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2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Systems Technology, MS


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The Master of Science in Systems Technology is geared toward professionals in the field of Technology and Engineering engaged in developing systems to meet required specifications. The objective of the program is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and cutting-edge tools to develop solutions to complex systems problems in a diversity of industries. The Master of Science in Systems Technology is administered through the Department of Engineering Technology within the College of Engineering.

Systems Technology utilizes broad-based mechanisms to address the analyses of goals and requirements needed to solve highly complex problems pertaining to both the economic and technical challenges of a total system. Systems Technology also addresses issues relating to the complete problem, often viewed as design-life issues, such as system implementation, operation, costs, design-life performance, personnel implications, and systems cost-benefit maturation.

Program and Course Delivery


The Master of Science degree program in Systems Technology is designed for working professionals. The program offers two delivery modes allowing students to pursue the degree either via online courses for a 100% online program or with course delivery that includes both online courses and courses offered in a face-to-face, on-campus format.

At the time of application, applicants are required to identify the mode of delivery that they intend to pursue. Flat-rate tuition will be assessed to students pursing this degree via 100% online delivery; students pursing the degree with face-to-face, on-campus courses will be assessed graduate tuition and fees rates plus applicable distance learning course fees. Change of delivery mode may be considered with approval of the Graduate Coordinator and Dean of the Graduate School and, if approved, cannot be applied retroactively.

Application and Prerequisite Requirements


In addition to the general application and admission requirements of the Graduate School, admission requires a degree from an accredited institution in technology, engineering technology, engineering, or a closely aligned program. Applicants without this background may be considered; however, leveling courses will be required to ensure an acceptable knowledge base. Required leveling courses will be determined by the departmental Graduate Affairs Committee on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the Department Head of Engineering Technology and communicated to the Graduate School at the time of admission.

Degree and Course Requirements


The Master of Science in Systems Technology requires completion of 30 graduate credit hours as follows:

Elective Coursework


  • ENGT courses at 400G level
  • ENGR courses 400G, 500, and 600 levels
  • STEC courses 500 level
  • Directed independent study courses
  • Up to 9 hours of coursework outside of the College of Engineering

Thesis Track


Students pursuing the thesis track must complete 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 hours of STEC 599 . Of the 24 credit hours of coursework, 15 credit hours are any combination of the required coursework. The remaining 9 credit hours of coursework consist of approved elective courses. A maximum of 3 credit hours may be applied from directed independent study courses. No more than 6 credit hours may be applied from courses below the 500-level. All courses must be approved by the committee chair, department graduate coordinator, and department head.

Project Option


Students pursuing the project option must complete 27 credit hours of coursework and 3 credit hours of STEC 594 . Of the 27 credit hours of coursework, 15 credit hours are any combination of the required coursework. The remaining 12 credit hours of coursework consist of approved elective courses. A maximum of 3 credit hours may be applied from directed independent study courses. No more than 6 credit hours may be applied from courses below the 500-level. All courses must be approved by the committee chair, department graduate coordinator, and department head.

Comprehensive Requirement


All master’s degree candidates are required to demonstrate a general, comprehensive knowledge of a field of study. The defense of thesis or project constitutes the final examination for the degree and, as such, requires that the student demonstrate a general, comprehensive knowledge of the field of study.

Graduate Assistantships


A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis and may take the form of tuition waivers or stipends and tuition waivers. Students receiving a tuition waiver only are required to put in 10 hours a week of service to the department (grading, assisting in laboratories, monitoring computer laboratories, etc.). Students receiving stipends and tuition waivers are required to put in 20 hours of service to the department. Graduate students supported by individual faculty members on research grants are expected to work on a funded project.

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