FAQ’s about the ETM Program
Below are the most frequently asked questions of incoming and current students. Click on any question in the list below and you will be redirected to the answer.
Prospective Student Questions
Current Student Questions
Answers to Prospective Student Questions
What background is required for admission into the program?
Students in the ETM program should be able to apply their analytical and scientific experience in science and technology with coursework in management, strategy and operations research. Therefore a BS degree in engineering or an applied science is preferred.
Do I have to submit GRE or GMAT scores to apply?
Applicants who have not graduated from Mines in the past five years (undergraduate or graduate) will be required to submit either GRE or GMAT scores with their application. Mines students who have graduated in the past five years do not need to submit GRE or GMAT scores, unless requested by the ETM Admissions Committee.
For what job opportunities will the ETM degree prepare me?
Graduates with a MS degree in Engineering and Technology Management are prepared for numerous categories of positions in a cross-section of industries. Among those are engineering management support, investment analyst, operations research analyst, risk management, various consultant positions, project management, financial analyst, technology entrepreneurs, etc.
Can I be enrolled in the ETM program as a Mines undergraduate and a graduate student?
You may apply and be accepted into the ETM Master’s program as a Mines undergraduate student as early as your junior year. If you are accepted into the graduate program, you may also begin taking ETM graduate courses as an undergraduate with senior status, but the courses MAY NOT count towards your undergraduate graduation requirements. When registering for these graduate level courses be sure to indicate on the Registration Action Form that the courses will count toward your graduate degree.
May I count any of the undergraduate courses towards my ETM graduate degree?
Now that the ETM program is 30 credits, students are not able to count any credits used for their undergraduate degree towards the ETM program.
Can I receive the ETM degree before completing my undergraduate studies?
No. As stated above, you may begin taking ETM master’s courses, but they must not count towards your undergraduate degree. In fact, the Office of Graduate Studies requires students to complete their undergraduate degree one semester prior to earning a graduate degree.
What is the approximate length of the program?
The ETM program consists of 30 hours of course credit. The faculty recommends enrolling in 15 hours (five courses) each semester. Most students complete the program in just two semesters. Some students enroll in the ETM program with the support of their employer while working, and may choose to take only one to two courses per semester.
Can I take ETM courses in the evening while working full time?
The ETM program is not designed as an evening part-time program. Almost all of the courses are scheduled during the day, typically Monday through Thursday. Students who take the ETM program while working will need to arrange to be in class during the day. This generally requires flexibility from your employer.
Answers to Current Student Questions
I entered the program with a deficiency, but I still want to graduate on time. How do I register for more than 12 hours in a semester?
Nine graduate credit hours are considered to be a full course load. Fifteen credit hours is the absolute maximum number of credit hours that may be taken during the fall and spring semesters; this rule is enforced by the ETM Committee.
Answers to Curriculum Questions
What are the course requirements?
To earn a non-thesis MS in Engineering and Technology Management, students must complete five core courses (15 semester hours), and five courses (15 credit hours) of ETM electives. See the ETM Advising Sheet for more information.
What is the recommended course sequence?
It is recommended that students enroll in all core courses offered each semester. If you plan to enroll part-time, please see your advisor for recommendations. The Capstone course (EBGN 585) is to be taken only in your final semester.
Are there any “areas of specialization” in the program?
No. There are no formal areas of specialization. Students may select from a range of ETM courses to complete the elective course requirement. More information is available from the ETM Advising Sheet.
May I choose a Thesis option?
Yes, the thesis option is available. Master’s Thesis students will complete the core courses and select nine hours of ETM elective courses, and complete a Masters-level thesis, the equivalent of six additional credit hours, under the supervision of a division faculty member. It is common practice to not admit students into the thesis-based program until their second semester or later. Contact your program advisor for more details.
Where can I find the Graduation Checklist?
See the Office of Graduate Studies web page for this information.