Program Overview

The Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is a preeminent, nationally ranked degree program exclusively for physicians seeking leadership, management, and business skills. The innovative blended-mode course combines distance learning with residence periods on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus and allows students to complete their Physician Executive MBA in a single year. They have developed their proprietary High Compression LearningSM method to deliver knowledge and experience in the shortest possible time frame.
This blended-mode PEMBA a lockstep program, so students and their classmates will move through the same coursework at the same pace. Rather than offering electives, the program integrates all business disciplines into one holistic course of study that covers the topics most important to physicians in leadership roles. Students will acquire a broad, deep base of general business knowledge plus a profound understanding of the business of healthcare.

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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 medical doctorate (MD or DO) from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent (MBBS, MB ChB, BM, BMed). GMAT scores are not required. A minimum GPA of 2.7, or a 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study. Previous graduate work (including foreign degrees) must have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or equivalent. However, a strong record of professional or educational accomplishment may be considered an acceptable substitute if your GPA does not meet the minimum requirements. A minimum of five years work experience in healthcare is required


    The blended-mode curriculum divides your class time into four intense, highly focused residence periods and 40 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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