Designed for working professionals, students attend class every other weekend—Friday evening and all day Saturday—either on campus or
online. In addition to weekend classes, the Spring and Fall semesters each begin with a week-long
residence here in Austin. In December of your Fall semester, you’ll get to apply your knowledge as
part of the much anticipated global trip to a location such as Singapore, Brazil, or Israel.
If your schedule gets too busy you can even attend your classes remotely online.
Participants may choose to attend Texas MSTC class weekends on campus in Austin, via synchronous webcast, or utilize a combination of the two options. As classes are archived online after the live session, participants may watch the lectures later if they are unable to make the live class or desire review. Candidates may complete their degree without ever attending the weekend classes in Austin, but are required to attend May Launch Week, August Launch Week, and the International Trip in person.
Our online students follow the same rigorous curriculum as the students that attend person, and the majority of project teams will have a combination of both online and in-person students. Our online students participate live during classes via live web streams and follow the same assignment schedules as their in-person counterparts. The online education option for our one-year master's degree provides maximum flexibility and convenience to those who work or reside beyond the Central Texas area.
It doesn't get better than this. With endless sunshine, a highly educated population, and a vibrant, healthy culture, Austin is an amazing place to build a life and a company.
|46 incubators, accelerators, makers, and co-working spaces
|4,744 high-tech companies
|#1 Top City for Tech Businesses Globally (Wall Street Journal, 2015)
|#2 Fastest Growing City in America (Forbes, 2015)
|One of 5 Cities Poised to be the Next Silicon Valley Tech Hub (Forbes, 2015)
|#3 Best City in the Nation to Launch a Startup (Forbes, 2014)
|#2 Best Performing City in annual assessment of Where America's Tech Jobs are Created and Sustained (Milken Institute, 2014)
Students work with real technologies developed at UT and other leading universities across the US. Occasionally students will work on developing their own idea, or licensable tech from leading organizations like NASA. Throughout the year students compete in business plan competitions judged by entrepreneurs, investors, and MSTC graduates, and dive into the fast and growing startup world. The Texas MSTC Program was first launched in 1996 to train business professionals to commercialize the technologies emerging from the university. Since 1996, several businesses have launched out of the Texas MSTC Program including Apptronik, Alafair Biosciences, Datical, MedNoxa, Seismos.
This program focuses on profitably bringing new products and businesses to market, rather than the technical creation of technologies. You will be asked to do technology market research projects to discover answers to how this technology will be profitable. You do not need to understand how to build the tech or how it works, you need to understand what it does and see if anyone cares what it does. That's not a technical question, that's a business question.