University of Tennessee

Program Structure

Participants complete the Executive MBA – Strategic Leadership in a single year. The average time commitment is about 20 hours per week for readings and assignments, and all assignments relate directly to work participants perform on the job.

We convey a comprehensive, MBA degree in a shortened duration by catering to adult learning principles and projects. Prework covers the basic concepts, and we supplement lectures with simulations, case studies and discussion exercises.

The program combines 20 online learning sessions with four nine-day residence periods (RPs) conducted at the University of Tennessee and abroad.

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Residence Periods

During the residence periods, participants attend classes, meet with faculty advisors and leadership development coaches, and work on project teams with peers. Three are on campus in Knoxville, Tennessee, and one is a global immersion seminar rotating between Asia, South/Central America and Eastern Europe.

RP Example Schedule
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
A.M. Program Introduction and Overview Financial Reporting Market-Focused Organizations International Business and Global Trade Cost of Capital and Capital Structure
Demand-Supply Integration Economics
P.M. Strategic Planning Leadership Challenge Financial Reporting Value-Based Management Customer Value
Financial Decisions Corporate Presentations
  Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9  
A.M. Corporate Strategy Synthesis Prep Leadership Strategies International Tax  
Case Evaluation
P.M. Value Stream Simulation Synthesis Presentations Assessment    
Information Technology

Online Structure

Online distance learning sessions are held for two hours at two-week intervals.

During online sessions, faculty hold discussions, incorporating students and answering questions about assignments. Sessions also often include guest speakers and participants communicate with each other and faculty between classes regarding assignments.


Academic Year 2021

  • RP1: January 16 – 24
  • RP2: May 1 – 9
  • RP3: Summer TBD
  • RP4: December 2 – 10

Graduation ceremony: December 11
Online distance-learning sessions: Wednesdays, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST

Assignment due dates and other important milestones will be provided during the first January residence session. Full attendance at all sessions is mandatory.