Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Application Requirements

Can international students apply to the MS-ETM program?

No. Unfortunately the MS-ETM program is not yet open to international students from outside of the United States. Only US Citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) may be accepted currently. Please check back in the future for more information.

Is a GRE test required for admission to the MS-ETM program?

No. The GRE exam is waived for this program at this time.

Is a specific format required for professional references?

No. Professional references do not require any special formatting. As part of the application process you indicate the name and email address for at least three individuals to provide you a professional reference. Those people receive an email with access to the admissions system to input a reference for you. References consist of answers to a short set of questions and an optional uploaded letter, if desired.

What is the application deadline?

Priority applications for Fall 2023 must be submitted by June 1, 2023. All applications may be submitted until July 15, 2023. Applications for the Fall 2023 program may not be submitted after July 15, 2023.

Is prior work experience required for admission?

Prior work experience is preferred, but not required for admission to the MS-ETM degree. Students with several years or more of work experience benefit from the program as it builds on the practical knowledge they have gained in the workplace. Students also learn more from each other when they have real-world experiences to share. Applicants without prior work experience are given full consideration for the program and may be admitted depending on availability.

Can I apply to the MS-ETM program if my undergraduate GPA is less then 3.0

An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale) is a general UVU requirement for acceptance into any graduate program. Programs are not able to waive or adjust this requirement. However, students in extraordinary circumstances may request an exception by appealing to the Graduate Council Appeals Committee. Also, note that the undergraduate GPA may be calculated as the cumulative of all undergraduate courses, or may be calculated from the most recent 60 credit hours, whichever is greater.


Are scholarships available for the MS-ETM program?

Yes, UVU offers scholarships based on academic merit for graduate programs. Applicants accepted into the program by July 1st are eligible to receive this scholarship. Recipients are chosen from among the applicants. No separate application is necessary. Also check with your employer to see if they provide financial support for you to attend the MS-ETM program. Many employers support employees to attend UVU’s graduate programs.

What is the tuition rate for Utah in-state students in the MS-ETM program?

See more on the MS-ETM program tuition rates.

What is the tuition rate for out-of-state students in the MS-ETM program?

As an online program, MS-ETM students attending from outside Utah pay the same low in-state tuition as Utah residents. See more on the MS-ETM program tuition rates..

Degree Specifics


Primary Focus Teaching process and technology-related management skills to engineers and those in technical fields; This includes: Process improvement (reduce process variation; often via statistical analysis), error and waste reduction (including non-value added), quality assurance, breakthrough improvements, safety management, infrastructure systems (monitoring, rehabilitation, system management), decision-making considering multi-attributes, product management processes, project management and evaluation. Focus is on enhancing managerial skills while also teaching fundamental management skills to managers and specialists from any field. This includes: Accounting, marketing, economics, social responsibility, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, ethical decision making, problem-solving
Student Career Goals Engineering or Technical management Managerial/executive advancement
Learning Opportunities Enhances product, process, and project management skills for those already in technical or engineering fields Enhanced managerial skills in all core with incorporation of technology awareness (9 credits)
Undergraduate Education Engineering, engineering technology and science degrees preferred. Other majors accepted if the applicant has technical work experience Open to all majors, including engineering
Progression Ability to adapt to changing technological needs and business modernization associated with engineering and technology environments Ability to lead and adapt to innovation, applicable to multiple business environments
Faculty Smith College of Engineering and Technology Woodbury School of Business and Smith College of Engineering and Technology
Work Experience Designed for engineers or technicians desiring advancement or skill enhancement in technically oriented business or engineering fields at any time in career or for those already working in technical fields who want to move into management Designed or individuals in all industries desiring managerial advancement, at any time in a career
Value Competitive value in more technical environment — with certificates, professional engineers, and vast experience Widely recognized as providing essential managerial preparation for career advancement, across industries
Duration 1-2 years 1-2 years
Growth Potential Ability to lead manufacturing or technical or engineering facilities, error and waste reduction, product and project management, improve innovation, manage technological projects, and secure future technology Ability to analyze business problems, develop solutions, and manage/grow successful businesses

Is the Master of Science in Engineering and Technology a STEM program?

Yes, the MS-ETM is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.

How do master level courses compare with undergraduate courses? Are they much harder than undergraduate classes?

Master level courses require significant work similar to senior level undergraduate courses. The focus of MS-ETM masters courses is on thinking, reasoning, critical analysis, and connecting with real-world challenges in industry. Case study analysis, group work, and discussion are important components of master's courses. Assignments are designed to be relevant and connect with students’ employment situations. Graduate students build strong relationships with their peers as they work together on group projects. Master's courses focus on projects and research assignments more than on traditional homework and tests.

How many course credit hours are required per semester in the MS-ETM program?

The MS-ETM program is designed for working professionals to take part-time courses online. Students are grouped into cohorts and typically take two 3 credit hour courses (6 credit hours) per semester to finish 10 courses (30 credit hours) in 5 semesters (20 months). Students benefit from staying together as a group and progressing quickly through the program. However, if a student has scheduling conflicts or other needs, they may take fewer than two courses per semester as long as they are able to finish the program in six years or less. Students may also take more than 30 credit hours by adding elective courses to their schedule as long as they finish within the six-year time limit.

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