Master of Business Administration

Professional Master of Business Administration Online

Committed to meeting the evolving needs of business in the 21st century, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's (UTC) Professional MBA online offers our students an experiential learning environment that bridges theoretical knowledge and practical business application. Our outstanding faculty members are experts in their fields and work in collaboration with our community partners to give students an understanding of the foundations of business as well as deep, firsthand experience in the realities of business in the complex global marketplace.

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Professional MBA with Business Analytics Concentration

Gain the balance of technical and business-oriented data analysis skills needed to pursue an in-demand career in data analytics.

You'll gain:

  • A thorough understanding of marketing, accounting, finance and business law
  • Practical and strategic skills in organization, operations, financial and information management
  • Fundamental skills for entrepreneurial success
  • Degree completion in as little as 16-24 months regardless of concentration

UTC is dedicated to meeting the professional educational needs of our community and beyond. For more than 130 years, our mission has emphasized strong community involvement and leadership and emphasized applied research and public service.

Online Courses

Professional MBA Core Courses
PMBA 5010
Quantitative Methods for Business
The course presents various quantitative techniques and concepts and their applications for managerial decision-making. Computer based quantitative methods and the application of the insights gained through such quantitative analyses for developing effective business decisions will be integrated into every aspect of the course. Topics addressed include descriptive statistics, organizing and summarizing data, graphical and tabular presentation of data using spread sheets, probability theory and sampling distributions integrated with analysis of data, inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing for one and more than one populations, analysis of variance (ANOVA), regression and correlation analysis, and introduction to forecasting and quality control. Excel will be used as a primary tool for data analysis throughout the course. Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in MGT 5710 or EMBA 6010. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5020
Financial Accounting, Reporting and Analysis
The course provides students with a thorough exposure to the basic elements of financial accounting, including the knowledge to understand the concepts used in the preparation and use of the statement of income, the statement of financial position and the statement of cash flows. Emphasis is placed on the ability to understand, analyze and use financial information available to external users, including financial statements, footnote disclosures, annual reports and SEC filings. Students work in teams to analyze a public company using publicly available information. Contemporary financial topics that might affect the use of financial information are surveyed, including in depth discussion of current events in business and financial news. The course draws upon the collective business experiences of the participants during discussions that demonstrate the application of key concepts. Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in ACC 5720 or EMBA 6020. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5030
Business Law and Ethics for Decision Makers
This course is intended to provide an overview of legal institutions, sources of law, and general legal principles in the United States; ethical considerations of business; and an introduction to social, political and economic influences reflected in government regulation of business activities. Students will complete a project involving the application of legal and ethical rules to their current business activity or to an area of future interest. Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in BUS 5730 or EMBA 6030. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5040
Economics for Decision Makers
The goal of this course is to acquaint PMBA students with the primary concepts of economic analysis. The course will cover basic micro and macro-economic concepts such as how markets work (supply and demand diagram analysis), gains from trade, market failures (externalities), effect of demand and supply elasticity on government policies, the Federal Reserve, aggregate demand and long/short–run aggregate supply, and the influence of monetary and fiscal policy on aggregate demand and supply. Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in ECON 5010 or EMBA 6040. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5820
Financial Management
The goal of this course is to acquaint all business students with the primary concepts and techniques of financial analysis. The course will build upon the skills obtained in accounting and economics and use those skills for making decisions regarding a firm’s use of capital toward the goal of maximizing the value of the firm. It is assumed that all students are familiar with financial statements and basic statistical and economic principles. The first part of the course will develop the tools used in modern financial analysis, including financial statement analysis and valuation techniques. Latter portions will apply these tools to decision-making for long-term (capital budgeting and cost of capital) financial management for both large and small firms. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in PMBA 5010, PMBA 5020 and PMBA 5040 or department head approval. Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in FIN 5820. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5250
Organizational Behavior Theory and Practice
An examination of the theoretical and research foundations that explain behavior within the context of formal organizations. Topics covered include perception, attitude, motivation, personality, stress, group behavior, leadership, and organizational development. Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in MGT 5250. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5860
Marketing Management
