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Employer Sponsorship

Most Executive MBA – Global Supply Chain students are fully or partially funded by their employers. While this is not always the case, we recommend that candidates start the conversation with their employers highlighting a few key points.

Return on Investment

Our EMBA graduates report an average of $6.5 million in return to their organizations through course of the program. The majority of this comes from the thesis-like Organizational Action Project, in which students examine a key area in need of change at their company and build a plan to improve it.

Haslam’s EMBA centers around direct application in the workplace and the formality of a degree program forces employees to take the time to execute major projects. Sending top talent to Haslam’s EMBA often costs less than professional consultation fees that companies pay to fix such issues, and the projects are approached with greater insight and long-term vision.

Talent Retention

Sponsoring students in the Executive MBA – Global Supply Chain program is a leadership development and talent retention tool for employers. Throughout the program’s duration, less than 3 percent of our alumni have left their organizations. The program’s design creates a strong bond between company and employee, unlocking the employee’s potential to deliver substantial value.

By providing some level of sponsorship, we create a commitment and a bond in both directions. They are thankful and grateful, and we obviously benefit from knowledge capital. We’ve had zero turnover and several promotions so far.

David Caines, CEO and president
Kenco Logistics Services

Global Network of Experts

Pursuing an EMBA ensures participants engage with peers at the same stage of their career during the program. Haslam’s industry-specific Executive MBA – Global Supply Chain ensures that graduates build a network of 20-30 colleagues who face the same challenges of managing a worldwide supply chain network.

Haslam’s graduate supply chain programs have been ranked in the top three globally by Gartner for several years, and its faculty are regularly recognized for their empirical research. They connect students with their global network through speakers and site visits. Our network of more than 60 companies also gives us a strong understanding of current industry trends and challenges.

Minimal Disruption

Haslam’s Executive MBA – Global Supply Chain takes employees out of the office for fewer than 30 days. Participants earn their degree in a single year.

We accomplish this by assigning homework on the job. Students do not follow the traditional approach of learning in a classroom then practicing on paper at home then finding ways to apply their learning after graduation. Our students discuss best practices and strategies in the context of their organization and analyze their own business as part of their assignments.

Employer Sponsorship Letter

Disclaimer: This letter is meant to be a starting point for candidates pursuing employer sponsorship. It is not applicable or ideal for all situations. Candidates should know the unique context of their company and disposition of their manager and edit the letter accordingly or even pursue a different approach to negotiations.