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 Geunes 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* TBD 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 Geunes 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 6227 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* TBD 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 XXXX Marketing Elective – TBA TBD 3
MBA GEB 5215 Professional Communication Limon 2
8. Spring MBA MAR 6930 Product Development & Management Yang 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 2017.  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 2015, these fees totaled $37.65 per credit hour and are subject to change each fall.