In this article we examine how exactly the Mercatus Tech MBA is different and how it is designed to provide a significantly better learning experience than the traditional MBA programs.
WE ARE LASER-FOCUSED ON THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
We designed the program in a way to substantially increase your chances of success in tech.
Why it matters: First, focus matters! Compared to general approach at traditional MBA programs, we are laser-focused on technology industry. It not only allows us to provide knowledge, tools, frameworks, and skills necessary to succeed in tech, but also gives as ability to cultivate and maintain close relationship with important industry players, practitioners, and thought leaders.
Second, why tech? Because today every company is a technology company; no matter what you do or in which industry you operate, you have to embrace technology – no company can make, deliver or market its product efficiently without technology.
At Mercatus Tech MBA you will learn the skills and knowledge to start, build, and run a successful tech business.
YOU WILL DEVELOP ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET
Traditional business schools prepare students for corporate environments. But it’s not enough; in the world of digital disruptions where things change fast – entrepreneurial mindset is necessary: tolerance to ambiguity, openness to new opportunities, new value creation.
Our program arms you with the tools, skills, and judgment necessary to build a thriving business. In every class and in every case, you will be forced to make tough decisions that test your principles until you have earned the intuition of a master entrepreneur.
You don’t need to own a company to be an entrepreneur, but you do need the entrepreneurial mindset to be successful in startup or in a corporate environment.
Why it matters: In today’s innovation and technology driven world, the entrepreneurial mindset is more important than ever no matter the path you choose in life.
YOU’LL LEARN FROM ENTREPRENEURS WITH BATTLE SCARS
In contrast to the traditional business schools where teachers are professors (academic title) with no or negligible real-life business experiences, our teachers and guides come from the real world. These aren’t theory-driven academics. They’re are battle-tested entrepreneurs and business professionals.
The school itself is founded by entrepreneurs.
Why it matters: ask yourself, would you rather listen to theories from professors or solve real-life challenges with practicing entrepreneurs and tech professionals?
OUR CURRICULUM IS ADAPTED TO MARKET REQUIREMENTS
Traditional business schools are using outdated curriculum based on academic perspective and business theories. They teach for the world that doesn’t exist anymore.
The Tech MBA curriculum was designed from ground up by successful entrepreneurs and industry professionals to deliver cutting-edge knowledge and to develop right skills and habits. Besides, any aspect of the curriculum can be quickly changed or designed according to new requirement, a feature that is very hard to achieve in traditional, textbooks based curriculums.
Why it matters: You learn what is required by the industry at this moment, not what was required yesterday.
WE PROVIDE AN OUTSTANDING LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Lectures, textbooks, mere theories, and meaningless electives? You will not find it here. At Mercatus, you will not find a teacher standing in front of you and lecturing with powerpoint slides.
At Mercatus, we approach learning differently. Our methodological focus is on learning by doing, project-based learning, constant reflection, and collaboration.
We use case studies with Socratic method to help you grasp the foundational business concepts and develop habits and judgements of master entrepreneur. We use practical labs to help you practice most important skills.
Why it matters: Extensive research on the science of learning validates the ineffectiveness of lectures, yet even top universities around the world still pursue this outdated method. We want to teach less, so you can practice more.
YOU WILL LEARN BY DOING
To really understand how innovation and entrepreneurship work, you need to practice making new products, launching new businesses, solving growth problems, and making mistakes in a safe environment while working on real-life challenges.
That’s why we offer three hands-on experiences – Product Lab, Startup Lab, and Growth Lab – that will make knowledge and skills that you acquire in the program applicable to real-life problems.
Why it matters: You will leave the school with a portfolio of tech projects that can demonstrate your experience.
YOU’LL BE TREATED NOT JUST AS A STUDENT, BUT AS A VALUED CUSTOMER
We consider Mercatus University to be not only an academic but a business organization. Our teachers sign a contract agreeing that they’ll step down if they don’t meet your needs. And at the end of each semester, we measure their success. You evaluate each teacher and class, suggest improvements, and give feedback.
We will be evaluating our work long after your graduation, measuring your feedback on how we fulfilled our promises.
Why it matters: We want to be the best at what we do, so you can get the world-class education. Our customer centric mindset allows us to constantly innovate and provide exceptional service to our students and graduates.
WE ARE INVESTED IN YOUR SUCCESS
Blindly sending our hundreds of resumes to more or less randomly chosen companies is common for MBAs. Of course, this wastes the time of everyone involved, companies and applicants alike.
In our Career Development course, you will identify a specific job at a specific company-a job that represents the next step on the road to reaching the lifelong goals you developed in the program.
Why it matters: Our focus on your success means you get personal coaching, talent development, employer outreach and matching, and ongoing promotion and publicity. We are dedicated to seeing our graduates pursue their callings and experience long, healthy, purposeful lives.
YOU WILL STRENGTHEN YOUR CHARACTER
Not only you will acquire most advanced business knowledge and skills, but also strengthen your character.
We believe in building profitable businesses, but know that living a meaningful life is much more important. That’s why we have integrated a Life of Meaning course (powered by Acton MBA), a series of case studies, powerful readings, life-planning and accountability exercises that enable you to get clarity on what matters most to you and why that is.
Some of the questions that will be explored in this course are:
Who am I?
What is my calling?
Am I moving ahead or am I stuck?
What are my most important values?
Why it matters: A life in business can be truly gratifying – but only when business success is part of something bigger. The questions and exercises in Life of Meaning will help you integrate your professional aspirations with your other dreams, values and commitments – and undertake the ultimate act of entrepreneurship: building a Life of Meaning.
FIND YOUR CALLING
Many students at traditional business schools pursue an MBA because they have no idea what type of career they want. Sadly, after two years of rigorous study, many of these students accept either the job with the most impressive recruiting presentation or the highest salary. Four or five years later, many are just as disappointed as they were when they first applied for their MBA. They lack direction, a calling.
At Mercatus, we believe in the idea of calling. We think everyone has a special purpose in life, a desire to pursue great things and be a “good” person.
Why it matters: Through the Life of Meaning course (powered by Acton MBA) and personal career counseling, we help you discover your special talents and deep needs that will lead you to your callings.
WE PROVIDE OUTSTANDING NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES IN TECH
During the program, you’ll form meaningful relationships with like-minded and ambitious fellow travelers, with teachers and entrepreneurs, with professionals and company leaders. This will empower you to keep moving forward.
Why it matters: The road to success is often a lonely journey; therefore it’s important to be a part of a community of like-minded people who can provide support and offer resources.
WE ARE MISSION DRIVEN
We are dedicated to graduating entrepreneurs who have a strong sense of individual responsibility and a willingness to invest in a healthy civil society. We believe that each of our students can change the world in a profound way.
Our dream is to see our graduates creating and leading successful companies, launching new products, leaving meaningful lives, and contribute back to society.