The Technology and Information Management M.S. program WILL NOT be accepting applications indefinitely.

 The TIM M.S. Program will not be offered in 2017-2018.  

UCSC has established a M.S. and Ph.D program in Technology and Information Management. The Ph.D. program is a full time program located on UCSC’s main campus in Santa Cruz. For more information about the Ph.D. program, please contact the Graduate Director Yi Zhang

For M.S. applicants joining the program in Fall 2013 and beyond, the M.S. program is located at UCSC’s Silicon Valley Campus in Santa Clara, not the Santa Cruz campus. The distance between the two campuses is roughly 40 miles. Please visit the UCSC Silicon Valley Campus website for more information. Students enrolled at the Silicon Valley Campus have the right to take Santa Cruz campus courses and vice versa, although transportation must be arranged independently. Since the M.S. program is primarily intended for working professionals in Silicon Valley, most courses will be held in the evening. For more information about new M.S. program in Silicon Valley, please contact Subhas Desa

In order to apply students should:

  1. Review deadline and admission information related to the Baskin School of Engineering before you apply:
  2. Online Application (Apply to Technology & Information Management Ph.D.).

Faculty associated with TIM:

More Information

The Technology and Information Management (TIM) Program, in its teaching and research, addresses Management of Technology (MOT), and its dual, the development of technology to support or enable managers (which we call the Technology of Management or TOM), in the environment of dynamic and highly competitive commercial enterprises that are often called "high-tech" enterprises.

TIM is a new and distinct discipline within engineering, combining technology management, systems engineering, and information technology. The graduates of its academic programs (undergraduate and graduate) will have a solid technology base from engineering and information technology, coupled with an understanding of the functions comprising business enterprises. Building on this foundation, TIM courses will teach analytical methods in the context of the management challenges faced by enterprises that create new products and services. These analytically-trained graduates will be prepared to take leadership roles in existing companies or to help create new enterprises. Its Ph.D. graduates will be exceptionally well-equipped for careers in academia or industrial research.

Research by faculty and graduate students in TIM complement its academic offerings, with research in selected areas of both Management of Technology (MOT) and the Technology of Management (TOM). In MOT, initial research will emphasize development of theory, analytical results, methods and tools that more closely couple economic factors into engineering and product decisions of firms. MOT includes studies of the role of information technology in the management of complex systems of both technology and people. Complex systems may involve relationships with partner companies (e.g. suppliers) or among divisions of a large corporation, as well as interactions between organizations and their customers. These components often act with different economic interests. Such complex systems can be made to run more efficiently by using technology to coordinate information exchange between the components.

Other research topics in MOT include supply chain management, management of new product development and product portfolios, allocation of financial resources, and also those related to management of industrial research, the engineering of new products, product manufacturing and customer support. MOT in particular will draw upon adjunct faculty from outstanding candidates in Silicon Valley companies for some of its course offerings. MOT research is already being conducted by current TIM faculty, some in partnership with colleagues in other SOE departments.

In TOM, the emphasis is on development of both theory and software to enable organizations to manage large collections of data in a way that preserves and enhances the information and knowledge that data represents, as well as enabling people in an organization to retrieve that information in a timely and comprehensible way. Thus with TOM a key objective is to provide corporate decision-makers with the means to exploit the large collections of data now gathered, in areas from manufacturing to sales to services.

The results from TOM have relevance across the enterprise functions of analysis, planning and operations. Topics in TOM complement, and can draw upon, existing strengths in SOE in areas of databases, systems, graphics, and information retrieval.

In summary, the domain of the TIM program is: 1) the management of technology and innovation (MOT), with emphasis on analytic approaches to complex problems whose solutions have both technological and financial components, and 2) the development of technology of management (TOM). Information technology, and information systems and services are core components of both.

Fees & Tuition

Please refer to the campus registrar's webpage for up-to-date information:

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For More Information

For more information, please contact the Graduate Student Advisor: Will Suh

Program Learning Outcomes