New Graduate and Executive Students Bring Diverse Life, Work Experience to Haslam

September 1, 2022

If you had experience as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp., were a Division 1 track and field athlete, an intraoperative neurophysiologist, a horticulture graduate from Beijing Forestry University or a corporate lawyer from Bangladesh, where would you go to further your education? If you answered the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, you are correct. Those are the backgrounds of a few of the new students among the 820 enrolled in Haslam’s graduate programs for the fall 2022 semester.

Six Haslam master’s program cohorts started this fall, including the full time MBA, Professional MBA (ProMBA), Master of Accountancy, MS in Management and Human Resources, MS in Supply Chain Management Tri-Continent, and the MS in Supply Chain Management Online. Each has its own unique set of students and program requirements.

In the full time MBA cohort, new students hail from eight countries, including Albania, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Iran and the United States. Another 10 new graduate students identify as active duty or veteran military members.

The Professional MBA (ProMBA) program cohort beginning in fall 2022 is made up of 43 students. Some of its members’ occupations include pilot, librarian, science writer and chemical engineer. Of the 43 enrollees, 30 reside outside the immediate Knoxville area. To attend in-person Saturday classes, these students will commute an average of two and a half hours from cities such as Nashville, Kingsport, Johnson City, Chattanooga and Cookeville in Tennessee, Robinsonville in North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia.

Mary Goss, executive director of graduate business programs, said the wealth of experience in the incoming classes will enrich the educational experience for all students.

“Drawing on their distinct backgrounds enables students to share fresh approaches with their classmates as they explore team-building, real-world problem solving, networking opportunities and more,” Goss said. “Such collaborative spirit will be valued by our corporate partners and recruiters.”

Bruce Behn, Haslam’s associate dean for graduate and executive education, said the college is thrilled to welcome new and returning graduate students to Haslam. “From their backgrounds, we see they are willing to overcome challenges to make the most of their educational opportunities,” he said. “We are glad they chose the Haslam College of Business and look forward to providing them a supportive learning environment with the resources they need to pursue their dreams and prepare themselves for a variety of impactful careers.”

About the Haslam College of Business Graduate and Executive Education Programs

At the master’s level, Haslam offers the following programs: the Haslam (full-time) MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA (Global Supply Chain, Healthcare Leadership, Strategic Leadership), Aerospace & Defense MBA, Physician Executive MBA, Master of Accountancy, MS in Management and Human Resources, MS in Business Analytics, MS in Marketing, MS in Supply Chain Management Tri-Continent, MS in Supply Chain Management Online, and Online MBA. PhD program areas include Accounting, Business Analytics & Statistics, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Organizations and Supply Chain Management.

These programs address real-world challenges through an interdisciplinary approach where students develop new analytical and leadership skills. Faculty are industry thought leaders, seasoned practitioners and accomplished researchers who ensure the learning experience applies directly to each participant’s current or future job. Learn more about Haslam’s graduate and executive education programs.


Scott McNutt, business writer/publicist,