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Master of Business Administration

14-month Program

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.

Affordable

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.

Accredited

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.

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. SACS 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.

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. Read more about the Milligan MBA curriculum »

Specialized

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

Leadership

The leadership concentration explores best practices in understanding and maximizing human interaction in global and diverse contexts. The concentration also examines current issues in leadership and appropriate strategies for implementing change.

Healthcare Management

The healthcare management concentration examines the US healthcare system including staff management, government interventions, and comparisons with other healthcare delivery systems in developed countries. The concentration also examines the administration of healthcare finance and the management of regulatory compliance within healthcare organizations.

Operations Management

The operations management concentration is designed to further provide students with a broad conceptual framework for the management of operations in today’s competitive, global environment. The concentration will demonstrate how organizations compete on the elements of quality, cost, time, innovation, and flexibility using human, material and informational resources.

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 concentrations—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 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. Click here for more information about KCHE.
  • The Milligan cohorts start in March and September and offer the leadership and healthcare management concentrations. Kingsport cohorts start in March and offer the operations management concentration.

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.
  • ICG/Holliston
  • John Deere
  • King Pharmaceuticals
  • Lear Corporation
  • Mountain States Health Alliance
  • Nuclear Fuel Services Inc.
  • Pace Carbon Fuels
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Wellmont Health Systems

Admission

Apply Online

Minimum requirements for admission to the MBA program are as follows:

  • Completed application and writing sample
  • Baccalaureate degree
  • An acceptable GMAT may be required if an applicant’s overall undergraduate grade point average is 2.75-2.99
  • The GMAT is not required if an applicant’s overall undergraduate grade point average is 3.00 or higher
  • Prerequisite courses or demonstrated competency in accounting, economics, computer applications, management, marketing, and business statistics and/or calculus. Contact us to learn more about completing these prerequisites before the next cohort.
  • Milligan’s MBA is intended for working professionals who have “meaningful work experience.” The ideal candidate has a firm grasp of business (or non-profit) operations, experience in exercising management discretion and authority, and responsibility for business planning or budgetary responsibilities.
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Interview with faculty admissions committee may be required
  • The TOEFL score must be at least 550 on the paper-based examination or 213 on the computer-based examination or 79 on the internet-based examination. The IELTS score must be at least 5.5. (international students only)

Application

Our application process is simple. You can apply online or download a paper application. Just call us and we’ll walk you through it. Classes begin in March and September.

MBA Classes Starting March 2015:

Recommendation Form

Download a recommendation form or have your reference submit one online!

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles of Milligan College. We at Milligan adopt specific rules on the basis of our belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Specifically, the Milligan College adult student agrees to abide by a lifestyle commitment in which he or she refrains from illegal drugs, pornography, profanity, dishonesty, sexual immorality, unethical conduct, vandalism, and immodest dress. Students are expected to seek to serve Christ in an atmosphere of trust, encouragement, and respect for one another.

International Students

*If you are an international applicant, please have your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan’s Admissions Office. All international applicants must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years. You cannot be exempted from this requirement unless English is your native language, or you are a U.S. citizen, or you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

Careers

Each year, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) conducts a comprehensive, global survey of employers who hire recent MBA graduates and other graduate business students. If you’re considering whether entrance into an MBA program is for you, here are some results of that survey that you’ll find helpful.

  • Almost all employers (99%) report satisfaction with their MBA employees, including 76 percent who are very or extremely satisfied.
  • The majority of employers (75% or more) report that compared with other employees at the same job level employees with an MBA degree demonstrate higher or much higher abilities in:
    • Managing strategy and innovation
    • Strategic and system skills
    • Knowledge of general business functions
    • Managing decision-making processes, and
    • Learning, motivation, and leadership.
  • The vast majority of employers that hire graduating MBA students expect that new MBAs will have some prior work experience and look for candidates with an average of three and half years of experience.
  • Economically-driven factors (e.g., no job openings) and different hiring needs aside, one in four companies that did not hire MBA graduates in 2009 (22%) reported that candidates had unrealistic job expectations, including high salary demands and unrealistic job role or level expectations.
  • Most graduating MBAs feel that the overall value of the MBA degree is high, and most say they are satisfied with the benefits of the degree. MBAs also report that they have more career opportunities and a significant boost in pay as a result of their degree.

