Aerospace & Defense MBA

Employer Sponsorship

Most Aerospace & Defense MBA students are fully or partially funded by their employers. While this is not always the case, we recommend that candidates start the conversation with their employers highlighting a few key points.

Return on Investment

Aerospace & Defense MBA graduates report an average of more than $1 million in return to their organizations through the course of the program. The majority of this comes from the thesis-like Organizational Action Project, in which students examine a key area in need of change at their company and build a plan to improve it.

Haslam’s Aerospace & Defense MBA centers around direct application in the workplace and the formality of a degree program forces employees to take the time to execute major projects. Sending top talent to Haslam’s Aerospace & Defense MBA often costs less than professional consultation fees that companies pay to fix such issues, and the projects are approached with greater insight and long-term vision.

Talent Retention

Sponsoring students in the Aerospace & Defense MBA program is a leadership development and talent retention tool for employers. Throughout the program’s duration, the majority of graduates continue working for their supporting employer.

Global Network of Experts

Pursuing an EMBA ensures participants engage with peers at the same stage of their career during the program. Haslam’s industry-specific Aerospace & Defense MBA ensures that graduates build a network of 20-30 colleagues who face the same challenges of a rapidly changing industry.

Haslam has a long history of partnership with the aerospace and defense industry. Professors have been part teams that won the prestigious Franz Edelman Award for generating increases in U.S. military revenues valued at $49.8 million annually. Our faculty frequently trains and consults onsite at aerospace and defense facilities. Their consultation on the effective use of lean tools, which are a core part of the non-degree and degree programming at Haslam, continues to make a significant strategic impact for our nation’s military and the world.

Minimal Disruption

Haslam’s Aerospace & Defense MBA takes employees out of the office for only five weeks. Participants earn their degree in a single year.

Students do not follow the traditional approach of learning in a classroom then practicing on paper at home then finding ways to apply their learning after graduation. Our students discuss best practices and strategies in the context of their organization and analyze their own business as part of their assignments.

Employer Sponsorship Letter

Disclaimer: This letter is meant to be a starting point for candidates pursuing employer sponsorship. It is not applicable or ideal for all situations. Candidates should know the unique context of their company and disposition of their manager and edit the letter accordingly or even pursue a different approach to negotiations.