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Engineering Technology, M.S.

The Engineering Technology M.S. program, geared toward full-time professionals with night classes, addresses dynamic changes in business and industry. Technically competent professionals can improve their skills to help successfully transition into leadership positions in their field of expertise and into a general leadership role outside their area of technical expertise as their careers grow. Students are educated at the master’s level in core engineering technologies and the management of those technologies. The program incorporates courses covering topics common to all areas of the technology sector of industry, including Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, state-of-the-art technologies, alternative energy sources and conservation, engineering project management, applied research, and safety. A non-thesis option includes a business/industry project that must demonstrate Six Sigma methodology. Each course offers an industry component that provides real-world experience, while students also conduct applied research in several classes. Faculty members are highly experienced in their fields and have close ties to area industry.

Mechanical engineer updates skills with master’s degree

Mechanical engineer updates skills with master’s degree

Simone Howard enrolled in the Engineering Technology master’s program to return to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom of four children for 13 years. Howard, a continuous improvement engineering technician at A.O. Smith, previously earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She worked in the power generation industry for about six years in design, marketing, and project implementation after her bachelor’s degree. “I have always been fascinated by the challenges in the manufacturing environment,” Howard says. The Six Sigma and Productivity Strategies/Lean Systems classes for her MTSU Engineering Technology master’s helped her with “a vital combination of theoretical knowledge and practical applications” she uses in her job at A.O. Smith. “The program has helped me to discover my passions and to feel confident in pursuing them,” Howard says.

Grad pursues cybersecurity through computer engineering

Grad pursues cybersecurity through computer engineering

Chad Lloyd, a software architect and cybersecurity specialist for Schneider Electric, completed his third degree at MTSU with his Engineering Technology master’s specializing in computer engineering. Lloyd had a technology focus for his Recording Industry Management bachelor’s degree, when he also minored in Electronics and Computer Science. He earned his first M.S. in Computer Science and then got his foot in the door with Schneider through his Engineering Technology M.S. in 2006. “It is a perfect fit for my skill set since I work on a team that designs software to interface with mission critical hardware for power monitoring and control,” Lloyd says. “When I started at Schneider, I was able to hit the ground running.” He especially benefited from digital design and communications courses, and his passion for networking security has led him to become a Certified Ethical Hacker.

This program teaches students interpersonal, management, and engineering skills needed for success in technology-driven organizations, whether public or private. The focus on these enhanced skills reflects an increasing need in the workplace for graduate students to fast-track into engineering/technical management or high-value specialty knowledge management positions. Industry areas include manufacturing/assembly, medical, human resources/training, and service (retail, food service, etc.), as well as applied sciences. Some potential positions for degree-holders

  • Engineering and technical manager for
    • Manufacturing operations (including design, assembly, and fabrication)
    • Health care
    • Food production
    • Training/consulting
    • Government agencies 
  • Engineering designer
  • Engineering project manager for
    • Process control companies
    • Enterprise resource systems developers
    • Technology development enterprises
  • Manager for global technology companies
  • Process and product engineer for manufacturing operations
  • Safety engineers and manager for production operations

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Barrett Rifles
  • Bridgestone-Firestone
  • Calsonic North America Inc.
  • General Mills/Pillsbury
  • MAHLE Tennex Filters
  • Murfreesboro Electric Department
  • Nissan North America
  • Rich’s Products
  • Schneider Electric
  • State of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Tridon Clamps
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Veterans Administration

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering Technology includes concentrations in Engineering Technology and in Occupational Health and Safety. The Department of Engineering Technology also participates in the Engineering Management concentration of the Master of Professional Science degree. 

The Engineering Technology concentration provides students with the tools to help understand and solve problems found at the intersection of management, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Applicants must

  • take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Successful applicants typically have a quantitative score of 148+ and a verbal score of 143+.
  • submit official transcripts of all previous college work. If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-U.S.) institution, a course-by course analysis is required. Original non-U.S. transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service. 

Application deadlines: April 15, to be considered for graduate assistantships and admission in Summer or Fall; Oct. 1, for admission in the Spring. Applications are accepted late, but admission consideration is not guaranteed.

