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 heavily recruited.
  • Chattanooga is “Gig City.” With the fastest internet service in the country, Chattanooga hosts several major-name employers in business and industry.
  • 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

On-campus and online courses provide convenience and flexibility. Most part-time students complete the MBA program in two to three years. Full-time students may finish in one calendar year.

Also available completely online
The MBA degree is also offered completely online for emphases in Accounting (for students who have already taken Intermediate Accounting 1 and 2), Finance, Healthcare Administration, Management and Marketing Management


  • 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 ( 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. The MBA emphases available completely online are:

  • Accounting (for students who have already taken Intermediate Accounting 1 and 2)
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Management
  • Marketing 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.

More Information

Graduate assistantship application

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

Course guide

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Stephanie Sheehan
Stephanie Sheehan


Braam Oberholster
Braam Oberholster


Julie Hyde
Julie Hyde


Leon Weeks
Leon Weeks

Associate Professor

Sunia Fukofuka
Sunia Fukofuka


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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