Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2010


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Decision Making in Engineering & Technology Management

Course Number

EMGT 530/630


Graduate students -- Attitudes, Engineering students, College choice -- Pacific Northwest -- Surveys, Hierarchical Decision Model, Portland State University


This paper demonstrates a decision making process for selecting the best graduate institution in the Northwest region for international and domestic graduate students. The educational institutions reviewed will be limited to the public institutions located within the northwest region. A brief overview of each institution considered as an alternative is provided. This report also explains how the Hierarchical Decision Model (HDM) was set up with major and subcriteria to prioritize the alternatives. Before using this tool, the criteria that are deemed important to the students must be selected. Fifteen experts responded to the instrument and their judgments were analyzed. The calculations were obtained using the Pairwise Comparison Method (PCM) software which calculates the inconsistency within a sample data. Then the institutional facts were researched and final utility weights were computed for each. Finally, the analysis and results will be presented along with future enhancements to this model.


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