• In business, change happens fast. Life moves fast, too. If you are looking for an MBA program that will not only help you meet the challenges of today’s complex global economy, but also meet the needs of your busy schedule, consider Lee University. Lee’s unique and practical Master of Business Administration program utilizes experiential learning to equip you to apply values-based theory to actual business problems. Our flexible, hybrid program allows you to take classes on campus or online—or both—and achieve your MBA in just 20 months.

    Why You Should Choose a Lee MBA


    The current tuition of Lee’s 32-hour MBA program is just $25,120 - a great buy when compared with other similar programs across the nation. Plus, our experiential learning model is designed so that you can immediately apply new knowledge directly to your current job. Many companies offer tuition reimbursement and federal student loans are available for qualified students.  


    We know that 90% of our students are employed full-time while pursuing their MBA, and we’ve created a flexible, hybrid program to meet the unique challenges facing working students. You’ll take one class each week for seven weeks, and whether you prefer to attend class on campus or take courses online—or both—you can complete the 32 credit hours needed for your MBA in just 20 months.

    Class Structure

    Lee’s MBA courses are less about lecture and more about engagement and interaction. Your professors will guide you through course materials and in-class discussion, focusing on experiential learning through case studies and course projects with your fellow students that will help you put the theories you’ve learned into practice.

    Course Descriptions Course Schedule
    Year 1
    • Management Philosophy and Ethics 
    • Business Analytics
    • Financial Management 
    • Organizational Theory
    • Marketing Management
    • Accounting for Managers
    Year 2
    • Managerial Economics
    • Legal Environment of Business
    • Operations Management
    • Strategic Management


    As a Lee MBA student, you'll receive expert instruction from experienced leaders in the business world. Members of our faculty have served as executive vice presidents of major manufacturers, advisors to governments, managers for major hospitals, senior bank vice presidents, military commandants, college accreditation board chairmen, financial consultants, securities and actuarial analysts, accountants, tax attorneys, and more. Together, they are committed to your success—both while you are enrolled in the Lee MBA program and after you graduate.

    Faculty Bios
    Guy Deloach
    • DBA (Strategic Management), Baker College, 2011
    • Associate Professor of Business; joined Lee in 2005
    • Teaches BUSN-525: Operations Management
    • Teaching experience: 11 years
    • Professional experience prior to teaching: 17 years
    • Professional experience highlights:
      • Executive Vice President, Toyota Group
      • Advisor to Dutch Government of Aruba for improvements in economic development and tourism
      • Advisor to Governor Lawton Chiles, State of Florida
    Alycia Franklin
    • PhD (International Retail, Marketing and Consumer Behavior), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2007
    • Associate Professor of Marketing; joined Lee in 2015
    • Teaches BUSN-518: Marketing Management
    • Teaching experience: 10 years
    • Professional experience prior to teaching: 6 years
    • Professional experience highlights:
      • Marketing and Public Relations Manager for UT Medical Center
      • Marketing consultant for multiple companies and clients
    Shane Griffith
    • DBA (Operations Management), Nova Southeastern University, 2011
    • Associate Professor and MBA Program Director; joined Lee in 2002
    • Lee University Excellence in Teaching award, 2015
    • Teaches BUSN-520: Business Analytics; BUSN-538: Financial Management; and BUSN-595: Strategic Management
    • Teaching experience: 14 years
    • Professional experience prior to teaching: 6 years
    • Professional experience highlights:
      • Actuarial analyst; Northern Trust Retirement Consulting
      • Senior Auditor; Ernst & Young, LLP
    Hermilo Jasso
    • PhD (Business Administration, Economics), Universidad de la Empresa, Uruguay, 2011
    • Associate Professor of Business; joined Lee in 1987
    • Teaches BUSN-530: Managerial Economics
    • Teaching experience: 29 years
    • Professional experience prior to teaching: 3 years
    • Professional experience highlights:
      • Financial consultant and securities analyst; Merrill Lynch
      • Multiple international presentations in economics
    Randy Miedaner
    • JD, Louisiana State University School of Law
    • Assistant Professor of Business; joined Lee in 2011
    • Teaches BUSN-540: Legal Environment of Business
    • Teaching experience: 5 years
    • Professional experience prior to teaching: 19 years
    • Professional experience highlights:
      • Senior Vice President & Senior Wealth/Tax Strategist; Wells Fargo Bank
      • Vice President; Credit Suisse Private Banking
      • Tax Attorney; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
    Phil Rickard
    • DBA (Accounting), Northcentral University, 2016
    • Associate Professor of Accounting; joined Lee in 2014
    • Teaches BUSN-534: Accounting for Managers
    • Teaching experience: 21 years
    • Professional experience prior to teaching: 8 years
    • Professional experience highlights:
      • Assistant Controller; Big River Minerals
      • Staff Accountant; CONSOL Energy
    David Smartt
    • PhD (Business Management), Northcentral University, 2008
    • Assistant Professor of Business; joined Lee in 2012
    • Colonel (retired), US Army
    • Teaches BUSN-514: Organizational Theory
    • Teaching experience: 5 years
    • Professional experience prior to teaching: 29 years
    • Professional experience highlights:
      • Commandant for US Army Chaplain Center and School; Fort Jackson
      • Chaplain Directory at Army Pentagon
      • Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal
    Dewayne Thompson
    • DBA (Management), Nova Southeastern University, 1997
    • Professor and Chair, Department of Business; joined Lee in 1981
    • Lee University Excellence in Teaching award, 1987
    • Teaches BUSN-510: Management Philosophy and Ethics
    • Teaching experience: 35 years
    • Professional experience highlights:
      • Chair, ACBSP Board of Directors
      • Mentor and Site Evaluator, ACBSP
      • Certified Financial Planner


