Master of Science in Technical Management (MSTM)

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A dynamic leadership program integrating technical and management expertise — designed for your success

Top performing technologists face increasing demands across all industries to become innovation managers, chief operating officers and corporate leaders. This demand requires a graduate education that combines the exceptional managerial and technical education available through the Master of Science in Technical Management (MSTM).

The MSTM program responds to evolving global challenges and offers a distinctive curriculum demanded by today’s industry leaders.

This state-of-the-art, hybrid program is designed for practicing engineers, scientists, technical specialists and managers.

An interdisciplinary blend of technical and management courses

The courses are a rich and balanced treatment of fundamental, current and evolving practices. In addition, the MSTM equips future executives with the needed skills to face the challenges and opportunities and help their organizations compete in the global marketplace. The curriculum is continuously enhanced to meet the new and evolving technical and business challenges that face leaders every day.

Students will explore technical and business relationships over a wide range of issues and topics, such as financial, personnel, technical, marketing and environmental. You are encouraged to develop a customized plan of study that best suits your ambitions and field.

“I enrolled in MSTM to take advantage of the opportunity for continuing education.  I wanted to stay current on the latest trends in systems engineering and refresh my skills in the management of technical workforces.

The Systems Architecture, Systems Engineering,  SysML modelling course, and the Systems Optimization course that builds on the modelling skills were terrific!  I believe every engineer would benefit from this instruction to help organize their thinking and their approach to problems. I am applying these disciplines to the design and analysis of safety-related vehicle functions – steering, braking, propulsion (especially electrified propulsion) and vehicle securement.”

—Jerry Hendler, PE, CSEP
Vehicle Integration, Advanced System Safety Engineer

Seasoned faculty and industry leaders

Courses are taught by both seasoned faculty and industry leaders, who bring real-world expertise to the classroom and understand the changing environment of the global marketplace.

In partnership with the International Quality Federation (IQF), the program provides options for Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt Certification. This certification itself is earned through IQF. Courses are open to non-MSTM students.


  • Foster innovation and creativity among students in the program and develop skills to organize and direct technical projects for their organizations.
  • Provide graduates with a unique set of technical and management skills to function competitively in today's challenging times.
  • Equip graduates to recognize the effects of new technology on management issues, tools and processes to leverage these assets.

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    Admission Requirements

    The Technical Management program accepts applicants that have an undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) and have at least one year of industrial experience, research experience or equivalent. Applicants with degrees in physical sciences are encouraged to apply.

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in any STEM field
    • GPA 3.0 or better strongly recommended
    • At least one year of professional experience in any STEM field
    • A letter of recommendation

    Transfer Credit

    A student with a previous master's degree may request to transfer courses, but must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours at the University.

    Application Process

    Apply online

    Allow six weeks for application processing before start of a new term. Fall classes begin in late August. Winter classes begin shortly after the New Year and Spring/Summer classes begin in mid May.

    Students may apply cooperative and intern experience to the experience requirement.



    Courses are taught by experienced Detroit Mercy faculty and industry guest speakers from various engineering departments.

    Industry leaders who are teaching or have taught in the program include: 

    • David Carr
    • Brian Dodson
    • Jim Duprey, Chief Financial Officer, Kirlin Company
    • Jerome Gibbs, Executive Vice President, Bing Company and Former Executive Director Product Quality, General Motors Corp.
    • Roger Klungle
    • Donald Lynch
    • Ali Ozbeki, Technical Fellow, General Motors Corp.
    • Edward Sprock
    • Michael Vinarcik