Academic Curriculum

Professional Master of Technology 

30 hours required for graduation

Kansas State University's Professional Master of Technology Degree is designed to enable professionals from diverse technology fields to thrive in rapidly changing work environments. As a professional program, the PMT degree provides advanced skills and knowledge in the areas of communication, leadership, project management, and teamwork. It also provides unique opportunities for students to arrange programs with concentrated study in the broad areas of aeronautical technology, engineering technology, and technology management. Qualified faculty work cooperatively with each graduate student to develop highly individualized plans of study. As one of the first Professional Master of Technology degree in the state of Kansas, this program provides unique educational opportunities for college graduates and industry personnel from a variety of backgrounds.


Required Common Core Courses (15 credit hours)

    COT 701 Advanced Technical Communication (3)

    COT 703 Project Management for Professionals (3)

    COT 704 Managerial Finances, Metrics, and Analytics (3)

    COT 705 Transformational Leadership for Technology (3)

    COT 706 Informatics and Technology Management (3)

Capstone Experience (3 credit hours)

   COT 781 Capstone Experience for Professional Master of Technology (3)

Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Airport Management

    COT 660 Airport Law. (3)

    COT 661 Airport Planning and Management (3)

    COT 662 Aviation Management (3)

    COT 713 Advanced Aviation Safety Management (3)

UAS Management

    COT 663 UAS Flight Operations Management (3)

    COT 664 UAS Program Management (3)

    COT 674 Processing Techniques for Low Altitude Remotely Sensed Data (3)

    COT 675 Acquisition and Advanced Processing of LARS Data (3)

    COT 676 Low Altitude Remote Sensing Product/Project Development (3)

Aircraft Certification

    COT 611 Introduction and Overview of Aircraft Certification (3)

    COT 622 Aircraft Type Certification (3)

    COT 634 Aircraft Production Certification (3)

    COT 636 Aircraft Certification Project. (3)

Engineering Technology


    COT 632 RF Technology (3)

    COT 650 Analytical and Computational Tools for Engineering Technology (3)

    COT 731 Applied Electromagnetics (3)


    COT 720 Application of Lean Six Sigma Methods (3)

    COT 721 Reliability Centered Maintenance of Plant Equipment (3)


    MANGT 810 Operations Management and Analysis (3)

    MANGT 820 Behavioral Management Theory (3)

Other Electives

    COT 702 - Applied Research Skills and Methods (3 credit hours)

    STAT 703 - Statistical Methods for Natural Sciences (3 credit hours)

    COT 792 Problems in Master of Technology (var. 1-3)

    COT 799 Special Topics in Professional Master of Technology (var. 1-3)


Other Kansas State University graduate courses may be used as electives if approved in the student’s PMT program of study.


Core courses

COT 701 Advanced Technical Communications (3 credit hours)

Intensive writing practice, applying rhetorical principles to a number of genres common to non-academic professions and workplaces, including oral presentations. Introduction to allied topics such as document design and editing, crafting technical presentations. Application of global information literacy and research methods, culminating in the preparation of a master’s project proposal. 
Pr.: ENGL 200, 302. 


COT 703. Project Management for Professionals. (3) Fall. This course focuses on applied project management methodology, tools, and techniques. Topics include career aspects of project management; business factors affecting the project; project organization, planning, execution, and communications; the project life cycle; risk analysis; and best practices in project management.


COT 704. Managerial Finances, Metrics, and Analytics. (3) Spring.

Provides an overview of an organization’s financial statements, with an emphasis on the interaction between people in management positions and those statements, as well as an examination of the business investment decision-making process. Explores the use of metrics and analytics to measure and improve managerial performance. 


COT 705. Transformational Leadership for Technology. (3) Fall. Study and application of leadership styles and common leader traits, skills and behaviors needed in technology industries and dynamic environments where innovation is a key success factor. Includes application in virtual team environments, and introduces concepts of transformational leadership. This course enables students to build group vision, values, and commitment and to make connections between diverse organizational cultures, leadership styles, and business strategies that enable success in a rapidly changing technology world.  Students develop lifelong learning networks and information sources that enable them to continue to grow as leaders.


