Full Time MBA

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.


The deadline for priority admissions consideration is November 15th.  Applications received by this date will be given priority for merit-based fellowships and assistantships.

November 15th: Priority Admissions Deadline
January 15th: First Round Deadline
February 1st: Final deadline for international students
March 1st: Second Round Deadline
April 1st: Third Round Deadline (based on space availability)

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.

Halsam Full-Time MBA Program Class
Total students: 58
Average age: 27
Average work experience: 4.7 years
Undergraduate GPA: 3.48
GMAT score: 656
Females 31%
U.S. Minorities: 3%
Non-U.S. citizens: 9%
Veterans 10%
Students pursuing dual degrees: 16%


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