Haslam Executive MBA Program Awarded Distinguished International Ranking

The program is in the top five in the world for overall alumni satisfaction in the Financial Times’ Top 100 international executive MBA programs ranking.

October 17, 2022

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business Executive MBA program has earned its highest score yet for overall alumni satisfaction – top five in the world – in the London-based Financial Times’ latest Top 100 international executive MBA programs rankings.

On a scale of one to 10, alumni gave Haslam’s Executive MBA program a 9.74, which places Haslam in the top five programs in the world for this subcategory. The college ranks No. 93 overall in the world, marking the program’s third consecutive appearance on the list. Of the 100 Executive MBA programs in the rankings, just 31 are U.S.-based, and Haslam’s program is one of only 14 offered by U.S. public institutions to be included. Haslam’s overall ranking is based on combined data from three Executive MBA tracks: global supply chain, healthcare leadership and strategic leadership.

Recognized as one of the most exacting and prestigious rankings in the world, the Times’ EMBA top 100 list assesses programs based on several factors. These include diversity of faculty and students, corporate social responsibility, faculty research productivity, alumni salaries, salary increases and career progress and overall alumni satisfaction, among others.

Haslam’s faculty research (10 percent of the overall ranking) ranked No. 64, up from No. 66 last year. This subcategory is calculated according to the number of articles published by a school’s current, full-time faculty members in 50 academic and practitioner journals between January 2019 and May 2022.

Bruce Behn, Haslam’s associate dean for graduate and executive education, attributed the ranking to the Executive MBA faculty and staff’s dedication to providing superior educational experiences for working professionals during and after their time in the program.

“Being included in this ranking for three years running shows our Executive MBA faculty and staff are committed to constantly improving the program’s deliverables to provide our students with exceptional educational value,” Behn said. “Alumni of our Executive MBA programs use strategic perspectives gained at Haslam to deliver significant impact for their organizations.”

Stephen L. Mangum, dean of the college and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, said the Financial Times ranking reflects Haslam’s rising international profile.

“The quality of education the college offers continues to attract a growing number of students and faculty from around the world,” Mangum said. “We will continue to support efforts that provide students with the most current and relevant education opportunities possible, taught by faculty who are leaders and scholars in their fields of expertise.”

Colleges of business elect to participate in the Financial Times’ Executive MBA ranking, but their Executive MBA programs must meet certain criteria to be eligible, including being accredited by either the U.S.’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or Europe’s Equis. Also, the Executive MBA must be cohort-based, with students enrolling and graduating together with at least 30 graduates each year.

About Programs for Working Professionals at the Haslam College of Business

Haslam offers many executive education courses and master’s programs designed for working professionals, including the Professional MBA, Executive MBA (Global Supply Chain, Healthcare Leadership, Strategic Leadership), Aerospace & Defense MBA, Physician Executive MBA, MS in Management and Human Resources, MS in Supply Chain Online and Online MBA. Haslam houses some of the country’s leading experts in supply chain, process efficiency, collaborative partnerships and analytics.

The programs for working professionals address real-world challenges through an interdisciplinary approach in which students develop new analytical and leadership skills. Its faculty are industry thought leaders, seasoned practitioners and accomplished researchers who work tirelessly to make the learning experience apply directly to each participant’s current or future job. For more information, please see the Graduate and Executive Education website.


Scott McNutt, business writer/publicist, rmcnutt4@utk.edu