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Curriculum

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Curriculum

The Texas MSTC curriculum consists of ten hands-on, action-based courses where students develop market strategies for real world technologies and innovations. The program culminates with teams of students formally presenting a final business plan to a panel of faculty, industry leaders and venture capitalists. Each year graduates launch several technologies into successful commercial ventures. In fact, the Texas MSTC Class of 2016 launched 6 ventures at the time of graduation.

Fall Semester

August–December (12 Credit Hours)


Commercialization Strategies & Venture Planning - STC 384
Technological innovations offer unique opportunities for developing differentiation strategies. Students develop a commercialization strategy for a technology based product.

New Venture Creation - STC 395
Raising capital either from outside investors or internal corporate sources requires validating the market potential of the new technology, developing a business model, determining the financial requirements, and communicating the opportunity convincingly. Students will create a business plan to communicate these key elements.

Managing Product Development & Production - STC 394C
Accelerating the product development process is critically important to the successful launch of a technology based innovation. Students develop a plan for taking an innovation from idea to a product ready for market.

Technology Transfer in the Global Economy (International Trip) - STC 391
Processes for global commercialization are similar but more complicated than within a domestic market: the required skills create competitive advantage. Students develop a plan for transferring a technology to or from another country.

Spring Semester

January–May (9 Credit Hours)


New Venture Design & Implementation - STC 396
A business plan is about funding a venture, the launch plan sets forth operational roles when to launch the venture or product. Students develop a business implementation plan for a technology enterprise or project of their choice.

Creative & Innovative Management - STC 385
Accelerating the product development process is critically important to the successful launch of a technology based innovation. Students develop a plan for taking an innovation from idea to a product ready for market.

Managing Technology & Business Risks (Intellectual Property Law & Statistics) - STC 386.2
Risk analysis and strategies for the creation, implementation, and management of technology enterprises. Introduction to decision and risk analysis, methods for structuring and modeling decision problems, and application of methods to problems that involve risk and uncertainty in the commercialization of new technologies. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.