MBA Salaries and Return on Investment

Note: Data are 2013 annual averages for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers. Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Note: Data are 2013 annual averages for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers. Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

  • Salaries paid to MBA graduates are higher than those paid to people right out of college and people who graduated with other kinds of master’s degrees.
  • Factors that affect your actual post-MBA salary include the following:
    • your post-MBA job function
    • the industry you work in after graduation
    • the geographic region in which you work
    • your pre-MBA professional experience (including whether your experience base is in the field you pursue post-MBA)
    • In general, graduate business alumni report higher salaries than before they earned the degree, high rates of job satisfaction, confidence that they did the right thing by earning a graduate business degree, and satisfaction with the career opportunities that their management skills bring.
    • About one in two alumni received a promotion with their current employer.
    • Three out of four alumni indicated their ROI expectations were met or exceeded.
  • What factored into their school choices? Biggest influences have been:
    • The quality and reputation of the school
    • The financial cost of the school
    • Personal fit (whether the school was right for them as individuals), and
    • Location

In summary, it’s important that you define quality for yourself and that you make sure that the school you choose offers the curriculum, faculty, and services you will need to further your career goals. At Milligan College, we provide all of our students an enriching academic experience within a Christian environment that will empower individuals achieve their dreams and to become change agents within their organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What concentrations are available in the program?

Milligan’s MBA program allows you to further specialize your degree by selecting one of three concentrations:

  • Leadership
  • Healthcare Management
  • Operations Management

Read more about the concentrations.

What is meant by residency weekends?

Residency weekends occur approximately once a month on a designated Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Milligan provides a catered lunch on Saturday. Online instruction for each course starts the week before the class meets for residency weekends. Each class is awarded 3 credit hours and is 5 weeks long with the exception of Strategic Management, which is 5 hours and 8 weeks long. Students will need to bring a laptop to class.

What prerequisite courses are required for admission?

Prerequisite courses or a demonstrated competency in accounting, economics, computer applications, management, marketing, and business statistics and/or calculus are required for admission into the MBA.

How can I quickly take any prerequisite classes that might be required?

Milligan allows applicants to work on their prerequisites through online Milligan pre-MBA modules or through the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP). Students also have the option to pursue prerequisites at any accredited institution. Milligan does not offer a challenge exam to exempt prerequisites; however, the admissions committee may waive a prerequisite based on work experience and/or competency.

How do MBA students register for classes?

At Milligan, the program manager registers the students. The only requirement for the student is to come to orientation and get acquainted with the software program they will use throughout the program.

Do I have to take the GMAT?

The GMAT is not required if an applicant’s overall GPA is 3.0 or higher. An acceptable GMAT score may be required if an applicant’s overall undergraduate GPA is 2.75-2.99. The admissions committee determines if the GMAT is necessary on an individual basis.

Do I have to pay upfront if my company is offering tuition reimbursement?

Milligan works with each student individually to accommodate their financial needs. In most cases, the student financial services office will request proof of eligibility from the employer such as a letter, e-mail, form, etc., and they will be glad to work with your employer on reimbursement. We also allow students to charge required textbooks to their account until their loan money comes in.

Are there any additional costs?

Students will be required to pay a $75 lifetime academic records fee. There are no other mandatory or course fees for the MBA program. All other costs are built into the $18,400 tuition with the exception of textbooks which are sold separately.

A $150 (non-refundable) enrollment fee is required to ensure your spot in the MBA program. This fee is then credited towards the first semester of the program. We normally do not waive this fee, as it allows the College to purchase materials prior to the start of the cohort. Students wishing to have their fee waived should submit a written request along with documentation showing financial need. The MBA Director will then review the request and determine if a waiver will be granted.

How many hours a week are spent outside of the classroom?

A student can typically expect around 20 hours a week working on assignments, readings and on-going discussions. However, it may vary by class.

Does Milligan accept transfer credit?

Yes, graduate level courses may be considered for transfer from other approved institutions at the discretion of Milligan’s MBA Program Director.

Is Milligan College accredited?

Yes, 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.

Where can I take classes?

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 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 at 300 W. Market St., Kingsport, TN 37660.

How long is the program?

The MBA program takes 14 months to complete.

How many credit hours are in the program?

32

MBA Faculty

Dr. David Campbell

David Campbell

Associate Professor of Economics; MBA Director; Area Chair of Business

Phone: 423.461.8674
Email: DACampbell@milligan.edu
Office: Price Business Center, 005

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Dr. Carolyn Carter

Carolyn Carter

Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration; Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership

Phone: 423.461.8670
Email: CWCarter@milligan.edu
Office: Derthick Hall, 300B

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Dr. Bill Greer

Bill Greer

President; J. Henry Kegley Chair of Business and Economics; Professor of Business and Economics

Phone: 423.461.8710
Email: BGreer@milligan.edu
Office: Little Hartland

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