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Master of Science in Technology

Overview

The MST is designed as a graduate degree for those who hold a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, Technology Education, Construction Science and Management, or Engineering Technology. It may also be attractive to those who hold undergraduate degrees in other science-based majors. Persons holding an undergraduate Business degree, who are employed by an industrial concern, may find the MST of interest (See Background Requirements below). The MST curriculum is focused on the construction and manufacturing industries and upon industrial management generally.

Career Opportunities

The MST is designed to support careers, and to provide for career advancement, in the management of technical and engineering activity in the construction and manufacturing industries, and in Technology Education. All MST graduates will find that the course work offered supports a variety of technical areas including, but not necessarily limited to, Computer Aided Design, Construction Contracts, Ethics and Liability, Construction Estimating, Scheduling and Project Management, Contemporary Construction Methods and Techniques, Computer Aided Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Statistical Process Control, Facilities Planning, Engineering Economic Analysis, Industrial Ecology, Engineering Ethics, and Research Methods. Industry bound graduates will typically find employment opportunities in the areas of construction estimating, construction project management and construction design, manufacturing engineering, production management, product design and testing, quality assurance, work measurement, cost analysis, requisitions management, safety management and inspection, and facilities planning. Those bound for careers in education will find the preparation received while pursuing the MST to be appropriate for teaching Technology Education at the public school level (when accompanied by Texas Teacher Certification), and for teaching an industry-centered curriculum at the community college level.

Admission Standards

Admission to the MST degree program can occur in either of two tiers. The primary criterion for admission is the applicant's GPA in the last 60 semester hours of the undergraduate degree.

If that GPA is 2.75 or higher the applicant qualifies for the first-tier, unconditional admission. Students admitted unconditionally are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

If the applicant's GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.75, that student may, or may not, qualify for the second tier, conditional admission. Applicants who fall into this category are required to take the GRE, and a final admission decision will not be made until GRE scores are on file with the Graduate College. In this instance GRE scores become important, as an entrance examination is a predictor of success in graduate school. The Graduate Advisor will carefully examine the GRE scores of applicants being considered for conditional admission, in an effort to determine their likelihood of success in the program. An applicant whose admission GPA is below 2.75 should consider a GRE score of 1000 as acceptable for attaining conditional admission to the program.

In addition to more stringent entrance examination requirements, students admitted on a conditional basis are subject to a probationary, or “conditional” period, during which their academic standing will be monitored. During this conditional period, which may last anywhere from one to two semesters, no grade less than B is acceptable.

Applicants may apply on-line, by going to the University's web page (txstate.edu), and clicking on Academics, followed by Graduate College, followed by Applications and Admissions. Follow the on-screen instructions. The Graduate College will want to receive transcripts of the applicant’s undergraduate degree, and these must be mailed directly to the Graduate College by the granting institution, bearing the seal of the Registrar of that University.

International students will also have to take, and pass, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If you have questions about the TOEFL test, contact a Graduate Admissions Coordinator with the Graduate College.

All students, whether admitted conditionally or unconditionally, must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing.

Background Requirements

Generally speaking, those who hold undergraduate degrees in Industrial Technology, Construction Science and Management, Engineering Technology, or Engineering will face minimal background work. Individuals holding undergraduate degrees in other fields will find it necessary to complete selected background courses to remedy deficiencies. Background requirements will be determined on a case by case basis through consultation with the Graduate Advisor. Because graduate students are prohibited from taking more than one undergraduate course as a requirement of the graduate degree, background deficiencies will usually be remedied through the vehicle of the graduate level problems course (i.e., TECH 5384). When the problems course is used for the purpose of satisfying background requirements, it may not be counted for graduate degree credit. New students may not enroll in graduate level Technology courses until assured by the Graduate Advisor that they have satisfied necessary background requirements. (See Advisement below)

The Curriculum

The MST is a 36 semester hour degree (exclusive of any background work) comprised of a 24 semester hour major in Industrial Technology and a 12 semester hour minor/cognate outside Technology. Within the Industrial Technology major students may elect to pursue a Construction, Manufacturing, or General specialization, and thesis as well as non-thesis options are available.

The Industrial Technology Major

The major is comprised of a 12 semester hour Core, a 6 semester hour Specialization, and 6 semester hours of Technology electives.

