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 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 have the choice of studying at two or three institutions: the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, Kühne Logistics University and/or a Kuhne Logistics Partner University. 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 No. 1 in the United States. Kühne has a similarly strong reputations being ranked in the top five internationally oriented universities for business (CHE).

Duration: 1 year, 3 semesters; or 2 years, 5 semesters

Location: University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, Kühne Logistics University

Start Date: Fall 2025

STEM Designated

International students may qualify for a 36-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension upon graduation.

Program Profile

  • Female: 20%
  • International: 0%
  • Average GPA of 3.23
  • US Minority 40%
  • Tennessee Resident 60%
  • UTK Graduate 60%
  • 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


Graduate Supply Chain Program in the U.S.

Gartner 2022


Globally For Supply Chain Research

Transportation Journal 2018


Graduate Supply Chain Program Among Public Institutions

U.S. News & World Report, 2023 Best Business Schools

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 two or three continents. In the one-year track, students will spend the first semester in Hamburg (Germany) and the second semester in Knoxville (Tennessee, U.S.). After completing the capstone project during the summer semester, students will be awarded the Master of Supply Chain Management from The University of Tennessee.

In the two-year track, students will follow the one-year track and be awarded a degree from the University of Tennessee, then they will go to one of Kuhne Logistics University’s partner universities to complete the Kuhne Logistics University Master of Science in Supply Chain Management. The final semester is dedicated to a capstone project like 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


1-Year Track

Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany

  • Business Strategy
  • Business Logistics
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Demand Planning and Inventory Management
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management Issues

University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

  • Spring I Term: UT Knoxville
    • SCM 521 (3 credit hours)
    • SCM 566 (3 credit hours)
    • SCM 572 (3 credit hours)
    • SCM 574 (3 credit hours)
    • SCM 576 (3 credit hours)

University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

  • SCM 556 (3 credit hours)
  • SCM 575 (3 credit hours)

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.

2-Year Track

  • Students can apply to KLU to complete their Masters of Supply Chain Management from KLU.


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.

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.

Start-Up Expenses


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For more information contact us.

Katie Wood
Assistant Director of Admissions, Graduate Business Programs
(865) 974-3959