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Curriculum

Jones College’s online Flex M.B.A. program provides an AACSB-accredited education in advanced business concepts, analytical decision-making, and effective leadership. Students benefit from the same individual attention from faculty, executive engagement, and opportunities for experiential learning and professional development as they would in our on-campus classes.

The core online M.B.A. curriculum is delivered asynchronously, which means you’ll view recorded lectures at the times that are convenient for you. In some classes, you may be required to schedule time for real-time interactions with your instructor and peers. Along the way, you’ll assemble a portfolio to show how your education has equipped you with the professional skills necessary for advancing in today’s globally connected, data-focused organizations.

Companies are on the lookout for employees who have soft skills as well as a thorough understanding of business operations. That’s why the Jones College of Business curriculum goes beyond teaching the latest business strategies and tools, prioritizing professional development and persuasive communication.

The revised M.B.A. program takes students to the next level of professionalism by creating lasting relationships with peers in an effective and timely approach.

— Austin Bower, M.B.A. student

Program structure

An academic advisor will collaborate with you to create a degree plan that satisfies all requirements for the M.B.A. in a suitable timeframe. The program is structured in tiers. If you did not complete an undergraduate Business degree, you must first fulfill prerequisites by taking 9 hours of foundation courses or their equivalents. From there, you will progress through three tiers of core M.B.A. coursework, culminating with a capstone in Strategic Business Consulting. This final class will give you the chance to put your analytics and problem-solving skills to work on a project for a real business, reporting to executives and receiving their feedback.

Master of Business Administration
(no concentration)

Total semester hours for core curriculum: 36
Average time to completion: 2 years

Optional concentrations

You may choose to enroll in the M.B.A. program with an optional concentration in Health Care Management or Music Business:

  • To earn your master’s with a concentration, you must complete all the core requirements, plus additional coursework in your area of interest.
  • Note that not all concentration courses or electives are available online. You can currently earn your M.B.A. with a Health Care Management concentration entirely online, but you will need to attend on-campus classes to complete your degree with a Music Business concentration.
  • You must decide on your concentration before starting the program and develop a degree plan with your academic advisor.
  • You may enroll in classes within your concentration any time after completing your foundation courses.

Students in the Health Care Management concentration prepare to confront the unique challenges that face organizations such as hospitals, insurance providers, pharmaceutical firms, and manufacturers of medical devices. The required courses in Health Care Management and Health Care Economics present an overview of health care delivery in the U.S., analyzing how strategy, finance, and regulation affect outcomes for organizations and the patients they serve. The approved elective courses offer further background in vital areas like health care law, public health, marketing, and resource management.

To earn an M.B.A. with the Music Business concentration, students enroll in approved electives that familiarize them with some of the most important economic and legal issues that affect artists, managers, representatives, record companies, promoters, and publishers. The curriculum leads into a capstone in Applied Recording Industry Research, which requires students to design and implement their own qualitative and quantitative research projects.

Students must obtain departmental approval before enrolling in elective courses to fulfill the requirements for the Health Care Management and Music Business concentrations. For more information, reach out to your enrollment representative by emailing onlinemba@mtsu.edu or calling 888-891-6780.

M.B.A. with concentration
Total semester hours for core curriculum and concentration courses: 45
Average time to completion: 2.5 years

Course offerings

Foundation Courses

Students who do not hold an undergraduate Business degree must complete the following three prerequisite courses before enrolling in the core M.B.A. curriculum or concentration electives. Talk to your academic advisor about your degree plan and time to completion.

This course equips M.B.A. candidates with a grounding in the accounting principles that are essential for business leaders. Class material primarily focuses on financial statement analysis and managerial uses for accounting and considers the accounting cycle. Credit in ACTG 2110 and 2120 - Principles of Accounting I and II – is an equivalent to this course for fulfilling foundation requirements. ACTG 3000 is not open to accounting majors or students who have already earned credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.

Students learn quantitative methodologies that assist in decision making processes. This course emphasizes topics in applied statistics and decision sciences that have a wide range of practical uses in business analysis. BIA 2610 and 3620 - Statistical Methods I and Intro to Business Analytics – can serve as an equivalent to meet this foundation requirement.
This class presents theoretical perspectives on corporate finance that help in implementing sound investment strategies. Students learn concepts in wealth creation, valuation, risk, capital budgeting, and the cost of capital.

