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Management of Technology M.S.M.O.T.

Technological Leadership Institute
College of Science and Engineering
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Contact Information
Management of Technology Graduate Program, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota, 290 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455 (612-624-5474; fax: 612-624-7510)
Email: MOT@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 36
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science in Management of Technology
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of science in the management of technology (MSMOT) program is administered by the College of Sciences and Engineering's Technological Leadership Institute (TLI). The two-year, executive-format program integrates the fields of technology and management and provides working engineers and scientists with management knowledge and skills needed to assume a technical leadership role within their organizations. The program focuses on management in technology-based environments in traditional and emerging industries. The curriculum includes technical and advanced management courses, such as pivotal technologies, technology forecasting, project management, management of innovation, intellectual property management, and strategic management of technology. The core management curriculum includes areas such as finance, marketing, accounting, strategic planning and decision making, and conflict management. Students proceed through the program and advance as a cohort, taking a prescribed sequence of courses together. Case studies, class discussions, and study-group interaction stimulate the learning process. Students also participate in off-campus residencies, including an international residency; complete individual and team projects; and develop final projects as part of a capstone course. Most students receive corporate financial support. The program is offered in a format designed for full-time working professionals. Students take courses one day per week on alternating Fridays and Saturdays and complete the degree within two years.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
A bachelor's degree in an engineering, science, or other technology-related field from an accredited program.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants should have at least 5 years of professional experience in a technical field and have completed coursework (or show proficiency) in economics, mathematical modeling, statistics, and computer literacy. In exceptional circumstances, promising candidates with less experience may be considered.
Special Application Requirements:
The program accepts applications on a rolling basis for fall semester of each year. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, a resume, and a statement of purpose. Additional application information is available at http://tli.umn.edu/graduate/mot/prospective_students/mot-admissions-requirements
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 36 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The capstone project consists of an independent, original investigation requiring between 110 and 130 hours of effort. Students use concepts and methods learned in the MOT program to research and develop an industry-based product, project, process, or venture. The capstone project enables students to directly apply their MOT education at work.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The MSMOT requires 36 credits. Students attend the program as a cohort and complete their studies in four semesters. In addition to course requirements, students must complete an oral exam and a written report for the capstone project (MOT 8234).
Required Courses
MOT 8111 - Marketing Management for Technology-based Organizations (2.0 cr)
MOT 8112 - Management Accounting (1.5 cr)
MOT 8113 - Operations Management for Competitive Advantage (1.5 cr)
MOT 8114 - Strategic Technology Analysis (2.0 cr)
MOT 8121 - Managing Organizations in a Technological Environment (2.0 cr)
MOT 8122 - Financial Management for Technology-based Organizations (2.0 cr)
MOT 8133 - Communication in a Technical Environment (2.0 cr)
MOT 8212 - Developing New Technology Products (2.0 cr)
MOT 8213 - Macroenvironment of Technology (2.0 cr)
MOT 8214 - Technology Foresight and Forecasting (2.0 cr)
MOT 8221 - Project and Knowledge Management (1.5 cr)
MOT 8224 - Pivotal Technologies (2.0 cr)
MOT 8232 - Managing Technological Innovation (2.0 cr)
MOT 8233 - Strategic Management of Technology (2.0 cr)
MOT 8501 - Leading Individual & Teach Performance (1.0 cr)
MOT 8502 - Innovation Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (1.0 cr)
MOT 8900 - Conflict Management (0.5 cr)
MOT 8910 - Corporate Responsibility (1.0 cr)
MOT 8920 - Science and Technology Policy (1.5 cr)
MOT 8921 - Global Management of Technology (0.5 cr)
MOT 8940 - Managing Intellectual Property (0.5 cr)
MOT 8950 - International Management of Technology Project (1.5 cr)
Capstone Project
Take a total of 2 credits
MOT 8234 - Capstone Project (0.5-2.0 cr)
 
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MOT 8111 - Marketing Management for Technology-based Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Function of marketing strategy in technology-based organizations. Emphasizes marketing industrial products. Issues in product strategy, including pricing, promotion, product mix, and sales/distribution decisions. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8112 - Management Accounting
Credits: 1.5 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to methods for estimating/analyzing product costs and for using cost information to make product mix and pricing decisions. Cases from technology-oriented firms illustrate principles of activity-based costing. Uses of cost data in managerial decision making, budgeting/control, and financial statement analysis. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8113 - Operations Management for Competitive Advantage
Credits: 1.5 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of operations functions. Impact of operation management on a firm's competitiveness and network of trading partners. Key relationships between operations and other value chain functions. Integrating operations decisions to achieve objectives. Product-process design, quality management, supply chain management, technology management, work force issues. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8114 - Strategic Technology Analysis
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Technology, its creation, history, and dynamics/interaction with economics, industry, and society. Role of technology in business and management. Tools/techniques for analysis of technologies. Emerging technologies, their significance. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8121 - Managing Organizations in a Technological Environment
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
General management principles for organizations, people, and business systems in technology-intensive industries. Application of managerial approaches to project, business, and corporate levels of organizations and to demands entrepreneurial/established technology firms. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8122 - Financial Management for Technology-based Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Creating value within the organization. Financial methods important to managers of technology-based organizations. Budgeting capital, projecting financial needs, and managing working capital. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8133 - Communication in a Technical Environment
