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Technology Management Ph.D.


Indiana State University offers the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in technology management for students who would like to prepare for positions of leadership in the public and private sectors of society. The program is offered through ISU's College of Technology in cooperation with a consortium of four other universities making extensive use of the Internet delivery system. It is a virtual organizational concept recognizing the role of each member university. Additional information can be found at the consortium website for the Ph.D. in Technology Management.

  • The Ph.D. in technology management is a 66-credit-hour program that requires study concentration in one of five areas with the completion of the majority of course work at the 600 level or above.
  • Depending on the individual program of study, part-time students may complete this degree in 4½ years.
  • The Ph.D. program is designed to provide opportunities for increasing both depth and breadth of knowledge in technology management and one of the following specialization areas: construction management, digital communication systems, human resource development and industrial training, manufacturing systems and quality systems.
  • Research is critical to the advancement of knowledge in the profession. In addition to course-related research activities, all students will complete a dissertation. The dissertation is a major piece of original research.

Graduates of this program are qualified to be specialists who will have the expertise to:

  • Provide expert knowledge to areas of technological, scientific and engineering innovation and application
  • Provide expert knowledge to the management of technology across the global community
  • Provide expertise in instructional processes and service to the industrial and educational community
  • Conduct high quality research
  • Demonstrate an acute understanding and sensitivity to the ethical and moral issues surrounding technology

Required Courses:

A student-specific program of study is developed by the student with an advisor. The Ph.D. in Technology Management program includes four areas of required study.

It is essential that graduates of the program have completed the coursework required in one Major Area of Specialization. The Major Area of Specialization, broader topics of technology management, or specific career skills can be supported by the Professional Studies Area. This specialized knowledge is enhanced by developing a broader understanding of the interrelations of technology with other disciplines such as science, economics, sociology, and government policy designed into the General Technology Core. The Ph.D. in Technology Management Program is basically a research and scholarship program. Research is critical to the advancement of knowledge in the profession. Research courses are complemented by the dissertation.

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Admission Requirements:

This program is open to in-state and many out-of-state students. This program is closed to all students residing abroad (including international students) except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a master's degree in a relevant field from an accredited university
  • Have earned a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) within 5 years of submission of application
  • Provide results of the GRE or GMAT (scores should be competitive with no minimum score specified)
  • Provide five letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to applicant's capabilities of completing graduate-level coursework
  • Provide a written career goal statement
  • Provide a current curriculum vita
  • Complete 6000 hours or three years of validated occupational experience relevant to the field of technology management and/or technical specialization
  • Submit verification of occupational experience by providing letters of verification from employer on company letterhead that includes job title, description of duties performed, dates of employment, and evaluation of work performance

Note: It must not be assumed that meeting minimal standards guarantees admission to the program.

Residency Requirements:

The Ph.D. in Technology Management Program has a requirement that all students fulfill a period of concentrated study (Doctoral Residency). This requirement is accomplished in our program in a way that is a little different, but permitted by the ISU Graduate Catalog.

The rationale for a period of concentrated study (residency) for the doctorate is based on the convention that a student would benefit from intense study under close supervision (primarily by the advisor). Intense study means nine hours per semester for two semesters. Nine hours in a semester is the equivalent of full-time registration for graduate students. This emersion period is to cause the student to concentrate their study and promote timely progress to the degree. Our Ph.D. program believes in this rationale and practice. A strategy often used to accomplish a period of concentrated study (residency) is to complete 18 credit hours over a 12-month period.

This practice of concentrated study (residency) is sometimes confused in our program with two courses that have the word "residency" in their title: COT 710 Research Residency Orientation Seminar (1 credit), and COT 711 Research Residency Seminar (2 credits). Both courses are long weekend executive style seminars. The COT 710 is to be taken within the first few semesters of a student's registration. The COT 711 is to be taken when the student is nearly completed with their coursework. These courses require attendance on the Indiana State University campus.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Application Instructions:

For application instructions, visit the Ph.D. in Technology Management Program.


Indiana State University's Ph.D. in Technology Management Program admits a limited number of students on a rolling admission basis. Only complete applications are considered up to 30 days prior to the beginning of any given semester. A candidate's application materials are not evaluated until all required application materials are complete and submitted to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Indiana State University. Once complete, those materials are evaluated for admission in the next available admission term.

Fees & Expenses:

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Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information:

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

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The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.