Marla Stafford, PhD
Charles A. Pierce, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Albert Okunade, PhD
Interim Associate Dean for Administration
Balaji Krishnan, PhD
Director of MBA Programs
Ph.D. Program Admission
Manager, EMBA Program
Professional MBA Advisor and Online MBA Advisor
*Some concentrations may not admit students to the doctoral program every year. Interested applicants should contact department PhD coordinators before applying to the program.
Individual program requirements described in The University of Memphis Graduate Catalog, 2019-2020, are subject to change. Please consult your graduate advisor for changes that may occur before publication of the next issue of this Catalog. Every graduate student must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see Admission Regulations , Academic Regulations , and Minimum Degree Requirements ) and the program requirements of the degree being pursued (see departmental listings in this section).
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics is one of the premier schools of business in the Mid-South and is fully accredited by the AACSB-International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB-International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. The Fogelman College is also home to the Robert Wang Center for International Business, one of only 30 Centers for International Business and Education Research (CIBER), as designated by the US Department of Education. Other significant initiatives and centers that promote business research and outreach to the business community include the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, the Center for Supply Chain Management and the Center for Managing Emerging Technology at the FedEx Technology Institute, and the Institute for the Study of Securities Markets. In addition, ten Chairs of Excellence and two Distinguished Professors are on the faculty in the School of Accountancy and the Departments of Economics; Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate; Business Information and Technology; Management; and Marketing and Supply Chain Management.
The mission of the Fogelman College is to offer business education to a diverse student population by teaching a rigorous and relevant business curriculum, supported and strengthened by research and community outreach. Graduate degree programs serve the workforce needs of the Mid-South region and beyond. Specifically, through the MBA program as well as the Executive MBA, International MBA, and other masters programs, the College prepares students for leadership roles in the technology-driven and globally competitive marketplace. The College offers a PhD program in Business Administration in selected areas to prepare students for teaching, research, or professional careers while serving as a research catalyst to stimulate faculty scholarly endeavors.
Masters Degree Programs
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics offers five MBA programs, the Master of Science with a major in Business Administration and three concentrations, the Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Information Systems, and a Master of Arts in Economics.
The Professional MBA program is designed for full-time professionals who are interested in taking part-time classes to accommodate their busy schedules (although students may enroll on a full-time basis). Classes are offered in the evening. At least one year of full-time work experience is highly recommended prior to admission. Students typically choose one of the approved concentrations listed below to acquire additional professional expertise. However, students may choose a 33-credit-hour, no-concentration option if desired.
- The MBA with a Biomedical Management concentration is a 45-credit-hour program designed for full-time students interested in managerial positions in the biomedical industry, with classes offered during the day and evening. A three-credit-hour internship with a sponsoring company may be required.
- The MBA with a Professional concentration is a 45-credit-hour program designed for students who want maximum flexibility in creating an area of expertise for themselves. With advice from the program director, faculty, and industry stakeholders, students take 15-credit-hours of elective courses that are most influential for their career aspirations.
- The MBA with a Law concentration allows the student to concurrently earn an MBA and the JD. The student must be admitted to both the Fogelman College MBA program and the JD program in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
- The MBA with a Services Marketing concentration is a 45-credit-hour program designed for students interested in managerial positions in the services marketing industry, with classes offered during the day and in the evening. A three-credit-hour internship with a sponsoring company may be required.
The Customer-Driven MBA program is a full-time, fixed track, 21-month program designed for students interested in working for specific area companies in a specific industry. Students enroll on a full-time basis and take classes during the day and evening. Students enroll in an approved MBA concentration; company-sponsored assistantships and internships/independent studies are required. The program is 45 credit hours in length.
The MBA with an Executive concentration is a full-time, fixed-track, 17-month program designed for full-time working professionals and mid-upper level executives with at least five years work experience. Classes are offered one day a week during the Fall and Spring semesters on alternating Thursday evenings and Saturdays and in two domestic and one international residency weeks. The program is 41 credit hours in length.
The International MBA is a fixed-track, two-year program designed for the full-time student interested in international business. Internship and study-abroad components are emphasized in the program.
The Master of Science with a major in Business Administration has concentrations in Finance; and Real Estate. This MS degree offers students distinct specialization in their chosen concentration area.
The Master of Science in Accounting provides students wishing to specialize in accounting the opportunity to concentrate in one of three areas: general accounting, accounting systems, and taxation.
The Master of Science in Information Systems provides more technical, information technology-oriented and analytical training for careers in the business fields of information and technology.
The Master of Arts in Economics provides advanced training in economics for students who are interested in continuing their graduate education with the PhD in Economics or who are interested in a career as an economic analyst in the private sector or in government organizations.
Credit Hour Surcharge
A surcharge of $35 per credit hour for graduate students has been approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The purpose of the surcharge on these business courses is to facilitate the continuous improvement of the college and compliance with the standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International).
A number of doctoral and master’s graduate assistantships are available to full-time students. Doctoral assistantships may be available to those students with strong GMAT or GRE scores. Graduate assistants provide part-time assistance to the concentration in teaching and/or research. Current compensation for doctoral students can range from $9,000 to $15,000 per academic year, for master’s students a minimum of $6,000 per academic year, in addition to a full tuition waiver. The Fogelman College also has a limited number of doctoral fellowships available.