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Frequently Asked Questions

 


 

What is the target profile of prospective MTM students?

The Master of Technology Management (MTM) is designed for those who know they want to work in technology ventures and want to learn the framework, skills, and techniques to become leaders of people, processes, and products.  We expect the class to have demonstrated drive and distinction in their academic, extra-curricular, and work experience. English competence is very important due to the focus on classroom and small team discussion and presentation.

My degree is NOT in Science or Engineering, should I still apply?

MTM is targeting early-career engineers and scientists but will evaluate all applicants with regard to relevant work experience, strong professional and academic recommendations, and excellent written and oral communication skills.

How many students will you enroll?

We expect to enroll 25-35 students for the next incoming class.

Can I participate in this program while employed?

We do not recommend it. MTM is a nine-month, full-time immersion program.  Group projects and extra-curricular activities such as professional development workshops and company field trips occupy significant time outside of the classroom hours.

Are any MTM courses offered online?

No. All MTM courses are held in the state-of-the-art Executive Learning Center of the Technology Management Program (TMP) designed to create close engagement between faculty and students. One important element of MTM is for you to build relationships with your peers. Another important element is the learning gained through face-to-face interaction with your peers and faculty.

Can I start the degree in January?

MTM is a nine-month (September – June), full-time immersion program. Each class is admitted as a cohort and move through the program together as a team.

I am an international student. Is the 9-month program equivalent to one full academic year (three quarters)?

Yes, the MTM program is a F-1 visa category student program and a full one-year academic program (three quarters) at UCSB. International students who are looking for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation should visit the Office of International Students & Scholars website for more information about eligibility for practical training. 

Will TMP guarantee I get a job?

MTM students benefit from a full-time staff dedicated to their professional development and job placement. Individual counseling begins shortly after your acceptance letter is received. We cannot guarantee job placement. But professional development workshops, networking activities with technology executives and investors, company field trips, and proactive discussion on your behalf with target employers are just part of the services provided to every MTM student.  In addition, the Graduate Division and Career Services office work with all MTM students who seek their help and guidance.

Are there scholarships or fellowships for this program?

The Master of Technology Management Fellowship consists of a limited number of scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to exceptional students based on various criteria including outstanding merit.

I already have a TMP GPMP Certificate.  Do any of these classes count?

For certificate holders of TMP’s Graduate Program in Management Practice, there may be one or two classes for which you are exempted, but the units must be made up by prior-approved electives.  These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Is the MTM program a STEM degree program?

Yes, the MTM program is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degree program

Is the 9-month program equivalent to one full academic year (three quarters)?

Yes, the MTM program is a F-1 visa category student program and a full 1-year academic program (three quarters) at UCSB. International students who are looking for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation should visit the Office of International Students & Scholars website for more information about eligibility for practical training. 

Is an OPT Extension possible? 

Yes, the 24-month STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension is available to eligible students enrolled in the MTM program. Eligibility will vary from individual to individual; please refer to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) website for details outlining eligibility.

For general information about applying to UC Santa Barbara, see Graduate Division FAQ page.