Instructions to Applicant: Forward this “Reference Request Form” to your 1. Mentor and 2. Program
Director. Fill out Section A before forwarding to each referee. Provide referee with return envelopes
addressed to the MBA Program Committee, GSBS, UTMB at Galveston, 4.429 Administration Building,
Galveston, Texas 77555-1050. Attach both letters ofreference in the sealed envelopes to your
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH AT GALVESTON
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
COMPETITIVE APPLICATION FOR THE
MASTER’S IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA) PROGRAM
(faculty member’s name)
mentor program director
(check where appropriate)
Instructions to Faculty Recommending the Applicant: Please complete Section B on behalf of
the applicant listed in Section A. Your assessment of the applicant’s potential for enrollment in the
Master’s of Business Administration Program concurrently with their Graduate or Post-doctoral
program is requested. Your reference will be used by the GSBS MBA Program Committee in
assessing this applicant. Information about the MBA Program is provided on pages 2-6 attached
to this form.
1. Please rank student according to your experience with graduate students into the following
top 5% 20-40%
top 10% 40-60%
top 20% 60-80%
2. Please try to indicate distinctions between levels of achievement for the multiple students
you may be recommending. This is especially important for the evaluation from program
directors who may be recommending severalstudents from their program.
3. Your letter of recommendation should be attached. Please assess the student’s ability in
the following areas:1) likelihood of success in concurrent laboratory productivity; 2)
efficiency in time management; 3) independence, self-motivation; 4) ability to meet
deadlines; 5) maturity, success as a team player in group projects and 6) ability to multi-
task and think “outside the box”. Please limit your evaluation to one typewritten page.
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The University of Texas Medical Branch and the UT TeleCampus have developed an innovative
degree program to meet the growing need for Biomedical PhDs in business and industry.
The Graduate School at UTMB is committed to developing programs for educating
biomedical Ph.D. students known for their excellence and relevance. In recent years the
interconnection between university science departments and biotechnology companies,
pharmaceutical companies and other businesses has been growing. Biomedical research is
increasingly carried out as a joint effort between the academic and the business community. This
trend has become even more significant because of the growth and vitality of the biotechnology
sector. Increasing numbers of Ph.D. students express an interest in obtaining training appropriate for
the biotechnology/pharmaceutical and other business environments. Furthermore, increasing
numbers of Biomedical Ph.D. graduates are moving into careers in the business community.
The number of academic positions in the US rose to just over 40,000 in 1985 and has
remained near that level. The stability in total academic positions occurred over a period during
which the total number of U.S. biomedical Ph.D.s was increasing. Since 1987, the number of
doctorates awarded in life sciences by U.S. universities has risen 42 percent, from about 5,000
annually in the mid-1980s to more than 7,600 in 1996. However, opportunities for doctorate
recipients to pursue their own research projects at universities, industry, or in government
laboratories are not growing as quickly. The number of life scientists holding faculty positions at
universities has increased only an average of 2.5 percent a year since 1973. Industry appointments
have risen almost 7 percent each year during the same period, and employment at government
laboratories has shown only modest growth. As a result, the percentage of employed U.S.
biomedical Ph.D.s in academic (and tenured academic) positions has declined steadily from the late
1970s (when it was just under two-thirds) to the early 1990s (when it leveled off at just over half)
and has since declined further to less than 40%. Therefore, academia still employs a significant
percentage of U.S. biomedical Ph.D.s, but is providing jobs for a decreasing fraction of the
employed Ph.D.s. There is no foreseeable reason to suggest that this trend is likely to change.
Despite these obvious trends, there are very few programs in the US that offer students
combined training in both business and science. To fill this important gap in the training of
Biomedical Ph.Ds. and to fulfill a potentially strong need among graduate applicants, UTMB and the
UT TeleCampus have combined to offer a program of concurrent enrollment that will give
prospective students training in both biomedical sciences and business. This program will integrate
existing, approved Ph.D. programs at UTMB with the online MBA program offered by the UT
TeleCampus to provide an important new curriculum for students with a desire to enter a variety of
business career tracks.
Students will first pursue their Ph.D. in the UTMB BBSC and Ph.D. programs. Upon
entering candidacy, they will be allowed to apply to the UTMB/UT TeleCampus concurrent
enrollment Ph.D. and MBA program. If accepted to the program, they will be allowed to apply to
the UT TeleCampus MBA without the required GMAT and prerequisites except for statistics.
Together, UTMB and the UT TeleCampus will offer the opportunity to concurrently enroll in
a Ph.D. program at UTMB and in the master's of business administration degree that can be
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completed in 30 months. Considering the average time to completion of the Ph.D. at UTMB is 5½
years, the program provides the student an opportunity to complete the Ph.D. and the M.B.A. degree
at the same time. Students are not required to complete the MBA at the time of completing the
Ph.D., though a change from student status could influence the tuition paid depending on their
This program is designed for biomedical students interested in business or industrial careers
and will prepare students not only for traditional biotechnology and pharmaceutical careers, but also
for administrative positions in finance, marketing and research, and for entrepreneurial roles at high-
tech start-up companies.
