Online MBA Program

Open the door to global connections, strategic insights and new business perspectives from wherever you are with the Online MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UTK) Haslam College of Business. Our relevant business curriculum is available 100 percent online.


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Program Overview

How do you define business leadership? At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UTK) Haslam College of Business, we take a practical approach. When you earn your MBA online at UT Knoxville, you’ll learn to shape business through action using powerful tools to set strategy and drive change in your career—and organization. With a Haslam MBA, you’ll see the bigger picture, and develop street smarts in a business context to drive decisions with a lasting impact.

Designed for today’s business environment, the Online MBA will equip you with an agile skill set that you’ll use to adapt to the unexpected. Threaded throughout our Online MBA curriculum, essential and analytical business tools like Excel, Power BI and Tableau allow you to frame business decisions in the context of data and lead your teams with confidence.

Wherever you are in your industry or career, the Online MBA will prepare you for the next professional step. Complete your degree in a collaborative online environment from wherever you are in the world and join thousands of Haslam alumni in a lifelong network of Volunteers.

  • 100% Online
  • AACSB-Accredited Business School
  • 45 Credit Hours
  • No GRE/GMAT Required
  • $1,200 Per Credit Hour**Based on 2022-2023 tuition rates
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Who Should Attend?

The UTK Online MBA draws on interdisciplinary business principles and our virtual classroom is accessible to students across industries. While many Online MBA students have business degrees, no specific academic background beyond a bachelor’s degree is required to apply to the program.

Our program may be the best fit for you if you are on a leadership trajectory or want to bring valuable business skills to work.

“I want students to understand the context in which they can use their skills. I try to pull in different examples and a broad spectrum of how students can apply analytical tools. They learn critical thinking skills like how to analyze a given situation and make recommendations for improvement.”

Angel Norman
Senior Lecturer, Online MBA

Why Learn Online?

When you earn your Online MBA from UT Knoxville, renowned business education meets you where you are. The Haslam Online MBA pairs a practical, hands-on MBA curriculum with the flexibility of earning your degree 100 percent online.

Beyond the benefit of earning your graduate degree without relocating, our MBA makes it possible to return to school without putting your professional development on hold. Learning at your own pace allows you to progress through the MBA curriculum while balancing your personal and professional commitments.

First-time online learner? No problem. With the full support of UT Haslam faculty and advisors, you’ll have countless resources to ensure your success in the virtual classroom. Between interactive live lectures and remote office hours, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with Haslam faculty, ask questions and solidify course concepts. Even when you’re not in Knoxville, we’re with you every step of the way.

If you’re ready to learn more about earning your degree online, connect with our enrollment team today. Our advisors can help you identify if online learning is the right fit for you, and discuss the independent and social learning components of the Online MBA.


Applied, analytical and actionable, our Online MBA curriculum emphasizes the business tools professionals need to make an impact today. Haslam faculty developed the Online MBA curriculum for the current business environment, and your course instructors will cover relevant firsthand experience and case studies.

Understand financial accounting principles, analyze financial statements of U.S. public companies and interpret related information, including financial statement notes. Emphasis on assessing company liquidity, profitability, asset management and capital structure. Understand the methods and techniques used by managers to solve business problems using data accounting and to plan and assess business operations.

Designed to build skills that MBAs need to successfully apply knowledge in the business world. Focus on database skills and information technology.

Quantitative methods for data-driven business insights.

Principles and techniques for managing operations. Emphasis on process improvement, optimization and advanced decision models.

Defines a supply chain orientation through which businesses can create value to fulfill customer, organizational and shareholder needs. Explores core SCM operating elements including planning, sourcing, operations and logistics. Emphasis is placed on how SCM nurtures new product/process innovations and utilizes key enablers such as technology, international business, sustainability and deep cooperation with finance.

Introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of financial management. Emphasis on evaluation and risk analysis for domestic and international projects, corporate valuation, capital structure theory, payout policy and risk management in a global environment.

Designed to focus on the key or essential components of financial statement analysis and the implication of the same.

Introduction to the topics of managing people and organizations as well as decisions and actions related to competitive positioning in an industry. Provides exposure to theories of organization, important organizational and behavioral issues and processes; explores a variety of strategies useful to successful organizational leaders. Provides overview of strategic management theory, with a focus on factors that lead to competing successfully in a global world, including industry competitive position, strategic processes, leadership and implementation.

This course provides students with an understanding of the concepts, frameworks, theories and analytical tools that underlie contemporary marketing practice. Students gain an appreciation for the critical role that marketing plays in creating, communicating and delivering value for customers, and capturing value for the firm.