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Oral and written communication. Introductory and specialized workshops on topics such as presentation skills, memo and report writing, listening skills, and visual aid design and integration. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8212 - Developing New Technology Products
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Review of methods and organizational strategies for development of new technology products. Product development strategy. Necessary organizational interactions between research/development, operations, marketing, and intellectual property strategy in design/delivery. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8213 - Macroenvironment of Technology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Development of scenarios of anticipated social, political, governmental, and economic forces affecting technological change. Use of scenarios to respond to industry threats, opportunities, and uncertainties. Corporate strategies, including building alliances for global competitiveness. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8214 - Technology Foresight and Forecasting
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Tools/techniques for technology forecasting, assessment, and strategic foresight for decision making in busines/government. Technology dynamics, R&D strategy, portfolio management, resource allocation. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8221 - Project and Knowledge Management
Credits: 1.5 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey/application of project and knowledge management in management of technology. Business/engineering project/knowledge management. Planning, scheduling, controlling. Budgeting, staffing, task/cost control. Communicating with, motivating, leading, and managing conflict among team members. Cross-functional development of concepts/processes. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8224 - Pivotal Technologies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Technologies expected to play pivotal roles in future industrial development. State-of-the-art for each technology. Barriers/opportunities for commercialization. Guest expert lectures. Students analyze potential applications of technologies to industry. prereq: MOT grad major
MOT 8232 - Managing Technological Innovation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How technological innovation is important to business success, can be managed, and may drive business strategy. Organizational dynamics of innovation, how it may be enhanced. Bringing innovations to marketplace in existing businesses and new ventures.
MOT 8233 - Strategic Management of Technology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Identifying key issues, formulating strategies for situations involving business/technology. Industry dynamics, competitive challenges for improving corporate performance and leveraging technological competence. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8501 - Leading Individual & Teach Performance
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
MOT grad student
MOT 8502 - Innovation Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The MOT 8501 and 8502 sequence provides emerging and mid-career technology professionals with the leadership mindset, tool set, and skill set needed to focus, align, and engage multi-disciplinary individuals and teams in translating technology assets and foresight into customer solutions that generate profitable growth. MOT 8502 explores the role of outstanding leaders as developers of innovation strategy and architects of the organizational capability and team commitment needed to execute strategic choices. Emphasis is placed on principles and practices that help leaders focus on the right strategies, build the organizational capability required to execute a strategy, foster continuous improvement in individual and business performance, and lead change initiatives to sustain commitment versus compliance across diverse stakeholders. Students will practice improving their team effectiveness and develop a change leadership plan to support implementation of a key business initiative.
MOT 8900 - Conflict Management
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory and methods for applying conflict management techniques in organizations. Cooperative and competitive models of conflict, basics of bargaining, conflict strategies, communication styles, listening skills, dispute resolution, third-party mediation, and use of computers for conflict mediation. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8910 - Corporate Responsibility
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of stakeholder management. Ethical framework for responsible management of investors, employees, suppliers, customers, and external community. Moral leadership, trust in organizations, and quality control. New metaphors and techniques for managing the socially responsible organization. prereq: Grad MOT major
MOT 8920 - Science and Technology Policy
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Role of government in science/technology. Impact of policy on economy/society. Ways companies/individuals may influence science/technology policy. Technology-related public policy in the United States, elsewhere. prereq: MOT grad student
MOT 8921 - Global Management of Technology
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Prerequisites: MOT student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Global management of technology. prereq: MOT student
MOT 8940 - Managing Intellectual Property
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Prerequisites: MOT grad student
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Characteristics of Intellectual Property (IP), its role in technology enterprises. Law of patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, know-how and other IP. Effect of IP rights acquisition and asset valuation on company competitiveness. IP protection/licensing strategy. prereq: MOT grad student
MOT 8950 - International Management of Technology Project
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
On-site residency in international locations for up to two weeks. Visits to local, technology-intensive companies. Lectures/discussions with company executives, government officials, and university faculty. Comparative analysis of management of technology concepts/issues in an international business context: social, economic, cultural, and governmental perspectives. Written assignment required. prereq: MOT grad student
MOT 8234 - Capstone Project
Credits: 0.5 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Applied research activity, specifically related to management of technology, in cooperation with participant's home organization. Working with a faculty adviser and work mentor, students address an industry-based management of technology project, venture, process, or challenge. Formal presentation to capstone committee is required. prereq: Completion of two semesters, grad MOT major