Our 2023 rankings of the Top Online MBA Programs in Tennessee. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Top Online MBA Programs in Tennessee - 2023 College Rankings
1University of Tennessee at MartinMartin
2University of Tennessee ChattanoogaChattanooga
1. University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee
University of Tennessee at Martin

The College of Business and Global Affairs (CBGA) at University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin) houses the Department of Accounting, Economics, Finance and Political Science; and the Department of Management, Marketing, and Information Systems. Within the Departments are more than 30 programs leading to degrees at all levels. Among these programs is an AACSB-accredited MBA that has been educating business students since 1978.

The UT Martin MBA has two delivery options designed for working professionals including Hybrid and Online. Both programs feature a curriculum that focuses on leadership and global management. Students in the programs benefit from small class sizes, collaborative projects, and several concentrations. These include General, Agricultural Business, Sports Business, and Human Resource (HR) Management.

The General MBA consists of 30 credit hours. The Agricultural, Sports, and HR concentrations require 33 credit hours. Across all options and delivery methods, students will take courses such Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Corporate Finance, Analytics and Operations Management, Managerial Economics, Business Policy and Strategy, Managerial Accounting, and Marketing Strategy.

The Online MBA at UT Martin is cohort-based. There are no required campus visits, so students communicate with classmates and instructors through discussion boards, email, virtual classrooms, and virtual group meeting rooms. The Hybrid MBA requires five visits to campus per semester. All UTM MBA students have virtual access to the UT Martin Library, which features journal articles and a variety of other materials and periodicals. Assignments and exams for the Online MBA are completed and submitted online.

Both the Online MBA and Hybrid MBA at UT Martin can be completed in as few as 18 months. Graduates are prepared to pursue management in areas such as Consulting, Finance, Operations, Marketing, Human Resources, Sports, Agriculture, Information Technology, Retail, and Entertainment. 

University of Tennessee at Martin was founded as the Hall-Moody Institute in 1900. serving more than 6,800 students, the school provides more than 100 academic areas of study within 18 undergraduate degree programs, and eight graduate degrees with 22 specialized concentrations. Programs at University of Tennessee at Martin are housed across more than 25 colleges and departments. University of Tennessee at Martin is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

2. University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee
University of Tennessee Chattanooga

University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) is home to the Gary W. Rollins College of Business, which serves approximately 2,485 students enrolled nine majors, five minors, and three of the area's only AACSB accredited business graduate degree programs. This includes an MBA program that can be completed entirely online. This means, there are zero campus requirements.

Students in the Rollins Online MBA interact with instructors and peers virtually via Zoom, email, online chats, and phone calls. Twelve courses (36 credit hours) are required, including eight core courses, three elective courses or three concentration courses, and one capstone course. Students in the program may also enroll in the General Track. This option provides the opportunity to customize a focus area through electives.

Other program features include experiential learning opportunities; cooperative education assignments; three career-focused concentrations including Business Analytics, Finance, and Healthcare Administration; and access to support services such as graduate career services and coaching, counseling services, and the UTC library.  

Part-time and full-time schedules are available along with four start dates: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, and Summer 2. Full-time Online MBA students can complete the program in as few as 18 months, while part-time students can graduate in as few as 24 months.

Graduates of the Rollins College of Business at University of Tennessee Chattanooga enjoy a high employment rate. Nearly 90% of graduates find full-time employment following graduation. Close to 85% of these students are employed in positions related to their degree.

Founded in 1886, University of Tennessee Chattanooga serves approximately 10,100 students enrolled in more than 100 undergraduate majors, over 50 minors, and more than 100 graduate programs across six colleges and schools. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).