The goal of this course is to provide a decision-oriented overview of marketing management. This course focuses on the management challenge of designing and implementing marketing strategies that maximize customer satisfaction and firm profitability. Prerequisite: PMBA 5040 with a grade of C or better or department head approval. Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in MKT 5860. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5870
Strategic Management
This course will provide a realistic hands-on experience that will synthesize the information from previous courses in crafting business strategy, making business decisions, and being responsible for the financial performance of a simulated business entity. In addition, this course is designed to investigate strategy and its integrative role in management. Concepts, models, and skills for developing strategies will be covered with a focus on how to create and sustain competitive advantage in a dynamic and global environment. The business environment created by the computer simulation will allow the student to apply skills in running a company in head-to-head competition with other student run companies. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in PMBA 5010, PMBA 5020, PMBA 5030, PMBA 5040, PMBA 5820, PMBA 5830, PMBA 5250, PMBA 5860 or department head approval. Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in MGT 5870. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
Professional MBA General Courses
These courses complete the general Professional Master of Business Administration program.
PMBA 5810
Management of Information Systems
This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with managerial aspects of information technology in business organizations. The course provides a balance between technical and managerial aspects of information systems. Technical topics include hardware, software, databases, telecommunications and the Internet. Managerial aspects include Electronic Commerce, using IT for competitive advantage, knowledge management, decision support systems, and business process redesign. Credit not allowed in EMBA 6130, MGT 5810 or ACC 5360. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5830
Production and Operations Management
Topics addressed include production process selection; capacity scheduling; inventory management; product and process quality control issues; supply chain management; service operations management; and project scheduling. Prerequisite: PMBA 5010 with a grade of C or better or department head approval. Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in MGT 5830. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5850
Managerial Accounting
The purpose of this course is to introduce the MBA student to the latest theory and application of the accounting function to the decision-making and control function in a modern organization. The course will be structured around a framework based on opportunity cost analysis and modern organizational theory. Prerequisite: PMBA 5020 with a grade of C or better or department head approval. Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in EMBA 6100 or ACC 5850. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5880
Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
This course is designed to investigate the entrepreneurial process from a variety of perspectives. The primary focus is the activities that occur from conception to the birth of a new venture, although issues of report growth and harvest will also be covered. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in PMBA 5010, PMBA 5020, PMBA 5030, PMBA 5040, PMBA 5820, PMBA 5830, PMBA 5250, PMBA 5860 or department head approval Open to PMBA majors only. Credit not allowed in ETR 5880. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
Business Analytics Concentration
The Professional MBA with Business Analytics Concentration prepares you to meet the growing need for data analysis in business environments with courses focused on data storage, reporting and analysis. Complete your degree in as few as 16-24 months following the core courses shown above and the Business Analytics Concentration courses below.
PMBA 5140
Databases and Data Warehouses
This course covers database, data warehousing, and SQL concepts and offers practical recommendations for using these tools for data extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL). Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5180
Prescriptive Analytics
This course covers a survey of optimizations and decision making techniques and offers practical recommendations for using these tools for operational business intelligence. Prerequisite: MGT 5810 or PMBA 5810 or MGT 5140 or department head approval. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5190
Data Mining and Analytics
This course provides an introduction to the field of business intelligence and analytics. The focus of this class is hands-on learning of how to use statistical techniques to solve business problems. It covers extensive use of data, quantitative analysis, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to generate knowledge and drive decisions and actions. The use of key performance indicators, dashboards and scorecards for performance management and opportunity assessment are also addressed. This course expands on probability and statistical concepts, statistical modeling, and experimental design. This class uses a real-life data project and SAS Enterprise Guide. Prerequisite: MGT 5710 or PMBA 5010 or department head approval. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.
PMBA 5200
Advanced Data Analytics
This course covers advanced topics related to data analytics applications in the context of organizational information systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, and Supply Chain Management. Topics include data manipulation, data exploration, neural networks, decision trees, cluster analysis, correlation, and predictive modeling. The focus of this course is hands-on learning of how to use statistical and algorithm-based techniques to solve business problems. The course uses real-life data project and SAS Enterprise Miner. Prerequisite: MGT 5190 or department head approval. Standard letter grade. Differential Course Fee will be assessed.

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