COT 706. Informatics and Technology Management. (3) Spring. Provides theoretical and practical experience in using information technology to support organizational decision-making processes. Provides tools in areas such as statistics, research methods, data mining, and information technology to develop solutions tailored to business problems.


COT 781 Capstone Experience in Professional Master of Technology (up to 6 credit hours)

Students in the PMT Degree program will formulate, research, and execute a project for industry partners to gain hands-on experience under expert guidance while integrating knowledge to solve complex problems. Students will write a convincing proposal for their capstone experience, gather and analyze data, draw conclusions, and present results. Teams of first and second-year students may form to work on real-world projects. This course may be repeated up to three semesters, up to a total of six credit hours.



Airport Management

COT 660.  Airport Law. (3) Spring. A detailed study of how the U.S. regulatory and legal systems work in relation to airport management. This course emphasizes contract law related to the Federal Aviation Administration Airport covenants and restrictions, Federal Aviation Regulation compliance, and airport operator liability.


COT 661 Airport Planning and Management (3 credit hours)

An overview of the Federal Aviation Regulation part 139 airport design standard and airport master planning process. Includes a study of the role of the airport in community development. 
Pr.: PPIL 111. Note: Advanced course project required.


COT 662 Aviation Management (3 credit hours)

Fall. Provides the Professional Master of Technology student with the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of basic aviation industry management practices in use today combined with historical perspectives. 
Includes case study analysis.


COT 713 Advanced Aviation Safety Management (3 credit hours)

An examination of the development of safety and how safety management has become an important part of any company. Discusses Safety Management Systems and how this blueprint is becoming an integral part of most organizations, emphasizing specific governmental and corporate programs. Topics include management tools and techniques to aid in systematically controlling risk and developing a safety culture mind-set. Pr.: PPIL 450.


UAS Management

­­COT 663. UAS Flight Operations Management. (3) Fall. Best practices for managing complex operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) including topics on: personnel and training, regulatory/policy considerations, airspace access, operating procedures, mission planning, system acquisitions, safety, customer relations, application-specific considerations, and data handling. Emphasis on the handling of unexpected delays and challenges to normal operations.


COT 664. UAS Program Management. (3) Spring. Best practices for top-level management of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program, including topics on: strategic planning, business model development, proposals, marketing, customer and government relations, personnel management, data handling and security, export control, regulatory environment, and operating procedures.


COT 674.  Processing Techniques for Low-Altitude Remotely Sensed Data. (3) Fall. Students learn techniques for exploring remotely sensed data using geographic information systems and image processing software. Topics include manipulation of vector and raster data, management of spatial databases, image stitching, georeferencing, orthorectification, and techniques in the use and interpretation of metadata and development of spatial analysis models useful in remote sensing applications. 


COT 675.  Acquisition and Advanced Processing of LARS Data. (3) Spring. Topics begun in COT 674 are further developed.  Advanced topics include: multi-spectral data acquisition and processing, exploitation of full-motion video, interpretation of geospatial and remotely sensed data, geostatistical methods of data analysis, photogrammetric measurements, and an introduction to big data concepts. Pr.: COT 674.


COT 676.  Low-Altitude Remote-Sensing Product/Project Development. (3) Fall. Building on the skills acquired in COT 674 and 675, students fly a low-altitude remote-sensing mission to obtain geospatial data to process, manipulate, and analyze as the means of developing a finished product in areas of interest to the student.  Potential areas of investigation include: precision agriculture, environmental remediation, fire management, wildlife studies, or stewardship of managed ecosystems.  Pr.: COT 675.


Aircraft Certification

COT 611. Introduction to and Overview of Aircraft Certification. (3) Fall. Provides an overview of the FAA certification process relating how the certification process contributes to a safe National Airspace System. Application of relevant Federal Aviation Regulations. Covers both aircraft type and production certification to include airframe, engine, and component certification. 


