Plan of Study

Below is a typical plan of study for the MS in Technology Leadership and Innovation with an area of interest in Industrial Technology. Some classes may change when you enter the program-we're always evaluating and updating our curriculum to make sure it's relevant for you.

Semester 1 (fall)

  • Analysis of Research in Industry & Technology: Analysis of research and evaluation of research reports. Emphasis on understanding the application of fundamental statistical methods in design and interpretation of research findings in industrial, technical and human resource development environments. (3 credits)
  • AIDC for Enterprise: An information technology study of methods to build both a managerial and technical understanding of automatic data collection with comprehension in project design, evaluation and implementation. (3 credits)
  • Research & Writing for Business & Industry: A study of academic research and writing practices using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and the Purdue research databases. (1 credit)
  • Finance for Non-Financial Mangers: Provides a basic understanding of key financial terms and calculations such as NPV, cash flow, inflation, rate of return, currency, etc. for use in understanding financial information, making good economic decisions and project analysis. (1 credit)

Semester 2 (spring)

  • Problems in Business & Industry: An advanced study of academic research and writing practices using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and the Purdue research databases. Students will demonstrate proficiency by writing a detailed academic research proposal. (1 credit)
  • Seminar in Technology: Overview of a current issue in technology. The course will introduce aspects of U.S. and international standards processes. Guest speakers from industry standards development organizations will participate in the class to give students real-world examples of standardization issues. (1 credit)
  • Project Management in Industry & Technology: The factors influencing decisions during the initiation, implementation and termination of industrial and manufacturing projects are examined. Students work as project teams, using project management tools to develop implementation strategies. (3 credits)
  • Quality & Productivity in Industry & Technology: Examines the contemporary issues of continuous improvement in quality and productivity in manufacturing and service industries. Includes a close examination of the evolving philosophies bearing on the scope, improvement and costs of quality assurance programs in industry and technology. (3 credits)

Semester 3 (fall)

  • Interpersonal & Group Skills for Leaders: Developing and improving interpersonal and group dynamic skills for effective leadership in organizations. Emphasis on action learning and real-world application skills. (3 credits)
  • Measurement & Evaluation in Industry & Technology: An introduction to measurement strategies in industrial, technical and human resource development environments. The evaluation of measurement outcomes will be the primary focus of the course. (3 credits)
  • Design of Experiments: Study of general topics on design of experiments, as they relate to industrial and applied technology. (3 credits)

Semester 4 (spring)

  • Directed MS Project: A formal investigation of a particular problem under the guidance of the advisory committee. (2 credits)
  • Leadership & Ethics: One of the most important challenges of this century is the crisis in ethical leadership and decision making. Ethics involves a social conscience-through the case method, students will explore the issues surrounding ethics in business, industry and technology. (3 credits)
  • Strategic Planning & Marketing in Technology: Examines concepts, models and methods useful for developing strategic initiatives in industrial business environments. Focuses on planning concepts, including industry structure, strategic mission, organizational structures, competitor analysis and technological forecasting magnitude. (3 credits)