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MS Supply Chain Mgmt Tri-Continent

Graduate & Executive Education / MS Supply Chain Mgmt Tri-Continent

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The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Tri-Continent program offers a perspective on supply chain management from the world’s three largest economies.

Graduates from the Haslam College of Business’s supply chain programs are changing the face of supply chain operations at some of the world’s largest, most influential organizations like Amazon, FedEx and Procter and Gamble. Our programs are consistently ranked among the nation’s top 5, and corporations from across the world regularly recruit our graduates.

Students enrolling in the University of Tennessee’s MS-SCM Tri-Continent not only gain access to three internationally ranked supply chain programs, but also the latest insights and innovations in the field through the Global Supply Chain Institute. UT’s GSCI publishes multiple white papers per year on supply chain’s best practices and connects students to more than 200 professionals from 60 organizations twice a year at its supply chain forum.  

The program has a single, integrated group of students who study at three institutions: the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, Kühne Logistics University and Tongji University’s School of Economics and Management. Graduates leave with a global perspective, a global network and the skills necessary to excel in managing global supply chains.

Haslam has a strong reputation in supply chain across all education levels. Gartner ranked its current supply chain graduate programs second in the United States. Kühne and Tongji have similarly strong reputations, being ranked in the top five internationally oriented universities for business (CHE) and as the seventh-ranked business school in China (Eduniversal) respectively.

Duration: 2 years, 4 semesters

Location: University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, Kühne Logistics University and Tongji University’s School of Economics and Management

Start Date: September, 2022

Typical Class Profile

  • Female: 33%
  • International: 22%
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Up to 3 years of work experience preferred
  • GMAT/GRE required, but waivers are available (UT undergraduate students exempt)
  • Open to any major, but business, engineering, or supply chain preferred
  • Average cohort size: 10-15 UT students, 20-30 cohort total

What You’ll Learn

The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Tri-Continent degree program approaches supply chain management from an integrative perspective that includes economics, operations, logistics, risk management, leadership and IT. This truly global program takes place on three continents. Students will spend the first semester in Hamburg (Germany), the second semester in Shanghai (China), and the third semester in Knoxville (Tennessee, U.S.). The final semester is dedicated to a capstone project similar to a master’s thesis at the applicant’s home university.

Career Impact

Higher supply chain volumes and greater operational complexities are creating increased demand for professionals at every level of the supply chain, from the frontlines to senior executives. As the economy continues to recover and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, those shortages are likely only to increase.

Companies are beginning to see a marked advantage in having a chief supply chain officer and leveraging this field to increase their business. Our program prepares students to approach their careers with precisely this goal in mind.

The Haslam College of Business hosts a Supply Chain Forum twice a year, which upwards of 200 supply chain professionals attend. Our supply chain students meet with these professionals in small and large group settings to discuss career opportunities and learn the best practices of the field.

Our supply chain programs also rely on an advisory board of 40 senior executives from top supply chain companies. These executives help inform our curriculum, so our students have expertise in the precise areas that industry determines are necessary for their success.

We have several dedicated staff members to help our graduate students find appropriate internships and job opportunities.

Each student’s final semester is dedicated to applying the skills they have learned throughout their program. This culminates in a capstone class, during which student teams work with a business client on an existing problem. They gain hands-on experience with a real-world supply chain that is in constant transition and increasing complexity. The project culminates with a formal presentation to the client. Other benefits include:

  • Gaining exposure to different corporate cultures
  • Learning and practicing soft business skills
  • Learning important management and leadership lessons


Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
• Supply Chain Strategy, Logistics, and Current Issues
• Demand Planning and Inventory Management
• Leadership and Organizational Behavior
• International Economics
• Conducting Business in Europe

Tongji University’s School of Economics and Management, Shanghai, China
• Logistics and Supply Chain Management in China
• Statistics and Operations Research
• Management of Information Systems
• Operations Management
• Conducting Business in China

University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
• Strategic Supply and Cost Management
• Innovation and Risk Management
• Distribution, Logistic, and Network Management
• Conducting Business in the United States

University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
During this semester, students apply what they have learned to a business setting. They work with other students on a capstone project at their degree-granting institution, demonstrating their ability to translate concepts into business results.


Applications for the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Tri-Continent are submitted through the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School.

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GMAT/GRE: Test scores from either the GMAT or GRE are required of most applicants, but can be waived for qualified students. Contact us for more information.

English Language Proficiency: For applicants whose native language is not English who have not previously studied at UT, the TOEFL or the IELTS test is required. Scores must be provided directly by ETS (Educational Testing Service) to the UT Office of Graduate Studies. The program follows the Graduate Schools guidelines for minimum scores. Scores are valid for two years.

Interview: An interview is required. Students will be contacted after their application is received on how to move forward with an interview.

Letter of Recommendation: In the application, please enter the name and email address of your recommender. When you submit the application, they will receive an email with the recommendation to complete. The admissions committee prefers to see one academic (faculty) and one professional (current/previous supervisor) recommendation.

Key Dates

November 15th – First Round Review Date
January 15th – Second Round Review Date
February 1st – Final review date for international students
March 15th – Third Round Review Date
April 1st – Fourth Round Review Date (based on space availability)
May 15th – Fifth Round Review Date
June 15th – Final Review Date

***Applications received by the 1st round will be given priority for merit-based fellowships and assistantships.

Tuition & Financial Aid

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the University of Tennessee among the top 10 best buys in higher education. Forbes also ranked Knoxville as having the second lowest cost of living of all U.S. cities. An up-to-date schedule of tuition and fees for in- and out-of-state students can be found on UT’s Graduate School website.

Tuition and fees listed on the graduate school’s website do not include room, board, books and supplies or other living expenses. In addition to these costs, students admitted to Haslam’s MS-SCM Tri-Continent program will be responsible for a $2,000 program fee ($500 per semester).

Financial Aid
Learn about federal student loans and other need-based financial aid for graduate students at the One Stop Student Services Financial Aid page. Complete the FAFSA Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 15.



For more information contact us.

Ashley Sams
Assistant Director of Admissions, Graduate Business Programs
(865) 974-8696