2002 - 2003 Master of Business Administration in Technology Management (MBATM)

Admission | Program Requirements | Course Descriptions

The MBATM program is designed to familiarize the student with business concepts unique to technology-intensive industries. Students entering the program are not required to have an educational background in business. Students receive the same education in business leadership principles as in the MBA program, but in the context of technology frameworks.

Today's business leader is challenged with enhancing the firm's competitive position in the face of an increasingly fast global technology cycle. In order to fulfill this mandate, the firm must learn to harness technology and to adjust firm processes to support technological change and progress. The program is designed to develop these skills in business leaders. The program is specifically designed to:

  • Familiarize the student with the unique issues facing technology-based firms;
  • Build models for evaluating and measuring market opportunities and constraints;
  • Develop tools for successful delivery of technology products to the market;
  • Foster critical thinking and analytical tools that allow the effective leader to adapt quickly and effectively to operating environments;
  • Develop the professional business models and skills necessary to lead in technology sectors.

Admission to the MBATM and Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization Program

Admission to the MBATM and technology certificate program is competitive and is based on an evaluation of undergraduate course work, GMAT score and/or relevant professional or managerial experience. Applicants must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:

  1. A completed application for Graduate Admission form with a $30 application fee.
  2. Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or international college or university.
  3. A detailed work summary form outlining professional business or managerial experience to include relevant job titles, work experience, responsibilities, and related activities.
  4. A letter from the applicant's supervisor supporting the student's commitment to the program. This letter is to show that your employer recognizes the time commitment that will be required of you in the MBATM program.
  5. Three reference letters.
  6. International students with baccalaureate degrees from countries other than the United States must present a TOEFL score of 550 or above and other required admissions material.
  7. A GMAT Score. The GMAT may be waived if the applicant has:
  • At least three years of significant full-time supervisory or managerial experience after receiving a baccalaureate degree; or
  • At least five years of significant full-time supervisory or managerial experience if the baccalaureate degree has been received within the last three years.

Upon completion of these steps, application materials are submitted to the Graduate Admissions Committee. If accepted into the MBATM program, applicants must submit a $250 tuition deposit in order to guarantee a place in the entering class.

Note: Students who are accepted into the graduate certificate in technology commercialization program and wish to transfer into the full MBATM program must be fully admitted into the MBATM program. Once accepted, students may be required to complete survey coursework.

Program Requirements

The MBATM degree draws upon a 30 credit hour technology commercialization core, consisting of the following courses (please see course descriptions at the end of this catalog for details concerning course requirements and prerequisites)

The Master of Business Administration in Technology Management requires 45 credit hours of graduate coursework, in addition to any competency coursework (surveys) as determined by the Graduate Programs Director. In addition to the 30 credit hours technology commercialization core, the following MBA courses are required:

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

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Survey Courses

21

MBA 500* Business Writing Survey
MBA 501 Economics Survey
MBA 502 Accounting Survey
MBA 503 Business Law Survey
MBA 505* Business Computer Applications Survey
MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Survey
MBA 507 Statistics Survey

*All students must complete MBA 500 and MBA 505. Students may submit a writing portfolio to demonstrate writing proficiency and take the appropriate test-out procedure for MBA 505. Only one portfolio for MBA 500 and test-out procedure MBA 505 will be evaluated and must be submitted before the end of the student's first month in the MBATM program. Decisions concerning the acceptability of writing and computing portfolios are final. See Graduate Coordinator for specific due date.

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Required Technology Commercialization Core Courses

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MBATM 610 Introduction to the Process of Technological Innovation
MBATM 611 Technical Standards and Competition in High Tech Industries
MBATM 612 Macroeconomic Perspectives on Technological Change
MBATM 613 Microeconomic Perspectives on Technology and the Economy
MBATM 614 The Development of New Technology Products
MBATM 615 Marketing of Technology
MBATM 616 Technology and Organizational Behavior
MBATM 617 Human Resources and New Technology
MBATM 618 Fundamentals of Financing Technology Ventures
MBATM 619 Legal and Strategic Issues in Financing Technology Ventures
MBATM 620 Intellectual Property Law
MBATM 621 Intellectual Property Strategy
MBATM 622 Licensing Strategy
MBATM 623 Technology Commercialization, Research Institutions & Gov't
MBATM 624 International Dimensions of Technology Management
MBATM 625 Organizations, Technology, and Society
MBATM 626 Principles of Managing Technology Projects
MBATM 627 Implementing Technology Projects
MBATM 628 Design and Evolution of Technology Commercialization Strategy
MBATM 629 Enactment of Technology Commercialization Strategy

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MBA Courses

15

MBA 603 Ethics
MBA 610 Managerial Marketing
MBA 620 Operations Management
MBA 645 Managerial Finance
MBA 651 Strategic Practicum

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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MBATM DEGREE

45

Waiver examinations in specific subject areas may be taken in place of survey courses. A maximum of 9 approved graduate hours may be transferred toward the MBATM Program from other institutions. Of this number, only three credits may be applied to hours required by graduate certificate programs. Courses completed at other graduate institutions must be awarded a minimum of a B grade to be eligible for credit. Waivers or substitutes for program requirements must be approved by the program director and the school dean.

A grade of C is the lowest passing grade for all graduate courses except for MBATM 628, MBATM 629 and MBA 651 where a grade of B is the minimum acceptable grade Students must take all course work, including survey work, for letter grades.