The Core curriculum is required of all students. The Design component of the Core curriculum varies, depending upon the student’s elected specialization. Students electing the Construction specialization would fulfill the following Core curriculum:

TECH 5313

Supervision and Coordination of Construction Design

TECH 5385

Readings in Technology

TECH 5390

Research in Technology

TECH 5394

Data Acquisition and Analysis

Those electing the Manufacturing specialization would fulfill a slightly different Core curriculum:

TECH 5310

Computer Aided Drafting and Design

TECH 5385

Readings in Technology

TECH 5390

Research in Technology

TECH 5394

Data Acquisition and Analysis


Students electing the General specialization may incorporate either design course (i.e., TECH 5313 or 5310) into their Core curriculum.

Students may elect a Construction, Manufacturing, or General specialization. Students electing the Construction specialization may select six semester hours from the following courses:

TECH 53611

OR

TECH 5362

OR

TECH 5365

Contemporary Construction Methods and Techniques

OR

Construction Contracts and Estimating

OR

Construction Scheduling and Project Management


Those electing the Manufacturing specialization must complete the following courses:

TECH 5364

Statistical Applications in Manufacturing Process Control

TECH 5391

OR

TECH 5311

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

OR

Computer Aided Engineering


Students electing the General concentration will work with the Graduate Advisor to select 6 semester hours which support career objectives.

Students may use the remaining 6 semester hours of Technology electives to pursue either the thesis or non-thesis degree options. Those electing the non-thesis option may enroll in any 6 semester hours of Technology course work considered relevant to their specialization. Those electing the thesis option must satisfy the thesis requirements of the Graduate College as published in the Graduate Catalog.

The Thesis Option

Generally speaking, the thesis is an independently executed research project which is conducted under supervision of the student's principal faculty advisor. A professional research report, suitable for publication, is prepared according to departmental guidelines and submitted to a faculty committee for final approval. As a minimum, the thesis committee is comprised of the student's principal advisor, a second graduate faculty member from the Technology Department, and a third graduate faculty representative from the student's minor/cognate area. At conclusion of the project, the student must successfully defend the results of his/her research to the satisfaction of the thesis committee. For those electing the thesis option, the final 6 semester hours of their major will be:

TECH 5399A

Thesis

TECH 5399B

Thesis

The Minor/Cognate

Students may elect to pursue either a 12 semester hour minor or cognate area. A minor is distinguished from a cognate in that all course work must be taken in a single supervising academic department. Some departments offer academic minors, others do not. Students should consult the Graduate Catalog to determine what minors are available. Students choosing to pursue a cognate may take courses from as many as four (4) different academic departments. Essentially, a minor is intended to provide the student with a greater depth of content coverage, while a cognate offers greater flexibility and a broader range of course selections. Some students will find a minor the more attractive option, others will prefer a cognate. Regardless of whether a minor or cognate is chosen, the student must satisfy any background course work stipulated by the supervising department(s).

Comprehensive Examination

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

Advisement

It is critical that new students contact the Technology 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 background 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 outline construction. Interested parties may contact the Graduate Advisor or the Technology Department Chair for information regarding the Master of Science in Technology Degree at Texas State University-San Marcos.

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 Graduate Advisor.

Repeating Schedule of Classes

The following is the repeating schedule of classes for the master of Science in Technology.
Please note that this document is current as of 7/10/2007 and the information should be used only as a guide to planning your schedule.  Please see the graduate catalog to verify all information.

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Graduate Faculty

  • Sriraman, Vedaraman, Professor of Technology and Chair of The Department of Technology. D.E., Lamar University; M.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology; B.Tech., Regional Engineering College, India.
  • Winek, Gary Joseph, Ph.D., University of Maryland; M.Ed., Ball State University; Professor of Technology. B.S., University of Wisconsin at Stout.
  • Batey, A. H., Associate Professor of Technology and Graduate Advisor. Ph.D., University of Maryland; B.S., M.Ed., Texas State University.
  • Habingreither, Robert Bruce, Professor of Technology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Science and Engineering. Ed.D., West Virginia University; B.A., M.A., Montclair State College.
  • Jion Hu, Assistant Professor of Technology. Ph.D. Iowa State University; M.S. Southeast University, China; B.S. Southeast University, China.
  • Soon-Jae Lee, Assistant Professor of Technology.
  • Hager, Cassandrea J., Lecturer of Technology. Ph.D., Texas A&M University; B.S., M.S.T., Texas State University.