Plan of Study

Below is a typical plan of study for the MS in Technology with an area of interest in Leadership. 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)

  • Research Methods: In-depth examination of qualitative methods and frameworks used in technology research. Students learn by application a variety of methods from the qualitative research toolbox such as interviewing, focus groups, observation and experience analysis. This course prepares students to plan, pilot and assess an original qualitative research study. (3 credits)
  • Leading Teams: Team success is dependent on effective leadership. This course will focus on leadership processes both internal and external and the leadership functions that help teams satisfy their critical needs and regulate their behavior through goal accomplishment. (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)
  • Portfolio Development: Provides introduction, guidance and instruction on the development of the program portfolio. Writing, content and process are covered. (1 credit)

Semester 2 (spring)

  • Interpersonal Skills for Leaders: Developing and improving interpersonal and group dynamic skills for effective leadership in organizations. Emphasis on action learning and real-world application of skills. (3 credits)
  • 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)
  • Human Capital Management: An examination of current topics and issues in global human capital management. Emphasis on creating organizational strategic advantages within the leadership to workforce interface. (2 credits)
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers: 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 3 (fall)

  • World-Class Leadership: The theoretical foundations and empirical research associated with emerging strategies and theories in world-class leadership. The structure of the course will be fourfold: discovery of critical leadership skills and behaviors through critical review of what leaders do, discovery of critical leadership strategies—rethinking the sources of leadership, researching situations and world-class leadership as it flourishes, and self-analysis and discovery of leadership strengths and weaknesses as measured against the skills and behaviors studied. (3 credits)
  • Technology Innovation: This course looks at the Technology Innovation Process (but the tools could be applied to any type of new product or process development) and covers the research, development, management and commercialization of new technology. (3 credits)
  • Ethics, Policy & Law for Leaders: 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. (2 credits)

Semester 4 (spring)

  • Organizational Development & Change: This course explores issues in leadership and organizational change. Included are change theories, utilizing resistance to change, contemporary approaches to change, the future workplace and researching best practices in organizational change. (3 credits)
  • Technology in a Global Environment: Introduction to the challenges faced by the practicing technologist when working and interacting with international technical personnel, both here and abroad, including history, standards, education and practice of technology outside the United States. (3 credits)
  • Portfolio Project: Writing and development of a portfolio that includes the key projects, papers, research and experiences from the MS program. A specific theme of the key leadership area focused on during your degree program threads the document. Presentation of the portfolio is included in the class. (2 credits)