Who can participate in TEM Lab?
TEM Lab is for second year full-time MBA students. Dual and post-MBAs can also apply.
How many students are part of a team?
Teams usually consist of four to five people. The range is defined as three to six, depending on the project.
What does TEM Lab cost?
Students will pay normal tuition for 6 credit-hours, plus a $1,100 participation fee to cover part of the TEM Lab administrative expense. Thunderbird pays for student travel, accommodations and vital business expenses. Students are responsible for personal expenses such as food and drink. The team treasurer is responsible for recording all expenses and reporting regularly to the Program Director to accurately manage the project budget.
Does Thunderbird faculty or staff accompany the team into the field?
No. Teams determine their own leadership structure, including a leader, co-leader and treasurer. Students go into the field as an autonomous, professional consulting team. Thunderbird personnel assist in managing the logistics for the team including making travel plans and arranging lodging.
TEM Lab is a one module, full-time engagement off-campus; how will it fit into my academic track?
TEM Lab counts for six credit hours, effectively replacing one module of four 1.5-hour elective courses. Please click here to see a course path information sheet for TEM Lab.
What are the pre-requisites for TEM Lab?
In addition to the first year core courses and Regional Business Environment, students must have completed at least one of the following courses in order to be eligible for TEM Lab.
- Consulting Practicum 5408
- Global Business Plan 5422
- Business Intelligence 5712
- Change and Transformation 5412
- FORAD 5250
- Project Management
*TEM Lab is a T.G.E. and therefore fulfills the same requirement as a summerim or winterim. TEM Lab is a T.I.E. course.
Is there a special selection process for TEM Lab?
Yes. The application process is competitive. Students are encouraged to put their own teams together and apply for a specific project where their combined skill sets will be maximized. This creates strong ‘self-selection’ - students know best who among their fellow classmates would be good group members. Team presentations and interviews are planned as part of the application process.
Individual applications are also considered and teams may be split apart. The final say on participation in TEM Lab belongs to the faculty lead.
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