Overview

Applicants
169
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.48
Years Work Experience
4.7
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
630 - 680
GPA
3.26 - 3.70

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
November 15

Regular Application Deadline
January 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Extracurricular Activities
Work Experience

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
4:1
Total Faculty
35

100
Full-time
34
Female
5
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

You’ll be glad for the opportunity to join “an institution steeped in tradition and pride” and to “get an excellent education at an affordable price from professors who care, in an environment that promotes a full student life,” but you’ll have to work for it. Packing a full MBA program (including a required internship) into an intense three semesters is a challenge, but it is one students welcome thanks to educators who “are passionate about teaching their subject matter. There is not the overwhelming emphasis present in the classroom that they are ‘too busy’ to teach or help students that need it outside of class.” The key is in making the subject matter engaging and interesting. “They have real world experience that they apply to the classroom, and they are very informed in all areas of business.” These “very engaging” professors “have a great sense of humor, which makes the material 100 times more interesting.”

Notably, “the professors all have lengthy experience working in industry prior to teaching, so the lessons are very well grounded in what actually takes place outside of academia.” Even more important, these educators “continue to remain active in their previous fields, so they continue to infuse current lessons learned from industry into their classes.” This means “they teach you skills that you can use in the real world.” Those skills come through an education Knoxville students can tailor to suit their own needs, choosing to either focus on a single concentration or to pursue a dual degree with business analytics, engineering, or law. Supply chain management “is the program’s flagship area of study,” but concentrations in business analytics, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, human resource management, operations management, and marketing are all on the agenda.

While “there have been a few communication issues between the professors and staff,” by and large students praise the accessibility of their teachers and the work of the administration. “The administration works hard to make everything easy for potential and current students,” while professors “are very easy to contact and very willing to help.” Indeed, “faculty and staff are always available to talk about our career paths and advise us for the future.” None of it comes easily—in the classroom, students “are challenged and expected to give maximum effort in order to succeed”—but students wouldn’t have it any other way. One student sums it up: “Overall, this program has been a great academic experience and I learn something new about myself and my leadership skills every day.”


Concentrations

Entrepreneurship
Finance
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Marketing
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Analytics and Information Management
Human Resources
Leadership/Management
Supply Chain Management

Center for Research

Economics
Entrepeneurship
Finance
Leadership/Management
Marketing
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Supply Chain Management

Specialities of Faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Supply Chain Management

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Business Analytics

Marketing



MS Engineering/MBA

MS Business Analytics/MBA

MS Agricultural Economics/ MBA

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
Several sections of BA518 (Innovation in Practice) include green projects each year.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
MBA graduate assistants have specifically worked with faculty on research projects in the area of green supply chain management.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Focus on sustainability in new business creation in E&I program.

School's environmental commitment 2:
Thought leadership in the area of green supply chain management.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$79,137
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
92%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
65%
School Facilitiated
35%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
69%
School Facilitiated
31%
Graduate Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

50%
Operations/Logistics
16%
Finance/Accounting
15%
Consulting
13%
Marketing
4%
Other
2%
General Management

Graduates Employed by Region

75%
South
17%
Midwest
6%
Southwest
2%
Northeast

Students Say

Connections and opportunities abound. “The program emphasizes career placement and devotes a lot of time to teaching business skills needed for effective job search and interviewing.” The staff can be “instrumental in making professional connections.” The program here provides “a lot of networking opportunities in the southeast.” In addition, the faculty “are very active in helping find internships as well as providing interview prep and resume writing assistance. They provide a lot of networking lunches, dinners, and other opportunities as well as interesting speakers like the CEO of Walmart.”

Most students find placement in the South (about 67 percent) and the Midwest (about 16 percent), with 51 percent of graduates taking jobs in logistics or operations. In recent years, graduating UTK students reported a mean base salary of about $79,000, with a salary range between $43,000 and $135,000.


Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Operations / Logistics 50% $85,000 $84,500 $42,500 $117,500
Finance / Accounting 16% $66,000 $64,000 $49,000 $75,000
Consulting 15% $65,000 $86,500 $54,000 $135,000
Marketing / Sales 13% $60,000 $65,200 $50,000 $100,000
Other 4%
General Management 2%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Manufacturing 17% $71,600 $72,617 $42,500 $100,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 15% $65,000 $70,286 $60,000 $85,000
Financial Services 10% $62,000 $62,000 $49,000 $75,000
Consulting 9% $135,000 $108,000 $54,000 $135,000
Government 6%
Technology 6% $90,000 $87,667 $78,000 $95,000
Other 6%
Consumer Products 4%
Media / Entertainment 4%
Petroleum / Energy 2%

Prominent Alumni

Ralph Heath
VP & COO, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Kiran Patel
CFO, Solectron

Kevin Clayton
President & CEO, Clayton Homes

Bob Hall
CEO, Jewelry Television by ACN

James Gower
President & CEO, Rigel Pharmaceuticals

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$19,643

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$7,172

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
50%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
27%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
84%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
66%

New Students Receiving Loans
43%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$13,089
Tuition (Out-State)
$34,310
Fees (In-State)
$14,053
Fees (Out-State)
$14,322

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$10,000
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$15,000
Academic Expenses
$3,500

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
120
Part Time
0%

In State
61.0%
Out of State
39.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
4

Demographics

6.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
20.00%
International

34% female
66% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Expect a “positive, high energy atmosphere” here driven by a “very friendly and help- ful” student population. In part because “we take a lot of classes in a short period of time, which always keeps us on our toes,” students here are quick to support one another. “Everyone is very friendly and willing to help in any way they can.” The “fun college town” offers plenty to do, with football being one of the biggest draws, while the “very diverse academic and professional backgrounds (of your classmates) adds to the collec- tive learning.” That diversity may be surprising to some. Between 25 and 30 percent of the class is from Europe and Asia, adding a broad mix of viewpoints to the “fast-paced and enjoyable” Knoxville culture.

“There is a very professional culture amongst my classmates that has proven to be quite contagious,” but don’t mistake that as meaning students don’t know how to have fun. “It is not uncommon for a group of more than twenty MBA students to go out together on weekends or attend a cookout together. Overall, everyone gets along very well.” Students find that their classmates are “fun to work with in class as well as great to be around outside of class. Everyone has very different backgrounds and stories, which makes our class diverse and interesting.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Brenda Carlisle
Admissions Assistant, Graduate Business Programs

Address
504 Haslam Business Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Knoxville, TN 37996-4150
United States

Phone
865-974-5033

Fax
865-974-3826

Email
mba@utk.edu


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