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Executive MBA – Global Supply Chain

The Executive MBA – Global 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.

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.

Residence Periods

During the RPs, participants take classes, meet with faculty advisors and leadership development experts, engage with business leaders on site visits and work on projects with peers. Each RP ends with synthesis presentations in which students bring together all of the concepts they learned in the program to date in a focused case study of their organization.

Distance Learning

During DL sessions, faculty members facilitate asynchronous discussions and expand on information learned during the RPs. Students will have the chance to read, interact and respond to classmates on relevant topical issues that can be directly applied to industry. These sessions enrich the learning experience and help the class maintain a tight sense of community.


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.

Example OAP’s:

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.

Career Impact

Financial Returns

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.

EMBA E-newsletter

Announcements on alumni promotions and job changes, thought leadership from Haslam faculty and feature articles on the program. For more information or to update your information please contact:

EMBA Events

The EMBA program hosts events in different cities across the United States and a yearly EMBA alumni reunion weekend organized around a UT home football game.

For more information about upcoming events, please contact the program office at 1-800-486-EMBA or

Executive MBA Endowment Fund

The EMBA class of 2001 started a generous endowment for the program, and more than 90 percent of that class year contributed. The tradition has continued with each graduating class, and funds to help improve the program for future classes. To donate, visit the University of Tennessee online giving site or contact the Haslam College of Business Office of Development & Alumni Affairs.

VolsConnect—the Online Community for UT Graduates

EMBA graduates are part of the greater VolNation and have access to an even broader network of UT alumni. Register at VolsConnect to take part in the University of Tennessee’s exclusive online community for alumni.

Social Media

Connect with the Global Supply Chain Institute on social media for the latest industry research, talent development opportunities, thought leadership, and more.

Continuing Education

The Haslam College of Business offers a full range of learning opportunities in a host of areas critical to continued development. We also offer customized, on-site executive education for almost all of our courses.

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.

Return on Investment

Our EMBA graduates report an average of $6.5 million in return to their organizations through the course of the program. The majority of this comes from the thesis-like Organizational Action Project, in which students examine a key area in need of change at their company and build a plan to improve it. Haslam’s EMBA centers around direct application in the workplace and the formality of a degree program forces employees to take the time to execute major projects. Sending top talent to Haslam’s EMBA often costs less than professional consultation fees that companies pay to fix such issues, and the projects are approached with greater insight and long-term vision.

Talent Retention

Sponsoring students in the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain program is a leadership development and talent retention tool for employers. Throughout the program’s duration, less than 3 percent of our alumni have left their organizations. The program’s design creates a strong bond between company and employee, unlocking the employee’s potential to deliver substantial value.

“By providing some level of sponsorship, we create a commitment and a bond in both directions. They are thankful and grateful, and we obviously benefit from knowledge capital. We’ve had zero turnover and several promotions so far.”

David Caines, CEO and president - Kenco Logistics Services

Global Network of Experts

Pursuing an EMBA ensures participants engage with peers at the same stage of their career during the program. Haslam’s industry-specific Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain ensures that graduates build a network of 20-30 colleagues who face the same challenges of managing a worldwide supply chain network. Haslam’s graduate supply chain programs have been ranked in the top three globally by Gartner for several years, and its faculty are regularly recognized for their empirical research. They connect students with their global network through speakers and site visits. Our network of more than 60 companies also gives us a strong understanding of current industry trends and challenges.

Minimal Disruption

Haslam’s Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain takes employees out of the office for fewer than 30 days. Participants earn their degree in a single year. We accomplish this by assigning homework on the job. Students do not follow the traditional approach of learning in a classroom then practicing on paper at home then finding ways to apply their learning after graduation. Our students discuss best practices and strategies in the context of their organization and analyze their own business as part of their assignments.

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.

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.

Step 1

Complete your Application at

  1. On the Program Selection page within your online application, please choose Business Administration under College.
  2. Scroll down to choose Executive MBA - Global Supply Chain under Program.
  3. Choose the next spring semester under Select Term.
  4. Click on Save Your Selection.

Step 2

Review and Complete the Following Application Components:

  • A resume
  • References
  • Transcripts
  • $60 non-refundable application fee


Applicants are considered on a rolling admissions basis, and candidates should receive a decision within two weeks of submitting their complete application. Domestic applicants are encouraged to apply by October 30, and international applicants are encouraged to apply by September 30 of each year to allow time to process enrollment materials.

Earlier applications are encouraged. Applicants with completed materials by June 30 (early review date) and September 30 (secondary review date) will receive priority, expedited consideration.

Applications submitted after these dates will be reviewed and students admitted on the basis of available space. Space permitting, students can begin their applications as late as December 1 and still be admitted and positioned to succeed in the program.

International or domestic students beginning their application after September 30 / October 30 should contact the admissions coordinator at the earliest possible opportunity to expedite the application.

If you have questions or need help with your EMBA-GSC application, don’t hesitate to contact our staff at or +1 (865) 974-5001.

