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Master of Science in Technology Management

Overview

The technology management graduate program at Texas State University is designed for those who seek careers or career advancement in the management of engineering and production activity in the construction and concrete industries, in the semiconductor, cast metals, machining, fabrication, and other manufacturing industries, or in the fields of power generation, environmental management, and occupational health and safety.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the master of science in technology management degree secure positions in a variety of industry-focused specialties, including computer-aided design and engineering, construction contract administration, construction estimating, scheduling and project management, concrete ready mix operations, concrete contracting, construction materials sales and distribution, computer-integrated manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, production management, product design and testing, statistical process control, quality assurance, work measurement, automation and robotics, facilities planning, engineering economic analysis, requisitions management, safety management and inspection, and sustainability.

Admission Standards

Students having a GPA of 2.75 or higher for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work are admitted unconditionally and are not required to take the GRE.

Students with a GPA below 2.75 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work may qualify for conditional admission, but must submit GRE scores to the Graduate College. A score of 297 or higher is considered acceptable for attaining conditional admission to the technology management graduate program. However, a final admission decision will not be made until GRE scores are on file with the Graduate College. Applications with lower GPAs will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Lower GPAs may require higher GRE scores.

Visit www.gradcollege.txstate.edu for access to an online application and additional details. Application deadlines for U.S. citizens are June 15 for fall, October 15 for spring, and April 15 for summer. Application deadlines for international students are June 1 for fall, October 1 for spring, and March 15 for summer. Applicants interested in being considered for graduate assistantships, scholarships, and/or fellowships, must apply by the priority deadline of February 1 for either summer or fall admission.

Background Requirements

Generally speaking, those who hold undergraduate degrees in Industrial Technology, Technology Management, Construction Science and Management, Concrete Industry Management, Engineering Technology, or Engineering will face no background work. Individuals holding undergraduate degrees in other fields may find it necessary to complete selected prerequisite courses to remedy deficiencies. Prerequisite requirements will be determined on a case by case basis through consultation with the Graduate Advisor. New students may not enroll in graduate level Technology courses until assured by the Graduate Advisor that they have satisfied necessary prerequisite requirements. (See Advisement below)

The Curriculum and Course Work

The master of science in technology management is a 36-credit-hour degree. It is comprised of a 30-credit-hour major in technology management plus a 6-credit-hour cognate minor in business management. The major includes 15 hours of core technology courses that are common to all students, regardless of specialization. Students may elect one of three 9-credit-hour specializations in construction management, manufacturing management, or general industrial management. The 6-credit-hour cognate minor allows students to select from such industry-focused business courses as supply chain management, process improvement management, managing business creativity, organizational change management, etc.

All students are required to complete a 6-credit-hour research component. Students may select either a traditional academic thesis or an industry-focused directed project. A thesis is the more appropriate option for full-time students who may have ambitions of further graduate study, while the directed project is the best choice for part-time students who hold jobs in industry.

The Technology Management Major

Core Curriculum

All technology management students must complete the following 15-credit-hour core curriculum:

Course Number Course Name
TECH 5390 Research in Technology
TECH 5394 Design of Industrial Experiments
TECH 5315 Engineering Economic Analysis
TECH 5365 Industrial Project Management and Scheduling
TECH 5382 Sustainability in Industrial Management

Specializations

Students may select 9-semester-hours of course work from one of the following specializations.

Construction Management

Course Number Course Name
CSM 5313 Building Information Modeling
CSM 5360     Construction Company Financial Control
CSM 5362     Construction Contract Delivery Systems
CIM 5330        Advanced Concrete Technology
CIM 5340     Innovation Strategies for the Concrete Industry
TECH 5384     Problems in Technology

Manufacturing Management

Course Number Course Name
TECH 5310   Product Design and Development
TECH 5311    Computer Aided Engineering
TECH 5364   Statistical Manufacturing Process Control
TECH 5387    Planning Advanced Technology Facilities
TECH 5391     Advanced Manufacturing Systems
TECH 5392   Fundamentals of Microelectronics Manufacturing
TECH 5384  Problems in Technology

Industrial Management

Course Number Course Name
TECH 5364   Statistical Manufacturing Process Control
TECH 5385  Readings in Technology
TECH 5387     Planning Advanced Technology Facilities
TECH 5384   Problems in Technology

Upon advice of the graduate advisor, students specializing in either manufacturing management or industrial management may also elect graduate level courses offered through the Ingram School of Engineering, and/or other departments in the College of Science and Engineering.

The Research Component

All students must complete either a 6-credit-hour thesis or directed project:

Course Number Course Name
TECH 5399A Thesis (Initial thesis enrollment)
TECH 5399B  Thesis  (Continuing thesis enrollments)
-or-
TECH 5398     Directed Project (Repeatable for credit)

The Cognate Minor

In addition to the 30-credit-hour major, all students must complete a 6-credit-hour cognate minor in business management. Students may select from any of the following management courses:

Course Number Course Name
MGT 5310  Organizational Change Management
MGT 5311  Process Improvement Management in Organizations
MGT 5315      New Venture Management
MGT 5321       Supply Chain Management
MGT 5325       Managing Business Creativity
MGT 5391       Managing the Communication Process

Other courses in the McCoy College of Business may also be elected upon advice of the graduate advisor acting in consultation with the graduate advisor for the College of Business.

