2013–2014 Master of Business Administration in Technology Management (MBATM)
Dean: Jin Wang
Graduate Faculty Chair: Michael Keene
Graduate Business Programs Coordinator: Baptiste Prevot
Graduate Business Programs Assistant Coordinator: Diana Dani
Graduate Faculty: Shannon Bellamy, Gaylen Bunker, Richard Collins, Michael Keene, Melissa Koerner, Aric Krause, Michael Mamo, Ken Meland, Alysse Morton, Rob Patterson, Jerry Van Os, Michael Sutton, 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.
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:
- Strategic Thinking
- Global Consciousness
- Critical & Analytical Thinking
- Collaboration and Teamwork
- Business Ethics
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.
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 program.
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 grade of B 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.
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 courses. Upon meeting with MBA program advisors, the student’s educational and professional backgrounds are reviewed to determine what foundational literacy courses may be required. 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.
|I. Foundational Literacy Requirements||0|
|MBA 501 Economics Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 502 Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 508 Finance Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|See Program Requirements for information about foundational literacy courses.|
|II. Module I Courses||12|
|MBA 600C The Language of Strategy (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 605C Executive Development (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer||MBA 600C|
|MBA 615C The Ethical Leader (2)—offered fal||MBA 501, 508|
|MTECH 631 Industry and Market Dynamics in Technology (2)—offered Block 2|
|MTECH 641 Organizations, Technology and Society (2)—offered Block 1|
|Students must take one of the following:|
|MBA 610C Data Analysis for Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 623E Simulation Modeling (2)||MBA 501, 502, 506, 508|
|MBA 661E Econometrics (3))—offered fall||MBA 501, 506|
|III. Module II Courses||12|
MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 502, 508, 610C
|IV. Module III Courses||8|
|MTECH 644 Intellectual Property Strategy (2)—offered Block 1|
|MTECH 647 Marketing of Innovative Products (2)—offered Block 2, fall, and some summer semester||MBA 645C|
|MTECH 651 New Product Development (2)—offered Block 1, fall, and Block 2 spring semester||MBA 645C|
|MTECH 654 Financing New Ventures (2)—offered Block 1, afll and Block 2 spring semester||MBA 635C|
|V. Module IV Courses||3|
|MTECH 660 Technology Commercialization and Implementation (2)—offered fall and spring||MTECH 664, 651|
|MTECH 699 International Context Trip* (1)—offered fall and spring||MBA 655 C|
|* The International Trip is required and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. See program coordinator 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.
|TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MBATM PROGRAM||39|
Recommended Plan of Study for MBATM
|Spring Semester||Summer Semester|
|Year 1||Block 1||
|Year 2||Block 1||
|Block 2||MTECH 647||