Wow, Raven, my good fella, that is a really great program there are University of Texas McComb School of Business.
I had not heard of it, so I went and looked it up online to find out more.
Okay, this is a super cool program that would excite any techie -- entre type (like you).
It really is an accelerated weekend program, so very hybird .. oh wait, I see now that you can do most of it via video ..
The MSTC Program was the first online degree program offered by The University of Texas at Austin. Taking the degree program online is an ideal option for working professionals or international students who would otherwise be unable to participate in Austin. Participants may choose to attend classes in Austin, via video webcast, or utilize a combination of the two options . Candidates may complete their degrees without ever attending weekend classes in Austin, but are required to attend May Launch Week and the International Trip. All classes are online globally, so students may participate from anywhere in the world they can access a broadband connection. As classes are archived online after the live session, participants may watch the lectures later if they are unable to make the live class or desire review.
The cost is very-very good, and this specialty is exciting to see.
For folks who want to know more they can check it out at
University of Texas McComb School of Business
Master of Science in Technology Commercialization
Below are some nuts and bolts for others to hammer on..
The Texas MSTC
23 Weekends & 3 Intensive Weeks
At The University of Texas at Austin, we are proud of saying, “What starts here changes the world.” Technology intelligently commercialized provides a major way of changing the world. The Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) Program develops knowledge and skills in how to identify new technologies with market potential, bring them to market, and create wealth in the process. Who should consider the Texas MSTC Program?
--Aspiring entrepreneurs who want to launch new ventures based on emerging technologies.
--Corporate entrepreneurs who want to introduce disruptive and innovative products based on new technologies.
---Technology transfer specialists who want to become more professional in assisting universities in licensing technologies to business.
This one-year alternating weekend program is innovative and so is the way it is offered. Participants may choose to attend classes in Austin, via video webcast, or utilize a combination of the two.
Now, comparing the Texas program above to Babson is hard.
What Babson has going for it would be an edge in regards to a) bigger name brand; b) bigger recognition in big business and places like BA, PWC; c) broader courses for the big picture business executive tool set ... BUT the cost is HIGH and the Texas program would let you hit the books hard inside the tech commercialization product sphere.
In terms of your notes, ala the Leadership degree, you are right that serious big business types see "leadership" degrees as softer and less competitive and hard-nosed, so there is that bias.
Anyway, thanks for telling us about that Texas masters degree.
First and foremost, I do look forward to your responses with great anticipation, so thank you! After digesting your response, I must say I have to agree with everything you said.
I've always enjoyed the curriculum found in Leadership programs. To echo your thoughts, they are more focused on the human capital side of things, and are genuinely more fun if you enjoy people over hardcore business, which I do. However, my only fear with pursuing a Leadership program is although I would be learning a great a deal of how to manage and motivate people (as most Leadership programs are designed for that), I worry it may become limiting in some factor if I don't also have the business acumen often found in an MBA.
So I have been scrutinizing programs that would offer a mixture of everything: creativity, innovation, people-focused coursework, a little finance/accounting/econ, but more importantly, would be different than your typical MBA (too much finance/accounting) or MS Leadership (too much people-focused courses). I also felt Leadership programs would be looked-down upon when compared to an MBA if I wanted to pursue a career in consulting, marketing, product development, technology management, etc.
That being said, I was drawn to Babson for its entrepreneurial focus and strengths in creativity and innovation. Yes it carries its share of coursework in Finance, Stats and Econ; however, there's also technology, organization (people-focused), strategy and international content. I feel the network I'd gain would help immensely with pursuing a career in consulting, marketing, international opportunities, or perhaps jumping into a start-up venture with fellow classmates.
Have you ever come across the program: MS Technology Commercialization, with UT Austin McComb SOB? I was reviewing that program and it's also an entrepreneurial-centric program; however, it's more focused on bringing technology to market. It's 1-year in length, and also available online with minor residency requirements including an international trip. At $46k, it's roughly $29k less than Babson, and comes from a well known institution. The only concern is it may be too focused on technology commercialization, limiting your career prospects to: product development, technology transfer, commercialization, technology-based start-ups, etc.
I was wondering your thoughts on a brief comparison between pursuing that kind of program vs Babson's MBA.
Always a pleasure!