Texas Tech University

Rawls STEM MBA Awarded $10,000 Excellence Grant

Trevor Bell

November 13, 2014

The Rawls College of Business STEM MBA program was awarded a $10,000 Excellence Grant by the Texas Tech Alumni Association for being an innovative and beneficial program to students at Texas Tech University. In particular, the grant focuses on the program's "Texas Tech Alumni Association STEM MBA Speaker Series," which occurs six times throughout the year and invites STEM graduates who have succeeded in business to speak to current students.

The purpose of the grant is to assist faculty and staff in the efforts to improve access to educational opportunities, encourage education innovation, promote awareness of Texas Tech, and support the university's strategic plan.

The STEM MBA program, which launched in the summer of 2014, is a Master of Business Administration degree designed specifically for students with an undergraduate degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics discipline. As a general business degree with an emphasis on STEM applications, the program complements a STEM student's technical background while also providing the business skills needed to be successful in management and leadership roles. The accelerated program is 42 credit hours, and a condensed class schedule allows the program to be completed in one year.

Students in the program have found value in the degree and credit the innovative format to fostering skills they can use upon graduation.

"The STEM MBA program at Texas Tech offers a cutting-edge, innovative approach to business administration tailored to students with more of a technical and analytic background. The Rawls College has invested heavily in this program by offering unique courses taught by a faculty that is second to none. The course material is suited to students with STEM backgrounds and uses relevant examples from related industries to make learning more compelling. I am confident that the skills I learn here will benefit me in my career and will open doors that were previously unseen for me," Scott Noulis said.

Scott is a member of the first STEM MBA cohort and intends to graduate in May 2015. He received his Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy from Texas Tech in May 2014.

"The STEM MBA program is specialized for people who are quantitative thinkers, and the faculty gears its curriculum toward those skills. Through real-world and industry examples, the lessons resonate with the students, and we are able to see how our STEM knowledge can be applied in business. Since being in the program, I've been able to build upon my undergraduate education and interact with brilliant students in the program. The program provides extraordinary networking opportunities, and it allows us to develop lasting professional relationships," Maria Navarrete said.

Maria is also a member of the first cohort and intends to graduate in May 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in Economics, with a Mathematics minor, from Texas Tech in May 2014.

For more information about the program, visit the STEM MBA website or contact Mary Frances Weatherly at mary.weatherly@ttu.edu. For more information about the grant, visit the Texas Tech Alumni Association Excellence Grant website.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.