A business education with a focus on innovation
The one-year, STEM-designated Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) degree from Gies College of Business prepares you for a future in areas like supply chain, marketing, consulting, or data analytics. This is a general management degree with a focus on innovation—it is not a technical degree.
This program is tailored to two groups of students: those who have a few years of professional experience, and those who recently finished their undergraduate education. As such, the MSTM is for those who want to distinguish and challenge themselves.
Our innovative curriculum is designed with a dual purpose: to elevate the strategic insight and management expertise of scientists and engineers, and to amplify business leaders’ analytical decision-making skills.
Applications for Spring and Fall 2021 are now open.
A distinguished degree for managerial success
Our innovative curriculum is focused on developing both essential business management and analytical expertise, with the role of technology as its common theme. Whether you are an engineer seeking to develop sharper business insight or a business person pursuing precise methodological skills, this master's program will strengthen your effectiveness as a leader in any organization.
This program will also help you obtain a firm understanding of technology strategy and its role in shaping the future of an organization. As an MSTM student, you will strengthen your insight into the importance of successful product or service development and learn to use that keen intuition in today’s world of short product life cycles, increased competition, and rapidly changing consumer preferences.
STEM-designated by design
The MSTM degree is STEM-designated, which may allow international students to remain in the US for up to 36 months on the Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM extension. Our commitment to a strong curriculum in technology and risk analysis, along with available concentrations in data analytics and IT control secured this important designation.
Frontiers in Technology series provides in-depth knowledge
When you are part of the MSTM program at Gies, you benefit from a strong curriculum, an expert team of faculty and career services professionals, and something truly unique—our Frontiers in Technology series. Through a variety of activities, you gain insights into the field of technology management and where it’s headed.
Activities include seminars on a broad range of topics, from strategy to team building to communication. Professional development opportunities are also part of the series, as are corporate visits, which give you firsthand insight into how the topics you are learning in the classroom are applied in the corporate world.
In addition, you’ll hear from prominent university researchers who work on the cutting edge of technology. Our Frontiers in Technology series gives you opportunities to engage with corporate and research leaders about ideas and technologies that will impact the future.
“With a mechanical engineering undergraduate degree and no full-time work experience, I came into the program with very little business knowledge. The program, professors, and students helped me develop strong business skills to prepare me for a career in consulting at EY.”-Rohan Thapar, MSTM '18
“After working as an engineer in the manufacturing sector, learning the business side of technology was a logical step to move up in my career. Having access to Illinois’ top engineering school and robust startup space made the MSTM program a great fit for me.”- Abhilasha Gulhane, MSTM '20
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