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The Cottrell MBA

The Cottrell MBA is a part-time MBA program built for working professionals. Classes are offered on a consistent evening schedule on both the Cumming and Gainesville campuses. As a part-time program, the Cottrell MBA is a convenient option for students seeking to further their careers on a reasonable budget and while maintaining full-time employment.

The Mike Cottrell College of Business offers the general Cottrell MBA as well as a specialization in technology leadership. Additional graduate certificates are also available in cybersecurity and technology leadership.

Campus Availability


Program Elements

The Cottrell MBA provides functional knowledge in a variety of fields while also addressing skills such as analytics, ethical decision-making, and professionalism. With over 170 regional business and working events annually, relevant coursework and competitive pricing, the Cottrell MBA is one of the best values in the state.

In the fall and spring semesters students will take courses in step with the cohort and may choose from various electives during the summer semester.  

Fall (Year 1): 7 Semester Hours 

ACCT 6300 - Accounting for Decision Making (3 Hour)

MGMT 6600 - Leadership and Motivation (3 Hour)

MGMT 6680 - Professionalism in Business (1 Hour)

Spring (Year 1): 6 Semester Hours

MGMT 6620 - Operations Mgt with Mgt Science (3 Hour)

MKTG 6705 - Marketing Management (3 Hour)

Fall (Year 2): 6 Semester Hours 

FINC 6400 - Financial Management (3 Hour)

MGMT 6610 - Information Management (3 Hour)

Spring (Year 2): 7 Semester Hours

BUSA 6900 - Strategic Mgt in a Global Envi (3 Hour)

BUSA 6990 - Capstone Leadership Exp (1 Hour)

ECON 6205 - Economics & Decision Making (3 Hour)


Specializations consist of nine predetermined credit hours that target specific business fields important to the north Georgia region. The nine-credit hours are taught as three summer electives in addition to the Cottrell MBA’s 26 hours of core curriculum. Specializations necessitate three additional credit hours for graduation; however, students will not be required to take the two electives necessary for the core Cottrell MBA.

Specialization in Technology Leadership:

MGMT 6650 – Human Side of Technology (3 Hour)

MGMT 6660 – Enterprise Project Management (3 Hour)

MGMT 6670 – Strategy and Structure of Technology (3 Hour)

Financial Information

The Cottrell MBA is one of the most affordable, AACSB-accredited MBAs available in the state of Georgia. Tuition information is available on the business office website. Additional fees may apply.

Spring 2017 Tuition & Fees

One-time fees

Application Fee Event Fee Testing Fee Graduation Fee
$40 $600 $35 $20

Semester tuition & mandatory fees (in-state)

Tuition  Activity Fee  Tech Fee     Transportation Fee  Institutional Fee  Average Semester Cost
$3120 $31.50 $56.25 $85.00 $225.00 $3,517.75*


Estimated Total Program Cost = $18,283.75

*Rates above are for in-state tuition. For out-of-state rates, please contact us. Tuition and fees are subject to change at the end of any semester. All tuition and fees are subject to approval by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. Students are responsible for purchasing books and materials for each course.

Admission Requirements

Foundation courses may be required for applicants who have an undergraduate degree in a field outside of business. 


Complete the online application for graduate admission. Students who choose to apply using the paper application should submit the completed application form and a check or money order made payable to UNG for the application fee. A non-refundable application fee of $40 must accompany all new graduate applications.

Board of Regents' policy requires all applicants who are accepted for admission or readmission to UNG and who seek to be classified as in-state for tuition paying purposes provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the State of Georgia and the United States. Please refer to these instructions to submit proper documentation.

For applicants with degrees earned outside of the U.S.:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be necessary for applicants whose native language is not English.  Scores and any additional required documents must be submitted to Graduate Admissions.  Please contact Graduate Admissions with any questions.   

Official international transcripts must have a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation done by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Most colleges and universities allow you to request transcripts through their websites.  Certified official electronic transcripts should be submitted to  If you attended the University of North Georgia, you are not required to request official transcripts from UNG.  If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

GMAT or GRE test scores must be sent to Graduate Admissions directly by the responsible testing agency and can be no more than six years old. Indicate institutional code #5497 when taking the GRE, select the University of North Georgia when taking the GMAT, or see the GMAT website or the GRE website for instructions on ordering additional official score reports.

Unofficial scores and student copies will not be accepted.

Submit a current professional resume.

Submit two recommendations (either by letter or online form) from professionals familiar with your work, e.g. current or past supervisors or managers.

Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by your health care provider.  If your records are not available, a Titer test, available through your physician or local health department, may be used to confirm the required immunities.  Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.

2016 Cottrell MBA Student Profile

The incoming fall 2016 cohort of the Cottrell MBA is our largest and most diverse class in the history of the program.

This year’s class is also one of the most diverse classes of Cottrell MBA students.

Students Coming From:

Programs 30+
States 9
Countries 6
Industries 19

Networking Partners

Thanks to the following partners for allowing our students networking opportunities.

Networking Opportunities

As a Cottrell MBA student, you gain access to each of the following networking opportunities:

Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce
Attendance at all events for current students

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce
Attendance at Business after Hours and Business before Hours for current students

Dawson Chamber of Commerce
Attendance at all Business after Hours events for current and former students (usually the last Tuesday of each month)

Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Weekly attendance to ProAlliance; Monthly attendance to Business after Hours for current students

Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce
Attendance at all Thirsty Thursdays at Village Tavern for current students (1st Thursday of each month)

Greater Alpharetta Tech Network
Attendance at all events for current students

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Attendance at all events for current students (must register through Cottrell MBA office)

Internal Networking Events
Events for current students and alumni

Through a combination of internal events and external partnerships, Cottrell MBA students have access to over 170 networking events per year.

Contact Information

Melinda Maxwell


Director of Graduate Admissions

Anne Duke

Interim Associate Dean - Faculty and Graduate Programs


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