A needs assessment for a Master of Science degree in technology at Purdue University

William Michael Brauer, Purdue University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the needs of technology bachelor graduates for a Master of Science in Technology degree program at Purdue University. In addition, support for a Master of Science in Technology degree program by faculty and supervisors was determined.^ This study used mailed questionnaires to survey the needs of School of Technology bachelor graduates from Purdue University, School of Technology faculty, and immediate supervisors of School of Technology bachelor graduates.^ The following conclusions were derived from the results of this study: (1) A Master of Science in Technology with a technology discipline major should be offered in the School of Technology at Purdue University; (2) a Master of science in Technology program is supported regardless of age group, gender, region, field, or the technology of the bachelor graduates; (3) the faculty supports a Master of Science degree program; (4) it is probable that a majority of immediate supervisors of alumni support a Master of Science degree program; (5) the priority in establishing a Master of Science degree program should begin in one or more of these technologies: Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer Technology, or Industrial Technology; (6) a Master of Science in Technology degree aids in being hired and/or promoted; (7) the curriculum content to be included in a Master of science degree program should include computer applications and a specific technology major; (8) depending on the program structure, other curriculum content that should be included in a Master of Science in Technology degree program are communications, applied project and report, business, and engineering; (9) the curriculum content for a Master of Science in Technology degree program should be similar regardless of age group, gender, region, field, or the technology of the b achelor graduates; (10) the curriculum content ranked among the School of Technology bachelor graduates from Purdue University, School of Technology faculty, and immediate supervisors of alumni is similar and thus, should be used to develop a curriculum. (11) In general, the curriculum content ranked in O'Hair (1982) is supported by this study. ^

Degree

Ph.D.

Advisors

Major Professors: Dennis R. Depew, Purdue University, James D. Russell, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Education, Industrial|Education, Higher

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