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  1. 1. Z:tempwindows20150128045152the-university-of-texas-medical-branch3712.docx 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 application. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH AT GALVESTON Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences COMPETITIVE APPLICATION FOR THE MASTER’S IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA) PROGRAM SECTION A. (applicant’s name) (faculty member’s name) mentor program director (check where appropriate) SECTION B. 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 categories: 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. Signature Date
  2. 2. Page 2 Name ________________________ 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. Rationale: 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. Structure: 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
  3. 3. Page 3 Name ________________________ 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 residency status. 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, interactive curriculum. 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 MBAO program. Prerequisites 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 learning process.
  4. 4. Page 4 Name ________________________ 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 at UTMB. Getting Started 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
  5. 5. Page 5 Name ________________________ MBAO Number Host Campus Course Number Course Name Pre-requisite MBAO UT Comp Sum ‘02 Fall ‘02 Spr ‘03 Sum ‘03 6311 Core AIM 6305 Accounting Analysis - UTD X X X 6312 Core MAS 6v07 Economic Analysis - UTD X X X 6313 Core MANA 6330 Management - UTPA X X 6314 Core MS 6973 Quantitative Analysis - UTSA X X X 6315 Core MRKT 6310 Marketing Management - UTPB X X X 6316 Core FINA 5311 Financial Management - UTA X X 6331 GENB 5321 Research Methods - UTT X X 6332 CIS 5394 Information Systems for Managers - UTEP X X 6333 BLAW 6301 Legal Environment in Business - UTB X X 6334 MANA 6360 Production and Operations Management 6314 UTB X X 6335 FINA 6328 Contemporary Topics in Financial Management 6316 UTPB X X 6336 ACCT 6973 Accounting for Decision Making 6311 UTSA X X 6371* MANA 5350 Human Resource Management - UTT X X 6372* MANA 6332 Leadership and Change - UTPA X X X 6373* MGMT 5335 Global Strategic Management - UTEP X X 6395** BUSA 5333 Business Policy - UTA X X
  6. 6. Page 6 Name ________________________ 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 statistics. Admissions Criteria 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 Or contact Norbert K. Herzog, Ph.D. Associate Professor University of Texas Medical Branch 301 University Blvd Galveston, TX 77555-0609 (409) 772-3938 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 experience. 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.