2013–2014 Master of Business Administration in Technology Management (MBATM)

Program Goals | Program Requirements | Foundational Literacy Requirement | MBATM Course Descriptions | MBA Course Descriptions

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.

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.

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.

Foundational Literacy Requirement

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.

Program Requirements

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
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      630C   Financial Design and Analysis (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      635C   Executive Financial Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer   
MBA      640C   Managing Processes (2)—offered fall and spring     
MBA      645C   Value Creation and Delivery (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      650C      Leading Dynamic Organizations (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer


MBA 502, 508, 610C
MBA 625C
MBA 625C
MBA 506, 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.



Recommended Plan of Study for MBATM


Fall Semester

Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1 Block 1

MBA 600C

MBA 625C

MBA 615C
MBA 645C

  Block 2

MBA 605C

MBA 630C




MBA 610C

Year 2 Block 1


MBA 635C
MBA 650C

  Block 2 MTECH 647

MBA 699C



MBA 640C