2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


MBA Programs

Neeley School MBA Admissions

The nature of the Neeley School MBA programs requires that a holistic approach be used in the admissions process. Not only must applicants demonstrate academic ability, but also the ability to perform in a highly interactive, team-based environment. Previous academic records, relevant test scores, professional work experience (where applicable), motivation, maturity and demonstrated leadership are all considered in the admissions decision.

Except under extraordinary circumstances, students applying to the MBA Program must have or expect to earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment.

Admission Application Checklist

An application to a Neeley School MBA program will not be considered by the Graduate Admissions Committee until all of the following materials are received:

  1. Completed application form and essays
  2. An official transcript from each college or university previously attended
  3. Contact information for three professional references
  4. Application fee of $100
  5. Official GMAT or GRE scores
  6. Official TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers only)
  7. Personal interview (by invitation only)

Additional Admission Requirements for Accelerated MBA Programs

The Full-time, Professional, Energy and Health Care focused Accelerated MBA Programs are available to individuals with professional experience and distinguished academic backgrounds in business, as evidenced by:

  • completion, with a strong academic background, of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree or equivalent from an AACSB-accredited business school
  • minimum of three years of postgraduate professional work or military experience
  • sufficiently high GMAT or GRE scores

Other exceptional indicators of success may also be taken into consideration.

MBA Program Prerequisites

Students admitted to the MBA program must complete two pre-enrollment requirements prior to registering for their first semester of graduate study:

  1. Mathematical Skills Prerequisite
    • Entering students are expected to have an understanding of basic mathematics (i.e., basic algebraic operations, relations and functions, exponents, logarithms, sets and functions, linear equations, differentiation, integration, slope and extrema). This requirement is ordinarily satisfied by one of the following:
    • Satisfactory (C or better) completion of a 3-hour course in Introductory Applied Calculus or College Algebra or Mathematics with Emphasis on Business Applications; or
    • A score corresponding to or better than the 80th percentile on the quantitative portion of the GMAT; or
    • Satisfactory evidence of mathematical competence through a combination of courses taken in mathematics, statistics or economics prior to entering the program, and/or a makeup course that may be taken during the first semester of the Neeley School MBA Program. (For specific details, contact the Neeley Graduate Programs Office.)
  2. START Workshop
    • START workshop or another designated orientation takes place on campus during the weeks before fall classes begin. During this workshop, students may receive instruction in teamwork and communication skills; a campus and degree program orientation; introductions to primary functional disciplines; and self-assessment exercises for career development. Students also meet their program cohort group.
    • Additionally, a student may be required to complete online modules over the summer months prior to enrollment. More information will be provided upon admission.

 Neeley MBA Program Requirements

If a student in any of the MBA programs receives six hours of a grade of C+ or lower, the associate dean for graduate programs may dismiss him/her from the program because of a failure to make satisfactory academic progress.

Neeley MBA Program Options

Full-Time MBA

Program Length: 21 months

Full-time Accelerated MBA

Program length: 11 months

Professional MBA

Program Length: 24-33 months

Professional Accelerated MBA

Program Length: 18-24 months

MBA for Energy Professionals

Program Length: 24-33 months

Accelerated MBA for Energy Professionals

Program Length: 18-24 months

MBA for Health Care Professionals

Program Length: 24-33 months

Accelerated MBA for Health Care Professionals

Program Length: 18-24 months

Executive MBA

Program Length: 18 Months

Applicants must designate at the time of application which program of study they are seeking. Admission to one program is not necessarily valid for another. Students will not be allowed to switch programs except under extraordinary circumstances.