MBA for Scientists

Businesses and government organizations are placing increasing emphasis on technology transfer – moving research out of the lab and into practice. Increasingly, science researchers are participating in technology transfer efforts by starting or joining entrepreneurial ventures, by working for larger commercial companies or by working in government agencies with a technology transfer mission. In such instances, scientists face a key hurdle in trying to translate their scientific research into viable commercial ventures. Unfortunately, traditional education in the sciences does not include practical instruction in management and business processes. For example, scientists often become involved with entrepreneurial ventures without a real understanding of how these businesses will work, what the role of venture capital is, how to negotiate intellectual property rights, how to structure deals and partnerships, or when and how to build a winning management team. To help scientists fill this knowledge gap, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is proud to announce the MBA program for scientists.

What is it?

The MBA for Scientists is a traditional MBA program with a twist. The curriculum is structured in a way that allows students to complete the program with specialized courses in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship.

Who is it for?

The MBA for scientists is for students and Post-docs who have completed graduate degrees in science or technology fields such as Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology, Computer Science, Engineering Genetics, Medicine, Microbiology, Pathology, Physics, Physiology, etc.

Why get an MBA?

Career opportunities are changing and expanding for students with advanced science or technology degrees. More and more, career opportunities are growing in
commercial and government sectors for those trained in science/technology and business. Unique opportunities exist for those with science/technology skills and an
understanding of business issues and processes.

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