Master of Business Administration

Tech MBA

The Michigan Tech MBA program with a focus in innovation and technology management is an easy choice for students who want to gain a competitive edge while working or before entering the workforce. Earn a BS and MBA in just five years or enjoy the flexibility of self-paced courses. After completing the MBA, graduates will be well equipped to take on positions in management, entrepreneurial endeavors, and make challenging decisions in a global economy. Classes are offered in the evenings, view the course schedule. Review the necessary forms and deadlines for degree completion.

Tech MBA Online

Earn the Michigan Tech MBA online in a two-year program designed for individuals with work experience. This degree is perfect for individuals looking for a strong foundation in business knowledge, and pairing business and technology for an advancing economy. Graduates will be prepared for roles in management, entrepreneurship, and leadership in a global workplace. View the course schedule, or find out more about the residencies; two at Michigan Tech and one at an international location. Review the necessary forms and deadlines for degree completion.

Master’s Path Program—See additional details about program requirements.

Residency Requirements

  • Tech MBA: A minimum of 30 of the required credits required for the degree must be taken through Michigan Tech.
  • Tech MBA Online: All required credits for the degree must be taken through Michigan Tech. Three residency experiences are also required.

Courses which meet the "at Michigan Tech" requirement are defined as courses listed in the course catalog and taught by Michigan Tech faculty either on campus, at field locations, or through distance learning.

Credit Requirements

Minimum requirements

Programs may have stricter requirements than listed here and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

  • Thirty credits beyond the bachelor’s degree are required for a master’s degree.
  • Thirty credits beyond the master’s degree are required for a PhD.
  • Maximum of 12 credits may be at the 3000 or 4000 level (with program approval).
  • One-third of the non-research credits may be transfer credits as long as they were not applied toward another degree.
  • Research credits are the only non-graded classes that may be counted toward a degree.

Unallowable credits

  • Courses numbered below 3000
  • Audited courses
  • Continuous enrollment courses (ex: UN5951, UN5953)
  • Non-research courses taken for a pass/fail courses
  • Credits applied toward another degree (see exceptions below)

Special Exceptions

  • Peace Corps Master’s International students may use 2 credits of language courses below the 3000 level.
  • A portion of the non-research/non-practicum credits earned at Michigan Tech may be reused to earn an additional master's degree in accordance with Graduate School policy
  • Students in an accelerated master’s program may apply up to 6 of the credits earned while an undergraduate toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accordance with University policy. Each program may set limits on the type and number of credits.

Academic Progress

Students must be in good standing to earn a graduate degree.

Time Limits

All work for the master’s degree must be completed within five calendar years of the first enrollment in the degree program or earliest course listed on the degree schedule, whichever is earliest. All work for the PhD must be completed within eight calendar years of the first enrollment in the degree program or earliest course listed on the degree schedule, whichever is earliest. Requests for extension must be made by the advisor to the Graduate School.

Responsible Conduct for Research Training

The University requires that students complete basic and advanced responsible conduct for research training. Basic training is required for all students.  Advanced training is required for all students who began their degree in spring 2013 OR who are funded by external sponsor. See our web page for details on how to complete the training.

Advisor

Faculty who advise graduate students must be members of the Michigan Tech graduate faculty. These individuals advise students on course selection and supervise the students’ research. All graduate students must have an advisor.

Each student’s advisor must hold a regular or adjunct appointment in the student's administrative home department or school. Students may be co-advised by two faculty members. At least one of the co-advisors must hold a regular or adjunct appointment in the student’s administrative home department or school.

  • While one co-advisor may be from outside the student's administrative home department or school, it is recommended (but not required) that this co-advisor not also serve as the external member of the student's committee.
  • Before recommending a sole advisor who holds an adjunct appointment in the student's administrative home department or school, the appropriate graduate program director should ensure that this person is sufficiently familiar with the department/school standards for research and with applicable university policies/procedures and that this person can maintain adequate contact with the student.

Students who enter the University may initially be advised by the graduate program director for their degree program.

A permanent advisor should be chosen prior to the end of the second academic-year semester in residence.

Options

Each student must submit any necessary forms for their degree option to document their progress with the Graduate School. Individual option requirements are as follows.

Tech MBA

This program requires a minimum of 36 credits be completed through course work from the approved course list. Review the course descriptions for available classes. Satisfactory completion of the Professional Development Seminars is also necessary for this degree. 

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)36 credits

Tech MBA Online

This program requires a minimum of 36 credits be completed in sequence through course work from the approved course list. Review the course descriptions for available classes. Satisfactory completion of the Professional Development Seminars is also necessary for this degree. 

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)36 credits