Academic Curriculum

Professional Master of Technology 

Master of Technology

30 hours required for graduation

Kansas State University's Professional Master of Technology Degree is designed to enable professionals from diverse technology fields to thrive in rapidly changing work environments. As a professional program, the PMT degree provides advanced skills and knowledge in the areas of communication, leadership, project management, and teamwork. It also provides unique opportunities for students to arrange programs with concentrated study in the broad areas of aeronautical technology, engineering technology, and technology management. Qualified faculty work cooperatively with each graduate student to develop highly individualized plans of study. As one of the first Professional Master of Technology degree in the state of Kansas, this program provides unique educational opportunities for college graduates and industry personnel from a variety of backgrounds.

Required “Common Core” Courses (19-21 credit hours) 

COT 701 - Advanced Technical Communications (3 credit hours)

COT 702 - Applied Research Skills and Methods (3 credit hours)

COT 781 - Capstone Experience for PMT Degree (4-6 credit hours)

MANGT 810 - Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 credit hours) 

MANGT 820 - Behavioral Management Theory (3 credit hours)

STAT 703 - Statistical Methods for Natural Sciences (3 credit hours)

Electives (9-11 credit hours) 

Aeronautical Technology

COT 662 - Aviation Management (3 credit hours)

COT 713 - Advanced Aviation Safety Management (3 credit hours)

Engineering Technology
Electrical

COT 632 - RF Technology (3 credit hours)

COT 650 - Analytical and Computational Tools for Engineering Technology (3 credit hours)

COT 731 - Applied Electromagnetics (3 credit hours)

Mechanical and Manufacturing

COT 720 - Application of Lean Six Sigma Methods (3 credit hours)

COT 721 - Reliability Centered Maintenance of Plant Equipment (3 credit hours)

Other Electives

COT 792 - Problems in Master of Technology (1-3 credit hours)

COT 799 - Special Topics in Professional Master of Technology (1-3 credit hours)

ECON 640 - Industrial Organization and Public Policy (3 credit hours)

IMSE 680 - Quantitative Problem Solving Techniques (3 credit hours)


 
Students may enroll in relevant graduate level courses on the Manhattan campus to fulfill elective requirements if approved as part of their formal program of study.
The program of study for the PMT program consists of 30 credits that must include the following:

Required "Common Core" Courses (minimum 19 credit hours)

  • COT 701 Advanced Technical Communications (3 credit hours)

Intensive writing practice, applying rhetorical principles to a number of genres common to non-academic professions and workplaces, including oral presentations. Introduction to allied topics such as document design and editing, crafting technical presentations. Application of global information literacy and research methods, culminating in the preparation of a master’s project proposal. 
Pr.: ENGL 200, 302. 

  • COT 702 Applied Research Skills and Methods (3 credit hours)

Spring. Survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods; use of a range of tools to develop applied research skills focusing on literature reviews. Examines applied research concepts, methods, and skills to foster enlightened decision making in professional practice. 
Pr.: COT 701

  • STAT 703 Statistical Methods for Natural Sciences (3 credit hours)

Statistical concepts and methods basic to experimental research in the natural sciences; hypothetical populations; estimation of parameters; confidence intervals; parametric and nonparametric tests of hypotheses; linear regression; correlation; one-way analysis of variance; t-test; chi-square test. 
Pr.: Junior standing and equiv. of college algebra. 

  • MANGT 810 Operations Management and Analysis (3 credit hours)

The study of the role of operations systems in the provision of value for the customer. Operations systems design, capacity determination, resource requirements planning and control, theory of constraints, supply chain management, quality management and control and project management are discussed and analyzed.
Pr.: STAT 351 or 702.

  • MANGT 820 Behavioral Management Theory (3 credit hours)

An in-depth analysis of the development of the behavioral bases of individual and group behavior in business, governmental, educational, and other organizations with emphasis on current research literature and applications.
Pr.: Open only to students in graduate business degree or certificate programs or with permission of the instructor.

  • COT 781 Capstone Experience for PMT Degree (4-6 credit hours)

Students formulate, research and execute a project for industry partners to gain hands-on experience under expert guidance while integrating knowledge to solve complex problems. Students write a convincing proposal for a capstone experience, gather and analyze data, draw conclusions and present results. Teams of first and second-year students may form to work on real-world projects. 
8 Pr.: Consent of instructor. Coreq.: COT 702.


Salina Electives

  • COT 632 RF Technology (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the theory and design of electronic circuits for communications emphasizing the implementation and analysis of common radio-frequency (RF) building blocks. Topics include s-parameters, the Smith chart, component behavior, RF test equipment, computer simulation, filter design, impedance matching, amplifiers, oscillators, mixers, and demodulators. 
Pr.: ECET 320. Note: A report will be required of all graduate students.

  • COT 650 Analytical and Computational Tools for Engineering Technology (3 credit hours)

Fall. Ordinary differential equations, vector algebra, vector calculus, partial differential equations and the separation of variables technique for solving wave equations. Students also perform simulation and analysis using software tools including MATLAB and MATHCAD.
Pr.: MATH 221.

  • COT 661 Airport Planning and Management (3 credit hours)

An overview of the Federal Aviation Regulation part 139 airport design standard and airport master planning process. Includes a study of the role of the airport in community development. 
Pr.: PPIL 111. Note: Advanced course project required.

  • COT 662 Aviation Management (3 credit hours)

Fall. Provides the Professional Master of Technology student with the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of basic aviation industry management practices in use today combined with historical perspectives.
Includes case study analysis.

  • COT 713 Advanced Aviation Safety Management (3 credit hours)

An examination of the development of safety and how safety management has become an important part of any company. Discusses Safety Management Systems and how this blueprint is becoming an integral part of most organizations, emphasizing specific governmental and corporate programs. Topics include management tools and techniques to aid in systematically controlling risk and developing a safety culture mind-set. 
Pr.: PPIL 450.

  • COT 720 Application of Lean Six Sigma Methods (3 credit hours)

Six sigma and lean tools within an enterprise to improve product and process development, production operations, and service activities. 
Pr.: STAT 703.

  • COT 721 Reliability Centered Maintenance of Plant Equipment (3 credit hours)

Reliability modeling and assessment, reliability-centered maintenance, condition monitoring technologies, and computer tools. 
Pr.: Graduate standing.

  • COT 731 Applied Electromagnetics (3 credit hours)

Fundamentals of electromagnetic wave phenomena primarily using transmission line theory to study practical applications such as antennas, cables, and waveguides. Includes a treatment EMI and related issues. 
Pr.: MATH 221 and ECET 320.

  • COT 792 Problems in Master of Technology (var. 1-3 credit hours)

Opportunity for advanced independent study of a specific topic in one of the following areas: Aviation safety, engineering technology, or technology management. Topics selected jointly by student and the instructor. 
Pr.: Consent of instructor.

  • COT 799 Special Topics in Professional Master of Technology (var.1-3 credit hours)

Offered on sufficient demand. Advanced topics in Professional Master of Technology. 
Pr.: Varies with announced topic.

  • IMSE 680 Quantitative Problem Solving Techniques (3 credit hours)

Survey of decision making techniques. Topics covered include: Linear, Integer and Nonlinear Programming, Network Flows and Stochastic Processes. A focus of the course will include modeling and the use of software to solve these problems. 
Pr.: MATH 205. Note: Three hours of lecture a week.

 

Manhattan Electives

Students may enroll in relevant graduate level courses on the Manhattan campus to fulfill elective requirements if approved as part of their 
formal program of study.

 

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer in up to 9 graduate credit hours from another accredited institution, with approval of their advisor, their committee, and the Graduate School.

 

COT 781 Capstone Experience in Professional Master of Technology (up to 6 credit hours)

Students in the PMT Degree program will formulate, research, and execute a project for industry partners to gain hands-on experience under expert guidance while integrating knowledge to solve complex problems. Students will write a convincing proposal for their capstone experience, gather and analyze data, draw conclusions, and present results. Teams of first and second-year students may form to work on real-world projects. This course may be repeated up to three semesters, up to a total of six credit hours.