Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

General

Do I have to be an engineer to join the Tauber Institute?
No. Although the majority of our students do have undergraduate degrees in engineering, many do not and excel in our program. We are looking for students who wish to enhance their understanding of operations and manufacturing in anticipation of a leadership role in a corporate enterprise. If accepted into the Tauber Institute, you will gain an understanding of both the business and engineering aspects of operations and manufacturing by way your of core coursework and through free electives. Emphasis is placed on the idea that integration of these disciplines is vital to the success of operations and manufacturing in today's global business environment.

What advantage does a Tauber Institute team project offer over other types of internships?
A Tauber Institute team project is a substantive, multidisciplinary "consulting-like" experience guaranteed for all Tauber students. The Tauber Institute diligently works with sponsoring companies to insure that all projects have both business and engineering components, are strategically relevant to the company, have defined deliverables and are backed by high-level executives. These aspects, coupled with a 2-3 person Tauber student team, and supported by two academic advisors, lead to tangible results - both for the company and for a students' resume.

Students earn a competitive salary. Companies may choose to offer weekly salaries less than the proposed ranges based on internal company guidelines and/or which reflect market factors in a particular area. Should a company choose to compensate less than the salary range, the company is requested to discuss the proposed salary range with the Tauber Associate Director of Industry Relations at the time of submission.

$1600 - $1775/week
Graduate students with 4 or more years of full-time work experience

$1350 - $1500/week
Graduate students with more than 2, but less than 4 years of full-time work experience

$1100 - $1200/week
Graduate students with less than 2 years of full-time work experience, including EGL students entering their fifth year of study.

How does the Tauber Institute give me an advantage in obtaining an excellent position when I graduate?
Actually, through several means. First, in conjunction with Industry input, the Tauber Institute has created the LeadershipAdvantageSM program to prepare students for the challenges that leaders face today - managing change, working in diverse team settings, managing projects effectively, etc. The series of modules that students complete prior to the summer team project not only prepare you for your internship experience, but also for the challenges you will face in your full time position.

Second, by way of the substantive team project (described above). Third, the Tauber Institute creates opportunities for students to interact and network with project sponsor companies/executives and Tauber Industry Advisory Board members throughout the academic year. The Tauber Institute supplements Business School and College of Engineering recruiting by publishing several Tauber Resume Books throughout the year for corporate sponsors, alumni and other companies. The Tauber Institute also sponsors "Tauber-only" interview schedules for companies interested specifically in Tauber students.

How big is the Tauber Institute?
We have anywhere between 90 - 130 students at one time, which comprise two "classes." About half of the students have completed a team project, while the other half are preparing to complete a team project over the upcoming summer. Within each Tauber class, about half of the students are pursuing an MBA and the other half a graduate degree in engineering. This proportion reflects our multidisciplinary nature.

What are the requirements for becoming a part of this program?
The Tauber Institute is an overlay to graduate Business and Engineering degree programs at the University of Michigan. Students must first meet those degree program requirements before being considered for the Tauber Institute. In addition, students are required to have a minimum of two years of full time work experience to be part of the program, along with outstanding GMAT or GRE and TOEFL scores. Students should take advantage of the essays required for the degree program to which they are applying to express their interest in the Tauber Institute.

What are the primary activities that I will take part in with this program?
In addition to the required "Topics in Global Operations" class (TO701/MFG501), students are required to attend LeadershipAdvantageSM modules and teamwork training workshops throughout the fall and winter semesters. The required 14-week summer team project takes place in industry in the May-August time period. Also, elective requirements must be fulfilled:

  • MBA/Dual Degree: 5.0 credits of (approved) engineering electives (if possessing an engineering undergrad), 8.0 credits of engineering electives (if a non-engineering undergrad), plus TO605 (Manufacturing & Supply Operations), plus one of the following four electives: TO548, TO615, TO620 or TO675.
  • MEng in Manufacturing degree: 9.0 credits of Business School electives (approved by the MEM program)
  • Other MS in Engineering degree: 6.0 credits of Business School electives (approved by degree-granting department)
  • Engineering Global Leadership (EGL) Honors students: 12.0 credits of Business School electives (approved by the EGL program)

How do I apply for the Tauber Institute program if I've already applied or have been accepted by the College of Engineering or Ross School of Business?
Please fill out a Tauber Institute application (under the Prospective Students section at www.tauber.umich.edu) and e-mail (tauber.info@umich.edu) or fax to our office (734-647-1334) along with a copy of your resume and essay. We will request a copy of your application from the appropriate school should you be admitted to their program.

Are there any scholarship opportunities available through the Tauber Institute?
The Tauber Institute utilizes scholarships to recruit top individuals into the program. Scholarship offers are formulated during the admissions process based on past academic performance, leadership and accomplishments. Recipients are notified along with their admissions decisions. In addition, some EGL students are also awarded scholarships based on academic merit.

Are there ways to improve my chances of receiving such an award?
Show strong past academic performance, leadership and a variety of accomplishments in your application.

