2009-2010 Master of Business Administration in Technology Management (MBATM)

Program Requirements | Course Descriptions

Dean: John Groesbeck
Graduate Faculty Chair: Michael Keene
Graduate Coordinator: Baptiste Prevot
Graduate Faculty: Shannon Bellamy, Gaylen Bunker, John Groesbeck, Michael Glauser, Michael Keene, Melissa Koerner, Aric Krause, Michael Mamo, Alysse Morton, Rob Patterson, Jerry Van Os, Kirk Wessel, Vicki Whiting, Maria Wrotniak

Specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals with science and engineering backgrounds, the MBATM program allows students to prepare for executive roles in technology-driven business environments without interrupting their careers. CEOs and entrepreneurs in technology-intensive industries, ranging from Aerospace and Biotechnology to Software, have played an instrumental role in the development and delivery of MBATM course modules. The program emphasizes the practical and applied aspects of commercializing innovative products and managing the businesses that develop them.

While a number of core classes are taken together with MBA students, the MBATM program focuses on the distinctive marketing, financing, management, product development, and intellectual property issues facing the technology-based firm in a global strategic context. Core requirements of the MBATM program are not directed at specialization in one area of business or technology; instead, they develop cross-functional frameworks that stress balance in using managerial skills to achieve effective leadership. The program develops skills and models that can be used for both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial technology managers.

Program Goals

Graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business prepare students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. Students build skill in decision making through a combination of coursework, experiential requirements, and skill-building exercises and simulations. Innovative delivery of courses gives students expertise in the functional areas of business.

In addition to building expertise in the functional areas of business, students completing graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are required to demonstrate mastery in the following competency areas:

Program Requirements

The program requires 39 credit hours for completion. There are six program requirements: foundations, four modules, and an elective block. All core courses are delivered in a blended format, meaning that courses use a combination of classroom, online, project-based and experiential components. In the classroom, courses may use a combination of learning methods, such as: lecture, case study, or in-class projects.

Students who have not studied business at the undergraduate level, or who completed their undergraduate studies more than five years ago, may be required to complete foundational literacy exams or workshops. Upon meeting with MBATM program advisors, the student’s educational and professional backgrounds are reviewed to determine what foundational literacy exams may be required. Workshops and seminars are offered to assist in student preparation. Upon completion of study, a literacy exam is offered. Passing the exam means the requirement is waived. Students who cannot pass the literacy exam after two attempts may be required to take a course in that specific area.

Module 1 contains courses that should be taken at the beginning of the MBATM program; courses in this module introduce the model of the entire program. While taking module 1 courses, students and their advisor work together to complete a program of study, planning out elective courses and/or graduate certificates to meet the student’s individual career goals.

Module 2 and elective courses may be taken as early as desired upon completion of prerequisites. Module 3 courses should be taken as early as possible upon completion of module 1. The final courses in Module 4 serve as a capstone to the technology courses.

MBA/MBATM International Context Tour Policy. The MBA/MBATM International Context Tour is required for graduation and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. Trip participants are required to adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the MBA/MBATM International Context Tour Handbook.

A maximum of 9 approved graduate hours may be transferred toward the MBATM Program from other professionally accredited institutions (AACSB or ACBSP) upon the written permission of the program director. Courses eligible for transfer are only those that contribute to, or build upon, the program goals. Courses completed at other graduate institutions must be awarded a minimum of a B grade to be eligible for credit.

A grade of C is the lowest passing grade for all MBATM and graduate certificate courses. Students must take all coursework for letter grades. Please see course descriptions at the end of this catalog for details concerning course requirements and prerequisites.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foundational Literacy Requirements 0
  MBA 501 Economics Foundational Literacy (0)
MBA 502 Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)
MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)
MBA 508 Finance Foundational Literacy (0)

Students without sufficient academic preparation in one or more of these foundation literacy subject areas will be required to complete 500-level short courses and pass a literacy test in the needed subject areas. Students will be notified at the time of admission which of the literacy short courses will be required of them, based upon the review of their transcripts. All of these short courses are typically completed during the first semester of study in addition to selected regular MBA classes. Students must complete a qualifying exam before being allowed to take courses requiring these skills.
II. Module I Courses 12
  MBA 600C The Language of Strategy
MBA 605C Executive Development
MBA 615C The Ethical Leader
MTECH 631 Industry and Market Dynamics in Technology
MTECH 641 Organizations, Technology and Society

Students must take one of the following:

MBA 610C Data Analysis for Decision Making (2)
MBA 623E Simulation Modeling (2)
MBA 661E Econometrics (3)

III. Module II Courses 12
  MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making
MBA 640C Managing Processes
MBA 645C Value Creation and Delivery
MBA 650C Leading in Dynamic Organizations
IV. Module III Courses 8
  MTECH 644 Intellectual Property Strategy
MTECH 647 Marketing of Innovative Products
MTECH 651 New Product Development
MTECH 654 Financing New Ventures
V. Module IV Courses 3
  MTECH 660 Technology Commercialization & Implementation
MTECH 699 International Context Trip*

* The International Trip is required and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. See Program Director for details.
VI. Elective Courses 4
  Elective courses are chosen with the student’s advisor to meet individual career goals. Students wishing to complete a graduate certificate may use electives to complete the requirements for the graduate certificate.  

Recommended Plan of Study for MBA


Block Fall Semester Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Year 1

Block 1 MTECH 644
MBA 600C
MBA 625C
MBA 615C
MBA 645C
Block 2 MTECH 631
MBA 605C
MBA 630C
Full Semester   MBA 610C
Year 2 Block 1 MTECH 651
MBA 635C
MBA 650C
Block 2 MTECH 647 MTECH 654
MBA 699C
Full Semester MBA 640C MTECH 660