Master of Business Administration

All graduate degrees

With a master’s degree in business from Southern, you are positioned for career advancement.

  • Graduates are prepared for expanded job responsibility and leadership roles.
  • Southern graduates are highly regarded and recruited” by major corporations and leading Adventist Institutions 
  • Chattanooga is “Gig City.” With the fastest internet service in the country, Chattanooga hosts several major-name employers in tech, business, and industry, including health care, automotive, logistics, energy, manufacturing, and insurance. 
  • Southern has a strong healthcare affiliation. The School of Business maintains close ties with leaders in healthcare organizations and enjoys strong collaboration with the School of Nursing.
  • View more about the dual degree program: MSN/MBA »
  • View more about the dual degree program: MSW/MBA »

How the program works

Eight-week terms allow students to focus on fewer classes per term while accelerating degree completion. Online courses provide convenience and flexibility, allowing students to balance life and school responsibilities. Most part-time students are able to complete the MBA program in two to three years, and full-time students may finish in one calendar year. 

Also available completely online
The MBA degree is offered completely online for all emphases, which include Accounting – CPA prep only; Healthcare Administration; and Management.

Eligibility

  • Bachelor's degree:  Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program
  • GPA requirement:  Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0

Admission process

  1. Graduate application:  Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $40). Apply now
  2. Transcripts:  Submit official college and university transcripts. Many institutions subscribe to the convenient transcript-request service at National Student Clearinghouse, or you may also contact your institution directly. Have your transcripts sent to the Graduate and Professional Studies office (gradtranscripts@southern.edu). If you earned your prerequisite degree at Southern, you do not need to complete this step.
  3. Recommendations:  Submit two recommendation forms (completed by work supervisors or professors). This should be done as part of the online application process.
  4. GMAT requirements:  Submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test taken within the past five years.
      • Possible exceptions: With approval, applicants may be admitted without the GMAT if they have an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution with a minimum GPA of 3.25 or above, or a GPA of 3.00 and five years of full-time business-related management experience. These possible exceptions do not extend to international students, who must provide an official GMAT score and a TOEFL score of at least 100 (Internet-based) as a prerequisite for acceptance. 

Application deadlines

Term U.S. Residents International
Fall July 1 May 1
Winter November 1 September 1
Summer April 1 February 1

International students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students and must meet additional requirements for admission.

  • View international-student admission requirements »

    1. Applicants from non-English institutions must submit certified English translations and evaluations of official university records, including demonstration of the equivalency of a bachelor's degree.
      Transcript evaluations must be submitted directly to Southern from one of the following agencies:
    2. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries must provide a Certification of English proficiency.
      Unless an applicant is a native English speaker, s/he must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100, or the TOEFL equivalent Duolingo english test score. Scores are valid for two years from the test date. Learn more at:
    3. Submit Declaration of Finances.
      International students must have financial resources sufficient to support themselves for the calendar year, in addition to an international-student deposit of $3,000 (USD). Download Form
      • To be issued an I-20 Form, students must also provide a letter from financial sponsors (including their name and address), as well as copies of bank statements for the last three months showing the balance history for the student's account or the financial sponsor's account.

Online programs
Since international students enrolling in programs offered completely online do not travel to the United States, they are not required to obtain the Form I-20 or F-1 Student Visa, and they do not have to submit the Declaration of Finances. Because the MBA is available completely online, it doesn’t qualify students for an F-1 Student visa. : 

  • Accounting (CPA prep only)
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Management

On-campus programs
International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional information about travel documents and living on campus.

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Graduate assistantship application

For more information about a graduate assistantship, please contact the graduate enrollment counselor.

Course guide

Select an emphasis:

Accounting

Accounting Emphasis

Healthcare Emphasis

Management Emphasis

Faculty

Stephanie Sheehan
Stephanie Sheehan

Dean
ssheehan@southern.edu
423.236.2373

Braam Oberholster
Braam Oberholster

Professor
braam@southern.edu
423.236.2771

Julie Hyde
Julie Hyde

Professor
jhyde@southern.edu
423.236.2682

Leon Weeks
Leon Weeks

Associate Professor
lweeks@southern.edu
423.236.2681

Sunia Fukofuka
Sunia Fukofuka

Professor
sfukofuka@southern.edu
423.236.2658

Get started

Thank you for considering Southern Adventist University for your master's in business administration! Our program is flexible, convenient, and offers a seamless integration of faith and business. I'd love to talk with you about your goals and how we might help you achieve them.

Teshia Price

Graduate and Professional Studies Coordinator 
tprice@southern.edu
423.236.2527