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Applications for the MSBA are submitted through the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School; however, Haslam has application requirements specific to the MSBA.


Haslam’s MSBA program seeks students with strong quantitative abilities and a desire to help businesses with their data-driven decisions. Each admission decision is based on many factors: undergraduate coursework, quantitative aptitude, undergraduate GPA, work experience, references, test scores and a personal interview.

Prerequisite Coursework: 
We do not require a specific undergraduate degree. The most successful students are those who have a strong technical aptitude and have taken quantitative courses in their undergraduate program of study, such as math, statistics, engineering, computer science, and calculus.

Work Experience: 
Work experience is not required; however, previous work experience (paid positions, internships, and/or co-operative learning) is beneficial.  Due to the lock-step nature of our program, transfer credits are not accepted.

We encourage students to use the interview as an opportunity to make sure our program is a good fit for them. We prefer to meet students in-person, and ask that they make every attempt to schedule a campus visit. If this is not possible, we can arrange a Zoom interview.

The MSBA is a highly specialized, academically rigorous program; therefore, applicants with undergraduate GPAs below 3.0 are not typically considered. While our average GPA varies with each incoming class, it typically averages 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.


Under typical circumstances, GRE/GMAT scores are required of all applicants; however, due to COVID-19, we will consider exam waiver requests on a case-by-case basis. To request an exam waiver, email Tom Bates (tbates6@utk.edu) with a copy of your academic history and your resume.

We do not have a minimum score requirement for the GRE or GMAT; however, students best-suited for our program typically perform well above-average on the quantitative portion.

English Language Certification: 
Non-native English speakers may be required to submit results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score requirements for admission to the MSBA program are: 100 or higher on the TOEFL iBT or 7.5 or higher overall band score on the IELTS. The scores will be considered valid if submitted with the application within two (2) years of the test date.

An applicant may be exempted from the English Certification requirement if:

  • English is an official language in the applicant’s country of citizenship, according to standards published by the Graduate School; or
  • English is the primary language of instruction at the institution in which the applicant received an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree.

Please refer to the Graduate School's website for more details.

Tuition & Financial Aid

An up-to-date schedule of tuition and fees for in and out-of-state students can be found on One Stop Student Services' website. The tuition and fees listed do not include room, board, books and supplies or other living expenses. 

View Estimated Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid 

Learn about federal student loans and other need-based financial aid for graduate students at the financial aid for graduate students at One Stop Student Services. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 15.

Out-of-state candidates in the Southeast region may be eligible to obtain in-state tuition rates through the Academic Common Market. Students using Post-911 GI Benefits are particularly likely to benefit.

Application Process

All MSBA candidates to the Haslam College of Business must apply through UT’s Graduate School. Candidates should review the Graduate School’s admission procedures before applying.

A resume, references, transcripts, GMAT/GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if applicable), essay response, and a $60 non-refundable application fee are necessary to complete the application.

Key Admissions Dates

The application for admission opens annually in September and applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the class is filled.  Aside from international applicants, there are no hard deadlines for admission.

International applicants must meet the Graduate School's deadlines as follows:

  • February 1st: International student application deadline
  • May 15th: International student file completion deadline

Applications submitted by February 1st will receive priority consideration for merit-based fellowships and assistantships.

Online Application – Quick Links

Program Selection:

1. On the Program Selection page within your online application, please choose Haslam College of Business under College.
2. Based on your preference, choose Business Analytics Program under Program.
3. Choose Summer 2021 semester under Select Term.
4. Click on Save Your Selection.

If you have questions or need help with your MSBA application, don’t hesitate to contact our staff at tbates6@utk.edu or +1 (865) 974-9068.