Technology Management PhD
The PhD in Technology Management (TM) is designed to meet growing industry and academic needs by offering a quality doctoral program to both part-time and full-time students in two inter-related areas:
- New technology venture creation (e.g. entrepreneurship and corporate venturing), and
- Select current and emerging technologies (technology concentrations).
The program will encompass an integrated multi-disciplinary technology and management approach. The PhD-TM program is specifically designed to develop interdisciplinary skills and competencies in research and management of technology-dependent enterprises, technology-based entrepreneurship and new product, service and venture creation.
While the PhD-TM is housed in the Department of Technology Management, the PhD degree facilitates and encourages interdisciplinary studies across the School of Engineering and other schools and utilizes their complementary research facilities, faculty and lab resources.
The PhD degree is a certification of critical aptitude in scholarship, creativity, knowledge in the discipline, enterprise in research, and proficiency and style in communication.
A candidate obtaining a PhD degree must display a thorough understanding in the major areas of Technology Management and must master the necessary tools and techniques so as to be able to make original contributions to the field of Technology Management. An equally important aspect is that of proficiency in oral and written communication skills.
The requirements of the PhD program are: successful completion of preliminary examinations and courses, satisfactory performance in the written comprehensive and oral (proposal defense) examinations, admission to PhD candidacy, successful completion and defense of original work documented as a dissertation, and the satisfaction of additional requirements such as teaching courses, seminars and publications.
The formal degree to be offered is the Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management. This will be awarded to candidates who complete all the requirements of the PhD degree.
A PhD student is expected to maintain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0. If the GPA falls below the required 3.0, the student is automatically placed on probation. (note: grades for transferred courses are not included in the calculation of the University of Bridgeport GPA.). Continued probationary status for two semesters will lead to dismissal of the student from the program. No grade less than “C” is acceptable towards the course work requirement.
* Students admitted to the PhD program should have a business or management degree as well as an engineering, computer science or technology degree. To be more specific, a student should have either: (1) An undergraduate Engineering or Technology (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics category) degree and an MBA or MS in Technology Management or Engineering Management or Management of Technology (MOT) or equivalent graduate degree; or (2) an undergraduate Business or Management or TM or MOT or equivalent degree and a Master’s degree in Engineering, Technology or STEM.
** Area 1 – New Technology Venture Creation and Area 2 – Select Current & Emerging Technologies (see PhD Program Structure for additional requirements and areas)
The student is expected to work on the approved topic and produce original results. S/he must report the results in the form of the PhD dissertation. The student is encouraged to document the intermediate results in the form of technical reports. S/he is also encouraged to publish these results as they are discovered, in international professional literature, i.e., refereed conference proceedings and journals. Proof of good work is the acceptance of the results by reputed journals. Intermediate results can also be discussed in departmental seminars. The completed dissertation must be distributed to the dissertation committee members at least two weeks prior to the dissertation defense. The committee will read and certify that the dissertation is a work of substantial merit and that it can be defended.
It is the responsibility of the student that the final draft of the dissertation addresses all legitimate concerns of the committee members.
After successfully passing the required candidacy examinations and selecting a dissertation adviser, the student is required to define a problem of intellectual merit, carry out a literature search and prepare a course of action to solve the selected problem.
The candidate is expected to produce a dissertation proposal. The PhD Program Director, in consultation with the dissertation adviser and the student, recommends a dissertation committee for the student.
- The supervising professor and at least two members of the dissertation committee must be from a professorial rank within the Department of Technology Management. At least half the members of the dissertation committee must be from a professorial rank within the School of Engineering.
- Dissertation committees consist of a minimum of five faculty members including the external examiner.
- The external examiner is a member who has been distinguished in the field of technology management and engineering.
PhD Program Director sends copies of the completed signed form to: student, student’s file, supervising professor, PhD in Technology Management Program Director and the Dean of the School of Engineering.
The PhD in Technology Management Program Director and the Dean of the School of Engineering must both approve the dissertation committee.