Student Profile

Saloni Mishra
Class of '15

Saloni Mishra is a graduate of the Technical Systems Management program. She chose the Illinois PSM for the “blend of science and business where an understanding of the technical aspect was provided but developed the students to be tomorrow's leaders.” Saloni earned dual undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Informatics from the University of Illinois. She completed her business analyst internship at Country Financial located in Bloomington, Illinois, and credits the Illinois PSM for helping develop the communication skills needed for various departmental presentations and meetings.  After graduation, she accepted a role with United Health Group as their Senior Associate for the Technology Development Program.

Technical Systems Management Science Curriculum

The science component of the TSM program is comprised of coursework in the major. A total of 32 semester hours is required.

Specific courses are selected in consultation with the program’s faculty coordinator. Prospective students and those admitted to the program should talk with the faculty coordinator well in advance of the first semester of study to identify a course of study best suited to their individual needs.


All students are required to complete the following:

  • TSM 501 – Graduate Research I (1 hour)
  • TSM 502 – Graduate Research II (1 hour)
  • TSM 594 – Graduate Seminar (0 hours; enrollment required each semester)
  • One course in statistics (3-5 hours)
  • One course in research methods including experimental design (3-5 hours)
  • One 500-level course from the departmental elective list (3-5 hours)

Subtotal: 11-17 hours


In consultation with the program’s faculty coordinator, students select additional courses in one or more of the following areas of specialization:

  • construction management;
  • environmental systems;
  • mechanization, marketing, and technology management systems;
  • production systems, or
  • renewable energy systems.

Courses for the specializations may be taken in agricultural and consumer economics, agricultural communications, agricultural education, animal sciences, business administration, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, crop sciences, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, labor and employment relations, mathematics, mechanical engineering, natural resource and environmental sciences, and statistics. The mix of courses will be approved by the program’s faculty coordinator.

Subtotal: 15-21 hours

Total science required: 32 hours



  • At least 12 hours of the program’s 42-hour total must be earned in 500-level courses
  • At least 8 hours must be earned in 500-level “TSM” rubric courses
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