The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Global Supply Chain Executive Programs

Haslam College of Business

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did we make the decision to offer this program? Executives who want to be successful in the area of global supply chain management require access to a comprehensive educational program with a global scope and structure specifically aimed at the business, supply chain, leadership, and cultural challenges they are facing in today’s business environment. Our reputation, faculty expertise, and network of contacts in the area of supply chain management makes our partner institutions uniquely qualified to deliver this type of program.

Why did we make the decision to offer the program as an Executive MBA rather than an Executive Masters (MSc)? The program’s curriculum as an Executive MBA with 60% MBA core and 40% Supply Chain Management course content provides the best fit for the learning needs of both general management and supply chain executives. The supply chain education is global, integrated, and holistically focused unlike other programs, which emphasize specific supply chain functions (e.g. warehousing, operations, transportation).

What differentiates this program from other supply chain programs currently available?

Is the program accredited? The University of Tennessee is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

How long is the program?  The program is 11 months in duration.

What are the program schedule and residence locations?  RP1: Jan 24 – Feb 1 (North America—Knoxville, Tennessee) RP2: May 20 – May 28 (Asia) RP3: Sep 10 – Sep 18 (Europe) RP4: Dec 3 – Dec 11 (North America—Knoxville, Tennessee)

How long are the residence periods? The residence periods average 9-10 days.

What classes will I take? The program offers an integrated curriculum, meaning that students do not take individual classes specializing in particular functional areas. Instead, the Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain is comprised of four residence periods. Each residence period has a specific theme and supply chain focus addressing key business and supply chain issues.

What is the program fee? The program fee is USD 85,000 for the class entering the program in January 2017.

What is included in the program fee and what other costs will I need to expect?  The program fee does not include travel (including visas, health certificates, and other related costs), lodging, and a personal computer (which is required).

What is the payment schedule for the program fee?  The program fee is payable according to the following schedule: USD $2,500 USD at confirmation of program acceptance and 3 equal payments of $27,500 USD due at the beginning of each semester.

Do I need to take the GMAT? The GMAT is required unless waived on the basis of your work experience (5+ years) and/or if you already have completed a graduate degree.

Do I need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)? If your native language is not English, completion of the TOEFL is required unless you are a United States citizen or have earned a degree from an accredited United States college or university within the past two years.

When will I need to apply? The priority application deadline is September 1. Applications received after the deadline will be subject to space availability in the program. International application deadline is October 1st.

Can I be admitted if I have less than 5 years of managerial experience?  Five years of managerial experience is a guideline. Each student will be evaluated for admittance based on the program’s complete admittance criteria. Managerial experience is particularly important to both understand and apply the course content; and to contribute to the learning process.

Is corporate sponsorship required?  Corporate sponsorship is preferred but not required. The faculty will work with students to define assignment and project alternatives where the student does not have a sponsoring organization.

What is the Organizational Action Project (OAP)? The OAP is a project each student completes relevant to his or her sponsoring organization. We recommend that the project is of significant scale and scope for the organization, and represents a significant return achievable within one to three years following project completion.

How much time will I be expected to devote to the program? The program’s modular structure provides the flexibility for executives to pursue this education while retaining their work responsibilities. The program is structured as an integrated, comprehensive, and relatively intense learning experience – particularly during the residence periods. Assignment due dates between the residence periods and online learning sessions are known well in advance to provide flexibility with work responsibilities. Although flexibility is built in to the program structure, the program does represent a significant time investment each month during enrollment.

What financial aid is available? Financial aid is not available through the program. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their sponsoring organizations and other sources of financial assistance.

What are examples of applied learning that are included in the program? Many individual and group assignments (including case studies, simulations, and regional assignments addressing supply chain strategies, infrastructure, and operations) have an applied learning focus. Synthesis projects in each residence period help students integrate the learning received. In Residence Period 4 a simulation game is structured as a “capstone” experience. This comprehensive, team-based and competitive supply chain simulation challenges the students to apply their cumulative learning from the program. Each student's Organizational Action Project (OAP) is structured to apply cumulative learning throughout the program to the accomplishment of a significant company project.

Is competency in a second language necessary? The program’s instructional language is English. Competency in a second language is not required.

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