COVID-19 Response

Haslam’s Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain Program Admissions Updates

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is committed to both the health and well-being of faculty, staff and students. We continue to accept applications to the EMBA for Global Supply Chain program, which begins in January 2021 and continue to render admission decisions.

Even while working remotely for the time being due to COVID-19, you can continue to rely on the admissions team at the Haslam College of Business and the University of Tennessee Graduate School for appropriate guidance and resources. Please contact us with any questions you might have:

Izabela M. VanDeest

Izabela M. VanDeest

Program Manager

Jon Holztrager

Jon Holztrager

Program Director

The University of Tennessee Graduate School

Events and Campus Visits

Live events: All on-campus events and classes have been moved online until further notice. However, there is the opportunity to attend a virtual class visit, engage in live discussions with the director, recruiter and faculty, and speak to a student reference. Please contact Izabela VanDeest at 865-974-1612 or for more information.

The COVID-19 Information & Support web page provides university-level updates on responses to the coronavirus. We will provide updates to prospective applicants and students as our office receives them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Recognizing that supply chains worldwide are under stress, we are making changes to streamline and simplify admissions processes. We encourage you to submit an application to the EMBA for Global Supply Chain program on the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain application page.

Often, prospective students applying to the EMBA for Global Supply Chain program qualify for a GMAT/GRE testing waiver, depending on their professional work experience. To see if you qualify for a waiver, please contact Izabela VanDeest at 865-974-1612 or

Prospective students are not required to travel for an in-person admission interview. However, we highly encourage campus visits or virtual visits. To schedule a visit, please contact Izabela VanDeest at 865-974-1612 or

Important Deadline(s)

We encourage you to continue practicing social distancing and avoiding large gatherings to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Our team is dedicated to ensuring all virtual alternatives presented are informative and interactive. Our goal continues to be connecting you with members of the The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business community as well as providing you with the opportunities to engage and get excited about joining the EMBA for Global Supply Chain program in January 2021. As we receive updates, we will share those with you. Be safe, and we look forward to communicating with you soon.

Go Vols!

Admission Criteria

All applicants to the Executive MBA - Global Supply Chain must first meet The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business admissions requirements.


  • Minimum grade-point average of 2.7 or 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study. Previous graduate work (including foreign degrees) must have a grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or equivalent. A strong record of professional or educational accomplishment may be considered an acceptable substitute if your GPA does not meet the minimum requirements.
  • GMAT scores are waived for candidates with 5 years of managerial experience and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher. GMAT scores are not required if you already have a graduate degree.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. International applicants whose native language is not English must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years, experienced candidates may qualify for a TOEFL waiver.

Executive MBA – Global Supply Chain Criteria

  • Significant professional achievement with increasing scope of responsibilities
  • 5 years of professional work experience or more, 15-20 years average
  • An academic record (combined with standardized test scores when required) that demonstrates the aptitude and commitment to complete an MBA while working
  • Business acumen to contribute actively to the learning process
  • Role at an organization where supply chain and business focused curriculum can be applied throughout the program
  • Recommendations are optional, but highly encouraged by non-sponsored candidates. Candidates that are financially sponsored by their organization do not need written recommendations


No upcoming webinars.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The program fee for the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain is $85,000 (U.S.)

The program fee includes:

  • All university tuition and fees
  • Books and materials, including course-specific software
  • Technical support for all software
  • Local transportation to and from classes and special events during residence periods
  • Breakfasts, lunches and most dinners

The program fee does not include:

  • Laptop computer (if needed, you can purchase a laptop at a discount through the The University of Tennessee Computer Store)
  • Airfare to and from residence periods, both domestic and international
  • Lodging during residence periods

Payment schedule:

  • $2,500 at confirmation of program acceptance
  • Three equal payments of $27,500 due at the beginning of each semester

Financial Aid

Loans and Scholarships

Fellowships/assistantships are not available for this program, but you may qualify for federal financial aid. Learn about federal student loans here One Stop Express Student Services.

The federal government also offers a loan forgiveness program for graduates of the program who work in the nonprofit/public sector.

Please contact us for more information about funding options.

Employer Sponsorship

Many applicants’ employers provide full or partial financial assistance, as the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain assignments relate directly to work and improve employee performance and retention. More on sponsorship negotiations.

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 The University of Tennessee Office of Veterans Affairs: or 865-974-1500.

Special Programs

Employees of the University of Tennessee or a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution are eligible for fee waivers.

Many out-of-state candidates in the Southeast region can obtain in-state tuition rates through Academic Common Market. Students using Post-911 GI Benefits are particularly likely to benefit.

MBA Veterans Services

In keeping with our full-service model for working professionals pursuing their education at the Haslam College of Business, we offer a full range of support that provides veterans with a direct path toward applying their benefits.

Our program coordinators and the university’s Veterans Resource Center are here to help you access the benefits you’ve earned serving our country.

What is the first step?

To apply for education benefits through the department of US Veterans Affairs please visit their website at or call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). Once you have applied for benefits, the VA will review your application and you will receive your letter listing your eligibility.