Comprehensive Examination

All students are required by the Graduate College to successfully complete a comprehensive examination before graduating. In The Department of Engineering Technology this typically takes the form of an eight hour written examination. The examination will include questions from both the Technology Management major and the Cognate Minor. Students may not apply to take their comprehensive examination until 18 semester hours of the major and 6 semester hours of the Cognate Minor have been completed.

Advisement

It is critical that new students contact the Technology Management Graduate Advisor as soon as feasible upon admission to the program. The Graduate Advisor will assist the new student with transcript evaluation, identification of deficiencies, and specification of necessary prerequisite course work. The Graduate Advisor will also assist the new student in selecting appropriate courses for their first semester of graduate enrollment and with such substantive issues as degree audit preparation. Interested parties may contact the Graduate Advisor or the Engineering Technology Department Chair for information regarding the Master of Science in Technology Management Degree at Texas State University.

Couse Schedules

The majority of graduate level Technology Management courses are offered one-night-a-week throughout any given semester. This is done to facilitate the enrollment of working professionals who may hold full-time positions, and whose working hours tend to be during the daytime.

Assistantships

A limited number of graduate Research/Instructional/Teaching assistantships may be available from time to time. Research Assistants typically work with faculty on research and other special projects. Instructional Assistants are usually involved with instructing undergraduates in a laboratory setting. A Research or Instructional Assistant's workload will never exceed 20 hours per week. A Research or Instructional Assistant may become eligible for a Teaching Assistantship after completing 18 semester hours toward the masters degree. Teaching Assistants typically teach freshman level courses under faculty supervision. A Teaching Assistant's workload will never exceed two undergraduate classes per long term. Stipends available for assistantship positions will be determined by university guidelines. Those interested in applying for assistantship positions should contact the Technology Management Graduate Advisor for details and application instructions.

Graduate College Scholarships and Fellowships

For more information about scholarships, fellowships, financial aid and application deadlines, visit Texas State’s Graduate College Web site at www.gradcollege.txstate.edu and click on Financing Your Graduate Education.

Contact

Graduate Advisor – Technology Management
Department of Engineering Technology
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4605
Phone: 512.245.2137
E-mail: ab08@txstate.edu


Graduate Faculty

 

  • Ameri, Farhad, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology.  Ph.D. University of Michigan; M.S. Sharif University of Technology; B.S. Iran University of Science and Technology.
  • Bartlett, Laura N., Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology.  Ph.D. Missouri University of Science and Technology; B.S. Missouri University of Science and Technology.
  • Batey, Andy. H., Chair and Associate Professor of Engineering Technology and Graduate Advisor. Ph.D. University of Maryland; B.S., M.Ed., Texas State University.
  • Habingreither, Robert B., Professor of Engineering Technology and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. Ed.D. West Virginia University; B.A., M.A. Montclair State College.
  • Hager, Cassandrea J., Senior Lecturer of Engineering Technology - Construction Science and Management. Ph.D. Texas A&M University; B.S., M.S.T., Texas State University.
  • Hu, Jiong, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology - Concrete Industry Management. Ph.D. Iowa State University; M.S. Southeast University, China; B.S. Southeast University, China.
  • Kim, Yoo Jae, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology - Concrete Industry Management.  Ph.D. Washington University, St. Louis, MO; M.S. Washington University, St. Louis, MO; M.S. Kon-Kuk University, South Korea; B.S. Kon-Kuk University, South Korea.
  • Lee, Soon-Jae, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology - Construction Science and Management. Ph.D. Clemson University; M.S. Kangwon National University, South Korea; B.S. Kangwon National University, South Korea.
  • Schemmel, John J., Professor of Engineering Technology and Concrete Industry Management Director.  Ph.D. North Carolina State University; M.S. Lehigh University; B.S.C.E. University of Wisconsin (Civil Engineering).
  • Sriraman, Vedaraman, University Distinguished Professor and Engineering Technology & Technology Management Director. D.E. Lamar University; M.Tech. Indian Institute of Technology; B.Tech., Regional Engineering College, India.
  • Talley, Kimberly G., Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology - Construction Science and Management.  Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin; M.S.E, University of Texas at Austin; B.S. Construction Engineering Management, North Carolina State University; B.S. History, North Carolina State University.
  • Torres, Anthony S., Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology - Concrete Industry Management.  Ph.D. University of New Mexico; M.S. University of New Mexico; B.S. New Mexico State University.
  • Winek, Gary J., Professor of Engineering Technology and Construction Science and Management Director.  Ph.D. University of Maryland; M.Ed. Ball State University; B.S. University of Wisconsin at Stout.
  • You, Byoung Hee, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology.  Ph.D. Louisiana State University; M.S. Yeungham University, Korea; B.S. Yeungham University, Korea.