Core Courses - Tier 1

This course introduces students to the principles, concepts, and tools that drive financial and managerial accounting. Topics include product costing, budgeting, decision making tools, performance measurement, financial statement analysis, and reporting responsibilities for management.

Explores the latest thinking in effective leadership and management for organizations in today’s fast-paced business world. The class emphasizes techniques for self-assessment, skill improvement, and problem-solving.

This class focuses on applying microeconomic principles to rational management analysis and decision making. Topics include the guiding principles behind demand, supply, and cost theories, demonstrating how these concepts affect strategic pricing and output decisions. Students learn how factors such as information, economic incentives, and market competition can interact to determine prices, products, profits, and trade patterns.

This seminar helps students develop the skills necessary for success in management and leadership roles. Classes consider relevant topics and issues in the business world, identifying emerging challenges and opportunities. Each student prepares a professional/career development portfolio.

This course presents the manager’s role in corporate planning and best practices to evaluate capital investment proposals, measure managerial performance, analyze cash flow, interpret and evaluate financial information, and apply the capital asset pricing model (CAPM).

Students learn an analytical, managerial approach to marketing. The course emphasizes problem-solving and decision making in marketing environments.

A course in application development that demonstrates how electronic spreadsheets can improve efficiency and effectiveness when making decisions. Students gain hands-on experience in applying electronic spreadsheets and modeling to a variety of business situations.

Core Courses - Tier 2

An integrative course in accounting and finance decision making designed for M.B.A. students. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial distress and bankruptcy, efficient markets, contracting and agency, and risk analysis.

This class presents an overview of the integration between strategies and decisions for supply chain operations. Students learn how supply chain operations can impact other business functions in an organization.

Students build their understanding of prescriptive and data analytics tools to model and analyze business data. The class takes a hands-on approach to developing and applying both commonly used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software. Student develop the skills to perform self-service business analytics.

This course offers an applied approach to integrating marketing strategy and management fundamentals to address current business challenges. Classes explore the nexus between external-focused marketing and internal-focused management practices. Working in teams, students develop solutions to problems in marketing and internal management, presenting their solutions and receiving feedback.

Core Courses - Tier 3

In this seminar, students consider current topics and issues. The class focuses on developing soft skills, like persuasive communication and effective collaboration. Students receive guidance on how they can display professionalism in the workplace.

This capstone course integrates concepts and skills drawn from the entire M.B.A. curriculum. Students apply analysis tools to address strategic issues at real companies. Groups present their findings to business decisionmakers and receive professional feedback.

Choose two electives in the following fields:

  • Accounting (permission from department required)
  • Business Communication and Education
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Business Law
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance (permission from department required)
  • Management
  • Marketing

The availability of specific courses may vary. The elective requirement can also be satisfied through an approved internship or study abroad courses.

Dwayne Williams II

Jones College put me on a path to success. It gave me the resources, knowledge, and support to transition from my job as a sales representative of 11 years into a career as an executive sales specialist for the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world. Choosing to obtain my M.B.A. from MTSU has already provided a substantial return on my investment.

— Dwayne Williams II, Executive Sales Specialist, Teva Pharmaceuticals

Health Care Management Concentration

Required Courses

This course applies microeconomics principles to analyze the health care delivery system in the U.S. Topics include health care supply and demand, costs and pricing, and reform policies. Students consider economic insights into problems of social choice.

An overview of the U.S. health care system, this class examines the legal, ethical, and budgeting issues involved in the strategic and operational management of health care organizations. Topics include managed care and the effects of government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, and private insurance on care delivery.

Electives (Choose 3)

  • BLAW 6500 - Legal Aspects of Healthcare
  • HLTH 6510 - The Nation’s Health
  • MKT 6900 - Health Care Marketing
  • MGMT 6300 - Not-for-Profit Management and Governance
  • MGMT 6250 - Health Care Resource Management
  • SOC 5040 - Health Care Delivery Issues

Music Business Concentration

Required Capstone

In this workshop-oriented capstone, music business students gain hands-on experiences in performing research in the recording industry. Working in groups, they complete music and consumer research projects to provide insights for industry clients.

Electives (Choose 4)

  • RIM 6050 - International Popular Music
  • RIM 6300 - Recording Industry Economics and Emerging Business Models
  • RIM 6400 - International Entertainment Transactions
  • MRAT 61150 - Legal Rights of the Creative Individual
  • MBAK 5640 - Entertainment Branding
  • MGMT 6670 - Seminar in Negotiation or MGMT 6750 - Business Ethics

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