PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University has launched a new graduate degree in the Pacific Northwest to help meet the challenges technology brings to modern businesses.
A Master of Technology Management degree was approved by the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board to be offered at WSU’s Pullman campus and the three WSU branch campuses in Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Spokane. Some regional corporations have also expressed an interest in making the MTM degree available to their employees.
WSU graduate faculty from the College of Business and Economics will teach the courses to be delivered in person or via the Washington Higher Education Telecommunication System (WHETS).
The degree is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and designed to educate corporate managers in technology management. It builds on a foundation of selected Master of Business Administration and Management Information Systems courses. New courses in financing, marketing and managing new technologies were created for the MTM program. Students must also complete a “real world,” corporate-related, technology-focused project directed by a WSU MTM faculty member.
WSU Vancouver will be the first WSU campus to offer enrollment in the MTM program, with courses beginning there in August. Pullman, Tri-Cities and Spokane plan to accept enrollments during the fall, with full MTM program implementation at all WSU campuses planned for January 1999.
“Technology now affects every aspect of our lives, and individuals who understand and can manage the challenges and opportunities created by rapidly changing, new technologies are in strong demand. Those managers who can successfully evaluate and implement new technologies for their companies will be in huge demand well into the new millennium,” says A. Gale Sullenberger, WSU College of Business and Economics dean. “The new MTM degree allows us to meet the needs of managers currently engaged in the development and application of technology as well as provide important career preparation for others who aspire to a career in the management of technology.”
For more information, contact the business college’s graduate programs office at 509/335-7617, or the branch campus offices: Vancouver, 360/546-9751; Tri-Cities, 509/372-7292; and Spokane, 509/358-7540.