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Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business

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The Massey Graduate School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Accountancy (MAcc) as well as a joint degree in MBA/MAcc, MAcc/BBA. Other programs include music business internships and a foreign exchange program. The strongest areas of study are music business, health care, entrepreneurship, finance, and accounting. The most popular courses are Entrepreneurship, Decision Making, Negotiation, and Finance. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. A national or local business leader or author is a guest speaker every quarter for several courses.

Thirty-four total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 10 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Corporate Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Product/Service Costing and Pricing
  • Corporate Finance
  • Management of Technology
  • Organizational Behavior and Management
  • Management of Business Processes and Operations
  • Advanced Marketing Management
  • Leadership and Ethics
  • International Business
  • International Business Study Abroad
  • The Entrepreneurial Challenge
  • Strategic Management

Required courses for the MAcc include:

  • The Entrepreneurial Challenge
  • Leadership and Ethics
  • International Business Study Abroad
  • 14 hours of accounting
  • electives

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements with up to 6 hours in transferable credits.

The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending part time is 18 months; maximum, 4 years.

There are 25 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 10 part-time faculty, of whom 40% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 9; average business class size is 25.


A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, work experience, and academic accomplishments and ability. A strong mathematics background is not required.

131 students were accepted for the 2006-2007 class, 108 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.26; average GMAT score was 515. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by through minority businesses, advertisements in minority publications, and minority scholarships.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $50, 2 letters of recommendation, a 1-page essay and a resume. The application deadlines are July 1 for fall entry; November 1, spring; April 1, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision within 30 days of receipt of all required materials. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is open. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.

Financial Aid

About 67% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $15,200 annually; maximum $18,500. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. The application deadline is March 1 for fall entry.

Tuition for all students is $18,000 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $1000; and other fees, $500, for an estimated annual total of $19,500. Graduate student housing is not available.


Ninety-eight percent of the current graduate business school class have had an average of 7 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Tennessee (98%). Forty-four percent are women, 14% are minorities, and 2% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 22 to 53. Two percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 2% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 52%, business; 14%, liberal arts; 12%, math and science; 9%, engineering; 8%, medical/health; and 5%, social sciences. About 5% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 95% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 74 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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