Technical Management

The Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Technical Management program prepares professional scientists and engineers to lead complex technical projects and advance their careers in management. Technical Management focuses on developing specialized managerial skills for working professionals.

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Degrees & Pathways

Focus Areas/Tracks
Organizational ManagementProject ManagementProject/Organizational ManagementQuality ManagementTechnical Innovation Management

About

The part-time Technical Management program prepares ethically grounded, technically competent professional leaders with technical, managerial, and leadership skills to produce innovative solutions to technical organization challenges.

Providing a unique curriculum that is designed to improve business, administrative, and interpersonal skills, accomplished instructors in the Technical Management program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals focus on modern best practices. The program blends lectures on theory and practice presented by experienced technical senior leaders and executives. Realistic problem situations are presented in which students play management roles, dealing with problems and making decisions that are typically required of technical managers.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Solve challenges as effective technical contributors and ethical leaders to effect global, economic, organizational impact;
  2. Demonstrate grounding in the application of scientific, engineering, and leadership principles;
  3. Be recognized as professional leaders in contemporary, multiple disciplinary technical organizations who maximize their impact;
  4. Apply best practices as practitioners; can analyze, discriminate, and interpret data; and be a champion of innovation;
  5. Gain success in professional positions and apply learning preparation that builds upon their background for future advanced study.

Requirements

Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • Your prior education must include a degree in a science or engineering field.
  • A minimum of two years of relevant full-time work experience in that field are required, and a detailed work résumé must be submitted.
  • As part of the admission process, the chair or the program coordinator may interview students in order to clarify points on their résumés or on previous courses taken. This is to better understand what experience they have had in preparing projects or team assignments.
  • When reviewing an application, the candidate's academic and professional background will be considered.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • Students must choose a focus area to follow.
  • The curriculum consists of a combination of core and electives based on the chosen focus area.
  • At least three courses must be at the 700-level.
  • Only one C-range grade (C+, C, or C−) can count toward the master’s degree.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all post-master's certificate candidates.
  • If you decide to pursue the full master's degree, all courses will apply to the master's degree provided they meet program requirements and fall within a five-year time limit. The student must declare their intention prior to the completing the certificate.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses must be completed within three years.
  • At least four of the six courses must be from the program (595.xxx).
  • Two electives may be taken from other programs with approval from the program chair or program coordinator.
  • Only grades of B− or above can count toward the graduate certificate.
  • Focus areas are not available for students pursing certificates.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Post-Master's Certificate

Admission Requirements

Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses must be completed within three years.
  • At least four of the six courses must be from the program (595.xxx).
  • Two electives may be taken from other programs with approval from the program chair or program coordinator.
  • Only grades of B− or above can count toward the post-master's certificate.
  • Focus areas are not available for students pursing certificates.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Courses

Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.

CORE COURSES

Students are required to take the core courses listed in their focus areas. Electives will round out the ten-course requirement.

COURSES BY FOCUS AREA

The focus areas offered represent related groups of courses that are relevant for students with interests in the selected areas. The focus areas are presented as an aid to students in planning their course schedules and are only applicable to students seeking a Master's degree. They do not appear as official designations on a student's transcript or diploma.

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Plus three electives (two at the 700 level). The Organizational Management focus area prepares the student to lead technical staff in engineering organizations. Course work includes the management of technical organizations as well the management of technical staff. Students who have graduated from this program often are employed as technical group leaders.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Plus three electives (two at the 700 level). In this focus area students acquire the skills needed to manage/lead complex technical engineering projects. Graduates find employment as project managers on complex aerospace, IT, and biomedical projects.

PROJECT/ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Plus one 700 level elective. Students who select this focus area may not yet have decided whether they want to become line or project managers. This focus area allows the student, by means of electives, to concentrate on their chosen career path.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT

Plus four electives. Because complex technical programs often need to focus on delivering engineering products to very high standards, this focus area offers courses on how to develop engineering products to the highest standards. Course work includes the introduction to AS9100.

TECHNICAL INNOVATION MANAGEMENT

Plus three electives. For those students who aspire to become entrepreneurs or lead the innovation efforts in their companies, this focus area offers an introduction on how to lead these efforts. Graduates of this program have in the past been involved with start-up companies.

Program News

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