The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech; NMT) MEM program differs substantially from a conventional MBA program.
These differences may be generally summarized as follows:
- Orientation: Conceptual
- Focus: Stategic Issues
- Target Audience : General Audience
- Career Positioning:General/ Strategic Management
- Semester hours: 36-48
- Independent Project: Not generally Required
Included in this document are brief summaries for 5 MEM courses
and comparisons with conventional MBA courses. Also provided are
brief summaries of current and recent independent study projects.
A key component of the New Mexico Tech (NMT) Master of
Engineering Management (MEM) graduate program is the theoretical
foundation underlying all courses. This theoretical exploration is
very different from the conceptually-oriented graduate education in
general MBA programs at conventional business schools.
The other key difference between the Tech MEM program and a
general MBA program is that Tech offers greater depth, rather than
breadth, in its curriculum. The MEM program is focused on issues
associated with the management of technology and innovation.
This is reflected in the program’s focused coursework and in the
independent study requirement.
Many MBA programs, partly because of the heterogeneous
backgrounds and interests of their students and faculty, are breadth
oriented, where a conceptual approach to a wide variety of business
and management situations defines the curriculum.
In the MEM program, there is an emphasis on assessing student
learning outcomes to evaluate the effectiveness of individual classes
as well as the overall program. While assessment is traditionally
undertaken as a required component of accreditation, the MEM
program has taken a different approach from many conventional
MBA programs in protectively evaluating student learning as part
of the ongoing quality process. The assessment process is utilized
to gauge how effectively the student learns individual core course
content by clearly defining and measuring the subject knowledge
at the beginning of each course. Students further demonstrate their
longer term understanding of these core and elective course materials
by the application of the analytical capabilities taught throughout the
program to the students’ required independent study projects at the
conclusion of the program.