What fees does the Post-9/11 GI Bill typically cover?

  • In-state maintenance tuition and facilities fee
  • Professional programs & services
  • Library
  • Technology, transportation and graduation fee

This is based on your percentage of entitlement. Contact Veterans Services to verify your benefits and receive further information.

What is typically not covered?

  • Meals, parking, books, lodging, airfare and out-of-state tuition

Yellow Ribbon Program

If you live outside of Tennessee, the Yellow Ribbon program may be an option to cover a portion of your costs. Under this scenario, the VA would pay half of your out-of-state tuition charges and the MBA program would match the other half.

You can qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program if you are enrolled in a graduate-level MBA program. You must have 100% entitlement with the Post-9/11 GI Bill and not be on active duty. Active-duty service members cannot qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program.

This program is allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. The MBA program allows for 10 recipients each academic year. It can be used for all three semesters with a maximum $15,000 each academic year.

Academic Common Market

If you don’t qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program, another option may be the Academic Common Market. This is a tuition-savings program for college students in 15 states of the Southern Regional Education Board who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions.


Barbara Melvin

"I think that this MBA really teaches you to think instead of as an individual, but as a teammate."

Through the Haslam Executive MBA – Global Supply Chain program, Barbara became a better leader, a better teammate and a better strategic thinker.

Chuck Wethington

"This is a great way to get a quality education, learn from some of the industry leaders academically, also from a peer group that is outstanding."

While Chuck appreciates that the Haslam EMBA – GSC program offers a first-rate education, the most memorable elements for him were the site visits to businesses in Shanghai, China.

Donna Deason

"The Haslam EMBA teaches the academic and scholastic principles, but in this program it’s coupled with business application."

Donna Deason's student project resulted in a $1.5-2M increase in profit.

John Weeks

"I have learned how to speak the language of my CFO and the language of business and be able to connect that language to actions I’m taking in the supply chain."

The Executive MBA - Global Supply Chain's biggest achievement for professionals like John is helping convey supply chain's role in the company's financials.

Andres Oviedo

"I now have friends all over the world that I can contact—just give them a call—to understand what’s going on in their organization as a whole and in specific elements. We have the confidence, we have the trust, to ask."

The year-long duration of the program and its exposure to other supply chain professionals made the Executive MBA - Global Supply Chain perfect for executives like Andres.

Student Experience

Support for Students

The Haslam Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain staff and Program Manager, Izabela Vandeest, take care of the details during residency periods so participants can focus on their work and studies.

Our staff attempts to anticipate students’ needs and are part of an intimate group when classes are in session. Staff services include:

  • A one-stop source for personalized support throughout the program
  • Step-by-step assistance with the admissions process
  • Books and program material delivery to your home
  • Arranging most meals and reserved blocks of lodging during residency periods
  • Class registration and clear instructions regarding all paperwork
  • Assistance for all graduation activities from fittings for cap and gown to welcoming family members

The Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain's faculty members get to know each student on a first-name basis and often become lifelong connections which endure long past graduation. Faculty members provide their mobile and e-mail contacts, striving to respond to any question within 24 hours. In addition to teaching, faculty members:

  • Serve as mentors, with each EMBA student receiving one-one-one advising on a major project for their organization
  • Research additional sources and reading on topics of key interest
  • Facilitate benchmarking and knowledge sharing with other companies in the UT network
  • Connect students with peers or seniors leaders in the industry


Most students stay at the Hilton Downtown while in residence at UT. Hilton Downtown is a 15-minute walk through campus to the Haslam Business Building, although the program provides shuttles for door-to-door service.

Other Accommodations:

Class Profile

  • 50% female
  • 50+% international
  • 43 (average age)
  • 100% employed full-time
  • 20-25 students per year
  • 20+ years average managerial experience
  • Senior manager, director, and VP, depending upon the organization

Countries Represented: USA, China, Austria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, Ukraine, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, UAE, Spain, Switzerland, Argentina and Mexico.

Companies Represented: Mondelez International, Dell, Cummins, Caterpillar, Kenco, Pilot Flying J, SC Johnson, Martin Brower, Eastman Chemical, Johnson & Johnson , McCormick, Linfox, IBM, Boeing, Fairfield Nodal.

Class Profiles

Class of 2020

The Executive MBA – Global Supply Chain online welcomed its first class in September 2019 with a full student cohort. Below is a snapshot of the Class of 2020.

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10 Students

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Ethnically Diverse

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Average Age

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Average Work Experience

Academic Backgrounds



University of Tennessee graduates



Hold a business related Bachelor's



Hold Bachelor's in SCM

Selected Employers

Eastman Chemical Company
Mondelez International
SC Johnson

Selected Alma Maters

Michigan State
Ohio University, Athens
Univ. of Kentucky
Univ. of Kansas
UADE Business School
ENCG Settat, Periyar Univ.
Univ. of Science & Technology, China

Selected Job Titles

Executive Director
Senior Director
Vice President
Assistant General Manager

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email us at or give us a call at +1 (865) 978-6486.

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