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What is a Master of Science in Technology Management?
The Master of Science in Technology Management degree from the Forbes School of Business and Technology® at the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC) provides you with skills required for employment in fields that leverage the full potential of technology and organizational resources in a managerial role to achieve business objectives. You will study managerial skills required to successfully deploy technology to improve decision-making, enhance operational efficiencies, prepare policies and action plans, and promote new products and services resulting in organizational profitability.
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The core curriculum for the Master of Science in Technology Management covers the management essentials needed to make technology decisions that solve business problems in an organization. Coursework includes strategy, governance, organizational management, and the role of technology in specific fields. In this technology management program, you’ll explore business essentials such as project planning, operations management, procurement, statistics, financial accounting, and business ethics. You will also select three elective courses that will add further focus to your degree program.
This course is designed to introduce the student to Graduate Business programs, with emphases upon conceptualizing communication and communication processes in the context of organizations, management and career. Emphasis will be on technology, theories and models, qualitative communication research and presentations.
This course is a study of how the firm’s management captures and uses financial information for reporting and analysis to both internal and external stakeholders. Various course topics include the accounting cycle, sources of the information contained in financial statements, time value of money, ratio analysis, the preparation and analysis of income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flows.
This course introduces students to the art and science of project management as applied to different types of project situations. Topics such as project life-cycle management, project organizations and leadership, project team building, RFPs, proposals and contracts, techniques for project scope definition, work definition, estimating, scheduling, risk management, control and closeout, the project management methodology, and PM software are covered.
This course focuses on the principles associated with the effective design, implementation and management of organizational processes and systems. With an emphasis on efficiency, course coverage includes: systems design for products and services, inventory management systems, distribution and supply chain management.
This course demonstrates how to apply selected statistical techniques to a wide variety of problems and situations arising in the areas of business, economics, finance, management, social science, health, psychology, and education. Topics include graphical description of data; measures of location and dispersion; probability; discrete and continuous random variables; sampling distributions and estimation; confidence intervals and hypothesis tests; simple linear regression and correlation.
This course analyzes organizational, professional and personal ethics and creates a framework for exploring the social responsibilities of managers and organizational leaders. Various methodologies will be used to explore ways to encourage ethical development and moral behavior within organizational culture and to resolve business ethical issues and dilemmas.
This course focuses on the strategic alliances among business, technology, and organizational design. Students will learn how to plan technology architecture in support of a business strategy. The course addresses the effect of technology on privacy and ethics, the nature of work force, and the issues in managing remote and virtual teams. Security strategy and effective policies and training for protecting corporate assets are covered. Students will also be introduced to IT governance frameworks such as COBIT, ISO, and ITIL in this course. Prerequisite: BUS 600.
This course focuses on the key role that technology managers play in supporting the growth and daily operations of an organization. Students will examine the required leadership skills to succeed in a culture of innovation along with achieving operational excellence at the CIO level. The course covers the business opportunities provided by the convergence of big data, networks, social media, and the advanced analytics for the growth and competitive advantage of an organization. Students will learn the skills for managing human and technological resources and make choices with long-term benefits for the company. Prerequisite: BUS 600
This final course will integrate and apply the core concepts acquired throughout the program. Evaluation will be focused on the quality of students’ applied research and problem-solving skills, technical and business content assessment, project management and implementation methods, and professionalism in writing and presentation documents. Students will develop a strategic and tactical plan to solve a given business problem leveraging technology. Prerequisites: completion of all MSTM core required courses.
Students will select 3 courses from this list, for a total of 9 credits:
This course emphasizes a hands-on approach to using project management knowledge areas to facilitate scheduling, estimating, tracking and controlling the schedule and costs of the project. A project baseline will be set so that actual schedule and cost variances can be compared to the project baseline and corrective actions can be developed to address the variances. In this course students will learn about the legal, ethical, and fiscal considerations in procurement and contracts. Students will examine ways of identifying, evaluating and mitigating risk in scheduling, cost control, contracting and procurement.
This course examines the use of quantitative techniques business decision-making. Using spreadsheet software, the course addresses managerial problem solving through the use descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression (single and multiple) analysis. This course also provides a graduate foundation for conducting business research. Topic coverage includes: research methodology, literature review, hypothesis generation, data collection and summary techniques. Additional coverage includes study of qualitative and quantitative data as well as reviewing conceptual versus empirical research studies. Prerequisite: MAT 540 or equivalent.
