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Executive MBA – Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain will help you become a more effective senior leader in supply chain through applied methodology in accounting, finance, marketing and leadership skills.

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Program Overview

An MBA in 1 Year

Flexibility for Supply Chain Leaders

Complete an MBA with fewer than 30 days out of the office. Two residence periods take place at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and two at international supply chain hubs in Europe and Asia.

Relevant and Applied Learning

Comprehensive Supply Chain Curriculum

Develop the vision, communication and leadership skills to succeed in a global, multi-cultural environment through an unmatched end-to-end supply chain focused MBA curriculum, ranked the No. 1 most relevant EMBA worldwide by The Economist.

Industry Connections

A Global Network of Supply Chain Experts

Become immersed in an international network of supply chain executives - Haslam graduates and leading faculty and scholars - representing over 70 top supply chain companies.

Unmatched Value

Immediate ROI

Applied learning provides immediate ROI. Design a custom Organizational Action Project in counsel with one of our prominent faculty advisors and deliver key components to company leadership throughout the year.

Program Structure


Participants complete the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain in a single calendar year, spending fewer than 30 days out of the office. The average time commitment is about 15 hours per week for readings and assignments. Assignments relate directly to work participants perform on the job to help students best retain and immediately apply new concepts.

The bulk of the learning takes place during four residence periods (RPs) of 9 days each, not including travel. Two RPs take place at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and two are at international supply chain hubs in Europe and Asia.


COVID-19 Update: Should pandemic conditions affect candidates’ ability to travel, alternative Residence Period sites will be selected that are compatible with EMBA student travel needs and class profile.

In the case of governmental travel warnings or restrictions, we may utilize an online modality for some aspects of the program; however, we will diligently pursue on-ground learning experiences where possible. For questions and the most up to date information please contact us at gscemba@utk.edu or +1 (865) 978-6486.

Asynchronous Distance Learning

Between each RP you will participate in Asynchronous Distance Learning (DL) sessions, complete relevant and applied assignments and work on your Organizational Action Project (OAP). The program breaks from the traditional academic format of 3-hour course credits, integrating business topics in the classroom to replicate how they function in the real world. This format, along with a lockstep progression and the expectation that candidates’ work experience replicates fundamental courses, allows for the program's compressed duration.

Supply Chain Focus


The Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain is first and foremost a Master of Business Administration. The program helps supply chain professionals become business leaders by developing skills in accounting, finance, marketing and leadership through applied methodology, not abstract problem sets. What makes this EMBA unique is a focus on how supply chain management can deliver business value as it has for companies like Amazon, Apple, Dell and Wal-Mart.

The Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain’s design is rooted in feedback from supply chain senior executives who sit on the Advisory Board of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business Global Supply Chain Institute. More than 40 corporations comprise this Advisory Board including Amazon, Boeing, Dell, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart.

Haslam’s supply chain faculty meet with this Advisory Board twice a year, and their input is critical to creating a curriculum that delivers the core competencies expected in high performers.

Industry-Driven Core Competencies

  • Global Business Acumen: critical knowledge such as competitive strategy, trade, governmental/environmental compliance and tax

  • Transformational Capabilities: organizational design and talent change management

  • Integrated Business Planning: how supply chain management best interacts with other business functions including risk management

  • Integrated Value Chain: end-to-end supply chain focus, from product design to performance targeting

  • Supply Chain’s Role in Business Performance: utilizing a modern, global supply chain to impact the bottom line

Applied Learning

Applied learning is emphasized throughout the year with individual and team assignments. This means students have the opportunity to immediately apply what they learn at their business.

Instead of teaching standard courses or classes on traditional business disciplines, professors address real-world problems from multiple perspectives and focus on common challenges that executives share across all industries and countries.

During each residency period, participants:

  • Learn how to evaluate company finances at practice within their industry;
  • Directly engage with corporations and governments through field visits;
  • Visit operating facilities to study supply chain issues;
  • Learn the cultural nuances and social, political and business realities of key world regions;
  • Gain experience on conducting business overseas from international experts.

Leadership Development

The Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain helps executives develop the vision, communication and leadership skills necessary to succeed in a global, multi-cultural environment.

All residency periods include curricula specifically geared toward global leadership, including courses in:

  • Business and Public Policy
  • Ethical Leaders and Responsible Business
  • Negotiation
  • Strategy (including a focus on both developed and developing markets)

Students explore ethical, sociological, environmental, political and regulatory issues, which vary significantly by industry, organization, culture, country and region. They also work with a faculty mentor to create a personalized leadership development program targeting the students individual strengths and weaknesses.

