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The Haslam Executive MBA program in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, now is ranked among the London-Based Financial Times’ Top 100 international executive MBA programs. In the Times’ just-released 2020 list, Haslam placed at No. 97. Only 29 U.S. EMBA programs appeared in the top 100, and the Haslam EMBA was one of just 11 U.S. public institutions to make the Financial Times’ highly regarded list. The Executive MBA offers three options – Global Supply Chain, Healthcare Leadership and Strategic Leadership.

“Achieving this ranking is a reflection of the educational quality that our EMBA faculty and staff provide to our executive students, and it is an indication of the value of the EMBA to our alumni,” Bruce Behn, Haslam’s associate dean for graduate and executive education, said. “It is also an incentive for us to continue to refine our offerings to provide the most relevant and transformative education possible in our graduate and executive programs.”

The Times’ top 100 list is considered one of the most rigorous and distinguished rankings in the world. In calculating the top 100, its administrators evaluate programs around the globe, and their criteria for inclusion are extensive and demanding. The categories assessed include alumni salaries, salary increases and career progress, diversity of faculty and students, corporate social responsibility, faculty research productivity and overall alumni satisfaction, among others.

Within the subcategories assessed by the Financial Times, Haslam scored exceptionally well on its overall alumni satisfaction score, which is based on alumni rating of their EMBA experience on a 10-point scale, with 10 as the best. Haslam’s score was 9.71 out of 10, which is the second highest of any program ranked in the list and the highest U.S. program ranking, making Haslam the No. 1 U.S. EMBA program for overall alumni satisfaction. This is a point to which Haslam alumni can attest.

“I am not surprised to learn that the Haslam EMBA program is the top U.S. program in overall alumni satisfaction,” Bryan Bonuomo (EMBA, ’06), principal at Patonce Partners and chair of the Executive MBA Advisory Council, said. “As chair of the alumni council, I know the faculty and staff are always striving to meet the needs of talented executives, and their work always exceeds my expectations – the quality of the instruction, the commitment to making each student’s educational journey as rewarding as it can be. My entire experience was more than I could ask for.”

Additionally, Haslam’s faculty research (which accounts for 10 percent of the overall ranking score) is ranked at No. 53 worldwide and No. 10 among U.S. public colleges. The ranking is calculated according to the number of articles published by a school’s current full-time faculty members in 50 academic and practitioner journals between January 2017 and May 2020 and combines the absolute number of publications with the number weighted relative to the faculty’s size.

Business schools participate in the Financial Times’ EMBA ranking voluntarily, but their EMBA programs must meet certain criteria to be eligible, including being accredited by either the U.S.’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or Europe’s Equis. Also, the EMBA must be cohort-based, with students enrolling and graduating together with at least 30 graduates each year.

About the Haslam College of Business Executive Education Programs

Haslam offers the following executive education master’s programs: Professional MBA, Executive MBA (Global Supply Chain, Healthcare Leadership, Strategic Leadership, Aerospace & Defense MBA and Physician Executive MBA). Haslam houses some of the country’s leading experts in supply chain, process efficiency, collaborative partnerships and analytics.

These programs address real-world challenges through an interdisciplinary approach where students develop new analytical and leadership skills. Its faculty are industry thought leaders, seasoned practitioners and accomplished researchers who work tirelessly to make the learning experience apply directly to each participant’s current or future job. Moreover, Haslam’s programs are well represented in key rankings:

  • Executive MBA (Strategic Leadership, Healthcare Leadership and Global Supply Chain) – No. 23 worldwide (2018, The Economist)
  • Executive MBA Program – No. 1 worldwide for program relevance (2018, The Economist)
  • Executive MBA for Healthcare Professionals – No. 12 nationally (2020, Healthcare Management Degree Guide)
  • Custom Executive Education Programs – No. 20 worldwide (2020, Financial Times)
  • Full Time MBA – No. 23 among public institutions, No. 56 nationwide (2021, U.S. News & World Report Best Business Schools)
  • Supply Chain Graduate Programs – No. 4 among public institutions, No. 5 nationally (2021, U.S. News & World Report Best Business Schools)

In addition to teaching the EMBA, Haslam faculty deliver custom courses or entire programs to suit your organization’s needs in four key industry areas: global supply chain, aerospace and defense, healthcare and leadership/strategy. They also conduct research, solve pain points, develop new processes and build broad-based business strategies.


Scott McNutt, business writer/publicist,