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Concurrent OEM/MBA

Overview:

The OEM program is an excellent preparation for a management career in the technical realm, since it combines important technical skills with a solid preparation in business fundamentals. Many OEM graduates have seen the advantage of getting an MBA degree in addition to the degree awarded through the OEM program. Through an innovative program, students are able to probe deeper into the core business subjects and develop new business expertise by building on the OEM coursework to earn concurrently both the OEM and MBA degrees. The MBA curriculum provides advanced skills in areas such as finance, marketing, logistics, international business, and strategy.  In the MBA portion of the concurrent program, following a year of OEM coursework, you will team with business professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including those with experience in accounting, finance, marketing and operations. This additional training provides an excellent foundation for those aspiring to senior management.

OEM applicants do not have to decide whether or not they will apply for the concurrent degree option until they are in their fourth semester of the OEM program. Upon acceptance and admission into the MBA program, concurrent degree students take the MBA courses for the next three semesters (12 months) via a slightly modified version of either the Online MBA or Professional MBA program. The Online MBA requires one campus visit per semester to take exams and interact with fellow students and MBA faculty. The Professional MBA requires one campus visit each month. Concurrent degree students are exempted from attending the one-week Foundations Review course that is normally required of MBA students during Orientation. The student has a choice of completing the OEM Master’s Project course in either the fifth or the eighth (final) semester. In either case, both degrees are conferred simultaneously following the completion of the eighth semester.

Students who choose to finish the OEM program and wait for some period of time before enrolling in the MBA program are still eligible to apply for a shortened MBA option, but the duration (16 months) and number of courses required in that case would be greater than what is available by participation in the concurrent degree option.

More details about the structure of this program, as well as the curriculum and application requirements, are included below.

Program Structure:

4 semesters of OEM (weekend format)
3 semesters of MBA (via Online MBA or Professional MBA)
1 final semester concludes OEM & MBA

Both degrees are awarded at the end of eight (8) semesters.

Curriculum:

Option 1: OEM with Online MBA
(MBA component meets only one weekend per semester)
   
Term    Program    Course    Course Name    Instructor    Credits   
1. Fall    OEM    ESI 6314    Deterministic Methods in Operations Research    Richard    4   
OEM    MAN 5245    Organizational Behavior    Podsakoff    3   
2. Spring    OEM    ESI 6346    Decision Making under Uncertainty    Nemati Proon    3   
OEM    ACG 5065    Financial & Managerial Accounting    Asare    3   
3. Summer    OEM    ESI 6323    Models for Supply Chain Management    Akcali    3   
OEM    FIN 5405    Business Financial Management    Banko    3   
4. Fall    OEM    EIN 6176    Advanced Quality Management and Engineering for Business Processes    Garcia    3   
OEM    MAR 5805    Marketing Management    Alba    3   
5. Spring    MBA    TBD    International Finance or International Marketing    TBD    3   
MBA    GEB 5212    Professional Writing    Barnes    3   
OEM    EIN 6905*    Master’s Project*    various    4   
6. Summer    MBA    GEB 5114    Entrepreneurship & Venture Finance    Gentry    3   
MBA    MAN 6619    International Logistics    Carrillo    3   
7.  Fall    MBA    MAN 6637    Global Strategic Management    Kraft    3   
MBA    TBD    Focus Area Course #1    TBD    3   
8. Spring    MBA    FIN 6425    Corporate Finance    Nimalendran    3   
MBA    TBD    Focus Area Course #2    TBD    3   
Choose 5, 6, 7, 8    MBA    TBD    Focus Area Course #3    TBD    3   
Total Credits    56   
Entrepreneurship
Focus Area Courses    Entrepreneurial Marketing
Entrepreneurship & Venture Finance
Legal Aspects of Technology Management
Negotiations   
Finance
Focus Area Courses    Corporate Finance
Entrepreneurship & Venture Finance
Finance Elective TBD
International Finance
Introduction to Real Estate   
International
Focus Area Courses    Global Strategic Management
International Business inc. Global Immersion Experience
International Finance
International Logistics
International Marketing   
Marketing
Focus Area Courses    Advanced Marketing Management
Business to Business Marketing
Entrepreneurial Marketing
International Marketing   

