2017-18 Catalogs

Accelerated Graduate Pathway - Engineering to MBA

An MBA is a useful degree for an engineer who aspires to advance his/her career within a corporation, or who wants to open a consulting business or a startup company. Learning how to solve different business problems and understanding marketing and management related issues are some key skills an MBA degree can teach you. Having already obtained a technical degree, an MBA supplements your education in the wider areas of management that usually include subjects such as finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and management strategy.

The accelerated pathway in Engineering to the MBA program allows interested and qualified students to complete a bachelor’s degree and an MBA with a concentration in Engineering in five years. Generally, students in accelerated pathway programs focus on their bachelor’s degree requirements during their first three years, a mix of bachelor’s and master's requirements in the fourth year, and only master's requirements in the fifth year. Each degree is awarded once the specific degree requirements are successfully met.

The engineering concentration leverages graduate-level coursework in engineering to fulfill the elective portion of the MBA requirements, and requires engineering design work with a business focus as a capstone. The concentration was tailored to be pursued by current engineering students as part of an accelerated program, but it is also available to anyone who has already earned a bachelor's degree in engineering or in a related field of study. In addition to the core requirements of the MBA program, the following requirements apply to the engineering concentration:

1. Select three graduate-level elective courses in engineering; an
2. Complete EGN 602 Graduate Design Project to fulfill the MBA 698 (Practicum) requirement in the last semester of the MBA program.

Program Requirements

Please see the Electrical or Mechanical Engineering bachelor of science degree section for the undergraduate requirements. The MBA program is comprised of 27 credit hours of core courses and 9 credit hours of elective courses. In addition, up to 15 credit hours of foundation courses may be required.

Students in the accelerated pathway program are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher after 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework to remain in good standing and be allowed to continue in the accelerated pathway program. Enrollment in 600-level MBAcourses may only occur in a student's final semester of undergraduate coursework.

MBA Foundation Requirements (minimum grade C (2.0) in each):   Fulfilled by (minimum grade C (2.0) in each):  
MBA 501 Economic Analysis   ECO 101 Macroeconomics and EGN 304 Engineering Economics
MBA 502 Accounting Concepts EGN 304 Engineering Economics
MBA 504 Probability and Statistics for Business Decision Making MAT 380 Probability and Statistics
MBA 505 Financial Management FIN 320 Basic Financial Management (Cluster)
EDU 671 Organizational Behavior   BUS 340 Managing Organizational Behavior (Cluster)

MBA Core Requirements (27 credits):
ACC 630 Accounting Systems Management
MBA 611 Introduction to Organizational Change
MBA 612 International Business
MBA 615 Ethical and Legal Issues in Business
Core Finance Area - select one:
     MBA 623 Financial Engineering
     MBA 625 International Finance
     MBA 626 Strategic Valuation
     MBA 627 Investment Management
     MBA 629 Financial Modeling
MBA 660 Managerial Marketing
MBA 672 Supply Chain Management
MBA 674 Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
EGN 602 Graduate Design Project

MBA Engineering Concentration - 9 credit hours - Select three courses from below or other approved courses:
EGN 517 Introduction to Robotics
EGN 546 Micro Electromechanical Systems
ELE 527 Energy and Power Systems
ELE 544 Analog Integrated Circuits and Design
ELE 564 Microelectronic Fabrication
ELE 587 Digital Image Processing
MEE 552 Analysis and Design of Composite Structures
MEE 561 Physical Metallurgy
MEE 575 Engineering Acoustics

Admission Information

Students may apply to the accelerated program directly from high school or any time after the end of their first semester of undergraduate studies. Students currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program at USM may enter the accelerated program by meeting the regular MBA, accelerated pathway admission criteria of 3.0 or higher USM GPA and matriculation in the Engineering program.