Master of Business Administration | Cumberland University

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is offered by the University in keeping with Cumberland’s Mission to provide opportunities for advanced study in fields appropriate to the needs of the community. The program seeks to provide individuals who have earned an accredited baccalaureate degree in any field with an opportunity to acquire advanced business expertise while continuing to work full-time during the period of enrollment. The program of study was instituted in 1995 with the first graduates receiving the MBA degree at the May 1997 commencement exercises.

General Information
Regulations & Requirements
Tuition & Financial Aid
Program History

General Information About the Masters of Business Administration

Enrollment in the MBA Program is subject to acceptance. A qualified student may begin at six different terms during the semester. A student can complete the program by attending as few as three semesters in any sequence. A student’s matriculation must be completed within a maximum period of seven years.

Courses within the MBA program of study are offered both on-campus and online. On-site courses are conducted on the University's campus in Lebanon, Tenn., and meet once a week in the evening. Online courses do not require specific login times. Students may choose to complete the program entirely online, entirely on-campus, or any combination.

The Cumberland University’s MBA Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

General Information

MBA Program Vision

The vision of the Cumberland University MBA Program is to contribute to the enhancement of organizational leadership in the Middle Tennessee area and beyond by graduating persons with advanced business decision making skills and heightened commitment to ethical business practices.

MBA Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Cumberland University MBA program is to equip qualified adult learners with an enhanced set of skills and knowledge that can be deployed in the successful management of a business and/or technology related enterprise. The MBA curriculum is designed to afford students the opportunity to work both independently and in teams, to hone both analytical and communication skills, and to assimilate and deepen their understanding of the following core elements of an advanced business education: Marketing, Management, Finance, Managerial Accounting, and Strategic Leadership. This mission is achieved by using a blend of traditional classroom and on-line learning experiences.

MBA Program Learning Goals

Faculty members are committed to help students accepted into the MBA Program at Cumberland University to meet four learning goals:

  1. To demonstrate advanced business and economics knowledge and high ethical awareness;
  2. To demonstrate advanced decision making skills;
  3. To demonstrate advanced competence in gathering and analyzing organizational information from internal and external sources using technology and literature;
  4. To demonstrate advanced competence in the synthesis, evaluation, and communication of information.

Application Regulations & Requirements

Tutition & Financial Aid


  • $585 per credit hour.
  • Graduate Program Service Fee $30 per course.
  • Financial aid.
  • Employer tuition assistance accepted.

Degree Requirements

The MBA program requires 36 credit hours – typically 12 three credit hour courses. The core requirements consist of nine courses that all MBA students must complete. Three elective courses are required. The electives are selected in coordination with the student's academic advisor to meet the students individual goals.

The three semesters (Spring, Summer, and Fall) are split into two eight week terms (A and B). MBA courses are offered in these eight-week terms. For more details on the course requirements for the MBA Program, visit the Smart Catalog page.