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.

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COVID-19 Response

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, Recruitment:

vandeest@utk.edu: 865-974-1612

Jon Holztrager, Program Director:


The University of Tennessee Graduate School:

gradschool@utk.edu: 865-974-2475

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 vandeest@utk.edu 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 vandeest@utk.edu.

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 vandeest@utk.edu.

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.

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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.

Contact us to discuss if you qualify for any of these waivers.

Executive MBA for 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

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ 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 (usually equates to ~ 3% of 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.


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

Barbara Melvin

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

“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.”

Chuck Wethington

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.

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

Donna Deason

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

“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.”

John Weeks

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.

“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.”

Andres Oviedo

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.

The Learning Experience

Support for Students

The Haslam Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain staff takes 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:


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:

Cumberland House Knoxville

Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown

Tuition and Financial Aid

This page covers the expected tuition for your program, the ways you might pay for it, and outcomes.


Total Cost of Attendance


in tuition and program fees


in travel (airfare and lodging) expenses while attending the four residency periods

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 residency periods

*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.

Please click here to view tuition payment schedule.

Is This a Good Investment?

Current students and graduates of Haslam’s Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain 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 professional growth and 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, which results in 70 percent of students receiving promotions within two years of graduation.

With the Organizational Action Project providing immediate ROI to our student's organizations, companies return each year, giving their leaders the tools to create a sustained competitive advantage for their business.

Financial Assistance Options

Students have a variety of options to fund their tuition. 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 Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain assignments relate directly to work and improve employee performance and retention.

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: utkva@utk.edu or 865-974-1500.


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 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 gscemba@utk.edu or call us at 865-978-6486.

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

Spring 2022

July 14, 2021

Early Review Date

September 29

Priority Review Date

November 30

Final Review Date

January 15, 2022

Classes Start

January 15-23, 2022

Residency Period #1 - Knoxville, Tennessee

May 11-19, 2022

Residency Period #2 - Asia

September 14-22, 2022

Residency Period #3 - Hamburg, Germany

December 1-9, 2022

Residency Period #4 - Knoxville, Tennessee


Class of 2020

Below is a snapshot of the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain class of 2020.







Employed Full-time


Students per year


Average Age


20+ years average managerial experience

Countries Represented

  • USA
  • China,
  • Austria
  • Egypt
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Russia
  • India
  • Ukraine
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • UAE
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Argentina
  • 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

Selected Job Titles

  • Senior manager
  • Director
  • VP
  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Details


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