Peer-to-peer relationships contribute significantly to leadership development throughout the program. Students spend a year in near constant communication and collaboration with other senior supply chain leaders, exchanging ideas and best practices. Alumni often cite these relationships with their classmates as one of the most pivotal aspects of the program, and one that endures long after graduation.

Organizational Action Project (OAP)

During the program, EMBA-GSC candidates participate in an Organizational Action Project (OAP) around issues of major importance to their organization. Each student designs their own project and works in concert with the company’s leadership team. They also work with a faculty advisor who provides mentorship and assesses deliverables throughout the program year.

Similar to a thesis, the project is graded independently of all other assignments, and our students’ average $6.5 million in return to their companies through OAPs.

Connecting Supply Chain to Other Functional Areas

Through completing a Haslam Organizational Action Project, the senior director of integrated supply chain for an international food manufacturer was able to widen his business perspective and be able to speak to people throughout his organization about how supply chain affects them. He benefited from taking an in-depth look at financials as well, and ultimately returned value, better connecting supply chain operations to other functional areas within the company.

Designing a $20 Million Facility

The CEO & President of a logistics service has consistently sent employees to Haslam for the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain. During the Organizational Action Project, one of his employees designed a $20 million facility that is currently operational. Another developed a manager’s success profile that is being used to recruit and screen candidates as the company selects general managers.

The employees have shown a great deal of appreciation for the program’s flexibility and the OAP’s integration into existing company structures, according to the CEO & President. He added the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain has provided unique opportunities for directors to not only learn theoretical knowledge, but also to secure company-specific training and secure promotions.

Sharpening the Decision-Making Process

The vice president of supply chain planning and logistics for a company producing chocolates knew she wanted to attend the Haslam Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain when she read marketing materials with information about the program’s Organizational Action Project.

During the eleven-month program and her OAP, the vice president improved her finance and accounting skills. This talent development sharpened her decision-making process, she said. Her growth allowed her to occupy a more central strategic role, and her sponsoring company saw ROI in that it filled out its leadership ranks.


How to Apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact our program manager to discuss the program and whether it is a good fit prior to applying.

Tuition and Financial Aid

This page covers the expected cost for your program, the ways you might pay for it, and our graduates’ estimated salaries.


Cost per Credit Hour


Total Credit Hours


Total Cost of Attendance

The program fee includes:

  • All university tuition and fees
  • Case studies, periodicals for required reading
  • Technical support for all software

The program fee does not include:

  • Books, professional subscriptions and supplies
  • Laptop computer (if needed, you can purchase a laptop at a discount through the UT Computer Store)
  • Lodging and travel for the immersion experience

*UT reserves the right to adjust tuition and fees when deemed necessary. These are set by the UT Board of Trustees in June/July of each year.

Is This a Good Investment?

Graduates from programs like ours often find employment in a range of leadership positions. According to a 2019 GMAC Business Hiring Report, 67% of U.S. companies plan to hire graduates from supply chain management programs. Nationally, the average salary for many of these occupations is quite lucrative. As each graduate is unique, you should evaluate your personal goals after graduation in order to assess your earning potential.

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Director, Supply Chain


Fleet Manager


Fulfillment Manager


Industrial Engineering Supervisor


Logistics Director




Project Manager


Senior Buyer


Vice President, Distribution


Financial Assistance Options

Students have a variety of options to fund their education. Some of the most frequently used funding options are included below, but we encourage you to consult with the Financial Aid Office and/or a financial advisor when determining the best options available.

Other Scholarships

We recommend the FastWeb scholarship search site for external scholarship opportunities.

Employer Sponsorship

Many applicants' employers provide full or partial financial assistance, as the MS SCM - Online assignments relate directly to work and improve employee performance and retention. For State of Tennessee employees, please note that the entire cost of the program may not be covered by the employee education benefit. Please connect with your employer for specific details as they relate to your company.

Military Service Programs

Details and eligibility guidelines for the Post-9/11 benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, can be found through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Applicants can also contact UT’s Veterans Resource Center: utkva@utk.edu or 865-974-1500.


The Federal government provides loan options for graduate students, even if they do not qualify for need-based financial aid. The UT Financial Aid Office works with two types of U.S. federal government loans:

  • Federal Direct Loans: This is generally the lowest cost loan available, for up to $20,500 every academic year. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, take at least six credits per semester, and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify.
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loans: If you need to borrow more, then a Graduate PLUS loan can generally cover the remainder. You will need to submit the application for the Federal Direct loan prior to applying for the PLUS.

