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Admissions Requirements

Next Start Date: August 26, 2024

There are three opportunities to begin the program each year. For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please email an enrollment representative at onlinemba@mtsu.edu.

In a 2018 survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council, 94 percent of alumni from business graduate schools said their education was personally rewarding, and 93 percent said that, knowing what they know now, they would pursue a graduate education again.

Admissions requirements

To be admitted to the Flex M.B.A. program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit official scores on the GMAT or GRE examination. The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for qualified applicants. See below for details.
  • Earn a minimum Index Score of 1000, which is calculated according to the following formula:
    GPA x 200 + GMAT (or GRE equivalent) = 1000 or greater

Preparatory Modules

Students who do not hold an undergraduate business degree must complete the following three preparatory modules (or approved course equivalents). If completed through MTSU M.B.A. online Coursera courses, each module can be completed in a few hours. These modules or the equivalent approved coursework prepares you for the Flex M.B.A. program’s quantitative course requirements, and they are specifically designed to prepare you to succeed in the program.

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  • The following preparatory modules or their approved course equivalents are necessary before enrolling in core M.B.A. courses:
    • ACTG 3000 – Survey of Accounting for General Business
    • BIA 6000 – Quantitative Methods Survey
    • FIN 3010 – Principles of Corporate Finance
  • Students may complete preparatory modules through MTSU M.B.A. online Coursera courses after admission to the M.B.A. program, if needed. Students have until the end of the first semester to complete them.

Official GMAT/GRE scores

GMAT scores should be sent directly from the testing provider to the Business Administration program:

Program Code for Full-Time Students: 6ZR-KJ-25
Program Code for Part-Time Students: 6ZR-KJ-52

GRE scores should be sent directly from the testing provider to MTSU:
Institution Code: 1466

GMAT/GRE waiver

Applicants who meet certain criteria may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver. To be considered for a test score waiver, applicants must meet one of the following:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and 5 or more years of professional/managerial work experience. (Please submit a resume).
  • An earned graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Required application materials

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts certifying coursework from all colleges or universities attended
  • Official GMAT or GRE score report (waiver available)
  • Proof of English proficiency for international applicants. Exceptions may apply. Visit the international students page for information.

Application fee

Pay the $50 application fee online when you submit your application.


You will need to provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have previously attended. The College of Graduate Studies does not accept unofficial transcripts. To be considered official, a transcript must be sent directly from the applicant’s institution to the College of Graduate Studies at MTSU.

At this time, it is preferred that all necessary transcripts come digitally. These may be sent to askgrad@mtsu.edu.

You may also be able to order your transcripts electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse or Parchment. These sites will send your transcripts directly and quickly to the College of Graduate Studies.

If your institution cannot send transcripts electronically, they can mail them to:

College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

International students

See this page for additional information about requirements for international students.

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