UT TeleCampus MBA Program Information
(Information is derived from the UT TeleCampus website at:
The MBA Online program in General Management provides today's students with the tools
necessary to become leaders in the workplace of tomorrow. This challenging degree program pools
the impressive resources and diverse perspectives of eight accredited University of Texas System
institutions. Students will find a highly skilled, statewide team of professors presenting a broad,
Areas of study in this collaborative General Management degree include accounting, finance,
administration, business law, economics, marketing, statistics and technology. Courses are designed
for a clear understanding of a marketplace that has become increasingly complex with the addition
of new technologies and communication tools.
All of the UT System universities are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools. UT Arlington, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT Pan American, UT San Antonio, and UT Tyler
are also AACSB accredited (The International Association for Management Education accreditation)
with the remainders in the AACSB candidacy process. UTB is in the fourth year and UT Permian
Basin is in the first year of the 5-6 year AACSB Candidacy process. Please also note that UT
Arlington, UT El Paso and UT San Antonio use the word "online" on the diplomas conferred via the
Some courses have prerequisite courses which students must complete prior to enrolling.
Students enrolled in graduate programs of the UTMB GSBS will be allowed to enroll in the UT
TeleCampus MBA program without the required prerequisite courses apart from statistics. This
enrollment opportunity is contingent on approval by the UTMB PhD/MBA Concurrent Enrollment
Steering Committee and the Dean of the UTMB GSBS.
Students must complete at least 36 semester credit hours in the MBA Online program before
enrolling in the Business Policy course.
Class sizes will be limited and courses are designed to enhance interaction between faculty and
students. Chat rooms, threaded discussions and email will be used to facilitate discussions. Team
projects will be used to help students share their business experiences with each other as part of the
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Semestercredit hours are required to complete the degree plan
Required credit hours total 48. Students must take at least two courses from their home campuses.
All courses taken from other participating universities in the MBA Online program can be
transferred to students' home campuses to fulfill degree requirements. Based on course load,
students may complete the program in as little as two years or as many as six. However, in state
tuition rates for the UT TeleCampus MBA will only be offered while enrolled in the Ph.D. programs
To be eligible to enroll in the UT-TeleCampus MBA Program through UTMB concurrent enrollment
program, you must be a student in good standing in a UTMB graduate program and have
advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. Applicants must complete a formal application and obtain the
signatures of your Mentor and Program Director. The application is to be submitted along with a
current CV or resume, a copy of all undergraduate and UTMB graduate transcripts and attach
letters of recommendation from your Mentor and Program Director in sealed envelopes. The
completed applications and accompanying supporting documents should be submitted to the
UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Office, Levin Hall 4.429, Mail Route 1050.
Applicationsare due on or before May 31st to ensure enrollment in the
Fall semester. Applicants will be invited for a short interview. If you are approved, you will
receive a letter from the Dean of the UTMB GSBS allowing you to enroll at the UT TeleCampus
through the concurrent enrollment program.
Participating Institutions and Advisors
UT Arlington Alisa Johnson or Dr. Greg Frazier, 817-272-3004
UT Brownsville Russell Adams, 956-548-8747
UT Dallas George Barnes, 972-883-2783
UT El Paso Dr. Charles Zlatkovich, 915-747-7744
UT Pan American Dr. Jerry Prock, 956-381-7230
UT Permian Basin Dr. Corbett Gaulden, 915-552-2202 or
Dr. Barbara Scofield, 915-552-2183
UT San Antonio Katherine Pope, 210-458-7316
UT Tyler Dr. Mary Fischer, 903-566-7433
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MBAO Number Host Campus
Course Number Course Name
UTD X X X
UTD X X X
UTPA X X
UTSA X X X
UTPB X X X
UTA X X
UTT X X
UTEP X X
Legal Environment in
UTB X X
UTB X X
UTPB X X
UTSA X X
UTT X X
UTPA X X X
UTEP X X
UTA X X
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After receipt of the letter from the Dean and in order to participate in the MBA Online program, you
must choose a home campus by applying to and be accepted by one of the seven participating
universities. Criteria, procedures and deadlines for admission vary slightly from one university to
another, but are predominantly the same as the traditional residence programs. Consult the
participating universities for specific details. Generally, overall GPA's from baccalaureate work must
be 3.0 or better. Students applying by permission of the UTMB GSBS are not required to submit the
GMAT or TOEFL scores, nor are they required to have taken prerequisite courses except for a
statistics course. All MBA Online students must have successfully completed a college-level course in
1. Minimum MBA Online Admissions Criteria
To be eligible for admission to the MBA Online program, students approved to apply through
UTMB GSBS will not be required to sit for the GMAT or TOEFL, but must submit official
transcripts of all college level work, UTMB MBA enrollment approval letter and meet other
requirements as specified by the UT TeleCampus component.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for Texas residents will be approximately $650 plus departmental fees per 3-hour
course. Tuition and fees for non-resident students will be approximately $1,300 plus departmental
fees per 3-hour course. These tuition rates are subject to change.
For information about the program, please see the UTMB GSBS website at
Norbert K. Herzog, Ph.D.
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555-0609
The concurrent enrollment in the Ph.D. and M.B.A. programs prepares graduates to succeed in a
competitive global business environment. A rigorous academic environment that fosters teamwork
and rewards individual effort, and a selective, diverse student body distinguish the UTMB
Degree Plan and Course Schedule
Students are required to complete the following courses. See Academic Calendars for deadlines.
*Students must earn 18 semester credit hours in the MBA Online program before taking these courses.
**Students must earn 36 semester credit hours in the MBA Online program before taking this course.