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Dual Degree MSEC PhD-MBA Program

One of the many distinguishing characteristics of the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (MSEC) Ph.D. program is the focus on commercialization. The McCoy College of Business participates in this program to provide business skills and knowledge to better prepare the MSEC students for a successful career in technical business. Two of the MSEC commercialization focused courses, MSEC 7301 and MSEC 7302, are co-taught by faculty from the College of Science and Engineering and the McCoy College of Business. The students receive additional business knowledge and experience through other courses as well as two required intensive 40-hour commercialization boot camps.

 

Towards this end, current MSEC students may also apply for admission to the MBA program offered by the McCoy College of Business. Students who are concurrently enrolled in both of these programs are allowed to fulfill the required 9-hours of MBA electives with core MSEC courses: MSEC 7301 (Practical Skills in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship), MSEC 7302 (Leadership Skills in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship), and MSEC 7101 (Commercialization Forum, taken four times). This plan allows completion of both programs in 88 credit hours versus a total of 97 hours if the two programs are completed independently (55 hours for the MSEC Ph.D. and 42 hours for the MBA).

Students should obtain approval from dissertation committee chair prior to applying to the MBA program. Please make note:

  • Admission to the MBA program is separate from admission to the MSEC Ph.D. program and is not guaranteed.

  • Funding for their graduate assistant position is not guaranteed past the seventh long semester.

  • Although the curricula are integrated, the MSEC Ph.D. and MBA are separate programs with separate degree requirements. Completion of one degree program does not infer completion of the other.

Upon acceptance into the MBA program, it will be the responsibility of McCoy College to notify the Graduate College of the student’s request to participate in the dual degree MSEC PhD-MBA program.

 

Suggested MSEC PhD-MBA Dual Degree Plan

(8 Long Semesters and 1 Summer)

 

Summer before Semester 1: Five-day Business Boot Camp

 

Semester 1 (9 hours)

MSEC 7401 Fundamental Materials Science and Engineering (4 hours)
MSEC 7301 Practical Skills in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
MSEC 7101 Commercialization Forum (1 hour Credit)
MSEC 7102 Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Seminar (1 hour)

 

Semester 2 (9 hours)

MSEC 7402 Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Concepts (4 hours)
MSEC 7302 Leadership Skills in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
MSEC 7101 Commercialization Forum (1 hour)
MSEC 7102 Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Seminar (1 hour)

 

Summer after Semester 2: Five-day Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

 

Semester 3 (9 hours)

MSEC 7101 Commercialization Forum (1 hour)
MSEC 7102 Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Seminar (1 hour)
MSEC Prescribed Elective(s) (7 hours)

 

Semester 4 (10 hours)

MSEC 7101 Commercialization Forum (Lead) (1 hour)
MSEC 7102 Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Seminar (Lead) (1 hour)
MSEC Prescribed Elective(s) (8 hours)

Complete application to MBA Program by February 1

 

Semester 5 (12 hours)

BA 5351 Organizational Performance for Competitive Advantage (3 hours)
BA 5352 Developing the Financial Perspective in Organizations (3 hours)
BA 5353 Understanding and Analyzing Organizational Problems (3 hours)
MSEC 7399 Dissertation in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (3 hours)

 

Semester 6 (12 hours)

ACC 5361 Accounting Analysis for Managerial Decision Making (3 hours)
MKT 5321 Marketing Management (3 hours)
QMST 5334 Advanced Statistical Methods for Business (3 hours)
MSEC 7399 Dissertation in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (3 hours)

 

Summer after Semester 6 (6 hours)

MSEC 7699

 

Semester 7 (9 hours)

ECO 5316 Managerial Economics (3 hours)
FIN 5387 Managerial Finance (3 hours)
MGT 5314 Organizational Behavior and Theory (3 hours)

 

Semester 8 (12 hours)

CIS 5318 Information Technology in the Digital Economy (3 hours)
MGT 5313 Strategic Management (3 hours)
MSEC 7699 Dissertation in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (6 hours)

88 Total Hours