Bridge to Business for Engineers

Sponsored by Rexnord Corporation

Todd Adams
president and CEO, Rexnord

“We see great value in an engineering program that provides a solid technical background supplemented with broader business knowledge. This skill set will set graduates apart in the workplace.”

Bridge to Business for Engineers is a unique partnership of Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering and College of Business Administration and Milwaukee-based manufacturer Rexnord. An immersive, 14 day experience to give early career engineers business fundamentals, Bridge to Business is specifically designed for individuals who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering — including engineers who have not yet begun full-time employment, as well as those with a few years of experience.

Bridge to Business is made possible through a generous $1 million corporate gift from Rexnord. Read the announcement.

Summer 2017 - Session 1

Bridge to Business for Engineers will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Marquette campus, with continental breakfast and lunch provided on the following dates:
May 22-26
May 30 - June 2
June 5 - June 9

Register for session 1

Summer 2017 - Session 2

Bridge to Business for Engineers will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Marquette campus, with continental breakfast and lunch provided on the following dates:
June 26-30
July 13-15
July 20-22
July 27-29

Register for session 2

For more information

For more information about the program or to express interest in a future cohort, please fill out our inquiry form...

Program brochure

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Bridge to Business be available only for engineers?

Bridge to Business is being developed specifically with engineers in mind. We hope to develop similar types of programs for other professions in the future.

Will Bridge to Business be available only to Marquette University Opus College of Engineering alumni?

No, Bridge to Business will be available to any recent engineering graduate.

When will Bridge to Business be offered?

The dates of the two summer 2017 sessions are posted above and registration is open. We expect to run the program every summer.

How large will the cohorts be?

The first cohort will be approximately 20 students. In the future, typical cohorts will comprise around 30 individuals.

What subjects will be covered?

The program will cover topics in varying degrees of depth in several key disciplines, including: operations management, supply chain management /IT, project management, lean manufacturing, accounting and finance, economics, human resources management and leadership, marketing and sales, and business law.

How will the program be organized?

Bridge to Business will use a combination of classroom lectures and discussions, a custom-integrated project, case studies and visits with industry experts. The program will combine key business disciplines that are closely linked to engineering processes, e.g., product development, make vs. buy, business case, problem solving and continuous improvement techniques.

Who will teach the Bridge to Business courses?

Bridge to Business courses will be taught by Marquette University faculty, primarily from the College of Business Administration and Opus College of Engineering, with opportunities for Marquette faculty from other disciplines, as appropriate, as well as adjunct instructors from industry.

How long does the program take to complete?

The program is held on 14 consecutive business days, taking into account summer holidays. See the schedules posted above for the summer 2017 dates.

What will tuition be for the Bridge to Business program?

For the summer 2017 sessions, tuition is $6,500. This includes a continental breakfast and lunch on class days, and all materials needed for the course.

Are college credits available for completing Bridge to Business?

At this time, there are no plans to grant college credits for completing Bridge to Business. Graduates of the program will receive a letter of completion signed by the deans of both the College of Business Administration and the Opus College of Engineering.

Will there be housing options for students who live outside the Milwaukee area?

There are no set arrangements for housing at this time, however program staff are willing to assist with requests from interested parties.

How do I enroll in the Bridge to Business program?

Links to register for summer 2017 sessions are posted above. Please use our inquiry form to express interest in future sessions.

My company would like to send several engineers through the Bridge to Business program. Is it possible to have a dedicated or customized program for my firm?

Marquette is interested in discussing such opportunities further. Please submit your contact information below and a member of the Bridge to Business staff will contact you.