Candidates must either 1) complete and successfully defend a thesis or 2) make an oral presentation and written report on their Six Sigma project to graduate faculty at the end of the program.

Most of the courses require technical written reports and oral class presentations, while three classes require industry-related projects where certifications are earned in Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. Credits toward a certification in Project Management from the Project Management Institute (PMI) are also awarded.

Some graduates also end up with minors, with computer information systems and business among the popular ones.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate

A student majoring in Engineering Technology can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of three concentrations: Computer Engineering Technology, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, or Mechanical Engineering Technology. Other departmental majors leading to a B.S. include Environmental Sustainability and Technology and Mechatronics Engineering. Interested students may take courses in Pre-engineering.

Undergraduate minors available include Electronics, Engineering Systems, and Engineering Technology.

Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology Concentration, M.S.

Saleh Sbenaty, Program Director
(615) 898-2966
Saleh.Sbenaty@mtsu.edu

The Department of Engineering Technology offers the Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology with concentrations in Engineering Technology as well as Occupational Health and Safety and thesis and non-thesis options. The department also offers courses in the Master of Science in Professional Science concentration in Engineering Management.

Under the Engineering Technology concentration, the degree requires the student to select courses, as approved by the graduate advisor, that provide the student with a technical area of specialty. Currently, typical technical areas include manufacturing, environmental safety, computer integrated systems, electronics, machine design, and quality control. Other technical areas or a minor can be designed to meet the student's individual needs if approved by the graduate advisor.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants typically have a GRE quantitative score of 148 or higher and a verbal score of 143 or higher.

NOTE: The GRE may be waived for those students who have a GPA of at last 3.00 from the MTSU Engineering Technology undergraduate program.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

The application deadline is April 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships and admission in the Summer or Fall. October 1 is the application deadline for admission in the Spring. Applications will be accepted after these dates, but admission consideration is not guaranteed.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Engineering Technology requires 30 hours (thesis option), with at least 21 hours at the 6000 level. The non-thesis option requires 36 hours, with at least 26 hours at the 6000 level.

Students are expected to have completed 3 semester hours of an approved research tool on the undergraduate or graduate level. Students not meeting this requirement will be expected to complete it as part of their program of study.

Students in the thesis option must complete and successfully defend a thesis (3 hours).

Students following the non-thesis option must successfully complete the research project within the required ET 6190 Six Sigma course, complete a report on the project, and present the results.

Curriculum: Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology

 Candidate must complete 30 (thesis option) or 36 (non-thesis option) hours in the following course of study:

Thesis Option (30 hours)

 

Core Courses (18 hours)

 

  • ET 6010 - Safety Planning  3 credit hours  

    ET 6010 - Safety Planning

    3 credit hours

    Advanced study of planning in occupational safety and health management, including program planning and development methods and techniques as well as various systems approaches to hazard control.

  • ET 6190 - Six Sigma  3 credit hours  

    ET 6190 - Six Sigma

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1530 or equivalent or consent of instructor. The Six Sigma methodology is defined as a comprehensive and flexible system for achieving, sustaining, and maximizing business success. Through class instruction, simulations, and hands-on projects, students will be able to identify and focus on customers' critical-to-quality (CTQ) characteristics and solve problems using the define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) process and its associated tools. A Green Belt certification will be awarded upon successful completion of an industry/business Green Belt project.

  • ET 6300 - PMI Project Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Project management processes and knowledge areas as sanctioned by the International Project Management Institute (PMI). Successful completion of the course will earn 23 contact hours/professional development units (PDUs) issued by PMI.

  • ET 6390 - Productivity Strategies/Lean Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and ET 3910 or consent of instructor. Topics include the human element (supervisory and teamwork skills), the theoretical aspect (laws and science covering service and production systems), and the practical aspect (tools for lean operational systems implementation). Theoretical and practical methods needed to complete a required industry/business project and obtain a certification in Lean Manufacturing.