    Lee’s driven and accomplished MBA students hail from seven countries outside the United States, have studied 24 different majors at 20 different undergraduate institutions, and have an average of 4.9 years of work experience (9.8 years for our online students). Our small class sizes and interactive approach will allow you to network with these students, providing you with opportunities to gain valuable insights from their real-world experiences.

    Student Testimonials
    Cory Gates

    After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cory pursued a job opportunity at BB&T. After five years on the job and completion of the company’s Leadership Develop Program, Cory desired to further develop his “business sense, communication, and time management skills.”

    Cory works with BB&T’s credit underwriting process, as well as manages the bank’s local commercial loan portfolio and client retention efforts. By deciding to return to Lee for his MBA, Cory was able to put into practice the skills and concepts he learned while in the program, which allowed him to further excel in his career.

    Cory says the Lee MBA was an appropriate fit due to the skill sets he gained from his educators and peers and “Lee’s emphasis on hands-on, real-time experience through case study analysis and applications.”

    Jennifer Patrick

    Jennifer views her non-business undergraduate education as a strength when she approaches graduate studies in business.

    “I was created for the corporate world, and a master in business seems the perfect complement to my public relations degree in order to prepare me for the career force,” she says.

    While Jennifer was studying public relations as an undergraduate student, she interned for a nonprofit city development organization in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After the firm hired her to work full-time, she discovered her existing communication, interpersonal relationship, and strategic writing skills could ideally be complemented by business and management training.

    The MBA coursework has allowed Jennifer to build on her existing knowledge and experiences while expanding her technical skills and comprehensive business understanding.


    As Donna Sockell, former executive director of the Center for Education on Social Responsibility in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder, wrote in a commentary published in the April 25, 2013 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, “there’s no longer any question that critical thinking about obligations to society must be as much a part of business success as finance and other traditional skills. It’s up to business schools to make new ways of business thinking contagious.”

    This isn’t new thinking at Lee. As America’s most energizing Christian university, it is the very essence of who we are and what we do. We teach our MBA students to seek more noble goals in addition to profit maximization. We teach them to deliver long-term, sustainable value to their organizations by doing what is right and displaying leadership during both prosperous and turbulent times.

    If Lee’s MBA program sounds like it might be a good fit for you, please contact the MBA Program Office at 423-614-8694 or 800-LEE-9930, or via email at mba@leeuniversity.edu.

    Additional Information

    Contact Information

    Graduate Business (MBA)
    1100 North Ocoee Street
    PO Box 3450
    Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

    Phone: 423-614-8694 or
    Email: mba@leeuniversity.edu
    Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM EST

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