The Institute for Technology and Management (ITM) was born of a group of professors, highly qualified and having held senior positions in industry, who were interested in management education. Under the leadership of P.V. Ramana, ITM sought to provide management education without involving big business, politicians, or state aid. The answer was to seek collaboration with a reputed business school in the USA. This became possible with an academic association developed with Southern New Hampshire University. The terms of the collaboration between SNHU and ITM stated that ITM should maintain and follow standards recommended by SNHU in terms of textbooks, faculty qualifications, admission procedures, library and computer facilities, etc. To ensure ITM’s compliance with these recommendations, SNHU faculty exchange will be encouraged, and SNHU administrators will try to make an annual visit to observe operations.
The Graduate Programs of Southern New Hampshire University are structured somewhat different than many graduate programs in the United States. It operates on a year-round schedule consisting of five ten-week terms. For the convenience of students, the program can be started at any one of these five terms. There are several master’s degree programs available. Each degree option has its own requirements although they share a core of several common courses. Thus there is a great deal of flexibility and choice, which means different students may be taking different courses at the same time. SNHU also offers a variety of certificates that allow you to specialize in a particular area. These Certificates require some additional course work.
The ITM collaboration with SNHU was designed to accomplish two purposes. First, many students from India have a three-year Bachelors Degree that is not equivalent to a United States four- year bachelor’s degree. This fourth year requirement can be met by taking one year or three terms at ITM. This year will be considered equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma. Second, for those students who have four year degrees, most of which are technical, the first year is designed to provide the business background requirements necessary for beginning the graduate level courses in the Graduate school. Anyone completing this first year will be guaranteed unconditional admission to the M.B.A. or M.S. business degree programs if grades are above 60 in all courses. Part-time M.B.A. students at ITM must complete four terms or 16 courses to qualify for the same guaranteed unconditional admission.
Students who continue on into the fourth term, and complete the course requirements at ITM will be eligible for advanced standing. That is, they can apply certain courses taken at ITM towards the degree requirements in either the M.B.A. or M.S. business programs. It should be clear that the following courses are the only ones that will be considered for advanced standing as long as a minimum grade of 60 is achieved in each course. If a student has taken ECO 500, Managerial Economics at ITM, the foundation requirement of Macroeconomics will be waived. All other foundation course requirements must still be met.
- HRM 500 - Human Behavior in Organizations
- ACC 500 - Managerial Accounting
- ECO 500 - Managerial Economics
- MBA 510 - Quantitative Analysis
- CIS 500 - Computer Information Systems
- MKT 500 - Marketing Strategies
- IT 510 - Advanced Computer Info Systems
- IT 600 - Operating Systems
- IT 630 - Computer Simulation and Modeling
Students who complete other courses will not receive additional exemptions, however they may be considered for a waiver. The difference in a waiver and an exemption, is that an exemption carries credit, a waiver does not. It simply means that if you have taken a course similar to one of the remaining requirements for the degree, you may substitute another course rather than repeat the same material. In either case, no courses with a mark of 60 or below will be considered. All courses are not available in each quarter, so you will have to work with your advisor to schedule classes in the best sequence. If a course is unavailable in Manchester, it may be available in one of our other centers located in nearby cities.
The application process
Any international student applying to study in the USA must comply with the following requirements set by the United States Immigration Department.
- Complete an official International Admission Form.These forms should also be available from the Director of the ITM center where you are attending classes.
- Academic documents indicating your educational background. You should provide attested copies of your degrees and marksheets. The ITM Center Director can attest as to their being true copies of the originals. You also need to send an official copy of your ITM marksheet showing marks you received in each course. These marksheets should be sent along with the application.
- Normally, evidence of English proficiency is required. In the case of ITM students, this requirement is waived because proficiency is demonstrated as part of the admission process to ITM. Neither does the college require the GMAT. However, the Unites States Consulate may require the TOEFL and GMAT before even considering a visa application. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that these tests be taken.
- Documentation that you possess financial resources sufficient to cover all the expenses of study in the United States. This should take the form of a bank letter indicating the amounts of funds available. The greater amount you can show, the more positive it will look to the visa officer when you apply for your visa.
For those students who have completed the three terms or the part-timers that have completed five or six terms and will be entering as first term students, the evaluation process is quite simple. We review your records to ensure all foundation requirements have been met. We can then issue the I-20 based on full admission with full fees stated . Students who have taken more than three terms must submit their results for every term. If there is any delay anticipated in acquiring the official transcript, please submit a letter from the Center Director attesting to the classes you have completed pending the official results. Failure to do this may result in delays in processing your application. This is very important because it has direct bearing on the information we put on the I-20. Since the time to complete the degree will vary depending on the number of advanced credits awarded, the dates for completion will be different. Since the costs also vary for the same reasons, we have to put different figures under support requirements. When we do not receive the fourth term records, we will hold your application until we receive them so we do not have to reissue a new set of acceptance letters and I-20’s. Since it is to your advantage to show the lowest financial requirements when you go to get your visa, having the fourth term results enables us to put the lower figure on the I-20. For the same reason, we suggest you wait until you arrive and meet with your advisor to choose a Graduate Certificate should you be interested.
SNHU charges tuition based on a per course fee. Therefore the final cost of the program will vary depending on which program and/or certificate is taken, as course requirements may be different.
Thus, those students who have three terms or part-timers who have completed four terms, and are coming to do the complete program will pay a per course fee for each of the 14 M.B.A. or 16 IT required courses. A complete breakdown of other fees is stated below. They are also available on the webpage noted above.
Those students who have completed the fourth term or part-timers that have completed five or six terms will not have to take the full number of courses. As part of the admission process, an evaluation will determine how many courses remain to be taken and the cost. This amount will be used to calculate the figures stated on the I-20. In addition to the tuition, all students must pay applicable fees.
Students are expected to arrive in time to begin classes by the date stated on the I-20. Students who may be late may request permission for a late arrival date from the Dean of the Graduate School. In no case will students be allowed to begin classes more than one week after the beginning of the term.
The college has on-campus housing available for Graduate students. A place in one of several four-person apartments may be reserved on a first-come first-served basis. If the graduate apartments are full, dormitory space will be assigned. In order to reserve a place in on-campus housing, a $250 deposit must be received. Without the deposit, there is no guarantee of space. The college has no temporary housing. If a reservation is made, the student is required to remain in housing for at least two terms. Most of the Graduate student population lives in off-campus housing. We suggest you arrive several days before classes begin in order to have time to secure accommodations. Current ITM students can be the best resource. Transportation may be a problem and a car would be most helpful. Cars are relatively inexpensive in the US.