Program Description

The M.S. in Technology Management degree program is designed primarily for working professionals with both technical and non-technical backgrounds who want a better understanding of technological change and its relevance to competitiveness and business strategy. Program coursework has a practical emphasis, with real-world projects designed to develop skills that can be put to use on the job immediately. Courses are currently available in Huntington, South Charleston, and virtually.

Program Benefits

  • Learn how to evaluate and use technology to meet changing customer needs and markets
  • Learn how to weigh the costs/benefits of technology decisions
  • Understand the effects of technological change on organizations and how to help people adapt to change
  • Learn about technology life cycles and how to evaluate emerging technologies
  • Explore common problems of management and organizations-and their relationships to technology
  • Understand the interrelationships of quality, productivity, and technology
  • Network with other professionals

Degrees Awarded

M.S. in Technology Management with emphasis in Environmental Management; M.S. in Technology Management with emphasis in Information Security; M.S. in Technology Management with emphasis in Information Technology; M.S. in Technology Management with emphasis in Manufacturing Systems; M.S. in Technology Management with emphasis in Transportation Systems and Technologies.

Admission Requirements

For regular admission, applicants to the program must complete the following prior to registering for the first semester of courses:

1. General Admission Requirements

  1. Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or greater. There is no stipulation concerning the undergraduate major; however, the degree must be from an accredited college or university.
  2. Satisfy at least one of the following:
    • Score at the mean or above on the verbal GRE.
    • Score at the mean or above on the quantitative GRE.
    • Score at the mean or above on the analytical GRE.
    • Have previously completed a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Have 10 or more years of relevant professional work experience (documented in the written summary required in item 3, below).
  3. Submit a written summary (2 typewritten pages maximum) of education and professional experiences, and career goals related to the TM program including the Area of Emphasis the applicant is interested in pursuing.
  4. Complete an interview with the TM program director or designee, with part of the interview consisting of discussion of the written summary.

2. Admission Process/Materials

To apply to the Marshall University Graduate College, visit the Graduate Admissions website. You can apply online or use a PDF form. Refer to the Graduate Application menu item on the left of the page at that site.

If you are from outside the US, you may find Marshall’s International Student Information website a useful resource.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements consist of eight core courses (21 semester hours), four area-of-emphasis courses (12 semester hours), and a capstone project (3 semester hours), for a total of 36 semester hours. You must have the Technology Management advisor’s approval to enroll in Technology Management degree program courses.

Core Courses

  • TM 610 – Technology and Innovation Management
  • TM 612 – Economic and Financial Analysis for Technology Management
  • TM 620 – Technology Planning
  • TM 630 – Quality and Productivity Methods
  • EM 620 – Management of Technical Human Resources
  • EM 660 – Project Management
    Plus one of the following:
  • TM 615 – Information Technology Strategies
  • EM 694 – Engineering Law

Areas of Emphasis

Each student pursuing the degree selects an area of emphasis, consisting of four courses. Currently the following emphases are available:

Environmental Management

Required Courses:

  • ES 661 – Environmental Regulations
  • ES 614 – Environmental Risk Assessment
  • ES 620 – Environmental Management Systems

One course selected from among:

  • ENVE 625 – Hazardous Waste Management
  • ES 630 – Environmental Site Assessment
  • IS 645 – Geographic Information Systems

Information Security

Required Courses:

  • IS 631 – Information Security
  • IS 656 – Communication and Network Technologies
  • IS 647 – IS Disaster Planning and Recovery
  • IS 646 – Computer Systems Security

Information Technology

Four approved courses from the following list:

  • TM 660 – Computing and Information Systems Technologies
  • TM 664 – Health Informatics
  • IS 620 – Software Engineering
  • IS 631 – Information Security
  • IS 647 – IS Disaster Planning and Recovery
  • IS 645 – Geographic Information Systems
  • IS 655 – Multimedia Production and Electronic Information Distribution
  • IS 656 – Communication and Network Technologies
  • Other courses may be taken with permission of the student’s advisor.

Manufacturing Systems

Required Courses:

  • TM 667 – Modern Manufacturing Concepts
  • TM 668 – Applied Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Two courses selected from:

  • ENGR 610 – Applied Statistics
  • IE 639 – Operations Research I
  • EM 668 – Operations Management
  • Other courses with permission of the student’s advisor

Transportation Systems and Technologies

This area of emphasis is offered in cooperation with the Nick J. Rahall II Appalachian Transportation Institute.

Intelligent Transport Systems – Three courses, selected with technology Management Advisor approval. Possible choices include:

  • SFT 550 – Traffic Engineering
  • SFT 601 – Safety in Transportation
  • SFT 660 – Human Factors in Accident Prevention
  • SFT 669 – Traffic Safety Management
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • EM 694 – Engineering Law
  • IE 639 – Operations Research I
  • IE 640 – Operations Research II
  • TM 640 – Transportation Systems
  • IS 645 – Geographic Information Systems

Some of these courses have prerequisites; students selecting these courses must meet these prerequisites.

Final Project

The Technology Management Capstone Project (TM 699) is work-related, oriented toward the student’s selected area of emphasis.
More information on graduate degree final projects is available.

Certificate in Information Security

Evidence of information security coursework is required for many federal and Department of Defense (DoD) funded projects. This certificate will meet the government requirements for certification and continuing education for several security certifications.

Curriculum

  • IS 631 – Information Security (3 hrs)
  • IS 646 – Computer Systems Security (3 hrs)
  • IS 647 – IT Disaster Planning & Recovery (3 hrs)
  • IS 656 – Communications and Network Technologies (3 hrs)
  • TM 615 – Information Technology Strategies (3 hrs)

Credit Hours: 15 – All required