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Technical Entrepreneurship and Management: A one-year master’s program designed for students with an engineering, science, or mathematics undergraduate degree who wish to pursue a technical education combined with business and leadership courses.

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Class of 2016 Profile
Class Characteristics
Students Enrolled: 29
Countries Represented: 11
Average Age: 24
Female/Male: 31%/69%
Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 100%

Test Scores
Average GRE (middle 50%): 312 (310–317)
Average GMAT (middle 50%): 670 (640–710)
Average TOEFL (middle 50%): 103 (100–105)

Undergraduate Characteristics
Average GPA (middle 50%): 3.20 (3.04–3.40)
Engineering/Science/Other Majors: 69%/21%/10%

This program is designed for students with an engineering, science, or mathematics undergraduate degree who wish to pursue a master’s-level technical education in combination with business and leadership courses. Students graduating from this degree program will have the ability to go beyond invention to commercialization and application.

Students accepted into the TEAM program may choose a technical concentration such as optics, energy and the environment, computer science, biomedical engineering, data science, materials science, chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, or mechanical engineering. Students simultaneously take half of their classes at the Simon Business School and the other half in one of nine technical concentrations at the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TEAM students have the potential to speak three languages: that of their undergraduate degree, the language of business, and that of their technical concentration—a truly unique breadth of knowledge. They can complete the program in as little as one academic year or choose the three-semester option with a summer internship opportunity.

TEAM students graduate with highly marketable skills from a renowned university. In 2015 U.S.News & World Report ranked the University of Rochester 33rd in the nation. The depth of knowledge provided by the TEAM curriculum creates well-rounded, business-savvy engineers and scientists who are prepared to take on both the technical and business challenges of any industry in a global society.

The core of the TEAM program curriculum consists of three entrepreneurially focused business courses specifically developed and offered by the Simon Business School, three graduate-level engineering courses offered by the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and either an additional technical or entrepreneurship elective. A required practicum accompanied by a written business plan and oral presentation ensures students have practical experience, while graduate-level technical courses of the student’s choosing serve to extend the student’s science and engineering background.

Graduate studies at University of Rochester  
Outstanding scholarly and professional achievement—these are the goals of graduate study at the University. Admission is selective; the environment, intimate and challenging. Here promising candidates work closely with faculty to develop in-depth knowledge of their chosen fields as they establish themselves as independent, innovative scholars.

At one of the nation’s leading universities, Rochester graduate students work closely with faculty who are at the forefront of their fields. Students have exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study that few universities can match.

The University’s libraries, research facilities, departments, and schools each offer unique opportunities for intellectual, scientific, and artistic growth. For example, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics operates the most powerful ultraviolet laser in the world. The Institute of Optics is widely considered the nation’s premier optics school and leads the country in basic optical research.

Rochester’s faculty include fellows of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Sciences. Several professors have been officers of the leading academic societies in their fields.

Student Testimonials
Anik Agrawal ’13 (M.S.), Business Analyst, Greensmith Energy Management Systems
“If you want to start your own business in a technical field, there is no better program out there. This program changes your way of thinking. You start looking at problems around you, and the solution is a business idea!”

Tony Broyld ’11, ’12 (M.S.), Engineer, IBM
“In all, TEAM is a great program that was incredibly beneficial for me. The industry seems to crave folks with a technical background and knowledge of the management principles. I am honored to have been a part of such a great program with incredible teachers.”

Diego De La Cruz ’13 (B.S.), ’14 (M.S.), Process Engineer, Intel Corporation
“I chose the TEAM program because I wanted to know the business world. I wanted to know how to start a company and still continue to further my technical skills. I now know how to manage a team and talk with venture capitalists. This program is a great mix of engineering and management, which is perfect since I would like to pursue a managerial role in the future.”

Laurana Ryback ’11, ’12 (M.S.), Consultant, Deloitte
“The TEAM degree program offered me the ability to study business and engineering. This interdisciplinary education was appealing because of its usefulness in the job market and starting my own business.”

The University of Rochester is a private, coeducational institution with more than 1,300 full-time faculty and 3,000 full-time graduate students; approximately 1,300 part-time graduate students; and almost 5,500 full-time undergraduates.

The graduate student body is truly international in scope, with one-quarter of all graduate students coming from 80 countries outside the United States.

The spectrum of graduate programs at the University is also unusually wide ranging—even among universities several times its size. Rochester’s graduate students are part of six schools with more than 40 doctoral and about 70 master’s programs.

As interdisciplinary students, those in the TEAM program will take classes in and work with faculty from the Simon Business School and the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Both schools are located on River Campus—the University’s main campus—which lies in a bend of the Genesee River about two miles south of downtown Rochester. These 85 acres are also home to the College (programs in arts, sciences, and engineering) and the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Close to the River Campus is the University’s Medical Center, which includes the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the School of Nursing, the Eastman Dental Center, and the 750-bed Strong Memorial Hospital, which serves as the principal teaching hospital for the medical and nursing schools.

Just south of the River Campus are the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the Center for Optoelectronics and Imaging, and the River Road Laboratory. The Eastman School of Music, located in downtown Rochester, is linked to the other campuses by shuttle buses. The University also includes the Memorial Art Gallery—which functions as the area’s public art museum in the city of Rochester—and the C.E.K. Mees Observatory in the Bristol Hills, about 40 miles from Rochester.

TEAM Career Placement
To help students launch careers, the TEAM program provides students with a proactive approach to career exploration and professional development. In coordination with the University of Rochester’s comprehensive career placement and job search programs, the program’s Assistant Director of Career Management helps coordinate multiple skill-enhancing activities throughout the year. These services begin at new student orientation and continue with various seminars, workshops, and individual consultations.

Ninety percent of TEAM alumni who actively pursued placement found employment within six months of graduation.


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