Graduate Program Engineering Management: Technology Management

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Engineering Management: Technology Management Doctorate Overview

PSU Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

The Ph.D. in Technology Management is a research-focused, part or full-time doctoral degree program, housed in the Department of Engineering and Technology Management. Students conduct research to expand fundamental and generalizable applied knowledge in the field of technology management, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Emphasis on research occurs early in the program, giving students an opportunity to develop research projects that align with their experience and professional interests. About 2/3 of the graduates pursue careers in industry, about 1/3 become faculty. 

About the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science includes five departments, 84 full-time faculty and more than 3,000 students. We offer academic programs that provide transformative opportunities within the classroom and beyond. If you join our college, you'll be connected to Portland's leading tech companies providing opportunities for internships, mentoring, networking, and long term careers. Our faculty offer research opportunities that allow for collaborative or individual study, culturing creativity and innovation. If you want to push what’s possible, in Portland and far beyond, accelerate your career with a graduate degree from the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Degree Details

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Engineering Management: Technology Management Doctorate: Why PSU?

The Department of Engineering and Technology Management at Portland State is a leader in engineering and technology management and hosts PICMET, one of the industry’s premier networking conferences every year. This has made PSU the go-to place for creators and disseminators of research and practice.

Portland is the most affordable of the West Coast cities, providing a great quality of life along with a diverse collection of technology company organizations to work with.

Doctoral students can be enrolled full or part-time. Many part-time Ph.D. students are supported by their companies and stay active with departmental research groups.

What can I do with a Doctorate in Engineering Management: Technology Management?

Every doctoral graduate blazes their own unique path. Our students are extremely well-positioned to make their way into meaningful careers when they graduate.

Example of job titles for past graduates include:

  • Professor of Practice, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Associate Professor, University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Professor, Associate Director of Biomedical Informatics Doctoral and Postdoctoral Programs at OHSU
  • Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Bonneville Power Administration
  • Dean, College of Management at Yuan Ze University
  • Director, Oregon Wood Innovation Center, OSU
  • Senior Vice President and Director of Business Technology, PNC Financial
  • Director of Strategic Planning and Innovation, Merck

Core Courses

Successful completion of the equivalent of at least 60 credits of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree distributed as follows:

CORE: at least 20 credits from the following courses with at least one course from each group. All courses are four credits each. Additional courses taken from these groups beyond the minimum required 20 credit hours can be counted toward the fulfillment of the specialization course requirements.

  • Group-1: ETM-620 Management of Engineering and Technology, ETM-649 Management of Technology Innovation
  • Group-2: ETM-645 Project Management, ETM-655 Technology Marketing
  • Group-3: ETM-626 Strategic Management of Technology, ETM-627 Competitive Strategies in Technology Management
  • Group-4: ETM-631 Technology Assessment and Acquisition, ETM-633 Technology Transfer

SPECIALIZATION: at least 20 credits from courses supporting the proposed research area.

METHODOLOGY: at least 20 credits from the methodology section listed in the PSU bulletin.

Additional Requirements

  • Admission to the program
  • 12 project credits of ETM-606 supervised by ETM faculty culminating in the preparation of a research paper evaluated by the ETM faculty as being at the level of acceptable papers for a national or international conference on Engineering and Technology Management.
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive examination to demonstrate mastery of the Engineering and Technology Management field, including the defense of the research paper described in step 3 above.
  • Selection of the dissertation adviser from the ETM faculty and formation of the Ph.D. committee including one member appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  • Development of the dissertation proposal and its approval by the Ph.D. committee resulting in the advancement to Ph.D. candidacy.
  • Registering for at least 27 dissertation credits while conducting research after successful completion of the comprehensive exam.
  • Preparation of at least one publishable paper for a research journal or a recognized refereed technical conference proceedings based upon the dissertation research.
  • Defense of the dissertation. 


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).