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Texas MSTC

Video Overview

In the below video, meet Texas MSTC program faculty, students and alumni as they provide an overview of our M.S. in Technology Commercialization degree


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McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

One Year. Alternating Weekends. Live or online.

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One year master's program focused on the intersection of business, technology and innovation.

The Texas MSTC Program based out of Austin, Texas is taught by top-ranked McCombs School of Business faculty. McCombs climbed to No. 6 in the latest annual ranking of the top 25 graduate entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. by Princeton Review/Entrepreneurship Magazine. We teach students how to profitably launch new ideas into market. Our home, Texas McCombs, is a premiere business school at The University of Texas in Austin, a world-class public research university. Through high quality instruction, experiential learning, and the pursuit of relevant, ground breaking research, we are shaping those who will shape tomorrow and solve our most challenging problems. 

Launched in 1996 out of the IC2 Institute, the STEM designated degree combines cutting-edge technology and hands-on entrepreneurship, resulting in the creation of innovative ventures and products. This one-year immersion in technology entrepreneurship has been in operation for over two decades, and it remains one of the most popular programs for working professionals who want to take innovations to market. The coursework includes a proprietary approach for reaching "go-no-go" decisions in the commercialization phase. Whether you're launching a product within an existing business or through your own venture, Texas MSTC offers many successful outcomes.

Application Dates

Application Launch

Open Date: July 2, 2018

Round 1

Application Due: September 10, 2018

Round 2

Application Due: October 29, 2018

Round 3

Application Due: December 17, 2018
* International applicant deadline 

Quick Admit

Application Due: January 26, 2019

Final Round

Application Due: February 25, 2019

Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on the day of the application deadline.

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Program Highlights

Flexible Schedule >

Flexible Schedule

Designed for working professionals, students attend class every other weekend—Friday evening and all day Saturday—either on campus or online via remote conferencing. In addition to alternating class weekends, the Summer semester begins with a week-long residence here in Austin. The Fall semester also begins with a week long intensive, which students can attend in person or online. In December during your Fall semester you’ll apply your knowledge as part of the much anticipated global trip to a location such as Singapore, Portugal, or South Africa.

Remember: If your schedule gets too busy you can attend your classes remotely online.


Participants may choose to attend Texas MSTC class weekends on campus in Austin, via online web conferencing, 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.

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.

Austin, TX

It doesn't get better than Austin, Texas. With endless sunshine, a highly educated population, and a vibrant, healthy culture, Austin is an amazing place to build a life and a company.

#6 Top 25 Graduate Entrepreneurship Programs in the U.S. (Princeton Review/Entrepreneurship Magazine, 2019)
400+ resources for entrepreneurs within the Austin startup ecosystem (Founder Institute, 2018)
Nearly 6,500 high-tech employers are in the Austin metro area (Austin Chamber, 2018)
Jobs in Austin's tech industries total over 138,500, or 14.1% of all job, compared to 7% nationally (Austin Chamber, 2018)
#1 Top City for Tech Businesses Globally (Wall Street Journal, 2015)
Fastest Growing City in America (Forbes, 2016)
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)

Real-world, hands-on

Students work with real technologies developed at The University of Texas 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 of Austin, TX. 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.

Not technical

First and foremost, Texas MSTC is a business degree that 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 to discover answers to determine how a technology enabled product or service will be profitable. You do not need to understand how to build the technology or how it works, you need to understand what it accomplishes in the market and who your customers will be. That's not a technical question, that's a business question.

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JD Valdez

Global Strategic Account Manager, Mitratech 
Class of 2011

"It's great whenever you work with a client that is struggling and you are able to help them with your software, it’s a very rewarding feeling."

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Lisa Deluca

IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Commerce 
Class of 2010

"I love inventing in the cognitive space. The program took us from idea to launch."

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Molly Mae Potter

COO, Secure Logic
Class of 2018

"Texas MSTC was a great combination of not only the business acumen I was looking to gain but also it married with my technical background."

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Robert Reeves

CTO & Founder, Datical 
Class of 2012

"To not always work on the technical solution but to be exposed to marketing, finance, accounting...That was invaluable as I took on this role as CTO and founder at my next start up."

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