University of Tennessee


The first year of Haslam’s Full-Time MBA builds a foundation of business knowledge and professional skills. The second year develops expertise for specialized interests and goals in a concentration area. Core courses are conducted in teams and students gain real-world knowledge and skills through case competitions, project-based work, a required internship and a global learning experience.

Haslam’s Full-time MBA develops both the breadth of business knowledge necessary to be a successful manager and the depth of knowledge in a concentration area to add more direct value to a business unit. Participating in teams throughout the core of the program allows students to gain leadership skills and learn how to work in team-based settings, which they will do in their future careers.

The Haslam MSBA is STEM-designated, providing enhanced employment opportunities for international students in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) period. In OPT, students with F-1 visa status who either have graduated or been pursuing their degrees for at least nine months can work in the U.S. for one year to gain practical training in their field of study. STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) designation allows a 24-month extension of the post-degree OPT. Effectively, international graduates of Haslam’s MSBA can work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduation to obtain extra experience before they attain a work visa through their company.

Curriculum Overview

Course Requirements

Key Components

Prep Course Week: An optional week of classes providing an overview of accounting, finance, statistics and Excel prior to the commencement of the first semester for accepted Haslam Full-Time MBA students. This program is designed for non-business majors and other students needing a business fundamentals refresher. Prep Course Week fees must be paid before students can participate.

LEAP Week: the first week of the MBA in which you LEAP: learn, engage, assess and present. Team building, presentation and negotiation skills and career development are the focus.

Business Skills Module: a practical skills course covering effective presentation and writing, use of technology-related platforms and career development, including cutting-edge job search techniques, self-marketing and correspondence, and networking.

Integrated Case Competitions and Consulting Projects: The first three sessions of the first year end with an integrated case competition reflecting current business issues. 

Torch Fund: an opportunity for select students to manage stock portfolios.

Global Business Experience: At the end the first year, students obtain a firsthand look at the cultural, administrative and economic complexities of conducting business internationally through the Global Business Experience. Internship: During the required summer internship, students apply the skills they have learned, develop invaluable experience and build their professional network.