The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s College of Business to Begin Offering Online mba

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s College of Business to Begin Offering Online MBA
Academic Partnerships Selected to Provide Conversion, Recruitment, and Retention Services

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. and DALLAS (Sept. 3, 2013) – The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) College of Business today announced that its nationally-recognized MBA program will be available online beginning in January 2014. Applications for the program are currently being accepted.

“The College of Business has long sought to meet the evolving needs of students and the business community through new program development, and the introduction of our Professional MBA is the most recent example of that,” said Dr. Robert Dooley, Dean of the College of Business. “Graduates emerge academically prepared and business-world-ready, and, since the online program will allow us to reach students outside of southeastern Tennessee for the first time, even more students will now reap the benefits such preparation provides.”

The UTC Professional MBA program offers students an experiential learning environment that bridges theoretical knowledge and practical business application. Faculty members are experts in their fields and work in collaboration with the University’s 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.

The fully online program, which gives students value, flexibility, and the opportunity to apply their knowledge immediately to workplace challenges, can be completed in 16 to 24 months. Graduates will have gained strong, strategic decision-making skills; a thorough understanding of marketing, accounting, finance, and business law; practical skills in organizational, operational, financial, informational, and personnel management; and the fundamental skills for entrepreneurial success.

Like its traditional part-time and executive MBA programs, UTC’s Professional MBA is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

UTC has been included in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 list of the top 50 regional universities in the South; the publication also named UTC a best value regional university in 2013. In addition, the College of Business was selected by the Princeton Review for inclusion in its 2013 edition of The Best 296 Business Schools and has been recognized as one of the best business schools in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek for six consecutive years.

UTC has chosen Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities’ online learning in the United States and around the world, to help convert the program into an online format, recruit students, and support student retention efforts. AP will work closely with faculty to ensure that the new online degree program maintains the highest educational standards. The company will also use its integrated marketing and branding strategies to extend the reach of UTC, increasing the enrollment of highly-qualified students.

UTC’s online Professional MBA program will begin in January 2014. Click here to apply or learn more about the program.
About The College of Business at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The College of Business at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is committed to providing quality educational programs that provide students with the knowledge, business skills, and professional education necessary for success. The College provides quality AACSB-accredited educational programs that prepare full-time and part-time students for managerial, professional, or entrepreneurial opportunities.  The College also offers undergraduate degree programs in a variety of business disciplines, as well as Master of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy and  Executive MBA (EMBA) programs at the graduate level. The College of Business aspires to be the College of choice for students, faculty, employers, community leaders and others seeking excellence in business education and research and is committed to being a valuable member of The University of Tennessee system, the academic profession, and the Chattanooga community.

About Academic Partnerships 

Academic Partnerships (AP) helps universities convert their traditional degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving more than 40 public universities in the United States and numerous top foreign institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the United States and around the world. The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit

For The College of Business at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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