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The basic break-up of coursework required for the Masters program in Industrial Technology is shown below.

Courses Units
Core 15
Electives 12
Culminating Experience 3
Total 30


Core Courses

  • IT 223 Management of New Technology - Study of the developmental history of technology and its impact on people and their institutions. Topics focus on the consequences of rapid technological change as it relates to education and train ing, energy demands, and environmental concerns.
  • IT 280 Research Methodology - Seminar in research procedures in industrial education and technology; basic bibliography, research form and methods.
  • IT 282 Advanced Communication Concepts and Visual Presentations - Preparation and use of agendas, memoranda, business letters, electronic mail, fax communications. Video development and slide and transparency preparation and the incorporation of these media into presentations. Interview techniques, resume evaluations, dictation skills, professional relations with personnel, business etiquette.
  • IT 283 Advanced Materials and Processes - Chemical and physical properties of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. The atomic structure and phases of matter emphasizing crystalline and amorphous solids. Materials technology of metallic, polymeric, ceramic, and advanced composites are stressed.
  • IT 285 Advanced Manufacturing Systems - A comprehensive study of modern manufacturing systems. Topics include plant layout, material control and transfer, operations measurement, transfer lines, CNC and DNC, machine tool network, computer-integrated manufacturing, flexible manufacturing systems, group technology, robotics, and manual assembly systems.

Please check the University Catalog for latest descriptions.


Of the 12 units of electives, atleast 3 units have to be 200-level courses. Some of the 200-levels currently being offered by the department are

  • IT 284T Topics in Industrial Technology - Advanced study in technical areas; current industrial practices, developments and trends related to design, materials, and processes.
  • IT 286 Applied Spatial Technology - Survey of geo-spatial technologies, e.g. geographical information system and global positioning system. Applications of GIS/GPS, remote sensing, imaging technology, and geo-database in fields of logistics, agriculture, and business. Spatial information management for precision agriculture, agriculture business, food system, and public policy.

The remaining 9 units of electives can be 100-level electives. These must be determined in consulation with the Graduate Coordinator.

Culminating Experience

  • IT 298 Project - Completion of an approved project appropriate to the candidate's area of specialization involving the development of a physical prototype or other similar professional problem-solving activity with extensive written documentation.
  • IT 299 Thesis - Preparation, completion, and submission of an acceptable thesis for the masters degree.

For additional criteria on Projects and Thesis, please check Criteria for Thesis and Project.