Applications for the MSBA are submitted through the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School. However, Haslam has application requirements specific to the MSBA.


Haslam’s MSBA program seeks students with strong quantitative abilities and a desire to help businesses with their data-driven decisions. Each admissions decision is based on many factors: undergraduate coursework, quantitative aptitude, undergraduate GPA, work experience, references, test scores and a personal interview.

Prerequisite Coursework: 
We do not require a specific undergraduate degree. The most successful students are those who have a strong technical aptitude and have taken quantitative courses in their undergraduate program of study, such as math, statistics, engineering, computer science and calculus.

Work Experience: 
Work exprience is not required, however, any previous work experience (paid position, internship, and/or co-operative learning) prior to entering our business analytics program is a beneficial piece of the applicant's resume.  Due to the lock-step nature of our program, transfer credits are not accepted.

We encourage students to use the interview as an opportunity to make sure our program is a good fit for them. We prefer to meet students in person, and ask that they make every attempt to schedule a campus visit. If this is not possible, we can arrange a zoom interview.

Due to the highly specialized nature of this program, anything below a 3.0 will typically not be considered. Our average GPA varies with each incoming class. It typically averages 3.4 (4.0 scale).

Either the GRE or the GMAT is required for all applicants regardless of previous experience. No preference is given to either test. We do not have a minimum score requirement for the GRE or GMAT; however, students best-suited for our program typically perform well above average on the quantitative portion.

English Language Proficiency: 
The TOEFL or IELTS is required for students whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from a U.S. college/university dated less than two years prior to entering the MSBA program. The program requires a score of 100 IBT (250 CBT and 600 paper test) or higher on the TOEFL. A score of 7.5 or higher is required for the IELTS. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.

Tuition & Financial Aid

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the University of Tennessee among the top 10 best buys in higher education. Forbes also ranked Knoxville as having the second lowest cost of living of all U.S. cities. An up-to-date schedule of tuition and fees for in and out of state students can be found on UT’s Graduate School website.

Tuition and fees listed on the graduate school’s website do not include room, board, books and supplies or other living expenses. 

View Estimated Tuition & Fees


Financial Aid 
Learn about federal student loans and other need-based financial aid for graduate students at the financial aid for graduate students at One Stop Student Services. Complete the FAFSA Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 15.

Many out-of-state candidates in the Southeast region can obtain in-state tuition rates through Academic Common Market. Students using Post-911 GI Benefits are particularly likely to benefit.

Application Process

All MS-BA candidates to the Haslam College of Business must apply through UT’s Graduate School. Candidates should review the graduate school’s admission procedures before applying.

A resume, references, transcripts, GMAT/GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if applicable), essay responses and a $60 non-refundable application fee are necessary to complete the application.

Key Admissions Dates

October 15th: Priority Admissions Review Date
November 15th: First Round Review Date
January 15th: Second Round Review Date
February 1st: Final review date for international students
March 15th: Third Round Review Date
April 1st: Fourth Round Review Date (based on space availability)
May 15th: Fifth Round Review Date
June 15th: Final Review Date

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


Online Application – Quick Links


Program Selection:

1. On the Program Selection page within your online application, please choose Business Analytics under College.
2. Based on your preference, choose Business Analytics Program under Program.
3. Choose the next Fall semester under Select Term.
4. Click on Save Your Selection.

If you have questions or need help with your EMBA application, don’t hesitate to contact our staff at or +1 (865) 974-5033.