UT Haslam’s Executive MBA Earns Top 10 in Major Ranking

October 12, 2023

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business Executive MBA is rising in national recognition. The program placed No. 9 among public institutions and No. 22 nationally in Poets&Quants’ (P&Qs’) 2023 ranking of college executive education programs. The new numbers are a significant leap from Haslam’s ranking in 2022, which stood at No. 22 among publics and No. 44 nationwide.

Drawing on input from business professionals, the Haslam Executive MBA program is designed specifically to enhance busy executives’ leadership and soft skills, while immersing them in the most current, relevant curriculum in their fields. In addition to the P&Q ranking, the program was recently recognized as the No. 1 most relevant EMBA worldwide by The Economist.

Recognizing Superlative Faculty and Curriculum

Amy Cathey, associate dean for graduate and executive education, attributed the latest P&Q ranking to dedicated faculty who share their broad knowledge, as well as the “concierge approach” the executive programs apply to student service.

“Our faculty are leaders in their fields, often working side-by-side with business leaders to improve their companies’ operations,” Cathey said. “They use the results from their field work in their classes, so students not only gain tools immediately applicable in their jobs, but also keep abreast of current thinking in the industry. With the service-first attitude our faculty and staff bring to every interaction with our cohorts, we meet our student professionals ‘where they live.’ This combination draws a caliber of professionals to our programs who elevate the classwork and projects for all involved. This ranking speaks to this extraordinary intersection of learning, service and experience.”

Stephen L. Mangum, Haslam’s dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, said the ranking highlights the high quality and caliber of Haslam’s Executive MBA program offerings.

“Haslam offers graduate and undergraduate programs that focus on the needs of industry,” Mangum said. “This ranking is welcome recognition that cohort graduates are prepared to make an immediate impact in their workplaces and in the communities they serve.”

Promoting Leadership Development and Success

Haslam’s Executive MBA program includes three specialty areas: Healthcare Leadership (EMBA-HL)Strategic Leadership (EMBA-SL) and Global Supply Chain (EMBA-GSC). Each program specialty allows students to dive into applied issues important for organizational understanding and change.

Through its end-to-end supply chain-focused MBA curriculum, the EMBA-GSC program helps student professionals develop the communication and leadership skills, as well as the vision, necessary to succeed in a global, multicultural environment.

The EMBA-SL program teaches students how to make an immediate impact through coursework curated for executives. The program employs a horizontal design that offers a holistic perspective on business competencies and an approach to learning that encourages lifelong leadership development.

The EMBA-HL program consists of on-campus residencies, a healthcare policy immersion trip in Washington, D.C., and online coursework. It equips healthcare professionals with the business acumen to transform their organizations and bring value to leadership roles. These program offerings magnify students’ ability to lead initiatives, drive efficiency and think critically to guide their organizations through healthcare reform.

About Poets&Quants’ Methodology

P&Q bases its executive MBA rankings on three other rankings, using a composite approach to balance the results of these other rankings’ methodologies. This year, it draws its rankings from those of U.S. News & World Report, The Financial Times and Fortune. Nationally, the Haslam Executive MBA programs ranked No. 21 in The Financial Times, No. 22 in Fortune and No. 28 in U.S. News & World Report.

About the Haslam College of Business Graduate and Executive Education Programs

Haslam offers graduate and executive education programs that prepare students to reach their full potential and advance their careers. At the master’s level, these programs include the Haslam Full-Time MBA, Online MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA (Global Supply Chain, Healthcare Leadership, Strategic Leadership), Aerospace & Defense MBA, Physician Executive MBA, Master of Accountancy, MS Management and Human Resources, MS Marketing, MS Business Analytics, MS Supply Chain Management Tri‑Continent, MS in Supply Chain Management Online and MS in Business Cybersecurity Online. Haslam also offers a full portfolio of doctoral programs.

Haslam’s graduate programs address real-world challenges through an interdisciplinary approach that develops both analytical and leadership skills. Faculty are industry thought leaders, seasoned practitioners and accomplished researchers who work tirelessly to create dynamic, relevant and impactful learning experiences.


Scott McNutt, business writer/publicist, rmcnutt4@utk.edu