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An approach for developing an MBA curriculum to meet the career objectives of MBA students with engineering/science background

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As more students with engineering background take management responsibilities in corporations, there is a need to develop a special track within the MBA programmes to help them bridge the gap between their engineering background and their required management skills. In this paper, we present a two-step approach for developing a special track in an MBA programme to help students with engineering/science background achieve their career goals. Our approach essentially relies on a dual study of the job market for engineers with an MBA degree so as to design a curriculum (courses, workshops, extracurricular activities) that best matches the supply and the demand on that market. We illustrate the proposed approach with the development of a specific track for students with an engineering/science background within the MBA programme at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Keywords: engineering, science, career paths, content analysis, survey analysis, MBA curriculum, MBA students, career objectives, management skills

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