The curriculum for the PhD in Technology Management (PhD-TM) at the School of Engineering fosters a research-intensive doctoral education relevant for the rapidly emerging area of technology management.

You will work closely with your doctoral adviser to select which courses relate to your course of study in the PhD-TM program. As part of each thematic elective course, you also take an associated thematic independent research course to thoroughly investigate previous research in the selected theme. You must undertake a doctoral research project, preferably in the second summer semester of study. This course introduces you to the requirements of management research. Finally, you will work on a dissertation, an original investigation of a research question(s) related to technology management. You are required to complete 75 credits, including 51 credits from the coursework, as outlined below, and 24 credits from the dissertation.

Additional program features and requirements, such as research training, evaluating your progress, prerequisites, and transfer credit, are also available on this page.

Management Core Courses (15 Credits)

Management core courses should be taken as early in the program as possible.

Choose 5

Technology Management Courses (9 Credits)

Choose 3

Associated Doctoral Seminars (12 Credits)

You are required to take four 3-credit doctoral seminar courses along with an associated technology management course. These seminars provide strong research background required for doctoral studies in technology management.

Please note that doctoral seminars are offered on a rotating basis. Some of the course options listed below will be available during your study.

Choose 4

Research Methods Courses (12 Credits)

Take All 4

Independent Research Project (3 Credits)

Doctoral Dissertation (24 Credits)

The dissertation is evaluated in 2 parts: proposal defense and final defense. For details, contact the PhD-TM Program academic director.

Additional Program Features and Requirements

Research Training and Interaction with Faculty

You, and your fellow PhD students, are expected to participate in formal and informal research seminars each week with departmental faculty and visitors. You are also required to present research in progress once a year and work towards publishable papers, usually with a faculty as co-author.

The seminar is a key component of the student training. Participation in other research seminars and activities at the department is also required. You are expected to work actively with one or more faculty member each year to learn to be a researcher by doing research.

Advising and Evaluating

The TM doctoral program faculty director advises all first-year doctoral students. During their first year students have many opportunities to get to know the research interests of all departmental faculty. By the beginning of the second year, you will have selected an intermediary adviser who will guide you through the comprehensive exam process and up to the thesis stage. By the middle of the third year, you will have selected a thesis adviser.

Each year, you will submit a statement of intellectual progress to your adviser. All faculty members meet to review the progress of all students in a day-long meeting each year. At this time, your intellectual progress is reviewed and plans for the following year are considered.

The results of this review include a formal letter to you assessing your previous year's work and offering guidance for the following year's work.


As a PhD-TM student, you will need a fundamental knowledge of probability and statistics. If you do not have this background, you must take MG 5050 Probability and Managerial Statistics. If you lack any background in professional writing and communications, you must take JW 6003 Introduction to Technical and Professional Communications or JW 6313 Proposal Writing.

Students who have a master’s degree or who are transferring from other institutions (or other departments within the School of Engineering) are admitted based on the same qualification standards that apply to new students. For each required MS- or PhD-level course, if you have taken a similar course, you may transfer credits for the course. However, you will still have to take and pass both qualifying exams. A minimum of 30 credits, including all dissertation credit, must be taken at the School of Engineering. No dissertation credits from other institutions can be transferred.

You must take the required coursework as assigned and follow the stipulated curriculum. You must complete the coursework within your first three years and the dissertation thesis within the next three years. Thus, all students (full-time and part-time) must complete all work for the doctorate within six years of initiation.