Executive MBA students went overseas to study international business. They had a breakfast business meeting at Deutsche Bank, Zurich Switzerland. Contributed photo. 



The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Executive MBA class of 2011 recently completed a 16-month program. 

“Attending the Executive MBA program at UTC was like receiving a $100,000 education for only $40,000," recent program graduate Justin Porter, design engineer with General Electric, said. "It was a phenomenal 16-month experience.”  

Ten local business executives, representing companies such as GE, TVA, Playcore, Erlanger, McKesson and Lodge Manufacturing, last week participated in a special hooding ceremony that marked the end of the program. 

The program included in-depth study of standard business disciplines of accounting, marketing, finance and strategy. It also included entrepreneurship, leadership and international business.

In May, the group took a 10-day visit to Zurich, Switzerland and Milan, Italy, where they gained a more global perspective. 

One of the participants, Bob Ddamulira, vice president of research and development for W.F. Taylor Company, Inc., said his studies helped him gain a deeper appreciation of classes such as accounting and business law. 

“I found the program intellectually challenging and stimulating," he said. "Having a science background I dreaded taking the non-science classes like accounting, and business law. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well the professors presented the subject matter." 

The EMBA students played cricket at UTC during Dr. Mark Mendenhall’s leadership course. Contributed photo.