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The Value of an Applied Masters in Technology Management

Dr. David M. Hildebrandt, PhD
Full Professor, Lead Technology Management Programs, School of Technology

In April, the School of Technology completed a major revision in our Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM). Building on the success of the previous degree, we looked at areas where we could improve, to ensure students received a quality education—an education that was steeped in best practices.

Our goal was to revise the MS Technology Management (MSTM)program with real-world examples, and assignments that focused on the application of what they are learning. We developed the MSTM program for mid to senior level managers in mind. The over-arching goal was to create robust MSTM program with focus on mastery of best practices. With this approach, each course uses scenario-based assignments.

The power of scenario-based learning comes from students putting themselves into the role of a mid-level technology manager working to solve issues in the workplace. We do not just have students learn about cybersecurity and then write a paper regurgitating what they read. We ask students to solve problems, think about how to apply cybersecurity best practices. Powerful learning happens with scenario-based earning.

The MSTM program has six-core courses that provide the skills and knowledge that all technology managers need to know. The core courses cover:

  • Principles of Information Technology for IT Managers
  • Management and Governance in Technology
  • Finance and Planning in Technology
  • Technical Communication
  • Project Management for IT Professionals
  • Strategic Management of Technology

We also have six specializations that allow students to focus on:

  • Asset Management
  • Cybersecurity Management
  • Data Science Management
  • General Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Project and Program Management

Choosing a graduate school is a big decision. Feel free to contact our advising team to see if the MSTM program is right for you.

You can learn more about the MSTM program by going to