Overview

Applicants
70
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.30
Years Work Experience
3
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
450 - 700
GPA
2.9 - 3.8

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
June 1

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
54

100
Full-time
10
Female
2
Minority


Students Say

There aren't many choices at the College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University—the small program maintains only three business and three technology departments (accounting, economics/finance, management/marketing)—but for those who are interested in a general purpose business degree, ETSU delivers.

In addition to the traditional MBA, the school also offers an MAcc (master's of accounting), and a graduate certificate in business administration for "those who seek a basic understanding of business administration but who may not be able to make the commitment of time, effort, and money required to seek a master's degree."

MBAs at ETSU feel that "the administration and faculty here are very student-oriented. Most have set times when they are available outside of class; others excel and really go the extra mile both in class presentation and in their availability to those students that require extra instruction." Overall, "the program is very well-organized and runs smoothly. The program has been staffed administratively to be a success. Everyone is focused on their customer—the student." Professors are regarded as "very knowledgeable in their fields, and many of them are widely recognized as great scholars." One student writes, "Most of them have a work background that can lead to some very good discussions in class, and [the professors present] the applications of the concepts in the real world through their stories." Faculty members are also "easy to work with and understanding about personal matters that can arise." ETSU students are "a very diverse and accepting group. All of us have different ideals and political and social backgrounds." Another student concurs: "We are like a family at ETSU. You go through the same classes with pretty much the same group of students. We are all interested in each other's success. There is low competition." Most students agree that the school does "a very good job of getting the student prepared with the knowledge that is needed in the workplace, but there is just so much that can be taught in the classroom setting." Many students have full-time jobs, and say "true learning from the classroom is applied to the jobs that are obtained after school." Across the board, students love that "the school is large enough to offer remote-learning facilities, and classes are generally available at convenient times for working adults." Most of all, however, students appreciate that professors "show a major interest in students' ability to understand the work."

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL


Entreprenuerial Leadership

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability

Description

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$38,000

Finding Jobs & Internships


Source Of Internship Acceptances
100%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

50%
General Management
10%
Marketing
10%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

85%
South
5%
Mid-Atlantic
5%
Midwest
5%
West

Students Say

The Career Placement and Internship Services Office at East Tennessee University serves the school's entire undergraduate and graduate student body. The office hosts recruitment visits from various companies, sponsors and participates in career fairs, maintains online job boards and resume books, and offers counseling in interview skills, job search, career match, and resume writing. Recent on-campus recruiters included New York Life, Norfolk Southern, Wachovia, and Wells Fargo. Students are aware that "Johnson City is a small town, which limits the amount of recruiting that is done on campus." Even so, many "believe that [the] school could improve by really showing students what is available out there and helping them find jobs when they get done. It is there right now [at the Career Placement and Internship Services Office], but a student really has to push to find it."

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
General Management 50% $30,000
Human Resources 10% $30,000
Marketing / Sales 10% $38,000
Entrepreneurship 10% $35,000

Prominent Alumni

Pal Barger
Food Services

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$6,000

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$6,000

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
25%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
25%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
25%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
25%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$5,446
Tuition (Out-State)
$15,722
Fees (In-State)
$1,100
Fees (Out-State)
$1,100

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$288
Tuition (Out-State)
$754
Fees (In-State)
$40
Fees (Out-State)
$40

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$5,000
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$6,000
Academic Expenses
$1,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
71
Part Time
70%

In State
90.0%
Out of State
10.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

10.00%
Minorities
10.00%
International

45% female
55% male

Campus Life

Students Say

East Tennessee State University is located in Johnson City, a small Appalachian city close to both the North Carolina and Virginia borders. The surrounding area, dubbed the Tri-Cities region, also includes Bristol and Kingsport; the charming town of Abingdon, Virginia, is also not too far afield. The area is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, offering plenty of opportunities for hiking, climbing, skiing, and nature walks. The Tri-Cities area is a rising force in the health care industry, with a developing biotech industry that could bring big players to the region.

With more than 14,000 students (about 2,200 of whom are graduate students), the ETSU campus has the population to support a busy social scene. MBAs report, "There is a very good social scene, with Thursday nights being the night that most students go out to the clubs. There are not a lot of clubs in the area, but there are many places that one can go and have a beer if they so choose." Students try to find time to support their men's basketball team, the ETSU Bucs.

ETSU has expanded in recent years, adding several new buildings, including a fitness center (students love the "fully-equipped athletic facility"). Not all MBAs take the time to enjoy the ETSU campus, however; they note that "the school is a high commuter school. This leads to a low participation level in on-campus clubs" and other activities. Those who do participate recommend the school's several national honor societies. One student touts "the university organization called 'President's Pride.' Through this organization, I am able to socialize with other students, faculty, administrators, and [members of the] community by volunteering for university/community functions."

Through its Adult, Commuter, and Transfer Services (ACTS) Office, ETSU assists its many nontraditional students in adapting to student life. ACTS staff advises students on the nuts and bolts of registration, direct them to the campus's various tutoring services, and help parents find child-care services. This last one can be a problem for MBAs, who typically attend evening classes.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Dr. Martha Pointer
Director of Graduate Studies

Address
PO Box 70699
Johnson City, TN 37614
Abu Dhabi

Phone
423-439-5314

Fax
423-439-5274

Email
business@business.etsu.edu


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