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Texas MSTC | Program Information
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Program Overview

In the ever-changing private and public sectors, the ability to commercialize new technologies is essential. Technology commercialization is key to the reinvention of organizations, and it is the basis for the creation of new customer-oriented, technology-based enterprises. The Texas MSTC Program helps candidates gain the knowledge and skills to adapt to the economic, social, financial, and political, changes associated with finding the economic value in knowledge. The focus is on the rapid transfer of research, knowledge, and technology from ideas to the marketplace - the entrepreneurial wealth-creation process.

The Program's mission is combining cutting-edge technology, entrepreneurship and education. It bridges the gap between ideas and needs in the marketplace, and helps create new, innovative ventures.

One Year:  24 Weekends & 3 Intensive Weeks

The one-year Texas MSTC Program begins in late April/early May, and students graduate the following May. Classes meet on alternate weekends, Friday evening and all day Saturday, for 24 weekends.

The Texas MSTC Program is designed for working professionals, and consists of 30 credit hours over the course of three semesters. Each of the three semesters includes an intensive week. The Program starts with a launch week in Austin, Texas in the summer (late April/early May). Overnight stay in a hotel provided by MSTC is required by all students, at no additional cost to the students. The fall semester begins with an intensive week. The third and final semester continues through the spring and involves a required international trip.

Students Study Real Technologies

The curriculum is about action-based learning. Students work with real-life technologies and innovations. Students are provided with a list of technologies to select from and have the option of bringing in their own technologies as well. Many assignments are completed in small teams of students who collaboratively develop market strategies and business plans for truly original technologies throughout the year. The Program culminates when student teams formally present their final technology commercialization plan. Each year, MSTC graduates launch new ventures and/or products based on technologies analyzed and developed during the year.

Student Profile

Student Demographics
Cohort Class of 2011 Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 
Class Size 33 64 85  77
% Female 27% 13% 18%  23%
% International 1% 22% 23% 17%
% In Class 85% 77% 76% 83%
% Online 15% 23% 24% 17%
% with completed
advanced degrees
12% 23% 22% 17%

Some of the companies represented

Accenture, Alafair Biosciences, Apple, Applied Materials, Ascension Health, Booz Allen Hamilton, BriefLogic, Cancer Research Center, Capital One, CenturyLink, Cisco Systems Inc., Dell, Deloitte Consulting, DelStar Technologies Inc., Dynamic Industries Inc., EMC Corporation, Emerson, Freescale Semiconductor Inc., GSD&M, Halliburton, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Imagineer Technology Group, InnovationLabs, Johnson Controls Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Co., Kinetic Concepts Inc., National Instruments,  National Oilwell Varco, Parsons Corporation, Peace Corps, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Rackspace, Shell Oil Company, Silicon Laboratories Inc., Stryker Spine, SWBC, Texas Army National Guard, Texas Multicore Technologies Inc., The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Trinity Industries Inc., U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, United States Air Force, United States Army, Weatherford International