MS Technology Management

About the Program

Are you interested in transforming your undergraduate education into a highly sought after technology management degree for a management position? Would you like to keep moving up in your professional career in technology and open up challenging and rewarding upper-level leadership positions for you? If yes, then the Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) degree is for you.

The Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) degree focuses on learning creative problem solving and management principles for technology-driven industries and businesses. The program provides instruction in advanced technology, management and leadership concepts geared toward the needs of our rapidly changing technological global economy. Students learn advanced problem solving skills and develop technological decision making capabilities through analytical thinking, applied research, technology development and productivity improvement.

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ECU Advantage

The Department of Technology Systems offers this program on campus and online using current instructional technologies, state-of-the-art remotely accessible laboratories, highly qualified and experienced faculty, and dedicated support personnel. Students may select one of three options to complete the MSTM degree: non-thesis option, practicum option or thesis option. Students can structure the degree based on personal interest in manufacturing systems, quality systems, or industrial distribution and logistics.

Students may also complement the MSTM degree with additional graduate certificates. A popular certification earned by graduates in the MSTM program is the Lean Six-sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) certification. The LSSBB certification can be structured along with the MSTM degree such that a student can earn both by only taking an additional 3 s. h. along with specific electives. Contact the graduate school or the Technology Systems Department for more details.

Master of Science in Technology Management

Mission Statement:

The mission of the MSTM program is to prepare students for leadership positions in technological enterprises and conduct research in technology management. This is achieved through instruction in statistical tools, project management, engineering economics, research methods, and technological ethics, diversity and leadership. Elective courses in quality systems, manufacturing systems or industrial distribution and logistics are pursued based on students' professional goals. Students interested in research may undertake a practicum or a thesis.

Program Objectives:

  • Graduates solve problems and make technical decisions related to computer integrated manufacturing, production planning and inventory control in technology companies and entities.
  • Graduates lead and manage enterprises involved in transportation, supply chain, and global logistics.
  • Graduates lead associates and teams in technology driven enterprises and promote ethical business behavior, through the understanding of diversity and professional issues.
  • Graduates analyze complex business situations and conduct applied research in professional settings through statistical analytical concepts.
  • Graduates promote operational excellence and continuous improvement in technology enterprises.

Program Outcomes:

Upon graduating, students will :

  • Be able to conduct creative problem-solving and technological decision-making through mastery in cost management and project management. (ITEC6406, ITEC6200)
  • Possess the necessary skills to conduct applied research in professional settings through statistical analytical concepts.  (ITEC6000 and ITEC6060)
  • Be prepared for leadership and team member roles in technology driven enterprises through the understanding of ethics, diversity and leadership concepts. (ITEC6011).

They will also be knowledgeable and skilled in one or more of the following according to their professional goals :

  • An ability to achieve operational excellence through the use of lean enterprise, six-sigma principles and design of experiments.  (ITEC6005, ITEC6110, ITEC6112)
  • The ability to facilitate production planning and inventory control functions, and computer integrated manufacturing.  (ITEC6003, ITEC6407)
  • The ability to lead and manage enterprises involved in transportation, supply chain, and global logistics.  (IDIS6515, IDIS6525, IDIS6535, and IDIS6545)

The Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) degree is designed to serve the needs of students who possess a baccalaureate degree in industrial technology, technology management, applied engineering, engineering technology and other similar technology oriented disciplines.

Admission into the Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) is accepted for the fall semester, spring semester, and the 11-week summer session.

Application Materials needed for the application includes:

  • Completed application with fee,
  • Official transcripts (guidelines and information),
  • Current resume,
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant's potential to complete the degree,
  • Written statement of purpose,
  • Official GRE, MAT, or GMAT standardized test scores*.  See below for MSTM GRE waiver options.
Admission information for International students

Interested applicants should forward a resume and unofficial transcripts, if available, to for consideration prior to submitting an application.

*GRE Waiver - Students applying for either the MS in Technology Management may request consideration to have the GRE requirement waived based on one of the following considerations:

  • The prospective graduate student has an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a related Baccalaureate degree program;
  • The prospective graduate student is a current member of the ECU Honors College in good standing with a related Baccalaureate degree program and a minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher;
  • The prospective graduate student has completed at least one of the graduate certificates offered within the department with an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher;
  • The prospective graduate student has an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a related Baccalaureate degree program and has accumulated a minimum of 7 years of related professional experience over the past 10 years.

What Will You Study

The program of study includes course work composed of core courses, and electives based on the personal interest of a student. Students need to create a plan of study and get it approved by faculty. A current plan of study should be on file at all times. Three options for degree completion are available:

  1. MSTM degree with a comprehensive exam requirement. This option requires a total of 33 s.h. The degree can be structured to a student's personal interest in manufacturing systems, quality systems, or industrial distribution and logistics. The student will complete 15 s. h. from the common core and 18 s. h. from the electives. Students are required to take a comprehensive exam to demonstrate mastery of course work. The comprehensive exam can only be taken after completion of 24 s.h. or more of total course work.

  2. MSTM degree with thesis option requires 6 s.h. of thesis work, which are taken by the student as ITEC 7000 - Thesis. This option requires a total of 30 s.h. The student will conduct thesis research and make a presentation to faculty based on the thesis. The thesis proposal and the thesis document must be approved by the student's advisor and a committee composed of three faculty members from the Technology Systems Department. Students desiring to pursue the thesis option should consult their faculty advisor and identify a thesis advisor and topic in the first semester.

  3. MSTM degree with practicum option requires 3 s.h. of practical work in industry, which are taken by the student as ITEC 6100 - Practicum in Industrial Technology. This option requires a total of 30 s.h. Students may choose to pursue their own independent industry-based practicum. Work carried out in industry under the practicum option needs to be approved by the faculty from the Technology Systems Department before commencing. The student will write a report based on their practicum experience and present a seminar. Students desiring to pursue practicum work should declare their intent to do so in the first semester.


The common core of 15. s. h. is mandatory for all MSTM options. The common core consists of the following courses:

  • ITEC 6000 - Statistical Applications in Technology Management
  • ITEC 6011 - Technological Ethics, Diversity, and Leadership
  • ITEC 6060 - Research Methods in Technology
  • ITEC 6200 - Technology Project Management
  • ITEC 6406 - Capital Project and Cost Analysis for Technology

The approved list of electives is shown below. Students will choose electives according to the option selected to make up the required number of semester hours:

  • IDIS 6515 - Logistical Security and Safety Management
  • IDIS 6525 - Transportation Logistics Management
  • IDIS 6535 - Supply Chain Logistics Management
  • IDIS 6545 - Global Logistics Management
  • ITEC 6003 - Production Planning and Inventory Management
  • ITEC 6005 - Lean Enterprise
  • ITEC 6110 - Quality Planning and Analysis
  • ITEC 6112 - Design of Experiments for Products and Processes
  • ITEC 6407 - Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Automation
  • ITEC 6903 - Special Topics in Technology
  • SAFT 6250 - Occupational Ergonomics
  • SAFT 6402 - Applied Safety Management

Find out more about the program and courses offered with the one page flyer.

Careers with this Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Technology Manager
  • Industrial Sales Manager
  • Distribution Center/Branch Manager
  • Fleet Manager
  • Scheduling and Planning Manager
  • Transportation Broker
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Application Engineer/Manager
  • Industrial Engineer/Manager
  • Project Engineer/Manager
  • Quality Assurance Manager

Career Opportunities

Valuable sources of information in career exploration provide students and/or parents with specific information on majors and employment information. Two websites provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.