  • ET 6620 - Methods of Research

    3 credit hours

    Introduces Master of Science students to scholarly research principles and to thesis formats for research reporting. A problem is researched and written up in thesis proposal format.

  • ET 6710 - Current and Future Trends in Engineering and Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. The latest advancements and practices in various engineering and technology fields. Selected topics may include computers and electronics, networking and telecommunication, instrumentation, lasers, automation and robotics, manufacturing and rapid prototyping, bioengineering and biotechnology, and renewable energy sources. Takes a student-centered, hands-on learning approach and focuses on understanding new technologies and how technology is used in the industry. Research projects will provide appropriate experience and accommodate individual's interest.

Concentration Courses (9 hours)

 

  • ET 6720 - Innovative and Renewable Energy Sources and Technologies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. In-depth coverage of current and future renewable energy sources and energy conversion technologies and efficiency and storage technologies. Environmental, economic, and security impacts are covered.

  • Advisor-approved electives (can include thesis research hours) 6 credit hours

Thesis Course (3 hours)

 

  • ET 6640 - Thesis Research  1 to 6 credit hours  (3 credit hours) 

    ET 6640 - Thesis Research

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ET 6620. Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion. S/U grading.

Non-thesis Option (36 hours)

 

Core Courses (18 hours)

 

  • ET 6010 - Safety Planning  3 credit hours  

    ET 6010 - Safety Planning

    3 credit hours

    Advanced study of planning in occupational safety and health management, including program planning and development methods and techniques as well as various systems approaches to hazard control.

  • ET 6190 - Six Sigma  3 credit hours  

    ET 6190 - Six Sigma

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1530 or equivalent or consent of instructor. The Six Sigma methodology is defined as a comprehensive and flexible system for achieving, sustaining, and maximizing business success. Through class instruction, simulations, and hands-on projects, students will be able to identify and focus on customers' critical-to-quality (CTQ) characteristics and solve problems using the define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) process and its associated tools. A Green Belt certification will be awarded upon successful completion of an industry/business Green Belt project.

  • ET 6300 - PMI Project Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Project management processes and knowledge areas as sanctioned by the International Project Management Institute (PMI). Successful completion of the course will earn 23 contact hours/professional development units (PDUs) issued by PMI.

  • ET 6390 - Productivity Strategies/Lean Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and ET 3910 or consent of instructor. Topics include the human element (supervisory and teamwork skills), the theoretical aspect (laws and science covering service and production systems), and the practical aspect (tools for lean operational systems implementation). Theoretical and practical methods needed to complete a required industry/business project and obtain a certification in Lean Manufacturing.

  • ET 6620 - Methods of Research

    3 credit hours

    Introduces Master of Science students to scholarly research principles and to thesis formats for research reporting. A problem is researched and written up in thesis proposal format.

  • ET 6710 - Current and Future Trends in Engineering and Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. The latest advancements and practices in various engineering and technology fields. Selected topics may include computers and electronics, networking and telecommunication, instrumentation, lasers, automation and robotics, manufacturing and rapid prototyping, bioengineering and biotechnology, and renewable energy sources. Takes a student-centered, hands-on learning approach and focuses on understanding new technologies and how technology is used in the industry. Research projects will provide appropriate experience and accommodate individual's interest.

Concentration Course (3 hours)

  • ET 6720 - Innovative and Renewable Energy Sources and Technologies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. In-depth coverage of current and future renewable energy sources and energy conversion technologies and efficiency and storage technologies. Environmental, economic, and security impacts are covered.

Advisor-Approved Electives (15 hours)

  • Electives-Complete 15 semester hours from approved courses (could include a minor).

NOTE: The program may include a cognate in management and marketing, computer science, economics, computer information systems, or psychology.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the student intends to graduate.

Contact and Student Information

Carol Boraiko, Program Director
carol.boraiko@mtsu.edu
615‐898‐2106

Carol Boraiko, Program Director
carol.boraiko@mtsu.edu
615‐898‐2106

Engineering Technology M.S. program
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MTSU Box 19
Murfreesboro, TN 37132 

College of Graduate Studies
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1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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