Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2019


Rahmin Nashati

Course Title

Decision Making

Course Number

ETM 530/630


Graduate students -- Vocational guidance, Graduate students -- United States -- Decision making, Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis


As a returning student with an advanced degree and significant work experience, I must decide upon whether or not to pursue a second advanced degree and, if so, whether to pursue a Computer Science degree or Engineering and Technology Management degree.

Using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) tools, two analyses were conducted. The Hierarchical Decision Modeling (HDM) analysis leveraged the input of eight experts to compare each degree option. The Pugh Matrix utilized my own knowledge base to weigh and compare each degree option. HDM showed that each of the three options was equally desirable. The Pugh Matrix eliminated the CS degree but showed no degree and ETM degree as equally desirable.

Neither tool found one ultimately desirable outcome. Future study should be conducted to further investigate the trade-offs and utility of each option and ultimately decide on a degree to pursue, or not.


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