Author: Jodie Filpus

Is There an MBA In Your Future?

Michigan Tech MBA students during Residency on Campus (left to right) Michael Vigress, Connie Koutouzos, and Brendan Andrews, with Professor Dana Johnson '80 (standing). (Photo by Ryan Schumacher

Five reasons to go back to school

(even if you stay at home)

More money? Sure, there’s that, but there are other reasons for returning to school (including Michigan Tech) for an MBA. We asked some folks who know to sell us on the idea.

Advance your career

“The MBA helps you work your way up the ladder, thanks to improved communication skills, which are a necessity whether you’re an engineer or not,” says Kaari Nevanen MBA ’10, technology advisor at Mindovo.

Stay relevant

“The concept of innovation is so important today, and you need to understand technology as much as you need to understand business,” says Jim Lenz, director of the John Deere Technology Innovation Center. “They need to be combined. When I got my MBA, I realized the importance of reinventing products to satisfy customer needs, for example.”

Broaden your thinking

“If you are running a business, the MBA makes a big difference,” says Scott Pattullo ’81, senior vice president of sales, marketing, and account management for Wheels Inc. “It exposes you to more-forward approaches to issues, which you could gain through experience, but the MBA accelerates that process.”

Earn more

The average starting salary Tech engineering graduates reported to the Career Center during the 2010–11 academic year was about $58,000. Among new Tech MBAs, the average was $63,000, “even with minimal work experience,” says Darrell Radson, dean of the School of Business and Economics. “And during economic downturns, companies tend to hire more MBA graduates. In fact, for some corporations, an MBA is a stringent requirement for management-track positions. With work experience and an MBA, the salary differential greatly increases, making the value of the MBA more pronounced.”

You can actually do this

Once you’ve graduated and entered the workforce full time, the thought of returning to college can be daunting. However, many MBA programs, Tech’s included, are offered online. “The Tech MBA Online has easily integrated into my everyday life,” says current student Megan Benam ’07. “The program allows me to complete the course work in a timely manner that is conducive to working full time, traveling for work, and maintaining a personal life.”

by Dennis Walikainen ’92 ’09

School Meet and Greet Contest

Welcome Back Students!  In true School of Business and Economics “fashion”, we would like to kick off this Fall Semester with an opportunity for you to win some School of Business and Economics apparel.  You may be thinking, how do I get in on this?  Lucky for you, we have made it nice and simple.  

Step One: Log into Facebook, and “like” (if you haven’t already) our Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics Page

Step Two: Swing into the Academic Office Building anytime between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and meet two of our newest School of Business and Economics Staff: Carly Benson, Undergraduate Recruiter and Outreach Coordinator; and Jodie Filpus, MBA Recruiter.  They will register you into the drawing for 1 of 5 hooded sweatshirts. 

Step Three:  Watch the Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics page for the announcement of contest winners. 

The contest runs from September 1st at 8:00 am to September 15th at 4:00 pm, when the drawing will be held  Winners will be contacted and  prizes will be available for pick-up beginning September 16th

*Contest is only open to Students, but if you are not a Student you will get great information by “liking” our page anyway.  So click away @!/businessattech