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Program Structure

Participants complete the Executive MBA - 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 about 10 days each. Two RPs take place at the University of Tennessee and two are at international supply chain hubs in Europe and Asia. A total of 18-20 supplemental, distance-learning classes of two hours each are held between sessions.

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 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.

Sample Schedule on Knoxville Campus
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
A.M. Introductions and Overview Strategic Management Supply Chain Strategy and Demand Integration International Business & Global Trade Finance & Capital Markets
P.M. Leadership Challenge Financial Reporting Financial Reporting Finance & Capital Markets Transnational Leadership Development
  Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9  
A.M Strategic Management Synthesis of RP Classes International Tax & Supply ChainsPrep International Tax & Supply Chains Regional Case Presentations  
P.M Value-­Stream Simulation Synthesis Presentations EPIC Supply Chain Assessments & Regional Case Studies    
Sample Schedule on International Site
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
A.M Foreign Market Analysis & Regional Overview Site Visit 1
(Lean + Automation Focus)
Site Visit 3
(Maersk & Yanshan Port)
P.M DSI & Demand Forecasting Site Visit 2
(Distribution Focus)
Site Visit 3
(Maersk & Yanshan Port)
  Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8
A.M Site Visit 4
(MFG Focus)
Individual Site Visits Marketing Focused Orgs & Customer Value Synthesis Prep
P.M Site Visit 4
(MFG Focus)
Individual Site Visits Doing Business in China Synthesis Presentations

Online Structure

Online distance learning sessions are held for two hours at two-week intervals.

During sessions, faculty members hold discussions, incorporating students and answering questions about assignments. Sessions also often include guest speakers and participants communicate with each other and faculty between classes regarding assignments. In addition to expanding on information learned during the RPs, these sessions help the class maintain a tight sense of community.


Academic Year 2020

  • RP1: January 18-26 in Knoxville, TN
  • RP2: May 13-21 in China
  • RP3: September 16-24 in Europe
  • RP4: December 3-11 in Knoxville, TN

Graduation ceremony: December 11
Online distance-learning sessions: Typically Wednesdays 8:00-10:00 am or 10:00 am-12:00 pm EST

Assignment due dates and other important milestones will be provided during the first January residence session. While attendance is mandatory, Haslam faculty are committed to working with EMBA students to find a way to balance the program with work and family.