Option 2: OEM with Professional MBA
(MBA component meets one weekend per month)
   
Term    Program    Course    Course Name    Instructor    Credits   
1. Fall    OEM    ESI 6314    Deterministic Methods in Operations Research    Richard    4   
OEM    MAN 5245    Organizational Behavior    Podsakoff    3   
2. Spring    OEM    ESI 6346    Decision Making under Uncertainty    Nemati Proon    3   
OEM    ACG 5065    Financial & Managerial Accounting    Asare    3   
3. Summer    OEM    ESI 6323    Models for Supply Chain Management    Akcali    3   
OEM    FIN 5405    Business Financial Management    Banko    3   
4. Fall    OEM    EIN 6176    Advanced Quality Management and Engineering for Business Processes    Garcia    3   
OEM    MAR 5805    Marketing Management    Alba    3   
5. Spring    MBA    QMB 6930    Critical Perspectives on Decision Making    Ogan    3   
MBA    GEB 5212    Professional Writing    TBA    1   
OEM    EIN 6905*    Master’s Project*    various    4   
6. Summer    MBA    GEB 6930    Risk and Crisis Management    Florig    3   
MBA    MAN 6446    Negotiations    Callahan    3   
MBA    GEB 5215    Professional Communication    Limon    0   
7.  Fall    MBA    GEB 6365    International Business    Clarke    3   
MBA    MAR 6930    Customer Analysis    Tu    3   
MBA    GEB 5215    Professional Communication    Limon    2   
8. Spring    MBA    MAR 6862    Customer Relationship Management    Cooke    3   
MBA    MAN 6637    Global Strategic Management    Lee    3   
1 week session in Term 5, 7, or 8    MBA    TBD    Elective Course    TBD    3   
Total Credits    56   

In the spirit of continuous improvement and in order to maximize the educational experience, we often review the curriculum and we may implement an update in order to keep pace with industrial and technology trends.

*EIN 6905 may be taken in either term 5 or term 8.

Application Requirements:

OEM students who wish to enroll in the concurrent degree program must apply and be admitted to the MBA program. The admission requirements are unique to that program. Before applying, the applicant must have successfully completed the first two semesters of the OEM program. The application components are:

  • MBA Application (the OEM file will also be sent to the MBA office)
  • Essays and Short Answer Questions
  • Employment History
  • Updated Résumé
  • At the discretion of the admissions officers of the MBA program, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) requirement may be waived for OEM students who have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the past 5 years. In these cases, the GRE score will be evaluated and compared to the mean GMAT average of the MBA program.

Comparison Chart for Various Degree Options

Program    Format    Fees    Credit Hours    Duration
(months)
   
OEM only    one weekend per month    $29,920    32    20   
Online MBA only    online    $58,000    48    27   
Professional MBA only    one weekend per month    $48,000    48    27   
OEM +  Online MBA
(taken sequentially; break between programs)    one weekend per month, then online    $77,920    64    36   
OEM + Professional MBA
(taken sequentially; break between programs)    one weekend per month    $72,920    64    36   
Concurrent Degree Option 1
(OEM + Online MBA)
    one weekend per month, then online    $67,615    56    32   
Concurrent Degree Option 2
(OEM + Professional MBA)
    one weekend per month    $63,396    56    32   

*
These costs are projected, based on program fees for the OEM Class of 2018.  Actual costs may be higher, and students should budget additional funds for textbooks. In addition to the above program costs, the University imposes fees for building, capital improvement, technology, and student financial aid. In 2016-17, these fees totaled $37.65 per credit hour and are subject to change each fall.   

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