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Westminster College Launches Graduate Programs in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship

Salt Lake City-April 4, 2002-Westminster College will launch three new graduate programs this Fall to develop technology leaders with strong management skills and a broad knowledge of emerging technologies. The new academic programs offered include a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management, as well as graduate certificates in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.

In designing the Master of Business Administration in Technology Management (MBATM) programs, Westminster capitalized on strong relationships it has with companies and industry leaders in the tech sector. These parties have been closely involved in the program's development and will play key roles in each of the classes.

"I think Westminster has the most progressive curriculum in technology management and commercialization in the country," said Robert J. Frankenberg, chair of both PowerQuest and Kinzan and also a member of Westminster's technology commercialization advisory board. "For more than two years, we scrutinized the technology industry, focusing on what aptitudes and skills are necessary to thrive in the marketplace. The college's MBATM program details those skills essential to today's employees and tomorrow's business leaders."

Westminster's MBATM helps students understand the managerial and business dimensions of developing new technology. The professional graduate degree provides a specialized focus in technology commercialization within a broad business administration framework. Flexibility and comprehensive courses allow both technical- and non-technical professionals to apply their expertise and develop their careers in the context of advanced technology industries.

Course topics range from new technology product development, managing technical standards and marketing technology?to intellectual property law, technology transfer and the strategic issues in financing entrepreneurial technology ventures. These core courses are designed to complement the advanced business courses included in the MBATM graduate program.

The Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization is comprised of select courses offered in the MBATM program. Westminster's Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship offers courses devoted to the topics of entrepreneurship and corporate intrapreneurship. These courses are designed as a complementary set of studies for the MBA or the MBATM programs.

Students in these academic programs will be among the first to utilize Westminster's new Center for Business, Entrepreneurship and Aviation, slated to open this Fall. The 35,000 sq ft. addition to the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business features facilities and business programs not found anywhere else in the region. This advanced structure includes smart classrooms with Ethernet ports at every seat, a financial investment and analysis center and a behavioral simulation and team learning laboratory.

Students with and without technology backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as both groups are dependent upon each other to succeed in the workplace. Applications for the Fall semester in the MBATM program are being accepted now.

Westminster College, Utah's only private, nondenominational, nonprofit college, prepares its students for personal and professional success through a foundation of liberal education, combined with professional programs that include vital technological and communication skills. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the Western United States for seven straight years. For more information, visit