Tech MBA® Program

Blending Business and Technology

You need specific skills, knowledge, and experience to succeed in the business world. Michigan Tech’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides that—plus the cross-discipline advantage of studying at one of the top engineering and technology research universities in the country. Whatever your goals—moving up in your position, changing careers, starting or growing a business, or gaining a deeper understanding of the current global business climate—our program is designed to give you the comprehensive education you need to succeed.

A Cutting-Edge Program to Meet Your Needs

The Tech MBA program can be completed in three-semesters. A unique and diverse educational experience, the program is comprised of 36 credits and 12 core courses and includes professional development opportunities to help you gain leadership and managerial skills, increase cultural awareness, and polish your professional presence. You’ll learn the fundamentals of business and management, and then delve into higher-level courses in communication, technology, innovation, leadership, globalization, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more.

  • The Tech MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business.
  • You’ll have access to our incredible student resources—including a dedicated graduate student computer lab, a communications coach to mentor you on written and oral presentations, advanced instructional technologies support, and a personalized set of web collaboration tools (including web conferencing).
  • You’ll receive ample professional networking opportunities with corporate executives, distinguished community leaders, faculty, alumni, and fellow MBA students.
  • The students who attend our program come from a wide variety of majors—business, marketing, engineering, science, liberal arts, forestry, and beyond.

Course Schedule

The three-semester, 36-credit Tech MBA program focuses on three areas: technology and decision-making, leadership and management skills, and innovation and strategy. Additional education in corporate social responsibility, ethics, and legal issues will be integrated throughout the curriculum.

Download the MBA Course Schedule.

Fall

  • Operations Management—BA5610
  • Strategic IS Management—BA5200
  • Managing Technology and Innovation—BA5740
  • Managerial Economics—EC5300

Spring

Financial Reporting and Control—BA5300
Managing Behavior in Organizations—BA5700
Marketing, Technology and Globalization—BA5800
Launching Entrepreneurial Ventures—BA5720

Summer

  • Financial Risk Management and Decision Making—BA5400
  • Managing Change—BA5770
  • Managing in the Global Environment—BA5780
  • Business and Corporate Strategy—BA5710

Additional Information About Program Course Work

  • The Tech MBA program is structured to be completed in three consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer or spring, summer, fall) with four required courses per semester (12 credits). Due to course offerings and prerequisites, students who deviate from this one-year schedule will need additional time to complete the program requirements.
  • Students who wish to take the MBA courses under senior rule must first be admitted to the program.

Graduate School Orientation

Graduate school orientation will introduce students to expectations for graduate students and the basics of responsible conduct for research.  Students who are unable to attend this session may complete an online training and view our online resources to receive the required training.

Student Resources and Policies

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

In order to prepare you to begin your MBA with Michigan Tech we require successful completion (with a grade of C or better) in Principles of Economics and Statistics.  We also recommend the following courses to prepare students:  Accounting, Finance and Economic Decision Analysis.

Contact the MBA Admissions staff at techmba@mtu.edu or 906-487-3055 for more information and to set a meeting to discuss your transcripts for qualification prior to the application process.

Tech MBA® Program Student Handbook

A student handbook is provided to all students which contains contact information, resources, policies, and tips for successful completion of an MBA.  Students are responsible for reading and adhering to all Tech MBA student policies.  HANDBOOK PDF Link

Graduate Transfer Credits

The Tech MBA® Program accepts a maximum of six (6) graduate credits taken prior to the semester that you are formally admitted and enrolled. This includes transfer credits from other institutions and graduate courses taken at Michigan Tech. Courses must meet School of Business and Economics criteria to be considered for transfer credit. Additionally, any courses that are transferred must be from a business program that is AACSB accredited.  Please discuss any requested credits with MBA Program staff prior to registering for courses.  Complete and submit this form for approval of requested transfer credits.

Communication Coaching

Dr. Rebecca Middlebrook, Communication Coach, is available to assist students in graduate-level courses offered through the School of Business and Economics with written, visual, and verbal communications.  She can provide assistance with research, outline development, draft and final report review (not limited to proofreading), developing/formatting/reporting for case analyses, and presentation development and practice.

Dr. Middlebrook is available for assistance and guidance -- she does not write the paper for you or provide proofreading-only checks.
Please note: Assignments will not be reviewed less than 48 hours before they are due.  

Please contact Dr. Middlebrook at ramiddle@mtu.edu to set up a time to discuss your communication needs.

Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Online Training

Graduate students who were admitted in Spring 2013 or later must completeadvanced training, regardless of the source of funding for their education. Graduate students who are supported by an external sponsor must complete both basic and advanced training, regardless of when they began their degree. Students may not graduate or enter research-only mode if the training is not complete.

Required Forms and Deadlines for Degree Completion

The Graduate School publishes a Degree Completion Timeline which includes a table showing a detailed timeline of items that you need to complete in order to obtain a degree and prepare for arrival on campus. The MBA program is considered a coursework option degree.

You may also check the Current Students area of MyMichiganTech

for a detailed checklist of items that are required for you at this time, and see a list of items that are complete or pending for each degree you are pursuing.

Paying for Your Masters

Graduate business school is an investment in your career and your future, and you want to know that your investment is a solid one. Michigan Tech was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as a university that “packs an ROI punch.” Quite simply, our graduates get jobs, advance their careers, and find success. Learn more about the cost to attend Michigan Tech.

If you need assistance in financing your degree, there are a variety of aid opportunities that you can explore.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are awarded competitively through the School of Business and Economics.
  • You may be eligible for a new set of federal loans, up to $20,500 per academic year, as an independent student. For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@mtu.edu or call 906-487-2622.
  • National Service Graduate Fellowships (equal to approximately one-third of graduate tuition) are available to students who have provided service to the US through the military, AmeriCorps, or the Peace Corps.
  • You may qualify for a tax credit and/or business deduction for work-related education. We recommend that you seek advice from a tax professional or see IRS Publication 970 (if you are currently working, see pages 77-84—Business Deduction for Work Related Education, "maintain or improve job skills").
  • Consider contributing to a 529 college savings plan. In Michigan’s College Savings Plan, contributions are tax deductible up to specified limits. Withdrawals are federal and state income-tax-free when used for qualified expenses. If you are currently employed, your company may consider contributing to the 529 on your behalf.
  • Explore additional Graduate School financial aid options, including veteran's benefits and alternative loans.

International Students

Non-resident tuition for graduate students is the same as resident tuition—a considerable savings compared to other universities. See our Graduate School resources and admissions details.

Student Learning Goals

1.  Display of Analytical and Decision Making Skills

  • Students will display knowledge of fundamental terms, concepts, theories,
    and research in the discipline and will apply appropriate disciplinary 
    knowledge to analyzing the business situation.       

  • Students will address the important issues in their analysis

  • Students will make recommendations that resolve most issues and that 
    are possible to implement

  • Students will display advanced, thought out reasoning in their analyses 
    and recommendations.

2. Persuasive and Professional Communication of Analyses

  • Students will provide advanced, thoughtful arguments that are 
    persuasive in nature.
  • Students will provide solid support for their analyses and 
    appropriately cite this support.
  • Students will communicate in a coherent, logical manner 
    that is understandable and results in little confusion.
  • Students will use correct sentence structure and word choices 
    with very few spelling, punctuation, and grammatical mistakes.
  • Students will use visually coherent communication designs 
    (e.g., headings, figures, tables, slides, etc.) that provide appropriate 
    emphasis.
  • Students will demonstrate professional, practiced and fluent 
    presentations with appropriate audience treatment.