|1||University of Tennessee at Martin||Martin|
|2||Tennessee Technical University||Cookeville|
|3||University of Memphis||Memphis|
Our 2019 rankings of the Top Online MBA Programs in Tennessee. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee
The College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin or UTM) offers a 33 credit hour online MBA program that is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree and at least two years’ work experience who are seeking to advance their careers. The cohort-based program provides focus through a series of 6-8 week courses. Courses for the 20 to 21 month cohort are delivered sequentially and include Banking and Financial Services, Corporate Financial Management, Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, Organizational Theory and Design, and Strategic Management and Business Policy, to name a few.
Trips to the UT Martin campus are not required, so all interaction between the programs diverse group of students and faculty takes place via discussion boards, email, virtual classrooms, and virtual group meeting rooms. Other assignments and exams are completed and submitted online. This AACSB-accredited program emphasizes that it has just 20 students per cohort “to keep each other motivated.” Students typically begin the program in January or June.
2. Tennessee Technical University, Cookeville, Tennessee
The College of Business at Tennessee Technical University (Tennessee Tech) offers an MBA program that the school say is “designed with working professionals in mind.” This “Industry-Immersed” program may be completed on campus, 100% online or a combination of the two. The curriculum consists of ten, 3-hour courses for a total of 30 hours, including seven 3-hour core courses (21 hours) and three 3-hour electives (9 hours). Course highlights include Analytical Decision Making, Business Strategy, Financial Statement Analysis, Management of Information Technology, and Organizational Leadership.
Students may choose between four concentrations including Finance, HR Management, International Business, and Management Information Systems (MIS). With or without a specialization, students in this AACSB-accredited program will develop “general managerial competence through extensive use of various pedagogies such as case methods, simulations, and research projects.”
Full-time and part-time programs are available for students to earn their degree at their own pace. Students can finish the 30-hour program in as little as one year.
3. University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics (FCBE) at the University of Memphis offers six different tracks to earn an MBA. The Online MBA is among them. The 33 credit hour program consists of a 30-credit core and one three credit hour elective course. Course highlights include Corporate Governance and Business Ethics, Creativity and Innovation, Global Strategic Marketing, Information Systems in the Global Enterprise, and Seminar in Leadership. There are no prerequisites for the core curriculum and students can take three required courses, Law, Ethics, and Corporate Governance, Leadership and Team-Building, and Creativity and Innovation, as a three-day, on-campus, residency course. Courses are scheduled on a rotating basis in the weeks before the beginning of a semester.
Other program highlights include 24/7 learning from synchronous and asynchronous instruction by “globally-renowned faculty” and no concentration requirements. The FCBE Online MBA Program is AACSB-accredited.