Will demonstrate data-driven modeling approaches for effective decision-making in supply chains. Using realistic industry-based problems, particular emphasis is placed on identification of appropriate data and data sources, and identification of appropriate descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics techniques to support value creation in supply chains.

Topics in microeconomics relating to firms’ strategic decisions and in macroeconomics, international trade and international finance.

Students will bring together the skills and knowledge acquired through their work experience and MBA courses in this capstone experience. Research and professional articles are assigned to provide students with foundational material. In addition, there will be class lectures and case discussions covering companies operating across multiple industries and geographies. There will also be an applied, problem-based approach to tackling firms’ strategy decisions.

Decision-making topics in financial management, including forecasting, financial planning and valuation.

Provides an advanced experience for students interested in more complex techniques for generating customer insights for strategic decision-making; it trains students how to identify and apply the appropriate data and tools to back up strategic recommendations.

Students will learn about and develop skills related to emerging topics and issues in the broad fields of strategic management, organizations and management.

Featured Faculty

UTK faculty member Bogdan Bichescu headshot

Bogdan Bichescu

Associate Professor, Department of Business Analytics and Statistics
UTK faculty member Paolo Letizia headshot

Paolo Letizia

Associate Professor, Department of Business Analytics and Statistics, and Ray and Joan Myatt Faculty Research Fellow
UTK faculty member Yuanyang Liu headshot

Yuanyang Liu

Assistant Professor, Department of Business Analytics and Statistics
UTK faculty member Eric Kelley headshot

Eric Kelley

Goodner Professor of Finance, Department of Finance
UTK faculty member Angel Norman headshot

Angel Norman

Senior Lecturer, Graduate and Executive Education
UTK faculty member Allen Pannell headshot

T. Allen Pannell, Jr.

Lecturer and Amy Foster Research Fellow, Department of Business Analytics and Statistics
UTK faculty member Shay Scott headshot

Shay Scott

Executive Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute, Professor of Practice, Department of Supply Chain Management


Looking for an answer not listed on our site? Connect with our team today to get answers to your top questions.

Unlike a traditional, full-time MBA, Online MBA students have the option to earn their degree at a part-time pace. When it comes to your employer, this means that you can start to make an impact and bring best practices to work from day one in your Online MBA program—an immense benefit for your organization. As a UT Knoxville Online MBA student, your degree is held to the same rigorous standards as our other MBA programs and as a result, graduates of the Online MBA program receive the same diploma as residential MBA students. Since your degree modality does not influence the quality of education you receive from UTK, it is not designated on your diploma or transcripts.

All applicants who are eligible for the program will submit official transcripts from all institutions attended (regardless of whether or not a degree was awarded), a professional resume or CV, two references, responses to a series of short essay questions, a $60 application fee and TOEFL scores if applicable. 

No, standardized test scores are not required for this program. Instead, we focus on admitting candidates with professional work experience and proven quantitative skills. 

The priority and final submission dates will change each semester, and the most up-to-date information can be found on our website.

We have entry terms every spring, summer and fall.

The online MBA is $1,200 per credit hour with a total of 45 credit hours, bringing the total program cost to $54,000. Please note these rates are current for the 2022-2023 academic year, but may change from year to year. 

Graduate students in the Online MBA program have several options for funding their education. Federal loans and employee sponsorship, along with military benefits and external scholarships are some of the most frequent options used. 

Yes, these benefits may be used. Details and eligibility guidelines for benefits can be found through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Applicants can also contact UT’s Veterans Success Center by email or by phone at 865-974-1500.

Students will be required to come to campus for a three-day, in-person orientation session before their first term begins. Optional in-person events may be held throughout your tenure in the program. 

All of our courses are conducted fully online and consist of a mix of live, synchronous class sessions and asynchronous engagement.

There are a total of 15 courses that make up the Online MBA program, 12 core courses and 3 elective courses. These amount to a total of 45 credit hours.

Students completing the Online MBA at a part-time pace will earn their degree in an average of 32-36 months. Total time to degree completion may vary based on each individual student’s scheduling needs.

“It’s a culture deeply rooted in practice. We train students for the world, for the industry. We try to stay well-connected to reality, and our curriculum does that.”

Bogdan Bichescu, PhD
Associate Professor, Online MBA

Key Dates

Fall 2023
Priority Submit Date
June 7, 2023
Final Submit Date
July 13, 2023
In-Person Orientation
August 3-5, 2023
Classes Start
August 23, 2023
Spring 2024
Priority Submit Date
September 15, 2023
Final Submit Date
November 30, 2023
Classes Start
January 22, 2024

Upcoming Events

UT Haslam Online MBA Program & Application Overview Webinar

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
07:00 pm ET


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