Merge your passion for technology with management in a systematic approach with a Master’s degree in Engineering Technology & Management for Agricultural Systems (formerly Technical Systems Management).  Advance your career in just 18 months with no thesis.

You will focus on the application of engineering principles, study the technology used in agriculture and other industries, and the integration of business concepts in the food and agricultural industries. These guiding principles will prepare you for both technical and leadership careers involving agriculture, food, energy, water, and the environment.

Upon graduation, you will be able to

  • apply cross-disciplinary knowledge to solving technical systems problems in areas of pressing need
  • demonstrate critical reasoning and deep analytic thought about current and future challenges in the field, and
  • diagnose and help solve financial, marketing, regulatory, and management-related problems of an enterprise.


Technical Systems Management


Work with your advisor, Dr. Davidson, to create a customized set of courses that match your interests and individual career goals.

Access courses and faculty performing industry-relevant research in

  • aerial, ground robotics, and remote sensing systems
  • agricultural safety and health
  • animal housing, management, and resource utilization
  • instrumentation and analytics
  • off-road machinery
  • post-harvest loss prevention
  • soil and water resource engineering
  • renewable energy


Looking for significant responsibility in the agricultural, biological, construction, or environmental technology industries? The applied nature of the program will prepare you for a wide range of careers including

  • agricultural structures and controls specialists
  • business development
  • technical consultant
  • engineering technician
  • field sales engineer
  • research and development specialist

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Dr Paul Davidson
Meet your Advisor
Dr. Paul Davidson

Dr. Davidson received both his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Engineering here at the University of Illinois, where he also completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He worked as a consultant and agricultural engineer for Waterborne Environmental prior to joining the UIUC faculty in 2014 as an assistant professor. Dr. Davidson's research focuses on soil and water resources engineering; transport of nutrients, pathogens, and pesticides in surface water, as well as technical systems management.


The integrated business courses, professional development seminars, and required internship make your Master’s program different than a traditional master’s. Plus, your cross-disciplinary industry seminars offer you the opportunity to interact with industry and government leaders. See brochure for more details.

By the end of your program, you will be able to

  • design a comprehensive marketing strategy
  • manage the flow of products and services
  • execute project plans within time and budget
  • understand and discuss regulatory policies
  • assess financial risks, statements, valuation, and capital budgets
  • examine organizational behavior, structures, effectiveness, and more!

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact technical systems management major advisor Dr. Paul Davidson at; (217) 300 - 3755.

Technical Systems Management
Student Spotlight

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.

saloni mishra
Saloni Mishra
Class of '15
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