Student & Graduate Reviews
Justin - 5/20/2015
Degree: Political Science
"UT was a great experience, both for the excellent education I received and for the social experiences. The professors genuinely care about the students. The education I received has opened doors for me to do great things. And of course being an SEC school, in the Fall there are football games and a first class tailgating experience. Knoxville is a fun college town and there are plenty of entertainment options. Beyond athletics, there are lots of organizations on campus to be a part of, including Greek life. Overall, the choice to go to UT is one of the best choices you could make. Go Vols!"
Disappointed Experienced Professional MBA Graduate Group (7 Members) - 3/16/2015
Graduation Year: 2014
"The Supply Chain Management faculty are thoughtful and the jewel of UT's business school. However, the "real" SCM curriculum is only offered to undergraduate students. There is no degree program for a master. PhD is available and only for an academic track. If you are interested in SCM, consider a full masters somewhere else. The MBA program is not competitive in anyway. The average student age fluctuates; however, straight-through students are the norm. Most students have no work experience. Classes are not designed for discussion, but rather a monologue with very little class participation. Discussion is actual looked down upon. This is an accelerated program. Because time is limited, the depth of study is also disappointing. The main focus of the MBA office is to fill seats with warm bodies. Make no mistake, this is a diploma mill. The career office is not equipped to support students professionally concerning resumé building and networking. The process is biased toward statistic-building programs as well as diversity driver metrics. Gender favoritism is very evident. UTK's NAWBA chapter is essentially a "man-haters club" designed to give female students a platform to rant about career shortcomings blamed on gender, rather their lack of success or effort to excel. It creates a toxic environment and adds very little value with regards to its mission. The MBA fee collected $360,000 in 2013 which paid for a leather travel name tag holder, cold pizza, and someone to edit an inaccurate online calendar. The staff is completely overwhelmed and is not to be trusted. It is very apparent that the last several years had no oversight. Staff incompetencies, breach of privacy issues, and and back-room deals to bolster personal career goals at the cost of student careers. One staff member was fired for allegations of sexual relations with current and former students. There is hope for the program now that the leadership as recently changed. Helpful link to staff salary information. You will be shocked to see that some professors who teach in the MBA program don't create their own content nor have had meaningful business experience. http://www.commercialappeal.com/data/ut-salaries"