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Graduate program in College of Engineering and Technology adjusts name

The College of Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University has announced an update for the name of a graduate program to better reflect the scope of curriculum.

The Master of Science in Technology (MST) program now will be known as the Master of Science in Engineering Technology (MSET). The new title is better suited to include the latest topics across a wide range of the electrical, mechanical and manufacturing technology fields.



The program has historically offered “classic” industry courses in quality, facilities, manufacturing systems and research, and advanced modeling, according to program coordinator Paul Yanik.

“The MSET program will build on the existing program that allow students to gain technical depth along with breadth in business and project management, whether full time or part time as a working professional,” said Yanik, also an associate professor in the College of Engineering and Technology. “The increased diversity of in-demand subjects will offer students the opportunity to learn in areas that facilitate technical career advancement or academic research.”



The name follows a trend among similar programs to also offer study in modern and emergent topic areas of interest to industry, such as engineering innovation, robotics, machine learning, instrumentation, networking, and microcontroller systems. The motivation to make the change was a natural progression of the field and industry demand for these skills, coupled with research and technical interests of faculty.

The program requirements in regard to hours and timeline will not change; only the range of courses that WCU is able to offer – which will be richly increased. The degree requires a minimum of 10 courses (30 credits) and may be completed in as little as two years either on the main campus in Cullowhee, or evenings at the Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville. The program currently enrolls 17 thesis-option students and 12 exam-option (coursework plus a comprehensive exam) students. 

For more information on the MSET program, contact Yanik at 828-227-2166 or

About the Master of Science in Engineering Technology Program

Program Overview

Location: Cullowhee and Biltmore Park

App Deadline: Jan. 1, May 1, Aug. 1

Full-Time or Part-Time

Full-Time Eligible for Assistantships

Prerequisites: GRE Suggested, Score 300

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