Aerospace & Defense MBA

Program Structure

Participants complete the Aerospace & Defense MBA in a single year while continuing to work, acquiring a broad base of business knowledge and a deep understanding of the aerospace and defense industry. The average time commitment is about 20 hours per week for readings and assignments. Assignments relate directly to work participants perform on the job to help students best retain and immediately apply new concepts.

More than 75 percent of the program’s teaching occurs during five one-week residence periods (RPs). Four RPs take place at the University of Tennessee, with one at a rotating location near the headquarters of a major aerospace and defense organization. A total of 18-20 supplemental, distance-learning classes of three hours each are held between sessions.

Residence Periods

RPs run from Sunday to Saturday. During each session participants take classes, meet with faculty advisors and leadership development coaches, and work on project teams with peers. Each RP ends with synthesis presentations in which students apply what they have learned in the program to date as part of a focused case study.

In residence period three, at the program’s mid-point, students and faculty convene at a city selected for its breadth of aerospace and defense business activities.

 

RP Example Schedule
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Morning Icebreaker & Teambuilding Activities Performance in the A&D Industry Supply Chain Management Economics Financial Statements Theory of Constraints Synthesis of RP Classes Prep
Strategy Case Studies Investment Decisions Marketing Fundamentals
Afternoon Assessment Center Value-Based Management Information Systems Supply Chain Management Business Analytics Financial Statements Synthesis of RP Classes Presentations
Lean Applied to Business Processes Financial Decisions
Evening Welcome Dinner   Guest Speaker   Distance Learning Software Training Synthesis of RP Classes Introduction  

Online Structure

Online distance learning sessions are held for three hours once a week. The entire class gathers online during this time, holding discussions just as it does during the RPs. Sessions also may include guest speakers and participants communicate with each other and faculty between classes regarding assignments. In addition to expanding on information learned during the RPs, these sessions help the class maintain a tight sense of community.

The program also includes asynchronous distance learning for material best delivered through a traditional instructor-centered lecture. Participants may watch these lectures at their convenience and as often as needed to master the content.

Calendar

Academic Year 2017

RP5: December 9-15

Graduation Ceremony: December 15
Online Distance Learning Sessions: Thursdays 7 p.m.-10 p.m. EST.

Academic Year 2018

RP1: January 14-20
RP2: April 1-7
RP3: June 10-16
RP4: September 9-15
RP5: December 8-14

Graduation Ceremony: December 14
Online Distance Learning Sessions: Selected Thursdays 7-10 p.m. EST.