Professional MBA (ProMBA)

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Build your leadership skills while acquiring the critical business competencies you need to advance your career with the Professional MBA (ProMBA) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. Designed for full-time professionals across industries, our program offers a personal focus on your individual growth so you can master the principles you need to advance as a qualified leader. Our flexible, 16-month MBA grants you the opportunity to expand your networklearn from executive coaches, and develop strategic business knowledge in a hands-on learning environment curated to your professional goals and directly applicable to your work.

An MBA in 16 Months

We designed ProMBA with our students’ need for balance between work and school in mind. The flexible pacing and structure of our 16-month program fits within your current schedule as a full-time professional, while allowing you to gain career momentum with a top-ranked MBA.

Applied Learning

ProMBA prompts you to think outside of the box, and we leverage your workplace as a significant part of your learning environment. Hands-on coursework, research and projects will prepare you to think strategically so that you know how to adapt to new challenges in your career.

Industry Connections

Our ProMBA students benefit from the flexibility of our degree while engaging with a dynamic cohort of peers through in-person program components. As a ProMBA student, you will join a tight-knit network of rising leaders across industries and form lifelong connections.

Personalized Development

Over the course of our 16-month program, you will build an individualized leadership development plan under the guidance of a dedicated coach. You will work to recognize your individual strengths and create customized goals that develop your talents as a strong, effective leader.

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DESIGNED FOR RISING LEADERS

We created the Professional MBA program for the fast track emerging leaders. Designed for working professionals who want to accelerate their business knowledge quickly to elevate their careers. ProMBA is ideal for students who plan to continue working full-time while achieving an MBA.

The center of ProMBA is a sense of community that comes from bringing together ambitious professionals and aspiring leaders. Applicants to our program should have at least five years of professional work experience, a strong academic record and a plan to move into positions with an increasing scope of responsibility. To maintain an intimate learning environment, our program is typically limited to 50-60 students per year.

As a designated 2021-2022 Military Friendly Gold School and Military Spouse Friendly School, our program also offers a broad range of resources to support students in the military and their families pursue their educational goals.

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Average years of professional experience among ProMBA students

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Average percentage of ProMBA candidates with an undergraduate degree in an area other than business

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Average percentage of ProMBA graduates promoted during the 16 month program

HEAR FROM OUR PROMBA ALUMNI

You are an emerging leader ready to learn from top-tier faculty, enhance your professional skills and take meaningful action in the business sector. Watch our alumni stories and discover why you are ProMBA ready.

Alesa Barron
ProMBA, Class of 2019

Nadya Ally
ProMBA, Class of 2019

Robert Watkins
ProMBA, Class of 2019

TESTIMONIALS

Taylor Frazier

“I recently received a significant promotion to support the hydro generation fleet’s budget for TVA where I ensure the accuracy of operational and outage expenditures for 20+ generating sites across the TVA service area.”
Taylor Frazier

ProMBA, Class of 2019

Financial Consultant, Tennessee Valley Authority

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

As a Professional MBA student, you have the unique opportunity to cultivate key business knowledge through our hands-on MBA while maintaining career momentum. Through a hybrid mix of on-campus and distance learning sessions, our program modality supports your ability to continue working full-time while earning your degree.

Our applied learning approach incorporates your workplace as a significant part of your learning process while pairing the accessibility of virtual learning with immersive residential periods and individualized leadership development. ProMBA participants complete their degree in just 16 months and graduate from the program prepared to make the transition from talented managers into exceptional leaders.

IN-PERSON AND ON CAMPUS

Throughout the course of our 16-month program, you will attend classes 2-3 Saturday’s a month on campus in Knoxville, Tennessee. Your in-person immersions serve as an opportunity to connect with your classmates, reach milestones on course projects and engage with our expert faculty members.

  • Saturdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST

LIVE ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING

Our program incorporates synchronous virtual, faculty led distance learning sessions to bring valuable course content to students in an accessible and interactive format. Over the course of the program, you will complete interactive distance learning sessions a couple Tuesday evenings a month.

  • Tuesdays from 7 p.m.-9:40 p.m. EST

ORGANIZATIONAL ACTION PROJECT

For the duration of the Professional MBA and under the guidance of a faculty advisor, you will complete an Organizational Action Project (OAP) that addresses an issue of major importance in your organization. We designed this thesis-level project to offer you a strategic view of your organizations and allow you to apply concepts learned in class to the real world. The return on investment is significant for both you and your organization.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a key component of professional growth and success. Our Leadership Development Program is a two-part program with a curriculum that will expose you to key business concepts intended to strengthen your managerial capabilities and lead your organization. In addition, the skills-based mentoring model provides you a designated leadership coach that will help guide your short-term and long-term professional goals, personal goals and stretch goals that will serve you well beyond the scope of the ProMBA program.

