The Master of Science degree in Technology (MST) program prepares qualified candidates for professional careers that require technical applications related to quality assurance, manufacturing operations, and industrial supervision.
WCU offers a traditional thesis-based program at its main campus in Cullowhee as well as a professional, part-time MST program based in Asheville at Biltmore Park. The Cullowhee program allows students to focus in electrical or mechanical technology and prepares graduates to pursue further graduate education or to enter industry in advanced positions. The Biltmore Park program is specifically designed to serve working professionals through evening course offerings.
Four major study areas include professional writing, a technology core, a supporting area, and an applied area. In the applied and supporting areas, the student may select specific groups of courses that provide a greater depth of study.
The MST program is designed with sufficient flexibility to permit students to select a combination of courses in applied and supporting areas to meet individual career needs. Additional courses provide the opportunity to develop special research and applications skills.
Prerequisites: An undergraduate degree in engineering, engineering technology, industrial technology, or an approved technical field
In addition to the university’s Graduate School Admission Requirements, the MST program has the following requirements:
1) Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (for assistantship consideration, a GPA of 3.5/4.0 is strongly recommended on all major courses taken at the undergraduate level)
2) A duly completed application package including application forms, statement of purpose, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation from former professors or supervisors who can testify to the candidate's aptitude for graduate study.
3) GRE General Exam - a combined score of 1000 on verbal and quantitative, and a 3.5 on analytical writing is strongly recommended for assistantship consideration. (The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants to the part-time, professional program if the applicant possesses a minimum of three years U.S. work experience and has an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.25/4.0.)
For international students, a minimum score of 80 (Internet-based Test), 213 (Computer-based Test), or 550 (Paper-based Test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. In addition, international students must submit a document-by-document evaluation of undergraduate degree(s) by the World Evaluation Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation services.
Requirements for the M.S. degree in Technology include a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study distributed over core requirements, directed project, professional skills, applied electives, and support area courses. The thesis option requires an additional 6 semester hours in thesis. Students must pass the comprehension exam in addition to the course work. 50% of the courses required for the master’s degree must be at the 600-level or above.
Students in the traditional thesis-based program typically complete the program in two years taking three courses in the fall and three in the spring.
Professional students also can complete the degree in two years by taking two courses per semester and one course in the summer. Each semester, one course will be face-to-face, and the other course will be online or in the form of “independent study” to provide flexibility.
For more information on the course requirements for the M.S. in Technology click here to visit the WCU Course Catalog.
On-campus graduate students may be supported by Graduate Research Assistantships. International students may also be awarded out-of-state tuition remissions. The allocation of assistantships is very competitive, and awards are based on an applicants undergraduate performance, GRE scores, and recommendations. Students must be enrolled full-time (minimum of 9 credit hours per semester).
All full-time applicants who filled out "Application for Graduate Assistantship" form are automatically considered for graduate research assistant positions. Assistantship applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application packages by February 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission. Late applications will be considered based on funds availability. Decisions will be made by March 31 and November 30, respectively.