Program Overview

The Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership (EMBA) at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is a nationally ranked program designed to provide in-depth management education for executives. Candidates are high-potential managers and executives currently in, or moving into senior positions. The program is strongly focused on developing leadership skills, strategic thinking, and a global perspective. The Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership (EMBA) at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is a preeminent, nationally ranked degree program for managers and executives in a wide cross-section of industries.

The University of Tennessee allows students to complete their Executive MBA in a single year. They have developed the proprietary High Compression LearningSM method to deliver knowledge and experience in the shortest possible time frame. The course combines distance learning with residence periods. It's a lockstep program, meaning students and their classmates will move through the same coursework at the same pace. There are no electives or industry-specific courses; instead, the program use a holistic, integrated approach called the Executive Core.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: Yes

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)


    A four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent. A minimum GPA average of 2.7, or a 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. However, a strong record of professional or educational accomplishment may be considered as part of a GPA waiver request GMAT scores. Students are exempt from the GMAT requirement if they already have a graduate degree. They may be exempt if they have more than 10 years of managerial experience and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Evidence of a career track with significant professional achievement and increasing scope of responsibilities At least 10 years of professional work experience (preferred but not mandatory).


    Your class time is divided into four 9 or 10 day residence periods and 20 online distance-learning sessions.

    School Overview

    The University of Tennessee is a public, 4-year, land-grant university headquartered in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee. The school is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the country and was founded in 1794. During the Civil War, the school was considered to be the bastion of Union sympathies and the school suffered major structural damage during the Battle of Fort Sanders. Additional campuses were built and the UT University System was created in 1968. Today, University of Tennessee in Knoxville is the flagship institution of the statewide University of Tennessee system.

    The school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the following colleges:

    • Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
    • Architecture and Design
    • Arts and Sciences
    • Business Administration
    • Communication and Information
    • Health, Education, and Human Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Law
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI)



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