Graduate Studies

Engineering Technology

“My graduate experience helped build my leadership skills and deepened my technical understanding. My undergraduate business degree blended seamlessly with the technical and analytical training in the program. I developed my leadership vision, improved communication skills, evaluated decisions by understanding the impact on business, and integrated my business background and technical acumen to give me a broader vision of business. These are a great asset in my career.” – Jeremy Thomas, Senior Group Leader, Facility Operations

Program Overview

The School of Engineering and Technology offers a Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology. The program is designed to prepare industrial and organizational professionals to be knowledgeable about world class production and transformation systems. The program provides advanced course work in strategies, agendas and quality control. In addition, the program addresses principles of world class organizations and restructuring of production and service practices, which include, but are not limited to: simultaneous/concurrent engineering, just in time, material requirements/resources planning, lean practices and product and process simplification with value analysis/value engineering.

The program permits advanced course work for those persons having baccalaureate degrees in a variety of related technological fields (manufacturing, engineering, graphic communication, business, construction, and production are a few examples). For those persons actively engaged in production management positions, this program offers an opportunity to research technical and scientific developments in advanced operational systems. Other professionals who find it necessary to develop technical knowledge and skills from disciplines as diverse as computer science, industrial engineering, and business administration can benefit from the program.

The program enables the University to assist individuals in industry who wish to advance into positions of increased responsibility in production systems. The program permits those in industry to keep abreast of changes in technology and enables those with a technical background to have practical experience at the graduate level prior to, or while, being employed full time.

The courses offered by the School are highly relevant to adequate technology being utilized as an integral problem-solving tool. Course work includes technology-centered learning experiences in the School production laboratories. Experiences include automation, CAD/CAM, CNC, robotics, measurement, and process control. These experiences help students connect theories and principles learned in courses to real-world professional practice. The opportunity to participate in industrial work experiences (internships), to pursue independent studies, and to perform independent research, coupled with graduate laboratory courses, provides a balanced program of studies that may be designed to meet the individual needs of the student. A significant portion of all course work within the School involves technical writing at required industry standards.

Why Engineering Technology at WIU?

Graduates of the ET degree program are beneficiaries of the following:

  • 100% placement
  • Small student-to-faculty ratio
  • Small class sizes
  • Collaborative learning environment
  • Industry certifications
  • High salaries
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Internship opportunities

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Degrees Available:

  • M.S.


  • Macomb

Required GPA:

  • Cumulative: 2.75 or
  • Last 2 years: 3.0

Admission Requirements:

  • Transcripts
  • Goals Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Interesting Facts: Fall 2023

  • Currently enrolled: 34
  • International: 29
  • Minority: 3
  • Students with Assistantships: 6

School Contact Information:

Knoblauch Hall 135