This Master of Science in Technology Studies (MS-TC) degree program prepares students for promotions and managerial, administrative, or consulting positions with technology-based organizations addressing the social, political, moral, and economic effects of technology. The program offers flexibility that enables students to design their programs of study to meet specific education and employment objectives.
Students will acquire knowledge related to:
- Central concepts and issues related to the study of technology and society;
- Significant technical developments and their effects on individuals, societies, the environment, and the workplace;
- The integration of information from various sources and disciplines to solve sociotechnical problems; and
- Major tools and methodologies for assessing technology’s impact on society.
The MS-TC program promotes flexibility, enabling students to design more than one-half of the program, to suit specific education and employment objectives. Working students can pursue a degree either full-time or part-time, with all core courses offered in multiple formats, including evening, hybrid, and online.
Admit Terms and Deadlines
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students may start the program in the Summer, Fall, or Winter. See Application Deadlines.
Minimum Graduate School Requirements
For full admission, applicants must have 1) Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution, 2) a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program. Conditional admission may be available to applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements.
Applicants must also meet the following program requirements. Requirements may be more stringent than the minimum graduate school requirements.
- Submit two letters of recommendation
A program planning interview with an advisor is recommended upon admission.
Your application will be submitted using GradCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) hosted by Liaison. After reviewing the admission requirements, please review the application instructions and select the appropriate application.
Domestic Applicants Domestic applicants are required to submit only the transcript from the institution granting their bachelor’s degree if either of the following criteria is met: 1) Lists 30 or more credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0 or over OR 2) Lists 60 or more credit hours with an overall GPA between 2.7 and 2.99. Within the application, follow the instructions to submit an official transcript. The University may ask applicants to submit additional transcripts after applying.
International Applicants Before applying, applicants must review the international application/process deadlines at emich.edu/international as they may differ from general program requirements.
For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.
Degree Requirements: 30 hours
The MS-TC requires the completion of at least 30 hours of coursework to be distributed among required core courses, complementary concentration courses, and capstone experience courses
Concentration Courses: 15 hours
Select one concentration from the following
Technology Management: 15 hours
Select five courses from the following
- TM 500 Introduction to Technology Management 3 hrs
- TM 502 Technology Project Management 3 hrs
- TM 510 The Management of Technology and Innovation 3 hrs
- TM 521 Women and Technology 3 hrs
- TM 555 Technology and Organization 3 hrs
- TM 560 Technology and Labor Relations 3 hrs
- TM 565 Technology and Training 3 hrs
- TM 592 Special Topics 3 hrs
- TM 610 The Management of Virtual Teams 3 hrs
- TM 615 Implementing and Managing Technological Change 3 hrs
- TM 681 Special Topics 3 hrs
Interdisciplinary Studies: 15 hours
Course selections require advisor approval
Examples include: Communications, Computer Science, Management and Marketing, Public Administration, Technology and Culture, Women’s and Gender Studies
Information Assurance: 15 hours
- IA 544 Cyber Law, Privacy, Policy and Compliance 3 hrs
- IA 642 Defensive Security 3 hrs
- IA 643 Disaster Recovery - Business Continuity 3 hrs
- IA 650 Offensive Security 3 hrs
- IA 651 Cyber Security Project Management 3 hrs
Homeland Security and Emergency Management: 15 hours
- IA 529 Foreign and Domestic Terrorism and Information Warfare 3 hrs
- SSC 525 Management/Leadership for Homeland Security 2 hrs
- SSC 530 Administrating the Public Safety Agency 2 hrs
- SSC 535 Planning and Decision Making for Homeland Security 2 hrs
- SSC 540 Human Resource Management in Public Safety Agencies 2 hrs
- SSC 545 Managing the critical Incident for Homeland Security 2 hrs
- SSC 550 Managing Technology in the Public Safety Environment 2 hrs
Career, Technical and Workforce Education: 15 hours
- CTWE 590 Special Topics 1 hr
- CTWE 591 Special Topics 2 hrs
- CTWE 592 Special Topics 3 hrs
- CTWE 611 Curriculum Frameworks in Career, Technical and Workforce Education 3 hrs
- CTWE 661 Evaluation Standards and Strategies in Career, Technical and Workforce Education 3 hrs
- To satisfy the remaining credit hours, students will select specialization courses from the disciplines of business or technology education, other units within the college, or related fields outside the college. Course selections require advisor approval.
Hotel and Restaurant Management: 15 hours
Select five courses from the following
- HRM 519 Human Resource Management in Hospitality and Nutrition Service 3 hrs
- HRM 521 Quality Service Management 3 hrs
- HRM 560 Service Strategies for Hospitality Industry 3 hrs
- HRM 609 Advanced Topics in Food-Service Management 3 hrs
- HRM 610 Advanced Topics in Hospitality Management 3 hrs
- HRM 626 Productivity Management in Hospitality and Food-Service Facilities 3 hrs
- HRM 630 International Hospitality Management 3 hrs
- HRM 640 Contemporary Issues in Hospitality Strategy 3 hrs
- HRM 655 Financial Strategies for Hospitality Operations 3 hrs
Capstone Experience Course: 3 hours
Critical Graduation Information
Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.
In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.
- A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
- No more than six credits of independent study courses and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined may be applied to a graduate degree.
- Residency Requirement:
- For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
- For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
- Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
- Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
- The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
- Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.