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Frequently Asked Questions

 


 

Should You Apply to the Master of Technology Management (MTM) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)?

UCSB MTM teaches you to become a tech leader who can build and manage technical teams, develop and launch new products, and start and run new companies. Factors we consider important for admission include:

  • Your interest in pursuing a career in the tech industry
  • Your undergraduate degree
  • Your grade point average (GPA)
  • Your testing scores (GRE and/or GMAT)
  • Your academic and extracurricular pursuits

What If You Lack Technical Background and Experience?

Lack a technical background? Apply anyway. You might still be admitted so long as you demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the tech industry, a stellar GPA, exceptional testing scores, and academic and extracurricular drive and distinction. If admitted, we'll work with you to teach you all the technical and business skills you need to become a tech leader. If you're still uncertain about applying, please shoot us an email to discuss further.

How Many Students Do We Enroll?

We enroll no more than 65 students each academic year.

Can You Work Part-Time?

We discourage your working part-time. MTM is a 9-month, full-time, on-campus program. You take classes every morning from Monday to Thursday and spend Fridays working on hands-on, real-world projects in teams with your peers. Add up the time spent on your coursework, field projects, and events and activities, and you won't have much time left to work.

Do We Offer Online Courses?

No. MTM is an on-campus program where you work face-to-face with faculty, staff, fellow students, executives, and guest speakers, among others, to learn about tech management.

Can You Enroll in Our Program at Any Time?

No. Should you choose to apply and be admitted, you'll be admitted to the Class of 2018-19 starting in the fall of 2018. Each class is a cohort, meaning that all MTM students take the same courses concurrently and in the same progression from the time they start in the fall until graduation in the spring.

Is Our 9-month Program Equivalent to a Full Academic Year?

Yes. MTM is a 9-month program that is divided into 3 quarters that equate to 1 full academic year. 

Can We Guarantee You a Job Post-Graduation?

No. There are few, if any, programs that could make such a guarantee. But you'll benefit from the resources we offer at MTM for job placement and career development:

  • We have our own career development manager who works with you from admission to graduation to help you figure out your career pathway and land the job of your dreams
  • We assign you a mentor to help you network with executives in the tech industry
  • We introduce you to tech executives through a variety of student events and activities and have you work closely with them on field projects
  • We put our extensive alumni network to work at your disposal

Beyond these resources, you may also seek the help and guidance of the UCSB Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC).

How Do You Finance Your Graduate Studies?

There are a number of ways to finance your graduate studies:

Do Any Technology Management Program (TMP) Graduate Program in Management Practice (GPMP) Courses Exempt You from Taking MTM Courses?

If you're a graduate of TMP GPMP, you may apply for exemptions to specific MTM courses. If your request is approved, you'll be required to take MTM-approved electives instead. Please e-mail us for more information.

Is Our Program a STEM Degree?

Yes.

For What Type of Visa Do You Qualify? 

Almost all incoming international students enroll at UCSB with F-1 visa status. All full-time degree-seeking international students are eligible for the F-1 visa. If you receive the majority of your financial support from sources other than personal funds (such as a Fulbright or programs sponsored by a government agency), then you qualify for J-1 visa status. Please contact UCSB Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) for more information.

Does Our Program Qualify You for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

Yes. OPT is employment or training which provides an opportunity for you to obtain actual work experience in the U.S. that is directly related to your field of study. As an MTM student, you are allowed up to 12 months of OPT. Should you have any questions, please contact UCSB OISS.

    Is an OPT Extension Possible? 

    Yes. As an MTM student, you may be eligible for a 24-month extension of Post-Completion OPT (for a total eligibility period of up to 36 months). The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is responsible for approving your 24-month STEM Extension OPT. Please contact UCSB OISS for additional information.

    For general information about applying to UCSB, please visit the Graduate Division's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).