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Admission Requirements

The Full-Time MBA application requires two references as well as transcripts, GMAT/GRE scores, TOEFL score (if applicable), a resume and responses to a set of essay questions. Applications can be submitted with unofficial transcripts; official versions are only required upon admission. Applicants may self-report GMAT/GRE scores, but official scores should be sent to UT directly from the testing body upon admission (GMAT ID: 8GR-KN-71, GRE ID: 1834).

Top six traits we look for in our Full-Time MBA candidates:

1. Professional work experience (3+ years preferred)
2. Academic potential (GPA and GMAT or GRE)
3. Proven success working in teams
4. Cultural diversity or international work/travel experience
5. Demonstrated leadership
6. Effective communication skills

Recommended Coursework: Applicants who earned non-business undergraduate degrees are encouraged to take fundamental courses in one or all of the following: accounting, Excel, finance and statistics before entering the program.

Admission Test Options: Either the GMAT or GRE is required and scores are valid for five years. Active duty military and veterans should contact mba@utk.edu to inquire about the possibility of a GMAT or GRE waiver. No exemption consideration is available for the MBA/MS in Engineering or the MBA/MS in Business Analytics programs.

English Language Proficiency: For applicants whose native language is not English, the MBA program requires a minimum score of 600 or 100 IBT for the TOEFL or 7.5 for the IELTS. Test scores are valid for two years.

Key Admissions Dates

October 1, 2020: Priority Admissions Review Date
November 15, 2020: First Round Review Date
January 15, 2021: Second Round Review Date
February 1, 2021: Final Review Date for International Students
March 15, 2021: Third Round Review Date
April 1, 2021: Fourth Round Review Date (based on space availability)
June 15, 2021: Final Review Date

***Applications received by the 1st round will be given priority for merit-based fellowships and assistantships.

Class Profile

Learn about our Full-Time MBA class. For more information about what we look for in MBA applicants, check out our requirements section.

Haslam Full-Time MBA Program Class
Total students: 53
Average age: 27
Average work experience: 4 years
Undergraduate GPA: 3.5
GMAT score: 668
Females 47%
U.S. Minorities: 14%
Non-U.S. citizens: 8%
Veterans 18%
Students pursuing dual degrees: 11%


Undergraduate Majors
Arts & Sciences 27%
Business 41%
Engineering 21%
Other 11%