Engineering and Technology Management

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  • M.S.—Engineering and Technology Management
  • M.Eng.—Technology Management
  • M.Eng.—Project Management
  • M.Eng.—Manufacturing Engineering Management
  • Ph.D.—Technology Management
  • Graduate Certificates

Strong management skills are increasingly important to technical professionals. Managing R&D projects, technological systems, technical organizations and resources, and other professionals requires management knowledge and skills.

Engineers and scientists are faced with these challenges very early in their careers. Typically, within three to seven years after graduation, they find themselves addressing complex issues which necessitate that they play two roles simultaneously: the role of the specialist and the manager of technology. Those who choose the management path start moving toward management responsibilities while maintaining identity in their technical backgrounds - the Department of Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) has been designed for them.

The Department of Engineering and Technology Management addresses the needs of engineers and scientists whose objective is to advance to technical management positions in business, industry, or government. We also address the needs of those wishing to continue their engineering/technology management research-based studies while pursuing careers at either academic institutions or R&D organizations.

ETM draws on the strengths of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Business Administration, and several other relevant academic disciplines. By utilizing the diverse faculty resources of Portland State University, the program offers the opportunity to study the human, technical, and analytical aspects of management.

Most of the courses in the program are offered during the evening hours to fit the schedule of practicing professionals.

Admission requirements

Engineering and Technology Management M.S.

Technology Management, Project Management, and Manufacturing Engineering Management M.S.E.

Technology Management Ph.D.

Graduate Certificates

Eng Tech Management Courses

Technology Management Ph.D.

Admission requirements include Bachelors or higher degree in engineering, sciences, management with technology emphasis, or related disciplines; minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA or 3.50 GPA in at least 12 graduate credits; GRE scores obtained within two years of application to the program; a detailed statement of research interests acceptable to the ETM faculty; minimum 575 TOEFL score for international applicants; and three letters of recommendation. In addition to the University’s general degree requirements, the Ph.D. program in Technology Management consists of the following nine steps:

(Step-1): Admission to the program;

(Step-2): Successful completion of the equivalent of at least 60 credits of coursework beyond the Bachelor's degree distributed as follows: CORE: at least 20 credits from the following courses with at least one course from each group. All courses are four credits each. Additional courses taken from this group beyond the minimum required 20 credit hours can be counted toward the fulfillment of the specialization course requirements described below.

Group-1: ETM-620 Management of Engineering and Technology, ETM-649 Management of Technology Innovation;

Group-2: ETM-645 Project Management, ETM-655 Technology Marketing;

Group-3: ETM-626 Strategic Management of Technology, ETM-627 Competitive Strategies in Technology Management;

Group-4: ETM-631 Technology Assessment and Acquisition, ETM-633 Technology Transfer.

SPECIALIZATION: at least 20 credits from courses supporting the proposed research area, including Communications and Team-building, Strategic Planning, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Manufacturing Systems Management, Total Quality Management, Technology Forecasting, Managing Intellectual Capital, Ethical Issues in Technology Management, Technology Entrepreneurship, Project Management Framework, Project Management Tools, R&D Management, New Product Development, Managing New Technology Introduction, Human Side of Technology Management, Mgmt-544: Technology Management, Mktg 548: Product Management and Innovation, MIM 524: Global Sourcing and Supply, Psy 578: Leadership and Group Effectiveness, Psy 615: Advanced Industrial/Organizational Psychology, PA 545: Organization Development, PA 555: Program Evaluation and Management, PA 598: Value-based Management, Soc 557: Complex Organizations, Ec 531: Urban Economics, Ec 532: Environmental Economics.

METHODOLOGY: at least 20 credits from the following courses: Decision Making, Advanced Engineering Economics, Benchmarking Using Data Envelopment Analysis, Operations Research, Manufacturing Systems Simulation, Research Methods for Engineering and Technology Management, Technology Forecasting, Decision Support Systems: Data Warehousing, Project Management Tools, Strategic Intelligence, Psy 621: Univariate Quantitative Methods, Psy 622: Multiple Regression & Multivariate Quant Methods, Psy 623: Factor Analysis & Covariance Structure Modeling, Psy 593: Decision Making Laboratory, Mth 667, Mth 668, Mth 669: Stochastic Processes and Probability Theory-I, II, III, Mth 692: Research Methodology and Design, Stat 451, Stat 452: Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists-I, II, Stat 564: Applied Regression Analysis, SySc 514: System Dynamics, SySc 625: Agent Based Simulation, SySc 627: Discrete System Simulation, SySc 629: Business Process Modeling and Simulation, USP-655: Structural Equation Modeling, USP 656: Multilevel Regression, Soc 597: Applied Survey Research, Ec 586: Project Evaluation, Ec 570: Econometrics. The student may also choose additional courses in other academic units throughout the university, approved by their adviser, if such courses are supportive of their proposed research areas.

(Step-3): 12 project credits of ETM 606 supervised by ETM faculty culminating in the preparation of a research paper evaluated by the ETM faculty as being at the level of acceptable papers for a national or international conference on Engineering and Technology Management.

(Step-4): Successful completion of a comprehensive examination to demonstrate mastery of the Engineering and Technology Management field, including the defense of the research paper described in step 3 above.

(Step-5): Selection of the dissertation adviser from the ETM faculty and formation of the Ph.D. committee including one member appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

(Step-6): Development of the dissertation proposal and its approval by the Ph.D. committee resulting in the advancement to Ph.D. candidacy.

(Step-7): Registering for at least 27 dissertation credits while conducting research after successful completion of the comprehensive exam.

(Step-8): Preparation of at least one publishable paper for a research journal or a recognized refereed technical conference proceedings based upon the dissertation research.

(Step-9): Defense of the dissertation.