Graduate Catalog 2003-2004
The College of Technology offers the Master of Industrial Technology (M.I.T.) which is designed for individuals interested in manufacturing technology or construction management and technology.
The manufacturing technology specialization includes study of advanced level automation and production systems, instrumentation and control, engineering design with emphasis on computer-aided design, computer-integrated manufacturing, quality sciences, and related advanced course work.
The construction management and technology specialization includes study of advanced level construction contract management, program management, management models for construction operations, cost control, construction risk management, and related advanced course work.
The Master of Industrial Technology degree is designed to accommodate the needs of students and to respond to the requirements of industry for advanced technical and managerial personnel. The program is based on the need to effectively integrate technology and business operations created by advanced technology tools, new materials, computer graphics, and manufacturing and construction practices. The program addresses requirements for quality and better product and system design. It also addresses the need for increased productivity, conservation of energy, and resources. The design of advanced course work is dictated by the effect of these changes on leadership functions of technical managers.
The Master of Industrial Technology provides opportunities for students to engage in applied technical research. The outcomes of such activity add to the knowledge of relevant practice or solve immediate problems that arise in the work place.
Prerequisites to Graduate Work
The program is designed to serve graduates of recognized bachelor's degree programs in industrial technology and engineering technology, as well as graduates of other degree programs who wish to undertake professional studies in technology.
Applicants must have the appropriate distribution of undergraduate course work. Minimally, this includes 20 semester hours in a relevant technology or engineering field, 12 semester hours in business operations, and 15 semester hours of other courses including applied calculus, physics or chemistry, applied statistics, and computer science.
Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Industrial Technology program should follow the instructions outlined in the "Graduate Admission" section of this catalog. Applicants must present an undergraduate grade point average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Master of Industrial Technology
The time required to complete the program varies from one-and-a-half to two years of full-time study. Part-time students must adjust their schedule for completion accordingly.
Students may pursue the degree under one of two plans.
Plan I: Under this research-centered plan, candidates must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit and a thesis equivalent to an additional six semester hours. Within the 33 semester-hours requirement, opportunities exist for internships and research in industry.
Plan II: Under this course-centered plan, candidates must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit and a major project equivalent to an additional six semester hours. Within the 33 semester-hour requirement, opportunities exist for internships and research in industry.
The Master of Industrial Technology program consists of four components. Specific courses that meet the component requirements are selected by the student in consultation with and approval of the graduate advisor. The four components are:
(1) the technology core (nine credits) which consists of course work in research and development, management models for technical operations, and organizational communication;
(2) the technology concentration (15 credits) which consists of course work in the following specialization areas:
(a) manufacturing technology including advanced level automation and production systems, instrumentation and control, engineering design with emphasis on computer-aided design, computer-integrated manufacturing, quality sciences and related advanced course work. Students in the manufacturing specialization may choose a concentration in Quality Systems delivered by distance course work; or
(b) construction management and technology including advanced level construction contract management, program management, cost control, construction risk management, and related advanced course work;
(3) business operations (nine credits) which consists of statistics and course work selected through advisement from operations research or organizational theory and behavior; and
(4) the synthesis experience (six credits) options that are determined based upon the student’s choice of Plan I or Plan II. Plan I requires a thesis and Plan II requires a major project. In this activity, the student synthesizes and applies knowledge derived from the program to solve complex human-machine problems or to analyze and develop prototype mechanisms or systems.
Please access graduate courses online at http://webapps.bgsu.edu/courses/search.php. Graduate courses offered by the Department of Technology Systems use the prefixes: ARCH, C&TE, DESN, ECT, ENVR, TECH, and VCT.