Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Sheet for Ph.D. in TM Degree Program
Is the Ph.D. in TM for me?
Technology Management is a unique and interdisciplinary science degree, combining state-of-the-art entrepreneurship and new venture creation tools and techniques with technology and engineering disciplines as demanded by today’s market. The University of Bridgeport is 1 of 6 higher education institutions in the nation that currently offers a Ph.D. degree in Technology Management. The Ph.D. in Technology Management (TM) degree is the highest title conferred in the TM discipline.
Doctorate degrees in general would qualify you to become a prestigious member of the academic community as well as providing you with the opportunity to pursue full time university professor positions. A doctorate degree in TM is also appealing to those who have gained sufficient experience in industry and research and are currently pursuing higher level managerial positions in the private and public sectors in technology-related fields.
What are the typical careers pursuable after completing the Ph.D. in TM degree program?
- Bio-technology Management
- Decision Support Systems / Big Data Analysis / Modeling
- General Management
- Information Analytics
- Information Technology Management
- Manufacturing Management
- New Product Development and Commercialization
- New Venture Creation
- Project Management
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- Supply Chain & Logistics Management
- Systems Analysis
- Technology Entrepreneurship / Entrepreneurship
Am I eligible for a scholarship for the Ph.D. in TM degree program?
Applicants will qualify for the following scholarships in their first year of study:
- $3,000 scholarship if the graduate GPA is above 3.6 out of 4
- $4,000 scholarship if the graduate GPA is above 3.7 out of 4
- $5,000 scholarship if the graduate GPA is above 3.8 out of 4
The School of Engineering at the University of Bridgeport also offers graduate assistantship (GA) and Work Study opportunities to those students who demonstrate excellence in their studies.
What is the expected duration of the Ph.D. in TM degree program?
The Ph.D. in TM degree program has just started and currently has not graduated any students. The statistics, however, indicate that completing a Ph.D. degree in a similar field takes an average of 4-6 years. It is expected for part-time students to complete the degree in a longer period of time. The time limit for completing the Ph.D. is 7 years.
Is the GRE exam mandatory for UB graduates to apply for the Ph.D. program?
A minimum GRE score of 700 on the Quantitative section (155 on the revised scale) or better is required for every applicant. A lower Quantitative GRE score might be acceptable if applicants are otherwise competitive. Students with an undergraduate and graduate degree in engineering or STEM, with 3 or more years of business experience, may be exempt from the GRE requirement.
How much does the Ph.D. Degree in Technology Management cost?
The program requires completion of 30 credit hours of graduate courses in addition to a 15 credit hour dissertation work. At $775 per credit (as of Spring 2015), once tuition, fees, insurance, and the cost of accommodations are included, total fees would be approximately $31,305 per year of academic studies.
Will I be considered for a graduate assistantship?
Several of the full-time Ph.D. students in the TCMG program are partially or fully financially sponsored via Faculty research grants, their employer's tuition reimbursement plans, or other national and international organizations and/or governments. Some serve as graduate, research, or teaching assistants or work-study students during their tenure as doctoral students in the program. Students in the program are also eligible to apply for a variety of funding opportunities including, but not limited to federal graduate research grants, federal student aid, federal and state student loans, and grants. If you are accepted into the program you might be considered for assistantship and other funding opportunities.
We, as the committee, do not consider financial need during the evaluation of Ph.D. applications; meaning, needing (or not) an assistantship or financial sponsorship does not affect your admission decision positively or negatively in any manner.
If you are an international student, please note that unless you are able to demonstrate that you can sponsor yourself through the program, independent of any grants or assistantships that you might be eligible to apply for; you are not eligible to apply to the program. Thus, you need to submit the financial documents proving the existence of sufficient funds to complete the full program.