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Colorado School of Mines ETM Program Overview



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Introduction to ETM at CSM

The Mines Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) program is an accelerated one-year master’s degree program designed for graduates of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) undergraduate programs who seek to enhance their knowledge, marketability and career potential. The ETM program enriches a STEM background with contemporary business management tools, skills and insights that are needed in rapidly changing, technology-focused enterprises. The unique ETM curriculum focuses on building leaders who can effectively create, build and manage complex technology intensive organizations, both public and private.

The program offers an attractive alternative to more specialized one-year management programs and traditional MBA programs for students with the appropriate technical background. Enhancing your strong technical undergraduate training with knowledge of business and management will make you a better engineer or applied scientist. The combination of a STEM undergraduate and the ETM MS degree creates a powerful combination of technical depth and quantitative management tools to position you for increased career opportunities, higher starting salary and significantly higher lifetime earnings.

An undergraduate degree in engineering or applied science is usually required to be admitted to this program.

Why Study ETM at CSM?


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Many students are attracted to traditional full-time MBA programs as a vehicle to transition into new careers or industries. Examples include changing from customer service to corporate finance, or moving from the insurance industry into the banking industry.

The Mines ETM Program serves different student needs. The program is designed specifically for students who have STEM backgrounds and wish to leverage that background into engineering management and the management of technology with a focus on developing quantitative based analytic skills. The ETM program enhances and amplifies a technical degree to help engineers and applied scientists accelerate their careers into increased responsibilities and opportunities.


Many MBA programs typically include a curriculum of required business courses that cover numerous general business functions applicable to both small franchise businesses and large multinational consumer product businesses. The breadth of the required curriculum results in the typical two-year program duration.

Mines’ ETM program is more focused, and shorter in duration. The program is responsive to the changing needs of industry and governments that require engineers and scientists to work collaboratively across business functions and to manage and lead large and complex technical projects globally.


Because our ETM students come from STEM backgrounds, they share strong quantitative skills, the rigor to tackle complex problems, and the curiosity to explore new ideas and concepts. These traits help form immediate bonds and mutual respect, resulting in a strong sense of community among ETM students.

Program Costs + Living Expenses : ETM at CSM

Colorado ResidentOut-of-State StudentOn-Line Student
Housing/Meal Allowance$17,361$17,361 $17,361
Books, Materials, Supplies, & Equipment$1,500$1,500$1,500
Personal Allowance$1,611$1,611$1,611
Transportation Allowance$1,665$1,665$1,665

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Eligibility Criteria for ETM at CSM

The MS degree in Engineering and Technology Management involves 30 credit hours of course work. There is a set of core courses required of all students in the ETM program. Each student then can tailor his or her studies by selecting an area of focus or by completing courses in any focus group.

Non-Thesis Option Course work

  • 15 credits (5 classes) of core courses
  • 15 credits (5 classes) courses in the areas of focus listed below

Thesis Option Course work

  • 15 credits (5 classes) of core courses
  • 9 credits (3 classes) courses in the areas of focus listed below
  • 6 thesis research credits


  • Undergraduate degree, preferably a Bachelor of Science in engineering or applied science.

Application Deadlines - ETM at CSM

DateApplication Status
Late SeptemberOnline Application Opens
December 1, 2023 (11:59pm PST)Application deadline for Autumn 2024-25 for applicants also applying to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program
December 12, 2023
(11:59pm PST)
Application deadline for Autumn 2024-25

The application deadline is final. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

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Scholarships Available : ETM at CSM


Apply by March 1 to compete for limited scholarships available to accepted Engineering and Technology Management students. Students are awarded these fellowships based on their academic scholarship. Please indicate on your application that you wish to receive financial aid.


Apply by March 1 to compete for limited teaching assistant (TA) positions to begin in the following fall semester. PhD students have priority on the available positions. We hire approximately 10 students to teach principles of economics recitation sections. We also hire students to work as hourly graduate assistants to grade for courses. Faculty members will hire students as research assistants (RA) when research projects are secured. Once you enroll at Mines students may search for on-campus positions in Diggernet.


Specializations & Electives Offered


  • EBGN525 Business Analytics
  • EBGN540 Accounting & Corporate Finance
  • EBGN553 Project Management
  • EBGN563 Management of Technology and Innovation
  • EBGN585 ETM Capstone (take in final semester)


Students can tailor their studies by selecting any selection of five ETM electives from the following list. The available electives are shown in two categories of focus, but ETM students can choose from both categories (List A and B).

List A: Engineering Management and Analytic Methods

  • EBGN 526 Stochastic Models in Management Science
  • EBGN 528 Industrial Systems Simulation
  • EBGN 555 Linear Programming
  • EBGN 559 Supply Chain Analytics
  • EBGN 560 Decision Analytics
  • EBGN 571 Marketing Analytics

List B: Technology Management and Innovation

  • EBGN 562 Strategic Decision Making
  • EBGN 565 Marketing for Technology-Based Companies
  • EBGN 566 Technology Entrepreneurship
  • EBGN 572 International Business Strategy
  • EBGN 576 Managing and Marketing New Product Developments
  • EBGN 577 Leading & Managing High Performing Teams
  • EBGN 578 Business Operations and Venture Planning

FAQs About MeM

Students in the ETM program should be able to apply their analytical and scientific experience in science and technology with coursework in management, strategy and operations research. Therefore a BS degree in engineering or an applied science is preferred.

Graduates with a MS degree in Engineering and Technology Management are prepared for numerous categories of positions in a cross-section of industries. Among those are engineering management support, investment analyst, operations research analyst, risk management, various consultant positions, project management, financial analyst, technology entrepreneurs, etc.

No. As stated above, you may begin taking ETM master’s courses, but they must not count towards your undergraduate degree. In fact, the Office of Graduate Studies requires students to complete their undergraduate degree one semester prior to earning a graduate degree.

The ETM program is not designed as an evening part-time program. Almost all of the courses are scheduled during the day, typically Monday through Thursday. Students who take the ETM program while working will need to arrange to be in class during the day. This generally requires flexibility from your employer.

The average student age for the ETM program is 26.

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

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2-3 months.

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3-4 weeks at least. 

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Step 4

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1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

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