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Frequently Asked Questions

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Click on the links below to go directly to your area of interest. If you cannot find the answers you are looking for here, call the UT Full-Time MBA Program Office at 865-974-5033. We are here to assist you every step of the way as you explore program options, complete your application, and make an informed decision about where to pursue your MBA.

General Questions
Admissions Test Options - GMAT/GRE
Financial Aid
Career Management

General Questions

Q: How long does it take to complete the UT Full-Time MBA Program?
A: 17 months

Q: Can I choose either a spring or fall start date?
A: No. Our Full-Time MBA Program begins only in the fall.

Q: What are the program costs?
A: Click here for a detailed overview of the current tuition and fees, estimated living expenses, and other costs.

Q: Are there other MBA program options at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
A: Yes. In addition to the Full-Time MBA Program, UTK offers several Executive MBA options. Learn more at Which MBA Is Right for You?.


Q: Is the GMAT or GRE required?
A: Yes, an admissions test, either the GMAT or GRE is required. For more information about program-specific test requirements/exemption consideration, please visit Admissions Test Options and Exemptions.

Q: Where can I learn about the GMAT or the GRE?
A: Everything you need to know about taking the GMAT (including test times and locations) is at  For learning more about the GRE (including test times and locations), please visit the Educational Testing Services website.

Q: How can I prepare for the GMAT or GRE?
A: Test prep tips and sample questions are included on the GMAT website,, and for the GRE, please go to In addition, most bookstores and libraries have test preparation titles available, and many local colleges offer GMAT and GRE preparation courses.

In the Knoxville area, TESTPREP EXPERTS offers both individual tutoring and classes for GMAT and GRE preparation. For more information, visit or call Dr. Michael K. Smith, owner, at 865-694-4108.

Local, national, and international on site, online, and on demand GMAT and GRE preparation courses are available through Kaplan Test Prep. For options and pricing, call 1-800-KAP-TEST or visit


Q: What is the application deadline?
A: For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, we continue to accept applications for Fall 2017. The application deadline for international applicants was February 1.

Q: Can I apply online?
A: Yes. Review the What You Will Need section, and then, Apply Online.

Q: Do I need a specific undergraduate degree to apply?
A: No. There are no coursework prerequisites. If you do not have a business academic background, however, we highly recommend that you take one or all of the following undergraduate classes: finance, accounting, and statistics.

Q: If I do not have a business background, will that hurt my chances for acceptance into the program?
A: No. In fact, not having business experience may enhance your application. We love diversity, and welcome candidates from all academic and cultural backgrounds, life and work experiences, and geographic locations.

Q: Is prior work experience required?
A: We strongly recommend that all candidates have professional work experience (paid position, internship, and/or co-operative learning) prior to entering our MBA program.

Q: Can I transfer graduate credits earned at other schools?
A: Due to the unique structure of our program, transfer credit typically is not awarded. In certain circumstances, credit may be considered for graduate classes that are equivalent to one of our concentration elective courses.

Q: Is an interview required?
A: No, however, a personal interview is another opportunity for you to discuss your candidacy, and differentiate your application from other applicants.

Q: Can I interview over the phone?
A: We prefer to meet you in person, and ask that you make every attempt to schedule a campus visit. If this is not possible, we can arrange a phone interview.

Q: How do I schedule an interview?
A: Call the UT MBA Program Office at (865) 974-5033 to schedule a campus or phone interview, or email us at

Q: Is an appointment required for a campus visit?
A: Yes. While you are welcome to visit the University of Tennessee at any time, making an appointment will allow us to arrange for you to meet current MBA students, sit in on a class, and schedule an interview with a program representative. If possible, contact us a couple of weeks in advance using this convenient Campus Visit Request form.

Q: What is the mailing address?
A: MBA Program
Haslam College of Business
504 Haslam Business Building
The University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 37996-4150

Q: What application materials are required?
A: Review the helpful What You Will Need checklist before starting your online application.


Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement for Full-Time MBA Program applicants?
A: All applicants to the University of Tennessee must have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.70 (4.0 scale) to be considered as a degree-seeking candidate by the Full-Time MBA Program. International applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale), or equivalent.

Q: Is there a probation option if my GPA does not meet the requirements?
A: An applicant whose GPA falls between a 2.5 and 2.7 may be admitted on probation, upon recommendation of the MBA Admissions Committee. The probationary status is removed after 9 hours of graduate credit with a minimum GPA of 3.0. International students cannot be admitted on probation and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, or equivalent, to be considered for admission.

Q: What is the average GPA of the UTK MBA class?
A: Our average GPA varies with each incoming class. Typically, it is about 3.34 (4.0 scale).

Q: When evaluating my application, does the MBA Admissions Committee consider my overall GPA or my major GPA?
A: The University of Tennessee evaluates your application using the overall GPA. The 2.70 minimum requirement must be met before the MBA Admissions Committee can review an application. When the committee receives your application, both the overall GPA and the GPA within the major (or Junior/Senior year GPA) are considered.

Q: If my undergraduate institution does not use the 4.0 scale, how can I determine if my GPA meets the minimum requirement?
A: Call The Office of Graduate Studies at 865-974-3251 to request an evaluation of your GPA. A copy of your transcript may be required to perform this calculation.


Q: Do I need to take the TOEFL/IELTS?
A: You must take either the TOEFL or IELTS if your native language is not English and you do not have a degree from a U.S. college/university dated less than two years prior to entering the UT Full-Time MBA Program.

Q: What is the TOEFL/IELTS requirement for international students?
A: The MBA program requires a score of 100ibt (250cbt and 600 paper test) or higher on the TOEFL. A score of 7.5 or higher is required for the IELTS.

Q: How long is the TOEFL/IELTS score valid?
A: The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.

Financial Aid

Q: What financial aid options are available to new Full-Time MBA Program students?
A: There are several ways to finance your graduate education at The University of Tennessee, including criteria-based assistantships and fellowships, and need-based federal student loans and Work Study grants (U.S. students only). For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

Career Management

Q: What career services are available to Full-Time MBA students?
A: The UT Full-Time MBA Program has a dedicated staff focused on our students and their individual goals. This personalized attention results in a productive and effective job search process. Visit our MBA Career Development page to learn about the resources, support, activities, events, and helpful tools available to Full-Time MBA Program students and alumni.

Q: Who recruits Full-Time MBA Program students?
A: Here is a sampling of the local, regional, national, and international companies who have recruited our students for internship and full-time positions:

American Greetings
Ascension Health
Bush Brothers, Inc.
Credit Suisse
Eastman Chemical
Eaton Corporation
Ernst & Young
Fifth Third Bank
FTI Consulting
General Electric
Gerdau Ameristeel
Intel Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Lincoln Financial Group
Oak Ridge National Labs
Otis Elevator
Pershing Yoakley & Associates
PolyOne Corporation
Procter & Gamble
SC Johnson
Schneider Electric
Scripps Network
Sears Holding Company
Stanford Financial
Tennessee Valley Authority
Transportation Insight

Q: What percentage of UT MBA students have a job when they graduate?
A: Over the past three years, about 75-80 percent of UT MBA students have received a job offer before graduation, and 88 percent of UT MBA students have received a job offer within three months of graduation.

Q: Can I contact a recent UT MBA graduate during the admissions process?
A: One of the many privileges of being a Full-Time MBA Program student is having direct access to the alumni network. Once you are admitted to the Program, you will have full access to the alumni network, which includes more than 4,000 business professionals, as well as to our distinguished faculty members.

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