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.

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.

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.

Degree Completion Timeline

The slider(s) below shows a detailed timeline of items that you need to complete in order to obtain a degree and prepare for arrival on campus. Click on the arrow to expand the slider, and click on the buttons in the table for more information about each item.

You can 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. See the Graduate School's online tutorial for help with MyMichiganTech.

Master's Degree Completion Timeline - Coursework Option

WhenWhatClick for detailsClick for an explanation
Before you arrive on campus Arrange for housing (not applicable for online students) Details Why?
  Consult with graduate program director and/or advisor for proper course selection Details Why?
  Submit your arrival information on MyMichiganTech to notify International Programs and Services (IPS) of your travel plans (International students only) Details Why?
  Upload your photo for your HuskyCard (optional) Details Why?
When you arrive on campus Obtain a HuskyCard Details Why?
  Report to International Programs and Services (international students only) Details Why?
  Complete Basic Responsible Conduct of Research Training Details Why?
  Submit official proof of previous degrees earned Details Why?
  Submit Patent, research, and proprietary rights agreement form on MyMichiganTech Details Why?
Every year Provide proof of health insurance or pay for University policy (on campus students only) Details Why?
  Obtain a parking permit for any vehicle you desire to park on MTU property Details Why?
Every fall and spring semester until your degree is complete Register for courses Details Why?
Pay your bill Details Why?
Confirm your enrollment Details Why?
Every summer session you are a supported student, plan to complete your degree, or defend   Register for courses Details Why?
Pay your bill Details Why?
Confirm your enrollment Details Why?
First semester Complete Campus Clarity training Details Why?
Second semester Select advisor by submitting the Advisor and committee recommendation form (not required for MBA students) Details Why?
Second or third academic semester Complete Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research Training Details Why?
Semester before planned degree completion Submit Degree schedule to Graduate School Details Why?
When you leave campus or complete a degree Submit the Graduate student workspace cleanout form on MyMichiganTech Details Why?
Semester of planned degree completion    Submit Commencement application form if you wish to participate in commencement (fall/spring semester only) Details Why?
Submit Degree completion form to Graduate School Details Why?
Pick up diploma folder Details Why?
Pick up Graduate School pin Details Why?
Four weeks before your defense Plan for your defense (select programs only; click the Details button for a list of programs) Details Why?
Finals week of planned degree completion Submit Verification of final degree requirements form Details Why?
  Complete Exit Survey Details Why?
Within two weeks after the end of the semester Watch your e-mail or MyMichiganTech for notification that your degree is awarded Details Why?
Two months after the end of the semester Watch your e-mail for notification that your diploma is ready Details Why?

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).
    • MEng allows a maximum of 14 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level.
  • 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.
  • All credits must meet the Scholastic Standards of the Graduate School in order to be counted toward the credit requirements.

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 must be completed within the specified time frame starting from the first enrollment in the degree program or earliest course listed on the degree schedule, whichever is earliest.

  • Master’s degree must be completed within five (5) calendar years.
  • PhD must be completed within eight (8) calendar years.

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 later OR who are funded by external sponsor. See our web page for details on how to complete the training.


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.
  • In the case that a faculty member has a joint appointment between multiple departments, the faculty member must have greater than 50% appointment in the student’s administrative home department in order to be considered an internal committee member (Senate Policy 37-15).
  • 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.


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