The Master of Technology (MTEC) degree requires all students to complete a minimum of 33 graduate credit hours. Of the 33 graduate credit hours, at least 18 of those hours must be at the 60000 level, and at least 21 hours must be taken in the courses offered by the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (course name prefix AERN or TECH).
The Master of Technology degree offers a curriculum that provides students with advanced technical and management knowledge and skills that meet the needs of the technical workforce in industry and business. The program allows students flexibility in course selection to meet the diverse demands of careers in rapidly-changing fields in business, engineering, and technology.
The program offers coursework in a variety of areas, including aeronautics/aviation, applied technology, computer engineering technology, computer technology, construction management, engineering and technology management, manufacturing systems/mechanical engineering technology/mechatronics, quality systems and radiation processing.
Fully offered at:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university1 for unconditional admissions.
- Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale1 for unconditional admissions.
- Official transcript(s).
- Goal statement (one page) describing the applicant's background, interests, and goals and how this program will help to achieve those goals.
- Three letters of recommendation2.
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 77 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
- Minimum 58 PTE score
An admissions committee of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering graduate faculty review all applications. Admission will be considered by examination of the applicant’s background on an individual basis. Applicants with deficiencies may be admitted conditionally, which may include a requirement for completion of appropriate undergraduate coursework that will not count toward the master’s degree.
1Applicants with an undergraduate degree in an approved science or technology-related discipline, and who have a minimum composite undergraduate 3.000 GPA, will be admitted unconditionally. In exceptional cases, an applicant without a technical degree or with a composite GPA below 3.000 may be admitted, conditionally or unconditionally, based on strong letters of recommendation or significant experience related to the intended area of study. These applicants should submit any additional information that may assist the admissions committee in assessing their academic, technical or professional background and abilities. The additional information may include a résumé or professional portfolio summarizing any relevant technical competencies, professional experience, and any academic and professional achievements in areas related to the applicant's intended studies.
2The letters should come from an individual familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional background and abilities. The letters should attest to the applicant’s potential to complete graduate work successfully. Letters of recommendation from persons who are experienced professionals in the applicant’s intended field of study or in a closely related area are acceptable. Recommendations from former or current professors are preferred.
Programme Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Apply engineering and technology management principles and practices.
- Demonstrate knowledge of planning, organizing, decision-making, and management of technology and complex systems.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply problem-solving and creative thinking skills in technical and interdisciplinary settings.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principles, practices, and application of personal and professional ethics and conduct that arise in business, engineering and applied technology environments.
- Understand and apply research methods, research development, research analysis and research implementation in engineering and technology-related areas.
- Demonstrate knowledge and research design, statistical analysis and the development and implementation of applied engineering and technology in various engineering, science, and technology venues.
All graduate students are required to complete four core courses in the Master of Technology degree program:
- TECH 57010 Ethics, Technology and the Environment
- TECH 60000 Project Management
- TECH 60001 Quantitative Methods in Technology
- TECH 60078 Research Methods in Technology
A maximum of 4 semester credit hours earned in graduate workshops may be applied toward degree requirements.
A maximum of 9 graduate credits from Individual Investigations may be applied toward degree requirements.
A maximum of 12 semester credit hours may be accepted as transfer credits and applied toward degree requirements.
Students are required to select the thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option, recommended for students interested in research and development, allows students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of a narrowly-defined technical area of interest. The non-thesis option is suggested for students who seek a more general curriculum of advanced technical coursework. Those students who choose the thesis option must successfully complete TECH 61199 - Thesis 1 for a total of 6 credit hours.
Students have a unique opportunity to focus their coursework in specialized areas of interest such as:
- Applied Technology
- Computer Engineering Technology
- Computer Technology
- Construction Management
- Engineering and Technology Management
- Manufacturing Systems/Mechanical Engineering Technology/Mechatronics
- Quality Systems
- Radiation Processing
- Sustainable Systems
The greatest strength of the master’s program is its flexibility, which allows students to complete many graduate-level courses via the internet and video conferencing technology. Plans are underway to offer even more distance learning courses in order to meet the needs of today’s non-traditional students. Given the rapidly changing technologies in every field and the diverse needs of emerging careers and industries, that flexibility has been important to continue to meet the needs of northeast Ohio
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for students in the MTEC program. In addition to regular coursework, graduate assistants are given teaching and/or research assignments. There are also opportunities for graduate students to collaborate with faculty and researchers on various research and development projects.
Graduate Faculty Advisors
Graduate Students are assigned designated graduate faculty advisors. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with the graduate faculty to tailor an individualized program of study, in addition to the core requirements, that suits their unique professional and educational goals.