Does the Tauber Institute offer any teaching or research assistantships? If so, are there any special criteria for international students?
No, the Tauber Institute does not offer any teaching or research assistantships. Many engineering and business departments and/or professors do, however, so please check with them.

Business Applicant Questions

Business FAQ

Are there two admission decisions made on Tauber applicants - one from the Ross Business School and one from the Tauber Institute?
If the Tauber Institute declines admission because it is such a small program, can I still get admitted at Ross or vice-versa? Tauber provides input to the Ross Admissions Office, however since the Tauber Institute is not a degree-granting program, a negative Ross decision overrides any Tauber decision (e.g., a student may be admitted to Ross and not get into the Tauber Institute, but not vice-versa).

In addition to the Ross School of Business application, do I need submit a separate application or essay directly to the Tauber Institute?
No, you don't need to send a separate essay if you are applying in conjunction with your MBA application (that is, you've checked the "Tauber Institute box" on the application). You should utilize the Career Goals essay to communicate your interest in the Ross program and the Tauber Institute. If you've done this, then you're all set. If you want to send the Tauber Institute a separate essay, that's OK too, but checking off the Tauber Institute box insures your application will be reviewed by the Tauber Institute.

If you've already applied and/or been admitted to the Ross program and did not check the Tauber Institute box on the application, you need to fill out a Tauber application (under the Prospective Students section at www.tauber.umich.edu) and e-mail (tauber.info@umich.edu) or fax to our office (734-647-1334) along with a copy of your resume and essay. We will request a copy of your application from the appropriate school should you be admitted to their program.

I have already scheduled an interview with the Ross School of Business. Do I need to do a separate interview for the Tauber Institute or is just one interview at Business School required?
A Tauber interview is required and a Ross interview will not suffice. To schedule an interview, please e-mail tauber.info@umich.edu.

Can I be a regular MBA and take some operations/manufacturing classes at the Tauber Institute? Or do I have to be registered for the Tauber program to take any of these classes?
As a MBA student, you are allowed to take up to 10 credit hours from other Colleges/Schools on campus, so you can use this opportunity to take some engineering classes. The only class closed to you is TO701 (Topics in Global Operations), which is strictly for Tauber students. Tauber students also have registration preference for TO548 (Integrated Product Development), although non-Tauber students usually do not have a problem getting in.

Why should I choose the Ross School of Business over other schools with operations or manufacturing programs?
The Ross School of Business is one of the few graduate schools in the U.S. that offers a manufacturing program; the other two being Sloan (LGO), and Kellogg (MMM). Many of our students choose Ross and Tauber because of the flexibility of the program and degree options as well as the caliber of people they meet here. People choose Ross because it is a clear leader in terms of fit, curriculum, and the emphasis on real world application of business education.

Will participation in the Tauber Institute limit my career options to operations or manufacturing upon graduation?
Not at all. The advanced leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking skills gained from participating in the Tauber Institute are highly valued by hiring companies and enable our graduates to successfully pursue a wide variety of careers. Recent graduates have accepted the following positions: Brand Manager, Product Manager, Senior Financial Analyst, Upper-level Business Management, Director of Marketing, and Senior Business Analyst (Consulting).

Will it take longer to get my MBA degree if I join the Tauber Institute because of additional course requirements?
No. Since the Tauber program is an overlay to the MBA degree, you use some of your 28 credit hours of free electives to fulfill our program requirements and graduate in four semesters.

What is the difference between the MBA and a Dual MBA/MEM or MBA/MEng?
The most obvious difference is that you earn two degrees if you pursue one of the dual degree paths. The dual degree programs constitute a deeper dive into engineering disciplines, whereas the Manufacturing Concentration provides for a broad understanding of manufacturing topics. The dual degree programs are arranged so that all requirements for both degrees are completed simultaneously and can be finished in two years.

What are the differences between the Dual MBA/MSE and MBA/MEM degrees?
The MEM option involves a mix of engineering and business classes that prepares the student for a successful career in a global or national manufacturing enterprise. An undergraduate engineering degree is required to apply for the MBA/MEM program. The MSE option (either in Industrial & Operations Engineering or Naval & Marine Architecture) provides more depth in terms of the engineering discipline and coursework.

As an MBA, do I have my choice of electives, or is there a pre-set list that I must take?
The elective requirements are flexible. Other than the required "Topics in Global Operations " class (TO701) and "Manufacturing and Supply Operations" (TO605), you can choose from a variety of electives to fulfill your Tauber requirements.

How can I improve the quality of my MBA application?
Admissions will want to see that you are coming to the Business School with a "game plan". By indicating that you are interested in the Tauber Institute, you already show that you have direction. We recommend you use your essays to reflect how the Tauber Institute can enhance your experience at the Business School. This will benefit your application, especially if you can demonstrate a clear grasp of what you will be doing for the next two years and are confident that this is the right career path for you. If you have not already done so, we recommend visiting the following site: http://www.bus.umich.edu/.

I am a part-time MBA student enrolled in the "Evening MBA Program." Can I still enroll in the Tauber program?
Yes. The Tauber Institute accepts a limited number of Evening MBA Students. You should apply like a student who has already submitted an application but not checked the Tauber Institute box.