GLOBAL IMMERSION

As a Professional MBA student, you will have the opportunity to travel with faculty and classmates to an international business hub for a week-long immersion that includes meetings with leaders of local and multinational organizations, governmental agencies and international accounting, finance and consultancy firms. Global immersions are optional, but offer a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of the global landscape.

FACULTY

Haslam College of Business faculty are internationally recognized for their cutting edge research and innovation as consultants and practitioners. The strength of our Professional MBA faculty is defined by their ability to translate abstract academic theories into an applied learning experience that allows you to relate and apply course concepts in your own professional experience.

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Mark Collins

Director, Technology-Enhanced Education, Distinguished Lecturer
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John Gallagher

Professor
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Molly Kinard-Lotter

Director
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Timothy Munyon

Ray & Joan Myatt Faculty Research Fellow, Associate Professor
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Andy Puckett

Paul & Beverly Castagna Professor in Investments and HCB Endowed Faculty Research Fellow
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Jim Reeve

Professor Emeritus
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Mandyam Srinivasan

Professor Emeritus
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Wendy Tate

Cheryl Massingale Faculty Research Fellow, William J. Taylor Professor in Business

CURRICULUM

Students in the Professional MBA program come from a range of academic and professional backgrounds, so our innovative curriculum speaks to the holistic business leader rather than one specific industry. As a ProMBA student, you will learn to approach your work from a strategic, whole-business perspective through case-based methods, simulations and hands-on projects that challenge and advance your understanding of course concepts.

CORE EXECUTIVE COMPETENCIES

Communication

Professional MBA graduates will be able to identify areas for growth and implement new channels for increased collaboration and information sharing between stakeholders.

Impact

Professional MBA graduates will be able to inform positive change within their organizations by developing meaningful relationships and efficient processes that align with industry best practices.

Responsibility

Professional MBA graduates will be able to take ownership of individual and team goals while assuming a greater scope of professional duty in their organizations.

Operational Strategies

Professional MBA graduates will be able to drive organizational excellence by critically assessing and improving day-to-day functional areas.

Team Building

Professional MBA graduates will be able to engage direct reports, peers and stakeholders to guide the organization forward through authentic leadership and the creation of common goals.

Crisis Management

Professional MBA graduates will be able to position themselves and their organizations to pivot and adapt to business challenges.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Professional MBA takes 16 months to complete.

Should pandemic conditions affect candidates’ ability to travel, alternative Residence Period sites will be selected that are compatible with ProMBA student travel needs and class profile.

In the case of governmental travel warnings or restrictions, we may utilize an online or hybrid modality for some aspects of the program; however, we will diligently pursue on-ground learning experiences where possible.

For more information, please reference our Covid-19 health and safety guidelines at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

ProMBA applicants should have:

  • Active full-time employment
  • Significant professional achievement with increasing scope of responsibilities
  • 5 years of professional work experience or more
  • An academic record (combined with standardized test scores when required) that demonstrates the aptitude and commitment to complete an MBA while working
  • Business acumen to contribute actively to the learning process
  • Professional positioning that allows the student to apply learning quickly at their organization
  • Strong recommendations and robust employer support

Yes. The 2022 payment schedule is:

  • Advance Program Fee: $500
  • Fall Semester 2022: $16,000
  • Spring Semester 2023: $16,500
  • Fall Semester 2023: $16,500

Tuition may also be paid in a lump sum at the start of the first semester. Contact us about accommodations for company billing requirements or yearly educational tuition reimbursement caps.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a designated 2021-2022 Military Friendly Gold School and 2021-2022 Military Spouse Friendly School due to the expansive support available for the military community and their families at UT. Talk to an enrollment advisor for more information.

Learn more about UT’s Military Veteran Services.

The ProMBA has one start date a year, in early-August.

To complete your application at https://apply.haslam.utk.edu/apply, you will need the following:

  • A resume
  • GMAT/GRE scores may be required. Waivers are available for qualified candidates with at least five years of managerial experience
  • References
  • Application essay
  • Transcripts
  • $60 non-refundable application fee

The program fee for the Professional MBA is $49,500. The program fee includes:

  • All university tuition and fees
  • Case studies, periodicals for required reading
  • Technical support for all software
  • Campus parking permit

The program fee does not include:

  • Books, professional subscriptions and supplies
  • Laptop computer (if needed, you can purchase a laptop at a discount through the UT Computer Store)
  • Lodging
  • Optional global immersion trip (approx. $1,500 plus airfare)

Yes. Many applicants’ employers provide full or partial financial assistance, as the ProMBA assignments relate directly to work and improve employee performance and retention.

KEY DATES

The Professional MBA admissions team reviews applications on a rolling basis. Cohorts are limited, so the earlier you complete your application, the sooner you can get an admissions decision to reserve your seat.

Fall 2023
Early Review Date
February 8, 2023
Priority Review Date
April 26, 2023
Final Review Date
June 28, 2023

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