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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Haslam College of Business

Strategic Leadership EMBA

Lead with agility. 
Transform your organization.

Pursue an Executive MBA - Strategic Leadership at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business

Executive MBA - Strategic Leadership Program Overview

Achieve the next level of leadership in your company, community and beyond when you cultivate an agile and advanced business perspective through the Executive MBA - Strategic Leadership (EMBA-SL) at the Haslam College of Business. Our one-year program is designed to empower leaders to create positive change and organizational agility through:

An integrated curriculum design that allows you to apply advanced leadership and business principles in the context of each course

A supportive and engaged community of Haslam faculty, mentors and alumni industry leaders who invest in your education and leadership growth

An experiential and applied learning approach that uses your workplace as a significant part of the educational process



Quality of Program
Faculty Worldwide 
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Best Public Graduate Business School
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Who Should Attend?

We designed the Executive MBA - Strategic Leadership for established leaders who want to accelerate their professional growth and revolutionize their industry and organization. The average EMBA-SL participant has around 20 years of professional experience and over 10 years of leadership experience.

Each cohort consists of an average of just 30 students, creating a close-knit environment in which EMBA-SL participants can form lasting connections with their peers and professors. Program participants and alumni represent organizations including Collins Aerospace, Ernst & Young, Google, Honeywell, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the US Army, the US Navy and more.

Integrated Approach

We don’t teach you financial acumen for the sake of teaching you financial acumen. We provide instruction in this business function as it relates to other areas like human resources, marketing and supply chain management. This holds true across our entire program structure. We take an interdisciplinary approach in our instruction, reflective of actual business operations, designed to prepare leaders to make more strategic, holistic business decisions.

Immediate Impact

Central to your experience as a student in the program is the execution of an Organizational Action Project designed to increase your immediate impact with real organizational returns. This applied learning approach prepares you to not only gain traction in your role in the short-term, but also build momentum in your career for the long-term.

Accelerated Change

Strategic leaders in top-tier organizations push boundaries to drive transformational change, whether it’s in the form of company dividends, employee satisfaction or organizational agility. As an EMBA-SL student, we provide you with the tools to make changes like this possible on an efficient and effective scale through a practical learning format that allows you to bring immediate action back to your organization.

Program Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?



The Executive MBA - Strategic Leadership takes less than a year to complete, starting in January and ending in December.


What is the program format?

The Executive MBA - Strategic Leadership is an in-person/online program. This is centered around four, nine-day residencies, roughly one per quarter. These residencies are tied together by both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning.


What degree will I receive upon completion of the program?


You will receive a Master of Business Administration.



Is the GMAT/GRE required?

GRE/GMAT waivers are available for program candidates with relevant experience. Contact our team at or (865) 357-8957 for further information on waiver eligibility.




Yes. There are federal student loans and other need-based financial aid available for graduate students at One Stop Express Student Services along with employer sponsorship opportunities and Veterans’ G.I. Bill Benefits.

Are there financial assistance opportunities?

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