Engineering Applicant Questions

Engineering FAQ

I will be completing two full years of industry work experience after I submit my application and before I would start the fall semester. Will this affect my eligibility for the Tauber program?
No. The Tauber Institute will look for two years of full-time work experience and, provided you are still employed, count the time up until when you begin the program.

Can non-IOE and/or non-MEng majors join the Tauber Institute? What graduate engineering degree programs do I need to be in to be a part of the Tauber Institute?
Yes, the Tauber Institute is open to graduate engineers in any program who are interested in manufacturing and/or operations. It is highly recommended that all graduate engineers have at least two years of full time work experience, but multiple substantive internships will be considered.

How can a PhD student integrate Tauber in his curriculum?
A PhD student may be admitted to the Tauber Institute without any previous work experience. In order to fulfill his/her Tauber requirements, a PhD student must complete the following: MFG501 (“Topics in Manufacturing”), MFG503 (Tauber Institute Team Project), the LeadershipAdvantage Program and six credit hours of Business School electives.

What value can Tauber bring to an engineering student? What are the benefits of doing a graduate engineering Tauber degree instead of non-Tauber degree?
Through the Tauber Institute, you will obtain a guaranteed team project (internship). In addition, you will receive extensive leadership and teamwork training through various LeadershipAdvantage modules and you will have access to both engineering school and business school career resources.

What if I have no previous business experience? Will this be a problem for the team project?
Working as a team with at least one other MBA student, the engineering student brings his/her technical skills to the project to complement the MBA students’ business knowledge.

I've never worked with MBAs before. Usually engineers don’t have the same work experience or the same way of approaching problems. Is there anything in the Tauber Institute that facilitates this collaboration?
Yes, through LeadershipAdvantage modules, both business and engineering students learn how to effectively collaborate with teammates who come from a variety of backgrounds with a variety of skills and experience. Modules such as “Communication Styles”, “Driving System Change” and the Emotional Intelligence assessment enhance students understanding of their own styles and the style of others and how to work most effectively with them.

What kind of industries and positions do Tauber engineers work in after graduation?
Depending upon their interests, Tauber engineers take jobs with a variety of companies - traditional operations/manufacturing companies, consulting companies and service industries. Some of the positions they accept include Regional Sourcing Manager, Continuous Improvement Manager, Inventory Planner, Consultant, Operations Analyst, and Supplier Development Engineer.

Do I apply to the Tauber Institute for a graduate engineering degree?
Since the Tauber Institute is not a degree granting institute, you need to apply to a College of Engineering department (e.g Interpro) or Rackham Graduate School. In addition, also submit an application to the Tauber Institute (available at www.tauber.umich.edu). You must be admitted by a degree-granting program in order to be admitted into the Tauber Institute. Check with your department of interest for specific application requirements.

How many business school classes can I take as a Tauber student?
The number of business credits allowed for engineers are decided by your degree program requirements. For example, as a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing student you are required to take a minimum of 9 credit hours in the Business School. With all other graduate engineering (and PhD students), you are required to take 6 credit hours of Business School electives (in addition to MFG 501 and MFG 503). It is the student’s obligation to insure that the business classes are approved by their academic advisor.

Is it hard to get in/register for business school classes as an engineer?
You cannot automatically register online for Business School classes as an engineer. To register you need to get an override from the professor teaching the class. We advise that you contact the professor either beforehand or attend the first class and request an “override” form. For the most part, Business School professors are more than happy to sign overrides for Tauber engineering students.

How are engineers placed on teams?
All Tauber students interview with 5-6 companies for a team project internship position. Each team is then staffed by running both student and company rankings (preferences) through a linear optimization algorithm and results in a team staffed with at least one Business student and one Engineering student (some teams are make up of two and some of three students).

What types of engineers (disciplines) are suited for the Tauber Institute?
Practically any type of engineer who wants to understand the manufacturing/operations area of a business is well-suited for the Tauber program. With skills obtained from the Tauber Institute, for example, chemical engineers who understand the process of drug manufacture/delivery to customers are a valuable asset to pharmaceutical firms; a computer engineer familiar with the supply chain is valuable to a company who is programming controllers to run an automated operation; a mechanical engineer who understands how to bring a design from prototype to wide-scale production in the most cost-effective manner.

Can I apply for an MBA after being accepted into the Tauber Institute as an engineer?
It depends. One of the criteria to apply to the Ross School of Business is a minimum of two years of full time work experience. If you satisfy this requirement, you may apply to the Business School, following their application and deadline requirements (see www.bus.umich.edu). A GMAT score and two professional letters of recommendation are also required. All Business students are admitted in the Fall term. Any business classes taken prior to the start of the MBA program are not counted toward completion of the MBA degree.

At what point in my (engineering) academic career do I complete the Tauber project?
EGL students typically complete their project during the summer between their senior and graduate year. Students in other graduate engineering programs complete the project over the summer following two semesters of study. For these students, the project becomes the culmination of their UM and Tauber experience.