3-2 mba program for Engineering

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3-2 MBA Program for Engineering
For Engineering Undergraduates Interested in Supplementary Business Training

For more information contact:

For ASM Admission Policy:
Loyola Chastain –

Director for MBA Programs

UNM Anderson Schools of Management

Room 2051


For faculty consultation:
Prof. Andres C. Salazar

Chair, Microsystems, Commercialization and Technology

UNM School of Engineering

UNM Anderson Schools of Management

Room ASM 2110


This program is ideally suited for those engineers who have little interest in pursuing a “research” career path but would rather start a career that would lead to a job in project management, management of technical development, or technical advisory services. Further, engineers who aspire to “start” their own company or join an entrepreneurial team may also find such a 3-2 MBA program can maximize their chances for success in such a venture. The goal of the 3-2 MBA program for engineering is to have School of Engineering (SOE) undergraduates receive their Baccalaureate degree in engineering in four years and then complete the remaining Anderson Schools of Management (ASM) requirements for an MBA during a fifth year of study. The program requires completion of several optional ASM courses during the undergraduate engineering program and earning “dual” credit for several required courses that count towards both the SOE and ASM degrees.
The UNM Anderson Schools of Management has an existing 3-2 MBA program for any undergraduate who essentially “minors” in business. However, few engineering undergraduates take advantage of this program because the UNM engineering curricula from various School of Engineering (SOE) departments do not allow room for a “minor” in business courses. However, several SOE departments do have “business” related courses in the required curriculum for an undergraduate degree. Namely, Economics, Ethics and Statistics are often found in the required curriculum.
The attached SOE item for the upcoming UNM catalog (attached as Appendix A) describes a proposed 3-2 Program for engineering undergraduates. It is described in generic form to allow individual SOE departments, other than EECE, to decide whether such a program can be accommodated in their undergraduate curricula.
The EECE department in the UNM SOE has already approved a 3-2MBA program for its undergraduates. Attached are the suggested curricula to be followed by interested EECE undergraduates who wish to complete the program in five years and attain both a BSEE from SOE and an MBA from ASM. The EECE department believes that the program will respond to what appears to be a critically needed skill set in industry. The goal of the approved program is to achieve 18 hours of “business” coursework in the EECE undergraduate curriculum. Six hours can be achieved by substituting ASM courses in economics and ethics for those required in the EECE curriculum and currently taught within SOE. Three hours of probability and statistics taken in engineering (EECE340) will earn a waiver of 3 hours of a similar ASM course in statistics (MGT501). Nine additional hours would be accomplished by accepting ASM graduate courses to be taken within an EECE “track.” This path towards 18 ASM credit hours is outlined in the EE curriculum shown in Appendix B and the CE curriculum shown in Appendix C.
Although formal acceptance of a 3-2MBA curriculum for other engineering departments has not been finalized, it is anticipated that a similar track for earning ASM credit towards an MBA can be accomplished within the undergraduate curricula in those departments. Presently, each engineering department (other than EECE) will have to approve the business courses being taken in lieu of the engineering courses as herein described.

Attachment A.

The Three-Two Program Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.
The School of Engineering recognizes that some engineers in training have aspiration to become managers of engineering programs and projects and thus require some time to pursue supplementary business education. In cooperation with the Anderson Schools of Management (ASM) at UNM, the School of Engineering, subject to final approval by the engineering department that will grant the student his undergraduate degree, suggests the following five year track to be followed to attain both a BS in engineering at the end of the fourth year and an MBA at the end of the fifth year:

  1. Satisfy the required coursework in years 1 and 2 for an undergraduate degree in a designated engineering department.

  2. Satisfy the non-elective coursework in that designated engineering department in years 3 and 4. However, among the elective courses, technical or other, in the designated engineering department, and subject to approval from the curriculum committee of that department, the student will take ECON300 and MGT306 as replacements for ME/CE350 and a Social Science/Behavioral Science elective respectively. EECE340 or equivalent Math/Stat course will be accepted as an equivalent course for MGT501.

  3. Admission to ASM graduate program at end of junior year. A GPA of 3.0 is required of all coursework taken through year 3.

  4. MGT 504 should be taken in place of ME/CE350 in senior year.

  5. Two of the following courses: MGT506, MGT508, MGT511, MGT520, MGT526 in senior year.

  6. 33 hours for ASM graduate credit in fifth year (UNM Graduate School requirement) after receiving BS from the designated engineering department. Six of these graduate credit hours can be from School of Engineering graduate level coursework

Attachment B – Sample 3-2 EE/MBA Track.

Attachment C – Sample 3-2 Comp_E/MBA Track

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