Science and Technology Management 885

Program Offered: Certificate in Science and Technology Management (Online Option Available)

Director of Certificate Program: Professor Deborah Silver, Executive Director, Professional Science Master’s Program, Busch Campus

Certificate Program

The certificate in science and technology management provides business and business-oriented courses intended to supplement training in a science, mathematics, or engineering degree.

Students currently enrolled in master of science, doctor of philosophy, and postdoctoral programs in science, mathematics, and engineering are eligible to apply for the certificate and will be awarded the certificate upon completion of the 19 credits. Students who already possess a graduate degree in science, mathematics, or engineering may also apply independently for the certificate program. Individuals who have worked in industry for at least five years are eligible to apply for the certificate program as part-time students.

There are five required courses (13 credits) and two elective courses (6 credits). See the Courses page in this section for the required courses. See also the entry in this catalog for Business and Science 137.

Required Courses (13 credits)

16:137:502 Principles of Communication and Leadership for Science and Technology Management (3cr)
This course provides the fundamentals of communication and leadership in the sciences and technology, and professional development. Course sessions will combine theory, practice, self-assessment, and research by student teams. Topics include oral and written communication skills, effective communication strategies, communicating in a team environment, managerial role transitioning, building personal leadership capabilities, and analyzing leadership qualities.

16:137:530 Principles of Accounting and Finance for Science and Technology Management (3cr)
The course provides students with a practical, working knowledge of the tools and language of finance in general and as they pertain to the management of science and technology in particular. The course emphasizes the use, and limitations, of financial tools in making business decisions including capital expansion, funding R&D, and managing working capital. Principles are presented heuristically; financial theory presented as a foundation only as necessary. Case studies and examples provide students with hands on practice in the application to business problems of the principles discussed. By the end of the course, students will be able to prepare and communicate the financial part of the business plan developed in the Capstone course and participate proactively in financial and funding decisions at work whether it be at an established company, an R&D driven start-up or in an academic setting.

16:137:600 Management in Science and Technology Capstone (3cr)
The capstone course is a project-based course covering the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, innovation commercialization, and intellectual property. Students are expected to work on team projects analyzing technology innovations and creating business plans.

16:137:507 Market Assessment and Analysis for Business & Science (3cr)
This course covers basic marketing and the critical importance for science and technology graduate students to fully understand strategic marketing concepts (4P’s: product, pricing, promotion, placement) in the context of science and technology brands. There are two flavors of the course: IT/Digital Marketing and Life Science Marketing.

16:137:500 Ethics in Science and Technology (1cr)
This course addresses behaviors inconsistent with ethical scientific conduct. It will prepare the student in identifying ethical problems, provide a problem solving method and impress the importance of ethical resolution in conducting business. Rather than addressing the needs and views of the philosophers, academics and social critics, this course is tailored towards practical aspects of managing ethics. The online section will provide background information while the on-campus sessions will include interactive workshops and lectures to reinforce the information learned online. (Students who have had an equivalent ethics course can be waived from this requirement.)

At least two electives (6 credits) must be taken for the certificate. The full list of elective courses is available at MBS Course Catalog.

Students must attend at least six colloquia in the Professional Science Master's program for the certificate.

Please see our apply now page for more information on how to apply to the program.

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