2017-18 Catalogs

Accelerated Graduate Pathway - Engineering to Masters in Business Administration (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 offer. Having already obtained a technical degree, an MBA supplements students education in the wider areas of management that usually include subjects such as finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and management strategy.

The Accelerated Pathway program allows interested and qualified students to complete a bachelor’s degree in engineering and the MBA with the Engineering Concentration in five years. Generally, students in 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 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. MBA students must take a minimum of 6 MBA Core Requirement courses after graduating with a bachelor's degree in order to earn a master’s in business administration.

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 program. Enrollment in 600-level MBA courses may only occur in a student's final year of undergraduate coursework.

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 pathway, 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 (http://usm.maine.edu/sb/mba-business-administration), the following requirements apply to the Engineering Concentration:

  1. Select three graduate-level elective courses in engineering; and

  2. Complete EGN 602 Graduate Design Project to fulfill the MBA 698 (Practicum) requirement in the last semester of the MBA program.

Graduate courses in engineering (consult the department for additional offerings):

   EGN 517 Introduction to Robotics

   EGN 546 Micro Electromechanical Systems

   EGN 598 Graduate Topics in Engineering

   EGN 602 Graduate Design Project

   ELE 527 Energy and Power Systems

   ELE 544 Analog Integrated Circuits and Design

   MEE 552 Analysis and Design of Composite Structures

   MEE 561 Physical Metallurgy

   MEE 575 Engineering Acoustics

 Credits to graduate:
   Electrical Engineering: 131.5
   Electrical Engineering with the Computer Engineering Concentration: 134.5
   Mechanical Engineering: 134.5
   MBA with the Engineering Concentration: 27