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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

Michigan Tech MBA Online featured in Businessweek

The “new kid on the block” is getting noticed.

Michigan Tech’s online MBA was launched in fall of 2010 and is already getting good coverage from national sources.  Bloomberg Businessweek’s web site has listed the program under its “Distance Learning” section.

“We are pleased to see our new Tech MBA® Online Program getting this well-deserved attention,” says School of Business and Economics Dean Darrell Radson.

The two-year Tech MBA® Online focuses on technology and innovation management.  The degree incorporates a solid foundation of fundamental business disciplines including a global perspective.  Training professionals to be ethical leaders who manage financially sound but sustainable organizations is also a program goal.  Cohorted in design, the degree includes two weekend residencies and a week-long international residency.

According to Radson, “The uniqueness of our program centers on its connection to technology.  We are using the expertise of our university and our business school to train students to take new ideas and concepts and move them into new products and new businesses. The goal of this MBA is to help our students become leaders who know how to implement good ideas, leading to innovative products or new innovations within companies.  This, in turn, will help our economy succeed.”

For more information about the Tech MBA® Online, visit www.mbaonline.mtu.edu or call the School of Business and Economics Graduate Program Director, Ruth Archer: 906-487-3055.

The Life of an Online Student – Megan Benam

Employer: Kimberly-Clark (Neenah, WI)
Title: Product Developer

My name is Megan Benam and I’m a Tech MBA Online student. By day, I am a Product Developer with Kimberly Clark, the organization I joined after completing my BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech. I knew that I needed to make myself more valuable to move up at KC, so I enrolled in the Tech MBA Online program. I take my classes when it is convenient for me and still balance a busy work travel schedule.

6am – Wake up

Time to start my morning as I prepare for another day at work. My daily routine starts with checking a few emails and sorting through some mail on my counter, while eating a bowl of cereal. I’m a morning person and I like having some time around the house in the morning to pick-up a few things, check my emails and snail mail, …etc.

8am – Head to Work

As an online student I work full-time as a Product Developer at Kimberly- Clark in Neenah, WI. I love my job, so I didn’t want to commit to an MBA program that required me to leave what I love doing. At my job I am currently working on bath tissue product development. It is very interesting how I am able to apply the class assignments to my work assignment at Kimberly-Clark.

Noon – Lunch Break

During my lunch break I access some information for an upcoming assignment and follow up with a project team member. so I logged into Blackboard (the course management system used to teach the Tech MBA Online courses). I have found working in virtual teams on my job has prepared me for virtual team projects that I am doing in the program.

Right before my lunch break ends I respond to a project team member who replied to my comment in Blackboard. I would have never thought incorporating an MBA into my day would be this easy. Lunch is over–time to get back to work.

4:30pm – Heading Home

After a typical day at work creating prototypes that better meet the consumer’s needs and wants, I do some kickboxing at my local gym. This is a nice break after work and allows me to re-energize for the second half of my day.

6:00pm – Dinner

Time to grab dinner after the gym and wind down before tackling a class assignment. As I finish my dinner I am reminded how convenient it is to go to class without having to leave my home.

8:30pm Class work

I prepare to listen to a lecture online at my convenience for my Marketing, Technology, and Globalization – BA 5800 course with Professor Junhong Min. With my wireless connection at home I can pull up my assignments on my HP Pavilion as I log onto Adobe Connect to watch the class.

10 pm – Pack

Time to get pack for a week on the road. I find my safety shoes and glasses as those are a must since I will be working in a manufacturing facility for the next week. I love the travel aspect of my job and I didn’t want to give that up with more traditional, on-campus MBA programs.

Mobile devices or Technology that I using for class assignments?

  • Apple iPhone – I have an iPhone that I love. I’m able to check blackboard and email anywhere I go. Even when I only have a couple minutes, I’m still able to stay current with any new emails or postings.
  • Flash Drive – I also like carrying a jump drive with me with my personal class assignments. That way I will have them available anytime no matter what computer I may use, as I have two computers at home and one at work. It also puts my mind at ease in case a computer crashes.
  • Laptop – HP Pavilion

I have found that working as an online student has forced me to be more productive and to integrate what I am doing into my current lifestyle. Most local universities near where I work are about 30-minutes away, so I would have spent about 1.5 hours driving to and from campus, plus the prep time to get there for class. The time that I save by not having to drive to campus is equivalent to listening to the class lecture. Being in Wisconsin the weather gets very bad during the winter months so those commutes could be much longer.

Being a part of the Tech MBA Online program has become a natural part of my day instead of being an interruption in my life.