The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Global Supply Chain Executive Programs

Haslam College of Business

Residence Periods + Online Structure

No matter where you live, you can complete your Executive MBA (EMBA) for Global Supply Chain in just one year. Your class time is divided into four 9 or 10-day residence periods (two outside of North America) and 20 online distance learning sessions.

Residence Periods (RPs)

Four times each year, you'll leave the demands of work and family to spend approximately 10 days focused exclusively on your Executive MBA for Global Supply Chain studies. During two of these residence periods, you will travel to key global markets: Europe and Asia. The remaining two residence periods will take place on The University of Tennessee campus, home to one of top-ranked supply chain programs.

During the RP’s, you'll take classes, meet with faculty advisors and transnational leadership development experts, participate in site visits, attend cultural events, and work on project teams with your peers. Applied learning is emphasized throughout the year through individual and/or team assignments, which focus on logistics infrastructure, supply chain strategies, and execution.

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

After each residence period, you'll complete a series of Comprehensive Strategic Assessments (CSAs)—written assignments applied to your own organization using concepts and tools you've just learned. Potential topics:

Your final CSA will recommend strategic actions for your organization based on what you've learned throughout the year.

Online Structure

When you're not in residence, you'll be participating in online distance learning sessions. These sessions are held at two-week intervals on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

Class time is dynamic and interactive, just as it would be in person, and gives you the chance to connect with your classmates between residence periods. Faculty hold discussions and answer questions about assignments. Guest speakers talk about burning topics in organizations such as talent management, branding efforts using social media, and the fallout from the recent mortgage crisis. You may be participating from a distance, but you won’t skip a beat in the learning process.

Visit our Executive MBA academic calendar page to view session dates and times.

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