2014-2016 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2014-2016 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Management (MSM), M.S.

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Academic and Administrative Director: Bohdan Hoshovsky


The Department of Technology Management and Innovation at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is the New York City/Tri-State region’s academic hub for technology and innovation management.

The Master of Science in Management degree (MSM) is recognized by the Graduate Management Admission Council as a graduate professional-management degree. NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s modern MSM curriculum prepares working and aspiring professionals for increasing knowlege and responsibility in management in technology-intensive settings and entrepreneurial venues. Unlike longer and more general management programs elsewhere, the MSM is structured so that students, without losing needed breadth, can more quickly concentrate on their specialized areas of interest-all within the larger technology and innovation management domain. In short, the MSM represents an efficient, focused, up-to-date and unique professional learning experience.

The program has been thoroughly designed to develop competencies in modern decision making and to select, allocate and direct human, financial, physical, technological and organizational resources during rapid, technology-driven change. These management skills can be applied in a broad range of professional settings in the private and public sectors, in production and service-oriented activities, and in traditional and high-technology environments.

The MSM program in management takes a pragmatic, modern, results-oriented approach that emphasizes integrating technology, people and advanced managerial approaches to create value in the marketplace and in modern organizations. Unlike a traditional MBA, the MSM possesses an efficiently designed curriculum, wherein students specialize quickly. Even subjects such as finance and marketing are taught not as special areas of expertise, but as basic tools for managerial decision making in a technology-intensive and knowledge-based environment. NYU Tandon School of Engineering supports these courses with a modern, Web-based infrastructure. The program continually introduces state-of-the-art material in paper and digital format. MSM graduates are ready to advance swiftly in a competitive business world.

The department tailors class schedules and teaching to the specific needs of its students, many of whom are working professionals or engaged at internships. Classes are typically offered after regular office hours. Class structure enables participants to receive individual attention and to work closely with faculty. The course of study is for those aspiring to work in, or currently working in, technology-intensive industries and in companies that depend on technology and innovation for products and services.

Overview of the MS in Management (MSM) Curriculum

1. Core MSM Courses

The six required core courses shown below provide an 18 credit foundation upon which students can pursue cutting edge specializations within the degree program. These core courses expose students to the disciplines required of a professional manager. Students who have taken these courses elsewhere or previously at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, or who have had equivalent experience, may apply to substitute elective courses for such core courses; however, all students are required to complete the MSM degree’s 36 credits.

Core courses should be taken as early in the program as possible.

2. Areas of Concentration

After completing the core courses, MSM degree candidates build further managerial skills by formally choosing and declaring from the following 15 credit area of MSM Concentrations, all of which are designed for success in a global economy in which on-going innovation is required. (With the MSM Program Director’s pre-approval, a set of courses that meet individual needs through a custom MSM concentration may be chosen). A minimum of four courses must be selected in any one concentration area. MSM concentrations include:

MSM students are permitted to choose one optional MSM Restricted Concentration Elective in their MSM Concentration course-of-interest selection as per the following guidelines: An MSM Restricted Concentration Elective is defined as any graduate management course of at least 3.0 credits from any NYU School. The student’s Restricted Concentration Elective course selection requires written pre-approval of the MSM Program Director.

3. Capstone Project Course

The MSM program concludes with an overarching capstone project course. The required, integrating three-credit course, MG-GY 9703 Project in Strategy and Innovation , is recommended for a student’s final semester. In special cases, MG-GY 997X MS Thesis in Technology Management  may be substituted for students wishing to produce a major dissertation in a specialty with the permission of the MSM Program Director and the TM&I Chair. Such a student must follow the Master’s Thesis course requirements.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Master of Science in Management is to provide the highest quality and most effectively designed learning experience that centers broadly on modern managerial arenas encompassing innovation, technology and information management, e-business and entrepreneurship in the New York City/Tri-State Region and beyond.

We encourage NYU Tandon School of Engineering graduate students to broaden their knowledge through our technology management and innovation course offerings. The MSM Program espouses a synergistic approach with several NYU Tandon School of Engineering Graduate degree programs outside of TM&I, which have incorporated MSM courses in their curricula.

Admission and Degree Requirements

Criteria for admission include a bachelor’s degree with at least a B average from an accredited college or university and demonstrated evidence of motivation, maturity, and the ability to benefit from and contribute to professional graduate studies. Students must exhibit a strong desire to make a difference in fields associated with innovation, technology and modern change. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an acceptable equivalent test, such as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), is required to support admission.

The MSM requires completion of 12 courses, as described above in the MSM curriculum, for 36 credits with a B average or better. A maximum of nine transfer credits may be granted for graduate courses taken elsewhere prior to enrollment in MSM after they are evaluated by the MSM Program Director.


The MSM program requires some fundamental knowledge of probability and statistics. Students without such a background are required to take a managerial probability and statistics course such as MA-UY 2054 , MG-GY 5050 , or its equivalent. Students with this background may apply to waive this requirement.

Undergraduates in Graduate MSM Classes

With three exceptions, undergraduates may not enroll in graduate MSM classes. The exceptions are: (1) undergraduate students enrolled in a joint BS-MS program associated with the Technology Management and Innovation Department, with the approval of an adviser in the Technology Management Department, may register for Graduate Management courses; (2) undergraduate seniors with a 3.0 GPA or better, with the signature of the MSM program director, may register for MSM core courses: MG-GY 6013 , MG-GY 6073 , MG-GY 6083 , MG-GY 6093 , MG-GY 6503  and MG-GY 8673 ; and (3) undergraduate seniors majoring in BTM with a 3.0 GPA or better, with the signature of the MSM program director, may register for any MSM course.

Advanced Certificate Programs

The Department of Technology Management and Innovation offers an advanced certificate program for professionals with work experience. Applicants for the advanced certificate program must hold bachelor’s degrees. Matriculation in the advanced certificate program requires formal application and acceptance to one of the Advanced Certificate Programs. The Advanced Certificate Program described here is comprised of five courses (totaling 15 credits) that meet individual needs and meet the certificate’s requirements, as indicated below.

Students are issued a certificate after they complete a sequence with an average grade of B or better. Those who choose to apply for a Master of Science in Management are able, upon admission, to apply 9 credits completed for a certificate toward fulfillment of the graduate degree requirements. Additional information can be obtained from the TM&I department.

An Advanced Technology Management Certificate is offered in the following field:

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