NJIT streamlines its MBA: Greater tech focus and fewer credits

Creates shorter, more affordable path to degree

MBA students at New Jersey Institute of Technology‘s Martin Tuchman School of Management now need 12 less credits, as degree requirements are being shortened from 48 credits to 36, and with an even stronger emphasis on the school’s forward-looking, technology-focused curriculum.

The changes streamline the program into the nationwide trend of shorter, more affordable paths to graduation, while doubling down on the uniqueness of being part of a public polytechnic institution.

“This is a significant upgrade of our current program, and quite different from a traditional MBA,” Benjamin Manyindo, director of master’s programs at MTSM, said.

In the new program, called the Tech MBA, students will choose two concentrations. Established options are finance, innovation and entrepreneurship, management information systems and marketing. Students may also pursue custom concentrations from courses in business analytics, financial technology, project management and other fields.

“The students who come through this program walk away as technology-savvy business leaders,” whether they study on campus or online, Manyindo said.

Existing students will automatically be placed in the new program. Students can also opt to stay in the existing program. Either way, they’ll be able to access courses such as Big Data Analytics for Accounting, Design and Development of High-Technology Products, Information Technology and Competitive Advantage and Marketing Strategy for Technology-Based Organizations.

In addition, the Tech MBA will soon receive official STEM designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is an important option for international students seeking to work in the U.S. after graduation, according to Manyindo.