete all application documents, complete all entrance requirements, and pay all applicable fees.

Admission to the Dual Degree MBA Program

DO/MBA applicants must submit the online application for admission, application essays, the $50 application fee, a current resume, official transcripts showing the completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA, official transcripts of all other undergraduate and graduate course work from accredited institutions, and two (2) recommendation letters from professionals in the field.

DVM/MBA applicants must submit the online application for admission, application essays, the $50 application fee, a current resume, official transcripts showing the completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA, official transcripts of all other undergraduate and graduate course work from accredited institutions, and two (2) recommendation letters from professionals in the field.

JD/MBA applicants must submit the online application for admission, application essays, the $50 application fee, a current resume, official transcripts showing the completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA, official transcripts of all other undergraduate and graduate course work from accredited institutions, and two (2) recommendation letters from professionals in the field.

DMD/MBA applicants must submit the online application for admission, application essays, the $50 application fee, a current resume, official transcripts showing the completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA, official transcripts of all other undergraduate and graduate course work from accredited institutions, and two (2) recommendation letters from professionals in the field.

MSFD/MBA applicants must submit the online application for admission, application essays, the $50 application fee, a current resume, official transcripts showing the completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA, official transcripts of all other undergraduate and graduate course work from accredited institutions, and two (2) recommendation letters from professionals in the field.

OTD/MBA applicants must submit the online application for admission, application essays, the $50 application fee, a current resume, official transcripts showing the completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA, official transcripts of all other undergraduate and graduate course work from accredited institutions, and two (2) recommendation letters from professionals in the field. Additionally, OTD/MBA applicants must achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, with no course grade falling below ‘B’, within their first semester of the OTD program.

DPT/MBA applicants must submit the online application for admission, application essays, the $50 application fee, a current resume, official transcripts showing the completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA, official transcripts of all other undergraduate and graduate course work from accredited institutions, and two (2) recommendation letters from professionals in the field. Additionally, DPT/MBA applicants must achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, with no course grade falling below ‘B’, within their first two semesters of the DPT program.

Students applying to complete the MBA concentration of Nursing Home Administration are required to submit a comprehensive criminal background check due to the requirement of the in-person internship that will take place in a state-sanctioned nursing home facility.

The admission decision is based on an evaluation of all application materials submitted by the individual. The following are criteria utilized in the decision process:

  1. Dual-Degree MBA Application 
  2. Previous work experience
  3. Undergraduate GPA
  4. Graduate GPA
  5. Specific course work completed
  6. Two (2) recommendation letters
  7. Writing Sample

Dual-Degree MBA admissions decisions also depend upon approval from the applicant’s respective professional school.

MBA Handbook

Upon admission, MBA students will be provided with the School of Business Master of Business Administration Handbook. This handbook outlines policies and procedures pertaining to the MBA program. Students are required to thoroughly read the handbook and sign the LMU school of Business: Master of Business Administration (MBA) Consent Form. Students will not be allowed to register for courses if the consent form has not been signed and submitted to the appropriate personnel.

Maximum Program Completion

Students who enter the MBA graduate program must complete their studies for their graduate degree within five
(5) years after initial registration. An extension may be requested of the Program Director for personal or professional reasons.

MBA Graduation Requirements

No student will be allowed to participate in Commencement exercises until all degree requirements have been met.

The following requirements must be met for earning an MBA degree:

  1. Completion of 30/36 semester credit hours of approved MBA courses in the traditional part-time or full-time MBA program, and 30/36 semester credit hours of approved MBA courses in the dual degree MBA programs
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B)
  3. The receipt of no more than two course grades of ‘C’ or below.
  4. Completion of all outcomes assessment testing and activities
  5. The completion of the MBA degree within five (5) years
  6. Payment of all fees

Final Evaluation for MBA Programs

As part of the outcomes assessment procedures, students are required to complete the following items prior to graduation:

  • LMU MBA 590 CPC Exit Exam covering twelve common professional component categories
  • An exit interview
  • All graduating student surveys

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