The Texas Tech University Academic, Clinical and Student Affairs Committee has recently approved two new dual degree programs that include the Rawls College of Business and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
The approval is pending by the Texas Tech Board of Regents but in the future students will be able to participate in two dual degree programs: doctor of philosophy in biomedical sciences/master of business administration or a master of science in biotechnology/master of business administration. The proposal will be forwarded to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College in order to be approved.
“Collaboration between researchers at Texas Tech University System institutions enables each to maximize resources, location and academic collateral efficiently for the benefit of our students. The unique result of this program will be students entering the workforce with a business acumen that enhances successful opportunities for valuable contributions to medicine and the health industry,” said M. Duane Nellis, the Texas Tech President.
Doctoral students will graduate in 4 or 5 years and master’s students will graduate in 2.5 years, on average. TTUHSC students will be guided by staff and faculty of the biotechnology program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences so that no additional human resources or facilities will be needed for the program.
“As a collaboration between the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business, these new dual degree programs promise to attract the most qualified and diverse students seeking careers in business or academia with the objective of establishing strong bridges between these two sectors,” added Tedd L. Mitchell, TTUHSC President. “The five-year goal is to cultivate a dual degree program that affords students with new avenues for career development and employment as well as enrollment growth for both the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Texas Tech.”
The doctoral/MBA dual program has been requested frequently by student, since the plan allows students to improve their competitive advantage to effectively compete in the job market.
“The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Rawls College of Business have a long history of successful dual degree programs. We have offered MBAs to medical and pharmacy students for many years. Offering a dual degree program to those in the master of science in biotechnology and the doctorate in biomedical sciences is a new initiative with very exciting possibilities,” noted Bill Pasewark from the Rawls College of Business.