Master of Business Administration in STEM Leadership

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Adult EducationThe MSOE MBA in STEM Leadership is among the first of its kind in the world. It prepares STEM teacher-leaders to develop and support initiatives to improve student learning outcomes in STEM fields and generate greater community awareness for the importance of STEM education.

The MSOE MBA in STEM Leadership will provide PK-12 teachers and college instructors with the capabilities needed to drive higher levels of student achievement in STEM fields, engage colleagues and administrators in STEM initiatives, and foster community support for STEM in PK-12 schools. This innovative new program blends STEM education techniques, business knowledge, and leadership skills. The overall program objective is to support the transformation of STEM teachers into teacher-leaders to help grow STEM education at the elementary and secondary school levels, as well as within community colleges and universities.

MSOE is a leader in STEM teacher professional development. MSOE’s Project Lead The Way (PLTW) summer programs serve more teachers than any other PLTW location in the nation. In addition, MSOE is home to the Center for BioMolecular Modeling (CBM), which conducts grant-supported science outreach programs for teachers and post-secondary educators. Candidates for the MBA in STEM Leadership program will leverage their learning in the MSOE PLTW or CBM outreach program by completing guided field projects for graduate credit.

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Program Features and Benefits

  • Program graduates earn the MSOE MBA through completion of a 33 quarter-credit core; in addition graduates learn to effectively assimilate new teaching techniques into their schools and communities.
  • The program is offered part-time and can easily integrate with a full-time work schedule, with classes delivered as either blended Internet or 100 percent online.
  • Participation in PLTW and CBM science outreach programs is converted into graduate program credit through completion of guided field projects tailored to the unique needs of a student’s environment.
  • Students complete a personal leadership inventory and receive one-to-one leadership development coaching throughout the program.
  • Graduates are connected to a community of like-minded STEM teachers to share new ideas, disseminate effective practices, and provide support for change initiatives.

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Financial Aid

All MSOE graduate students are eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Most of MSOE’s graduate students are employed full-time and over 70% receive employer tuition support. If you are employed, we also recommend that you speak with your employer about tuition reimbursement assistance.

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Program Information Sheet

MBA in STEM Leadership Curriculum

To develop STEM teacher-leaders, the MSOE MBA in STEM Leadership program blends the MSOE MBA core 33 credits with new practices in STEM education learned through the PLTW or CBM teacher education curriculum and applied in guided, course-based field projects. In addition, each student will complete a personal leadership inventory and receive one-to-one leadership coaching to help address unique development needs.

Courses include:

MB-6000- Distributed Leadership for Effective Organizations (2-4-4)
MB-6100- Statistical Thinking and Data Analytics (2-4-4)
MB-6200- Creating Financial Intelligence (2-4-4)
MB-6310- Professional Seminar I: Leadership Education (1-0-1)
MB-6600- Developing and Leveraging Human Capital (2-4-4)
MB-6900- Project Management for Leading Change (2-4-4)
MB-7210- Evaluating Educational Interventions (2-4-4)
MB-7220- Advancing STEM in Schools (2-4-4)
MB-7500- Building Value through Technology (2-4-4)
MB-7700- Maximizing Stakeholder Relationships (2-4-4)
MB-7800- Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (2-4-4)
MB-8150- Final Project – STEM Leadership

Program Objectives

    At MSOE, program educational objectives refer to what graduates of the MBA in Education Leadership program are expected to achieve within several years of program completion:

  • Integrate understanding of all business functional areas to lead organizations to achieve their stated mission.
  • Direct innovative initiatives and formulate policies using sound analytical skills and evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrate the on-going integration of effective leadership traits and ethical principles into personal and professional personas.
  • Build and sustain relationships among diverse constituents, stakeholders, and policy makers that foster a culture conducive to strong organizational performance.
  • Build strong organizations by identifying and motivating talented people, and helping guide their development.
  • Leverage existing and emerging technologies to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Rise to significant leadership positions within their respective field.
  • Lead change efforts within courses and curriculum designed to enhance and support STEM education.
  • Lead efforts within school districts and regional communities to facilitate growth in STEM initiatives.
  • Ensure STEM curriculum decisions lead to high levels of student engagement and learning in the classroom.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student outcomes refer to the knowledge, skills, abilities, and dispositions that program graduates will possess at the time of program completion. These are organized into the broad categories shown below that align with the Wisconsin Administrator Standards (1-7) and enact two key themes within the program: elimination of the global achievement gap (8) and character formation (9). All program graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances through innovation and a conceptual understanding of the business functional areas: accounting, finance, marketing, operations, and technology.
  2. Create and implement a personal leadership plan to support on-going development of a specified range of leadership skills and abilities.
  3. Employ strategic thinking and creative problem-solving to create and manage rapidly changing conditions.
  4. Critically analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data to support decision-making.
  5. Identify, evaluate, and address complex ethical issues facing the organization.
  6. Design and propose policies and strategies that recognize the needs of multiple stakeholders and incorporate important economic, global, and cultural perspectives.
  7. Analyze and evaluate complex issues in the global, political, economic, legal, and regulatory contexts of the organization.
  8. Communicate ideas and proposed solutions to complex issues to multiple audiences using both oral and written formats.
  9. Analyze and interpret financial data and determine the value of an organization using various techniques.
  10. Evaluate, select and lead the implementation of technologies that support organizational priorities.
  11. Collaborate with and facilitate communication among peers and stakeholders.
  12. Identify and motivate talented people, and help guide their development.
  13. Advocate for the integration of marketing, financial, technology, and organizational strategy to guide the organization.
  14. Apply core business knowledge within the learner’s classroom and school to lead and promote the growth of STEM curriculum.
  15. Lead collaborative efforts within the school district and local community to advance STEM initiatives.
  16. Evaluate the impact on student learning and retention of K-12 STEM education changes.
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