If federal loans are unavailable or insufficient, we can help you explore private or alternative education loans. Unlike federal loans, private loans do not require a FAFSA to apply. Private loans are not based on need and approval is generally based on creditworthiness and ability to repay. Some students may need to apply with a credit-worthy co-signer. Interest rates, grace periods, repayment options and fees are determined by the lender and can vary considerably from lender to lender; generally, they charge higher rates than Federal loans. For more information on private loans, please visit our private lender list.


If you have any questions, please email us at msscmonline@utk.edu or call us at 865-322-9978.

Career Impact

Haslam’s Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain students bring exceptional value to their organization by contributing at the highest level while earning their degree. The program curriculum includes a number of major assignments and a thesis-like company project, both of which are structured to immediately provide value to your organization.

As a result, students have much more than a degree to add to their resume upon completion of the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain. The program forces students to improve processes, achieve higher goals and conduct a transformative project, resulting in 70 percent of students receiving promotions within two years of graduation. Many of our students come from companies with a formalized process to send key talent to the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain because of the results previous graduates delivered. These companies return each year, giving us the privilege of helping their leaders create a sustained competitive advantage for their business.

Alumni Network

The Haslam College of Business has more than 70 formal partnerships with leading companies in supply chain management, including approximately half of the organizations listed in Gartner’s list of Top 25 Supply Chains. We serve as a hub of knowledge, facilitating relationships for professionals improving supply chain management practice. Our graduates drive this interchange and all benefit from this tremendous network. We help keep all EMBA program graduates connected, so alumni can continue to rely on classmates as a resource, obtain new perspectives that cross industries and broaden their professional networks. Our staff sends regular updates on the program and fellow alumni. We also host a number of special events and provide information on how graduates can keep their education current.

Employer Sponsorship

Most Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain students are fully or partially funded by their employers. While this is not always the case, we recommend that candidates start the conversation with their employers highlighting a few key points.

Employer Sponsorship Letter
Sponsorship Brochure

Disclaimer: This letter is meant to be a starting point for candidates pursuing employer sponsorship. It is not applicable or ideal for all situations. Candidates should know the unique context of their company and disposition of their manager and edit the letter accordingly or even pursue a different approach to negotiations.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2021

September 30

Early Consideration Review Date

October 30

Priority Consideration Review Date

December 1

Final Review Date

January 16

Classes Start

Spring 2022

September 2021

Early Consideration Review Date

October 2021

Priority Consideration Review Date

December 2021

Final Review Date

January 2022

Classes Start

The Online Learning Experience

The Haslam MS in Supply Chain Management will give you access to a ranked program and faculty, in an online format. You’ll get a degree from a renowned supply chain institution and you’ll also benefit from a seamless holistic online learning experience.

Bringing the Classroom to You

  • Online programs bring a new level of flexibility into getting your masters degree, while still fulfilling your current commitments

  • Our format offers synchronous classes online every other week, giving you ample time to complete coursework and seek help from faculty between sessions

  • All of our classes are conducted online, with the exception of a short in-person immersion session

Student Support Services

  • Regular faculty office hours for each course, open to all students

  • Personal student success coach for support, from orientation through graduation

Student Support Services

  • Proven curriculum and faculty available in an online format

  • Live class sessions with polling, in-class chat and break out rooms

  • Engagement tools to allow synchronous discussions and lectures

  • Participation and collaboration tools that allow asynchronous video, audio and text commenting

Class Profiles

The Master in Supply Chain Management online welcomed its first class in September 2019 with a full student cohort. The program capitalizes on UT’s leading role in the supply chain industry to connect students to a thriving network of corporate leaders.




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Average Work Experience

Selected Employers

  • Apple
  • Bechtel
  • Colgate Palmolive
  • Cummings
  • Elo Touch
  • Geodis
  • Georgia Pacific
  • JB Hunt
  • J Crew
  • Maersk
  • Nissan
  • Philipps
  • Pilot Flying J
  • Sea Ray
  • Stasskol
  • Thyssenkrupp
  • US Army
  • Volkswagen

Selected Alma Maters

  • Appalachian State Univ
  • Cal State University
  • Colorado State University
  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University of PA
  • ITESM Queretaro
  • Northern Illinois Univ
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Univ of Alabama
  • Univ of Houston
  • Univ of Maryland
  • Vanderbilt
  • Western Carolina Univ
  • Xiao Jiaotong University

Selected Job Titles

  • Business Analyst
  • Director, Americas Logistic
  • Director, Operations Finance
  • General Manager, Contract Warehousing
  • Global Demand Manager
  • Linehaul Supervisor
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Operations Group Leader
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Production Planner
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Buyer
  • Senior Manager, Trade and Customs
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Sourcing Team Leader
  • Supply Chain Product Manager
  • TMS Analyst
  • Vice President, Distribution

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