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Master Of Science In Technology: Program Design, Development, And Implementation

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.399.1 - 3.399.10

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Kent Curtis Northern Kentucky University

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Niaz Latif Purdue University - Calumet

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Session 3448

Master of Science in Technology: Program Design, Development, and Implementation Kent Curtis, Niaz Latif Northern Kentucky University


The Department of Technology at Northern Kentucky University designed, developed and implemented a Masters of Science in Technology (MST) program based on the needs of the students and the local business and industry community. Analyses of these needs indicated that technical opportunities exist for individuals having specialized skills in technical areas and in technical management at advanced levels. This led to the development of two tracks for the MST program, Industrial and Engineering Systems and Technology Management. This paper describes the process used by a knowledge-based organization (university) to design, develop and implement the program. It provides decision or intervention points for institutions considering similar graduate offerings.


Northern Kentucky University (NKU), the newest of Kentucky’s eight state universities with an enrollment of 12,000 students, was founded in 1968. It is located in the metropolitan area of greater Cincinnati, serving the tristate regions of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. The mission of NKU is to: educate, be a resource to the community, and enrich life in the service area. As reaffirmed in the institution’s Strategic Plan, although the University’s primary mission is to provide a quality, undergraduate education for the citizens in our service region, the development of selected graduate programs in areas of demonstrated need is considered a high priority. This is not only important to the future health and growth of the institution, but it is also responsive to the changing needs of a growing, metropolitan region.

The new MST program is consistent with the University mission. The MST mission will be achieved through a program of study, which includes course work and experiences, composed of a common body of knowledge and two areas of specialization, Industrial and Engineering Systems and Technology Management.

The objective of this paper is to discuss the design, development, and implementation of the MST Program in the Department of Technology (DOT) at NKU. It focuses on the process that includes: a team approach, justification for the new program, institutional and state level approval, successful recruitment of students, and finally its successful implementation.


The following steps were used in designing and developing the program.

Curtis, K., & Latif, N. (1998, June), Master Of Science In Technology: Program Design, Development, And Implementation Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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