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A New Professional Masters Program: The Master Of Science In Technological Processes

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.73.1 - 6.73.9



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Thomas Kullgren

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David Pape

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Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), founded in 1963, is a regional comprehensive public university that has seen steady growth in enrollment to its current level of about 8500 students. Within the University, the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology is home to ABET accredited undergraduate programs in both mechanical and electrical engineering, but does not offer any discipline specific graduate programs. In 1998, to meet the needs of working professionals, a graduate program designed to add technical knowledge, leadership and management strategies to existing workplace skills was initiated. This degree, called the Master of Science in Technological Processes, includes coursework in both technical and professional disciplines, and is targeted at individuals with undergraduate degrees in science, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or engineering technology. The program is offered entirely on campus with evening classes and concludes with an industry-based capstone Field Project. In this paper the first two plus years of the program are presented and analyzed. The student population, which has developed into an interesting mixture that includes a significant international population and a broad representation of undergraduate majors, is discussed. Other demographics of interest presented include the ratio of full time to part time students, and the gender and age distribution of the students. Also included is a description of the faculty who make up the program, both full time and adjunct, who themselves represent a wide variety of disciplines. Interaction with industry, including participation in final projects and acceptance of program graduates is also presented.

Kullgren, T., & Pape, D. (2001, June), A New Professional Masters Program: The Master Of Science In Technological Processes Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9612

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