Technology defines 21st century life and work. Understanding general and specific characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of modern technologies is essential for those who need to use, manage and create them. Leading teams and otherwise interacting in modern scientific, engineering, and educational settings requires skills specific to certain needs. The Department of Technology and Society, located within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was created to help address these diverse needs.
The Master’s Degree in Technological Systems Management offers three degree concentrations: Technology Management, Resilience and Sustainability, and Educational Technology. This degree is well-suited for recent baccalaureate graduates; however, those with some practical experience in the workplace who are seeking to gain pertinent management and necessary leadership skills to advance their careers will find our courses especially appropriate, and will appreciate that our face-to-face classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate work schedules. It is also possible to complete our degree programs entirely on-line, through a combination of evening synchronous classes and asynchronous classes for those who wish to set their own schedule. Course offerings are scheduled so that it is possible to complete the degree in three full-time (9 credit) semesters if an additional course is taken over the summer. It is also feasible to complete the degree on a part-time basis.
Each specialization requires 30 credits (10 courses) of classwork plus a Master’s project. The coursework includes five required courses shared across the concentrations. The Master’s project is completed under the supervision of a faculty member. I
Students completing the master’s degree program will find that they can:
- use multiple quantitative decision-making techniques and to analyze the role of bias in judgements.
- manage technical and social aspects to explain complicated phenomena and demonstrate mastery of socio-technological systems.
- evaluate and criticize the ethical decisions encountered in the engineering design process.
- identify, explain, and apply basic concepts of Science, Technology, Society research.
- demonstrate concepts, analytical tools and practical skills for the purpose of managing technologies.
Starting in Fall 2023, students may pursue an M.S. in Technological Systems Management in one of the following concentrations: