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Curriculum Requirements


Specialization in a technical concentration is achieved by completing 18 credits of course work. Examples of program specializations have been identified for manufacturing, construction, digital communications, and others. It is anticipated that additional specializations will be developed with the changing nature of technology studies. These specializations shall be reviewed and recommended for adoption, modification, or deletion by the Graduate Consortium Coordinating Council to the Ph.D. Graduate Program Coordinator. The approved recommendation shall be sent to the Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Indiana State University.

The number of new courses needed for each specialization is anticipated to be small because each consortium-member institution is currently recognized for expertise in a given field that will become that member's specialization. Specializations do not need to be limited to one university, but an effort must be made to maintain quality and consistency in the content taught. Requirements can be met by utilizing a mentor/tutorial instructional relationship between a selected faculty member and an advanced graduate student. This instructional procedure will enhance the opportunity to use current expertise and decrease the number of potentially low enrollment courses in specializations.

Specific specialization area information can be found in our electronic Catalog


Professional Studies can be elective courses, independent study courses or scholarly work to assist with projects, industry internship, teaching internship, and/or other Specialization courses. Themes must relate to the field of technology management, the student’s career field or the student’s Specialization area.

If credits in the Professional Studies section are not from formal courses, the student and supervising instructor will generate a contract specifying the tasks and outcomes.

Internship can be designed to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to test and experiment in industry, research organizations, government agencies, and other appropriate experiential ventures associated with technology utilization, transfer, and innovation for the express purpose of developing knowledge in the specialization. A personal assessment portfolio will be developed as a part of the internship experience. Previous experience cannot be used to meet the internship requirement.

Specific specialization area information can be found in our electronic Catalog


The research component of the program is composed of course work in research design, research methodology, and statistical analysis. A dissertation of eighteen credits shall be completed after advancing to candidacy for the degree.

The following areas of study are typical...

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Statistical Analysis in Technology Research
  • Field Research Projects
  • Research Seminar
  • Seminar in Technology Processes
  • Dissertation Credit (registered with 1/2 credit at home university and 1/2 at Indiana State University. In addition, continuous registration is required once admitted to candidacy)

Specific specialization area information can be found in our electronic Catalog


The general technology core of studies is designed to provide a conceptual framework for studies in technology. This core emphasizes the relationship of technology to the societal context from which it operates. The core will be taught using internet technologies, or other approaches capitalizing on the unique expertise of professors at consortium member institutions. These courses will be required of all students.

Some example topics of study which could be included in the General Technology Core are...

  • Studies in Trends and Development of Technology
  • International and Cultural Technological Development
  • Technological Assessment and Innovation
  • Legal Aspects of Industry

Specific specialization area information can be found in our electronic Catalog