A business degree from a polytechnic university can give a graduating senior a strong advantage in landing a good job in today’s high-tech workplace. This advantage is seen at the Martin Tuchman School of Management (MTSM) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, which boasts an 89.5% undergraduate job placement rate.
“That’s 9 out of 10 students finding a job, and these are not just any jobs,” says MTSM Dean Oya I. Tukel, Ph.D. “These are jobs in their desired fields, and the differentiator in landing those jobs is our emphasis on technology.”
Dean Tukel says MTSM is unique because its graduates leave the institution with a strong technical understanding of the tools they have learned in a curriculum that covers management, digital marketing, finance, financial technology, accounting, entrepreneurship, and management information systems.
The school, which has grown its student enrollment from 600 in 2019 to 900 today, offers two bachelor’s degree programs: a BA of Science in Business and a BA of Science in FinTech. For adults who never finished their degree program, there is the Online Accelerated Bachelor’s in Business. Additionally, there are minors in business and innovation, and entrepreneurship.
The school also offers a Master of Science Management and a Master of Business Administration. There is also a Ph.D. in Business Data Science program.
Certificate programs are offered in business analytics, IT sales & analytics, innovation & entrepreneurship, and finance for managers.
MTSM students interact with various other programs and schools at NJIT. For example, Tukel explains that in the financial technology program, students take half of their courses at MTSM and the other half at NJIT’s College of Computing. “Students will not graduate as computer scientists, but they will have strong skills and knowledge in artificial intelligence, blockchain, machine learning and algorithmic modeling, for example. These skill sets are desperately needed by financial institutions.”
MTSM also houses the Paul Profeta Real Estate Technology, Design and Innovation Center, which has a strong relationship with NJIT’s Hillier College of Architecture & Design. The center has a special focus on the application of information technology and platform economics to real estate markets, also known as property technology (PropTech). “Real estate is a late comer to the technology field,” Tukel says. “It has been disrupted by design and virtual reality tools. So, we integrate, whichever way we can, with the architecture school and the engineering school.”
One of Tukel’s goals for the MTSM is to get businesses and students more involved with each other: “To be able to have experiential learning engagements between students and businesses early on.”
She hopes that all higher education institutions in the state will begin to work closely with businesses on workforce development. “There is a gap between what companies want vs the curriculum that is being taught in many schools,” Tukel says. “With technology changing rapidly, businesses are really demanding us to respond to their needs. MTSM is a success story in this area, and that makes a difference in finding good jobs for students.”
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