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Master of Science in 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.

Program Mission

The mission of the MS degree program in Technology Management at East Carolina University is to provide an advanced technology education geared toward the needs of our rapidly-changing global economy. The program aims to instill advanced problem-solving skills and technological decision making capabilities in our learners through analytical thinking, applied research, technology development, and productivity improvement.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MSTM program, students will be able to demonstrate:

1.     Ability to apply knowledge tools, techniques, and skills in the field of Technology Management, which include applying statistical principles to managing technology, project management, capital and cost analysis, research methods in technology, productivity improvement, resource management, supply chain effectiveness, etc.

2.     Ability to identify, analyze and solve holistic technical systems problems in Technology Management.

3.     Ability to analyze, comprehend, and foster effective leadership skills needed to develop and advance technological projects and processes in Technology Management.

4.     Ability to consider alternative solutions and communicate effectively.

5.     Ability to function effectively in a team environment as a team member and leader.

6.     Respect for diversity: Graduates will exhibit a respect for diversity and knowledge of contemporary ethics, professionalism, societal, cultural, and global dimensions in organizations.

7.     Ability to develop, plan, and conduct research projects and report the findings to professional audiences.


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.

Program Courses

The common core of 15. s. h. or 5 courses 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

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.