Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Summer 2010


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Engineering and Technology Management Synthesis

Course Number

ETM 590/690


Portland State University -- Graduate students -- Attitudes, Engineering students, College choice -- Oregon -- Surveys


The research is an exploratory study of Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) graduate students‟ main reasons and motivation factors in pursuing an ETM degree (MS or Ph.D.) at Portland State University (PSU) and the sources of information that helped the students in their decision to enroll at the said graduate program. So, the team designed, conducted, analyzed and interpreted a Web-based survey tool using Google Forms tool. The survey was distributed to the current ETM students at PSU.

The main objective of the study is to provide the ETM department and the ETM Advisory Council (ETMAC) with the main reasons on why these students have chosen ETM and PSU for their graduate studies. Another objective is to determine and understand the main sources of information that prospective ETM students had used to research about the ETM program before deciding to apply.

The research had come up with four hypotheses which were tested using ANOVA through using SPSS software. The first two hypotheses pertain to the information sources that were given importance by the respondent in researching for relevant information when they were still in the pre-purchase stage. The other two hypotheses pertain to the Motivation Factors that influenced the decision of the current ETM students when they have decided to enroll at a graduate program at PSU, the ETM program in particular.


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