MS in Technology Management Program FAQ
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about our masters in technology management program. If you have additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Caitlin Horan (703-993-8161, last names A-M) or Julise Daniel (703-993-1857, last names N-Z).
- Q:How do I decide between an MBA and Masters in Technology Management?
The Masters in Technology Management program is tailored to students with professional experience in the IT industry who want to run a division or business of a technology or technology oriented organization. The MBA program is geared toward students interested in general management or interested in focusing on a specific business field (outside of IT) such as marketing or operations.
- Q:How does the curriculum remain current and responsive to the marketplace?
The curriculum has been developed in conjunction with a consortium of leading Washington organizations and is reviewed and modified periodically to reflect changes in the technology marketplace.
- Q:Is Mason's MS in Technology Management program accredited?
Yes, Mason's MS in Technology Management program accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
- Q:Is the GMAT required?
The GMAT is not a mandatory requirement for all applicants. Each year we carefully evaluate every applicant to create a comprehensive and diverse class who will benefit from the academic experience as well as their colleagues within the cohort. We ask that applicants demonstrate an ability to successfully complete quantitative course work. If we cannot find evidence of success in undergraduate or graduate quantitative course work you may be asked to demonstrate abilities in other ways (e.g., GMAT).
- Q:What is the global residency course?
Mason's MS in Technology Management requires a three-credit global IT management course that includes a weeklong global residency. Students take part in an integrated learning experience spending a week in a country or countries that are leading edge in technology and eGovernment or in some cases one country that is leading edge and another that is rapidly developing. Students visit corporations and governments and have lectures from corporate and IT executives and government leaders.
The decision on the residency destination(s) is made by the program's academic director in concert with the School of Business faculty.
- Q:What will I learn in the MSTM program?
The program focuses on: leadership and management; special technology management considerations such as technology innovation, commercialization, and integration; and systems thinking.
- Q:When and where are classes held?
Our MS in Technology Management program is designed for working professionals. As such, classes are held on Saturdays on our Fairfax campus.
- Q:When does the program begin?
The program begins every year in December and is completed in 16 months.
- Q:When should I apply?
The MS in Technology Management has rolling admissions with an application deadline of October 15 of each. Applicants are accepted into the program on a first come first serve basis. Each year, the cohort is limited to a maximum of 35 professionals.
Early application is advised but applications are accepted after October 15 if seats remain in the cohort.
- Q:Who are the students in the Masters in Technology Management program?
The program’s students are full time professionals in the technology field—vice presidents, directors, project managers, senior software developers, network managers, and technology and IT consultants. What they have in common is that they wish to further their leadership careers in a technology or technology oriented business.
The students are from both private industry and government. They come from leading firms and organizations in the Washington, D.C., area including Freddie Mac, Nextel, Northrop Grumman, Datatel, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Department of the Navy, CIA and OAS.
- Q:Why do I need a management degree?