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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business premiered at 4th overall and 2nd among public universities in the U.S. News Best Online Graduate Business Programs ranking released today. Among student veterans, the college is ranked 2nd overall and 1st among U.S. public universities. This ranking was based on data from the college’s master’s in Supply Chain Management Online program and marks the first time the program was eligible to be included in the ranking.

UT’s growing enrollment is evidence that more students than ever are drawn to the university’s highly regarded academic programs and unique Volunteer experience. As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, UT is committed to making a world-class education available to more students, including through high-quality online degree programs.

Shay Scott, executive director of the Global Supply Chain Institute, said the program’s performance in the rankings reflects the diligent work—including gathering input on program design from senior industry leaders—that went into designing the program and the vision and innovation of the faculty teaching in it.

“It takes a team behind the scenes working with our top faculty to pull together a seamless online experience for our accomplished master’s students,” Scott said. “This ranking is a direct reflection of that effort, which will ensure the program’s continuing relevance and impact.”

Stephen L. Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair at the college, said the ranking underscores its dedication to bringing instruction to students wherever they are located, using the most current tools and thinking available.

“Haslam is already expanding its online offerings with a just-launched online MBA program and additional offerings in the works,” Mangum said. “This ranking indicates that our efforts to meet students’ learning needs now and in the future are well received.”

A Hub for Supply Chain Management

The supply chain management programs are consistently ranked among the highest in the nation and the world for their industry-relevant curriculum, innovative research and custom programs.

The 2022 U.S. News and World Report undergraduate rankings recognized UT’s supply chain program with the number one spot in the Southeastern Conference, and the program climbed two spots to achieve a number three national ranking. The 2023 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School ranked the supply chain management graduate programs third among public institutions and fourth nationally. The ranking marked the eighth consecutive year that UT’s supply chain graduate programs have placed in the top 10.

Gartner Inc., a leading industry research organization based in Stamford, Connecticut, placed UT’s supply chain management graduate programs first and the undergraduate program as second among North American programs in 2022. This marks 11 consecutive years that the program has ranked in Gartner’s top 10.

Tickle College of Engineering Looks to Expand Online Opportunities

In addition, the Tickle College of Engineering online master’s programs were ranked in a tie for 29th amongst public institutions and a tie for 37th overall.

“While we are pleased with the strong ranking that we have earned, our focus remains on expanding our opportunities for non-traditional students while maintaining the highest possible online experience moving forward,” said Matthew Mench, dean and Wayne T. Davis Dean’s Chair in the college. “The recent addition of the online MS in computer science is a great step in that direction, and we expect more new high-quality programs to follow.”

About the U.S. News and World Report Methodology

The online program rankings were based on surveys sent to 224 schools. U.S. News assessed the schools in the ranking based on a variety of objective factors, such as student engagement, faculty credentials and services and technologies. The veterans category was reserved for schools that finished in the top half of the best online program rankings, that are certified for the G.I. Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program and that met a threshold of enrolled student veterans.


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