2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    Sep 24, 2023  
2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Management

Academic and Administrative Director: Bohdan Hoshovsky


The Department of Technology Management and Innovation at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU is the New York City/Tri-State region’s academic hub for technology and innovation management.

The Master of Science in Management degree (MSM) is recognized by the Graduate Management Admission Council as a graduate professional-management degree. NYU-Poly’s modern MSM curriculum prepares working and aspiring professionals for increasing knowledge and responsibility in management in technology-intensive settings and entrepreneurial venues. Unlike longer and more general management programs elsewhere, the MSM is structured so that students, without losing needed breadth, can more quickly concentrate on their specialized areas of interest—all within the larger technology and innovation management domain. In short, the MSM represents an efficient, focused, up-to-date and unique professional learning experience.

The program has been thoroughly designed to develop competencies in modern decision making and to select, allocate and direct human, financial, physical, technological and organizational resources during rapid, technology-driven change. These management skills can be applied in a broad range of professional settings in the private and public sectors, in production and service-oriented activities, and in traditional and high-technology environments.

The MSM program in management takes a pragmatic, modern, results-oriented approach that emphasizes integrating technology, people and advanced managerial approaches to create value in the marketplace and in modern organizations. Unlike a traditional MBA, the MSM possesses an efficiently designed curriculum, wherein students specialize quickly. Even subjects such as finance and marketing are taught not as special areas of expertise, but as basic tools for managerial decision making in a technology-intensive and knowledge-based environment. NYU-Poly supports these courses with a modern, Web-based infrastructure. The program continually introduces state-of-the-art material in paper and digital format. MSM graduates are ready to advance swiftly in a competitive business world.

The department tailors class schedules and teaching to the specific needs of its students, many of whom are working professionals or engaged at internships. Classes are typically offered after regular office hours. Class structure enables participants to receive individual attention and to work closely with faculty. The course of study is for those aspiring to work in, or currently working in, technology-intensive industries and in companies that depend on technology and innovation for products and services.

Overview of the MSM Management Curriculum

1. Core MSM Courses

The six required courses shown below provide an 18 credit foundation upon which students can pursure cutting-edge specializations within the degree program. These core courses expose students to the disciplines required of a professional manager. Students who have taken these courses elsewhere of previously at NYU-Poly, or who have had equivalent  experience may substitute elective courses for such core courses; however, all students are required to complete the MSM degree’s 36 credits.


Core courses should be taken as early in the program as possible.

2. Areas of Concentration

After completing the core courses, MSM degree candidates build further managerial skills by formally choosing and declaring from the following 15 credit area of MSM Concentrations, all of which are designed for success in a global economy in which on-going innovation is required. (With the MSM Program Director’s pre-approval, a set of courses that meet individual needs through a custom MSM concentration may be choosen). A minimum of four courses must be selected in any one concentration area. MSM concentrations include:

3. Capstone Project

The MSM program concludes with an overarching capstone project course. This required, integrating three-credit course,

  , is recommended for a student’s final semester. In special cases,   may be substituted for students wishing to produce a major dissertation in a specialty with the permission of the MSM Program Director and the TM&I Chair. Such a student must follow the Master’s Thesis course requirements.


The program requires some fundamental knowledge of probability and statistics. Students without such a background are required to take a managerial probability and statistics course such as MA-UY 2054 , MG-GY 5050 , or its equivalent. Students with this background may apply to waive this requirement.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Master of Science in Management is to provide the highest quality and most effectively designed learning experience that centers broadly on modern managerial arenas encompassing innovation, technology and information management, e-business and entrepreneurship in the New York City/Tri-State Region and beyond.

We encourage NYU-Poly graduate students to broaden their knowledge through our technology management course offerings. The MSM Program espouses a synergistic approach with several NYU-Poly Graduate degree programs outside of TM which have incorporated MSM courses in their curricula.

Admission and Degree Requirements

Criteria for admission include a bachelor’s degree with at least a B average from an accredited college or university and demonstrated evidence of motivation, maturity, and the ability to benefit from and contribute to professional graduate studies. Students must exhibit a strong desire to make a difference in fields associated with innovation, technology and modern change. An applicant who lacks certain criteria may be admitted as a nondegree (nonmatriculated) student with the subsequent opportunity to become a matriculated degree candidate. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an acceptable equivalent test, such as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), may be requested to support admission.

The MSM requires completion of 12 courses, for 36 credits with a B average or better. A maximum of nine transfer credits may be granted for graduate courses taken elsewhere prior to enrollment in MSM after they are evaluated by an MSM adviser.

Undergraduates in Graduate MSM Classes

With three exceptions, undergraduates may not enroll in graduate MSM classes. The exceptions are: (1) undergraduate students enrolled in a joint BS-MS program associated with the Management Department, with the approval of an adviser in the Technology Management Department, may register for Graduate Management courses; (2) undergraduate seniors with a 3.0 GPA or better, with the signature of the MSM program director, may register for MSM core courses: MG-GY 6013 , MG-GY 6073 , MG-GY 6083 , MG-GY 6093 , MG-GY 6503  and MG-GY 8673 ; and (3) undergraduate seniors majoring in BTM with a 3.0 GPA or better, with the signature of the MSM program director, may register for any MSM course.

Advanced Certificate Programs

The Department of Technology Management offers several advanced certificate programs for professionals with work experience. Applicants for advanced certificate programs must hold bachelor’s degrees. Matriculation in an advanced certificate program requires formal application and acceptance to one of the Advanced Certificate Programs. All Advanced Certificate Programs described here are comprised of five courses (totaling 15 credits) that meet individual needs and meet the certificate’s requirements, as indicated below.

Students are issued certificates after they complete a sequence with an average grade of B or better. Those who choose to apply for a Master of Science in Management are able, upon admission, to apply all courses completed for a certificate toward fulfillment of the graduate degree requirements. Additional information can be obtained from the TM department.

Advanced Technology Management Certificates are offered in the following fields:

* Offered jointly with the CE Department. Please refer to the Construction Management  section of this catalog for further details.


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