This course provides an in-depth examination of the multi-faceted concept of leadership studies by presenting the student with the vocabulary, concepts, theories, and applicable research that are fundamental to the understanding of leadership. The course examines contemporary and historical leadership issues, moral and ethical responsibilities of leadership, and leadership in a variety of contexts. Leadership as a social and political influence process is examined.
This course blends theories of leadership with concepts and models of organizational change. The change process consists of a series of steps that focuses on vision, implementation, change agents, and other internal and external components. The course provides insight into types of changes that impact organizations and possible strategies to effectively address those changes.
This course introduces the fundamentals of computer systems, the role of information processing in the business environment, and provides a basic overview of essential computer software. The course also provides an overview of systems development, operating systems and programming, database management, networking, and telecommunications all from a management perspective.
This course addresses the business systems analysis function and purpose within organizations. Students will learn to elicit, analyze and validate business and user requirements. Topics include information systems solutions planning, requirements gathering, logical system diagrams, developing information systems solutions to address business problems, and business information systems analysis methods.
This course provides students with a foundation for applying appropriate techniques when managing software development projects. Focus is placed on managing Agile development projects and using Agile development methodologies. The importance of team management, changing goals and priorities, knowledge management ideals, and alignment with organizational goals is presented. Students complete a group project, through which they apply leadership principles to a mock software development project. Prerequisites: OMM 622 and ISM 641
Business Intelligence uses technology to transform and analyze data into presentable information for decision-making. Strategic planning is essential for sustainability and business intelligence tools help leaders make the decisions that will positively impact the bottom line.
This course applies health care data in real-world contexts. Factors such as service line identification, program planning, implementation models and outcome monitoring are covered.
This course focuses upon the visioning and modeling of services and programs, both anticipatory and responsive, utilizing market-driven information. Students integrate theories from economics, information management, finance and leadership, culminating in the generation of a comprehensive business plan.
* Students who waive MAT 540, and BUS 591 are required to take 30 total program credits in order to meet graduation requirements.
^ This course must be taken last in the program.
To be awarded the Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) degree, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework. Students are required to complete the nine core courses; each course is equivalent to three credit hours. Students must also select and complete three of the elective courses. Each elective course is three credit hours.
Students who submit official transcripts indicating that they have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Business, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or Economics or have successfully completed undergraduate coursework in Accounting or Finance with a grade of “C” or higher, or graduate coursework in Accounting or Finance with a grade of “B” or higher will be exempt from the requirement to take BUS 591 Financial Accounting & Analysis.
Students who have successfully completed undergraduate coursework in Statistics, Business Statistics, or Quantitative Methods with a grade of “C” or higher or graduate coursework in Statistics, Business Statistics, or Quantitative Methods with a grade of “B” or higher will be exempt from the requirement to take MAT 540 Statistical Concepts for Research. Students are responsible for notifying the University if they believe they have met these requirements through previous college coursework during the application process and are responsible for submitting official transcripts for verification.
Students who waive MAT 540, and BUS 591 are required to take 30 total program credits in order to meet graduation requirements.
Students entering the MSTM program will have a bachelor’s degree from an approved accredited institution. It is strongly preferred that the undergraduate degree be in a science, technology, or engineering discipline. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in other disciplines may request a waiver from the Dean of the Forbes School of Business and Technology® by providing satisfactory evidence that documents prior practical work experience equivalent to the knowledge found in a preferred program.
Successful completion of this program by itself does not provide licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. The University of Arizona Global Campus does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate's application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification.
Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Technology Management program must meet the following admission requirements prior to the start of the first course at the University of Arizona Global Campus:
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree or post-graduate degree in science, technology, or engineering from an approved accredited college or university with minimum GPA of 2.0.*
*Unofficial or official transcripts from the institution(s) that awarded your bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or other fields must be submitted with the application for admission. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in fields other than science, technology, or engineering that can document prior technical work experience equivalent to the knowledge may request a waiver.
Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.
While the University of Arizona Global Campus does not collect applicant criminal background, certain criminal histories may prevent students from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in their chosen field of study.
Careers in Technology Management
When you complete your Master of Science in Technology Management degree program, you’ll be prepared for Technology leadership roles based on prior work experience and undergraduate field of study. Some of the careers you may choose to pursue include:
- Data Processing Manager
- Engineering Manager
- Information Systems Director
- Information Systems Manager
- Operations Director
- Operations Manager
- Production Manager
- Information Technology Manager
- Information Technology Project Manager
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*Residents of California are only eligible to receive up to six (6) credits due to state regulations.