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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Engineering and Technology Management

FAQs

Is this degree only for engineers?

No, there are students from all disciplines in the ETM Program. The common basis is that they all manage technology.

What is the difference between ETM and the MBA?

The ETM focuses on managing technology through topics like quality, project variability, and systems and constraints. The MBA focuses on managing business through topics like accounting, marketing, finance, and other pure business areas. Some topics, such as managing people, overlap but the approach between technology management and business management is very different.

Will this degree help my career advancement?

Most students who manage technology find themselves advancing within their own organization faster with the degree than without. Those students seeking new employment usually find positions very quickly with this degree.

Am I ever required to visit the WSU campus?

While you are always welcome to visit campus, you are not required to come to campus to fulfill any of your coursework. We encourage you to come for your graduation ceremony and special events hosted by ASWSU Global Campus and the ASWSU Global student government.

How do I view my unofficial transcripts?

Visit this page for step-by-step instructions.

Is financial aid available to distance students? Do I have to attend full-time to receive financial aid?

To receive financial aid you must be admitted as a degree-seeking student and enrolled at least half-time at WSU. Three-quarter time enrollment also qualifies for financial aid. Half-time enrollment is 6 credits for undergraduate courses and 5 credits for graduate and professional students; three-quarter time enrollment is 9-11 credits. Students who attend less than half-time are eligible for the PELL Grant only. More information.

Can I get medical insurance?

Students enrolled in 7 or more credits can apply for medical insurance through WSU. Learn more.

How long does it take to get a degree at a distance?

There is no set time for degree completion. The time will vary according to how many credits you take each semester The METM degree requires 10 classes plus E M 701. The certificates each require four classes. We encourage all students to consider carefully their total commitment to family, work, and school when deciding how many credits in which to enroll in a semester, especially if they are receiving financial aid. Successful completion of courses each semester should be a priority.

Once I’m admitted, can I get my entire degree online?

Yes, all courses offered through Global Campus allow you to complete your degree online.

Do I automatically receive my textbooks when I register?

No. While you may receive some media material automatically, you order your textbooks from the WSU bookstore, the Bookie. Payment is made to the Bookie; textbook costs are not included with WSU tuition and fees. We encourage you to order your textbooks as soon as possible after registering. Students who do not have their textbooks by the beginning of the semester are at a disadvantage and often have a difficult time catching up.
Find required textbooks for your course.

How do I take exams in distance courses?

Course exams are either take-home exams, which are submitted electronically like course work, or proctored exams, which must be taken under the supervision of an approved proctor such as a librarian, community college administrator, or certain other persons agreed upon by you and WSU.

If I earn a WSU degree through Distance Degree Programs, will my diploma say “online degree”?

Diplomas for distance degrees look identical to diplomas for the same degrees earned on any WSU campus.

What technology do I require as a distance student?

WSU uses web-based classroom software called Blackboard. Learn more about the software and technology requirements.

Have another question?

Don’t hesitate to ask!
Email etm@wsu.edu or call 509-335-0125.

From the basics of engineering leadership to the much more complex theory of constraints, every course I attended in this program had a direct application to my daily activities as an IT leader. And since the faculty are working professionals themselves, I always felt more like a peer than a pupil. They are a major asset of the program.”

—Michael Gaul, ’14
Kootenai Health