The Team Master’s Project (TMP) is the capstone activity for Master of Business and Science (MBS) students, Master of Science in Medical Device Engineering (MSMDE) students, and Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences (MS) students that have selected the TMP option. First year Master of Engineering in Biopharmaceutical Processing (MEng) students also participate in TMP as a requirement for their degree program. During the course of the academic school year, interdisciplinary teams of typically four to five students work with sponsoring companies on projects to address important objectives of the sponsoring firm. These projects focus on real life business, regulatory, technical, or marketing challenges of the sponsoring life science company. The TMP final project report replaces the thesis required in traditional programs.
Status as a 2nd-year MBS student or enrollment in the PPM program is required. Undergraduate students may apply to participate in lieu of performing a senior thesis but approval by their undergraduate institution is required.
The primary academic goal is for students to gain practical, hands-on experience working on a project of importance to the sponsoring life science company. TMP projects are 2-semester efforts with direct involvement of the corporate liaison and a substantial TMP fee paid by the sponsoring company. The TMP provides a unique educational opportunity in the life sciences. Students are expected to gain experience with:
Team-based learning objectives include:
Students should develop project management skills including: