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The Milligan MBA


Prepare to Lead & Serve at Milligan

The Milligan MBA is an accredited and well-respected program designed to accommodate working professionals, which means you don’t have to sacrifice your job and salary while earning your MBA. Keep your sanity, keep your cool, and keep your money.

  • 14 months, one Saturday a month + online
  • GMAT not required for undergrad GPA above 3.0
  • Complete any needed pre-reqs quickly through online modules
  • Tuition comparable with other programs
  • Choose from 3 different concentrations
  • Learn to apply cutting-edge business principles from a Christian perspective
  • Be part of a cohort group led by caring faculty
  • Accredited, nationally recognized college
  • Alumni work in executive-level positions for employers such as Ballad Health, Eastman, AFG, Bank of Tennessee, Nuclear Fuel Services, and more »

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Program Overview

Increase and improve your business knowledge while thinking critically about your role as a positive influence in the workplace. In addition to learning theories and practices, you’ll also be challenged to think about the ethical implications of your decisions. You’ll see that the emphasis throughout the MBA is on integrating practical business skills with a concern for Christian ethics, professional responsibility, and leadership development.

Specializations

MBA – LEADERSHIP

This is ideal for those with backgrounds in business. Students learn how to motivate diverse teams, guide organizations through change, and lead entrepreneurial ventures. Job opportunities are not limited to a specific industry. Explore 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.

MBA – HEALTH SECTOR MANAGEMENT

Prepare to oversee operations and services in healthcare facilities. Examine the U.S. 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.

MBA – OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Gain a broad conceptual framework for the management of manufacturing or production operations in today’s competitive, global environment. Learn how organizations compete on the elements of quality, cost, time, innovation, and flexibility using human, material and informational resources.

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14 Months, One Saturday a Month (online/blended)

Classes meet one Saturday per month over approximately 14 months. Onsite sessions 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. Lunch is provided on Saturday during the onsite session.

New cohorts start each March and September.

Milligan MBA

Cohort Strength

You’ll progress through the MBA with a cohort of classmates. Each 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.

Affordable

Tuition and fees for the 14-month, 32-credit hour program are approximately $19,275 ($600/hour), which is less than half the average cost of an MBA at many universities. We also don’t have any hidden fees. Financial aid is available for graduate students.  Learn about available aid and payment options »

Expert Faculty

In The Milligan MBA, you’ll be taught by qualified business faculty. Teaching you is more than a job to our faculty — it’s a mission. They are dedicated teachers, experienced professionals, and trusted mentors who invest time, energy, and ideas to inspire you and help you reach your highest potential. 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. Read more »

Accredited

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.

Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral 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.

Successful Graduates

Our alumni work in executive-level positions for employers such as Ballad Health, Eastman, AFG, Bank of Tennessee, Nuclear Fuel Services, and more. Employers represented among students and graduates include:

  • AFG Industries – Corporate
  • A.O. Smith/American Water Heater
  • Ballad Health
  • 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

 

Accelerated Plan

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Plan (5 Year BS/MBA)

If you are an exceptional Milligan undergraduate business student with demonstrated leadership potential, outstanding grades, and personal maturity, the accelerated bachelor’s + MBA plan can give you a fast start on your career. This is a 4+1 (5 year) plan that gives you the opportunity to complete the MBA program in one academic year (+ May term) after receiving a bachelor’s degree. With faculty approval, students take a specific set of MBA prerequisites during their undergraduate program, apply to the MBA program during their senior year, and take an MBA class during their senior year if qualified. The student then completes the MBA program the following year.

Benefits

  • Take an MBA course in the spring of your senior year, allowing you to complete the Milligan MBA in one additional year + May term, saving time and money
  • Secure your spot in the MBA program
  • Get a fast start on your career
  • Continue learning from your Milligan faculty and gain the credentials and strong reputation of the Milligan MBA

Requirements

  1. Major in business administration at Milligan
  2. Complete and Submit (to the GPS Office) the Participation form for the Accelerated plan, which requires approval signatures from both your undergraduate advisor and the MBA Program Director
    • Request endorsement from your faculty advisor
    • Schedule an appointment to request approval* from the MBA Director to declare the MBA Preparation Concentration by fall of the junior or senior year
  3. Schedule an appointment with the MBA Admissions Recruiter; Must complete the MBA admission process, be admitted, and pay deposit by NOV 15 of senior year
  4. Complete the MBA Preparation Concentration (must be in addition to your primary concentration) during your undergraduate coursework
    • ACCT 530 or CIS 520 (at guidance of MBA Director) (3 credit hours)
    • BADM 491 Internship (3 credit hours)
    • BADM 385 Personal and Professional Development OR BADM 491 (3 credit hours)
  5. Have a 3.25 or above cumulative GPA at undergrad graduation
  6. Demonstrate character and maturity consistent with expectations of all students in MBA program, as determined by the faculty
  7. Maintain full-time employment while enrolled in MBA

*Approval to complete the Accelerated MBA Preparation Concentration is not a guarantee of your admission to the Milligan MBA program.