COT 622. Aircraft Type Certification. (3) Fall. A detailed examination of the type conformity certification process leading to the issuance of airworthiness certification. Covers FAA and international conformity standards and regulating bodies as well as relevant Minimum Operating Performance Standards to include DO 160, 178, and 254. Presents the supplemental type certification process, continuing airworthiness process, airworthiness directives, the relationship of manufacturer service bulletins, and the type certification change process.


COT 634. Aircraft Production Certification. (3) Spring. A detailed examination of the elements of the aircraft production certification process; including FAA surveillance designations, the application and approval process, the parts manufacturer approval process, production approval procedures, certificate management of production approval holders, and the technical standard order program. Pr.: COT 611.COT 636. Aircraft Certification Project. (3) Spring.  An applied project focused on aircraft type or production certification. This course is designed to improve the demonstration of professional knowledge of aircraft certification processes. Pr.: COT 611 and COT 622.


Engineering Technology


COT 632 RF Technology (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the theory and design of electronic circuits for communications emphasizing the implementation and analysis of common radio-frequency (RF) building blocks. Topics include s-parameters, the Smith chart, component behavior, RF test equipment, computer simulation, filter design, impedance matching, amplifiers, oscillators, mixers, and demodulators. 
Pr.: ECET 320. Note: A report will be required of all graduate students.


COT 650 Analytical and Computational Tools for Engineering Technology (3 credit hours)

Ordinary differential equations, vector algebra, vector calculus, partial differential equations and the separation of variables technique for solving wave equations. Students also perform simulation and analysis using software tools including MATLAB and MATHCAD.
Pr.: MATH 221.


COT 731 Applied Electromagnetics (3 credit hours)

Fundamentals of electromagnetic wave phenomena primarily using transmission line theory to study practical applications such as antennas, cables, and waveguides. Includes a treatment EMI and related issues. 
Pr.: MATH 221 and ECET 320.



COT 720 Application of Lean Six Sigma Methods (3 credit hours)

Six sigma and lean tools within an enterprise to improve product and process development, production operations, and service activities. 
Pr.: STAT 703.


COT 721 Reliability Centered Maintenance of Plant Equipment (3 credit hours)

Reliability modeling and assessment, reliability-centered maintenance, condition monitoring technologies, and computer tools. 
Pr.: Graduate standing.


Business/Technology Management

MANGT 810 Operations Management and Analysis (3 credit hours)

The study of the role of operations systems in the provision of value for the customer. Operations systems design, capacity determination, resource requirements planning and control, theory of constraints, supply chain management, quality management and control and project management are discussed and analyzed.
Pr.: STAT 351 or 702.


MANGT 820 Behavioral Management Theory (3 credit hours)

An in-depth analysis of the development of the behavioral bases of individual and group behavior in business, governmental, educational, and other organizations with emphasis on current research literature and applications. 
Pr.: Open only to students in graduate business degree or certificate programs or with permission of the instructor.



COT 702 Applied Research Skills and Methods (3 credit hours)

Survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods; use of a range of tools to develop applied research skills focusing on literature reviews. Examines applied research concepts, methods, and skills to foster enlightened decision making in professional practice. 
Pr.: COT 701


STAT 703 Statistical Methods for Natural Sciences (3 credit hours)

Statistical concepts and methods basic to experimental research in the natural sciences; hypothetical populations; estimation of parameters; confidence intervals; parametric and nonparametric tests of hypotheses; linear regression; correlation; one-way analysis of variance; t-test; chi-square test. 
Pr.: Junior standing and equiv. of college algebra. 


COT 792 Problems in Master of Technology (var. 1-3 credit hours)

Opportunity for advanced independent study of a specific topic in one of the following areas: Aviation safety, engineering technology, or technology management. Topics selected jointly by student and the instructor. 
Pr.: Consent of instructor.


COT 799 Special Topics in Professional Master of Technology (var.1-3 credit hours)

Offered on sufficient demand. Advanced topics in Professional Master of Technology. 
Pr.: Varies with announced topic.


Manhattan Electives

Students may enroll in relevant graduate level courses on the Manhattan campus to fulfill elective requirements if approved as part of their formal program of study.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer in up to 9 graduate credit hours from another accredited institution, with approval of their advisor, their committee, and the Graduate School.