Master of Business Administration

14-month Program

Apply Online Now!The program is designed to accommodate working professionals, which means you don't have to sacrifice your job and salary while earning your MBA. Classes meet one Saturday per month over approximately 14 months. Cohorts start in the Fall and Spring.


Tuition and fees for the 14-month, 32-credit hour program are approximately $18,400, which is comparable with other state and private colleges. A $150 deposit is due at the time of enrollment to secure a spot in the cohort.  The deposit will be credited to the first semester's tuition.


Accreditation is an important factor to consider when selecting an academic institution. Accreditation is the process by which the quality and standards of colleges and universities are verified and upheld. Milligan is pleased to hold SACSCOC accreditation, which accredits the entire institution and its programs, including the MBA. SACSCOC accredits degree-seeking institutions in the South, including the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University.

Some business programs also hold specialized accreditation by business-specific accreditors. These specialized accreditations are a further endorsement of quality but not necessarily required in the business profession. SACSCOC accreditation blankets the entire institution and ensures the student a quality education, financial aid opportunities, ability to transfer credits easily, and a promising professional future.

Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Milligan College

Leading-Edge Curriculum

Whereas many MBA programs today take heat for teaching little of real use in the business world, Milligan's MBA is designed to increase and improve your technical skills, while at the same time engaging you to think critically about your role as a positive influence in the workplace.

The curriculum starts with two courses, Management and Leadership andInformation Management, which will help you quickly construct a foundation upon which additional business principles are built. Information Management demonstrates the degree to which information technology has become a strategic asset, while also providing an opportunity for you to adapt to the technology required for the MBA program.


Milligan's MBA program allows you to further specialize your degree by selecting one of three emphases. All of the tracks share six core classes. The fundamentals from those classes are then applied and extended in four additional classes specific to your chosen path.

Executive Certificates

Individuals with an MBA or equivalent degree who meet the MBA admission criteria can earn an executive certificate in one of three specialized tracks—leadership, healthcare management or operations management. Read more.

Quality Faculty

In Milligan's MBA, you'll be taught by qualified business faculty. Their first priority is your education. They bring to the classroom a broad range of business, industry, and consulting experience, as well as outstanding academic credentials. While their primary focus is teaching and mentoring, many are also involved in academic research, publishing articles and books, and serving in professional organizations. This keeps them up-to-date and ready to share the latest and most timely information with our students.

Convenient Locations

This program is offered both on the Milligan campus near Johnson City and in Kingsport at the Center for Higher Education.

Milligan: Cohorts meet on Milligan's campus in the Tri-Cities TN/VA Area. Milligan's campus is located in northeastern Tennessee in the dynamic Tri-Cities region. The campus is conveniently located just three miles from Johnson City Exit #24 off I-26. Click here for directions and more information about our region.

Kingsport: The Center for Higher Education (KCHE) is a $12 million, 54,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility located in downtown Kingsport.

Convenient Schedule: Residency Weekends

Classes meet one Saturday per month over approximately 14 months. Residency weekends occur approximately once a month, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The sessions are complemented by several weeks of on-going discussion, class participation, and other assignments, all facilitated by faculty using Internet-based resources. This provides flexibility in scheduling, while at the same time providing a thorough and in-depth program of study. Students will need to bring a laptop to class.

Christian Perspective

In addition to learning theories and practices, you'll also be challenged to think about the ethical implications of your decisions. You'll not only take the course Business Ethics from a Christian Perspective, but you'll see that ethics and Christian teaching are woven throughout every course in the program. The emphasis throughout is on integrating practical business skills with a concern for ethics, professional responsibility, and leadership development.

Students & Graduates

Each MBA cohort becomes a tight-knit group of friends, colleagues, and students, all of whom are expected to contribute to the group's learning and overall experience. That's why work experience is an important admissions criteria. We assemble cohorts representing a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, ensuring that students are exposed to a wide range of business practices and ideas. Employers represented among students and graduates include:

AFG Industries - Corporate 
A.O. Smith/American Water Heater
Bank of Tennessee 
Bell Helicopter
Borla Performance Industries
Carrier - United Technologies 
ConAgra Foods
Cooper-Standard Automotive 
Computer Sciences Corporation
Eastman Chemical Company 
Eastman Credit Union 
First Tennessee
Holston Valley Medical Center 
Honeywell International Inc.
John Deere
King Pharmaceuticals 
Lear Corporation 
Mountain States Health Alliance 
Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. 
Pace Carbon Fuels 
U.S. Postal Service 
applyWellmont Health Systems

Classes Start in the Fall and Spring

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