Admission

START DATES:  SEPTEMBER or MARCH

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HOW TO APPLY

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. Minimum requirements for admission to The Milligan MBA are as follows:

  1. APPLICATION: Completed application, resume, and personal statement. Apply online now!
  2. RECOMMENDATIONS: Two professional recommendation requests will be sent from the online application.
  3. UNDERGRAD DEGREE & TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts from every college attended whether or not the applicant graduated from that school.
  4. GMAT: 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.
  5. PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite courses or demonstrated competency in accounting, economics, computer applications, management, marketing, and business statistics and/or calculus. Don’t have a business background? That’s ok. Contact us to learn more about completing these prerequisites before the next cohort starts.
  6. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: International students whose native language is not English or do not hold a bachelor’s degree completed in residency in the U.S. must also provide proof of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 79 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.5. International students should click here for information on the immigration/visa process »

An Interview with faculty admissions committee may be required.

Deadlines

Classes begin in March and September. Application deadlines are usually a month prior.

Enrollment Confirmation

A $150 deposit (credited to your first semester’s tuition) is required to secure your spot in the cohort.

Prerequisite Academic Leveling Course

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. 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. We offer the following ways to complete the prerequisites:

Don’t have a background in business? That’s ok. You have several options:

  1. Milligan offers $35 online module courses to help you develop the foundational business knowledge you need to be more successful with your Milligan MBA courses. The MBA Admissions Committee determines which prerequisite academic leveling courses you must complete for admission. Please refer to your MBA acceptance letter to determine which courses you must complete, or contact Rebecca Banton in the Graduate & Professional Studies Office. Download more information here about the online module courses.
  2. You may complete prerequisite courses through Milligan’s Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP), which meets one night a week on-campus.
  3. Students also have the option to pursue prerequisites at any accredited institution.

Please contact Rebecca Banton at rbbanton@milligan.edu for more information about prerequisites.

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles at Milligan College. Milligan College adopts specific rules on the basis of the belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Therefore, behavior that conflicts with Scripture is unacceptable. Historically, communities also have developed guidelines that help put into practice basic moral and social principles. Such standards serve as a guide toward worthwhile goals relevant to one’s academic, spiritual, social, and physical well-being.

Students should consult the Student Handbook for further guidance regarding acceptable personal lifestyle and conduct while enrolled at Milligan College. A student’s matriculation and enrollment at Milligan College is their pledge to uphold the policies and expectations outlined in the Student Handbook and Catalog.

International Students

  • International students must present a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Normally, 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 6.5.
  • Please have your TOEFL or IELTS score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan College.
  • 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.
  • After a student is admitted, there is required documentation to submit BEFORE form I-20 can be issued.  Students may begin gathering and submitting this information even prior to admission, but no I-20 will be issued until a prospect has been fully admitted AND has submitted the required documentation. International students should click here for information on the immigration/visa process »

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 Sector 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.

Milligan offers $35 online module courses to help you develop the foundational business knowledge you need to be more successful with your Milligan MBA courses. The MBA Admissions Committee determines which prerequisite academic leveling courses you must complete for admission into the MBA program. Please refer to your MBA acceptance letter to determine which courses you must complete, or contact Rebecca Banton in the Graduate & Professional Studies Office.

Milligan also allows applicants to work on their prerequisites through Milligan’s Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP), which meets one night a week on-campus. 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?

There are no other mandatory or course fees for the MBA program. All other costs are built into the $18,795 tuition with the exception of textbooks which are sold separately. This includes a $75 one-time lifetime academic records fee (covers all future transcript requests).

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 on the Milligan campus near Johnson City, Tennessee. The campus is conveniently located just three miles from Johnson City Exit #24 off I-26. Click here for more information about our region.

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; Director of the MBA Program; Area Chair of Business

Phone: 423.461.8674
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Center, 005

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Dr. Carolyn Carter

Carolyn Carter

Associate Dean of the William B. Greene, Jr. School of Business and Technology; Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration; Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership

Phone: 423.461.8670
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Office: Derthick Hall, 300B

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Dr. Shannon Hogan

Shannon Hogan

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Phone: 423.461.8491
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Office: Price Business Center Office #002

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Dr. Brad Ward

Brad Ward

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Phone: 423.794.3082
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Center 014

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Liesl Huhn

Liesl Huhn

Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Business and Technology

Phone: 423.461.8676
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Complex

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