Established at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, EMTM was the first of its kind – a unique master’s degree, designed for professionals who are passionate about creating value at the intersection of technology and business. From its inception, EMTM has drawn on Penn’s rich history of innovation, research, and practical application going back to Benjamin Franklin, the University’s founder.

Distinct from an MBA, EMBA or disciplinary MSE, Penn’s EMTM program prepares leaders across industries to gain a broader, global perspective on emerging technologies, acquire critical insights in the strategic management of technology and develop a deeper professional network.

With close to 1,000 graduates, EMTM has developed a reputation for providing a platform for students to create technology solutions for business problems, for technical professionals to broaden their spheres of interest, and for those with advanced training in the sciences to identify new business opportunities.

The program awards an MSE from Penn Engineering. From the start, EMTM has featured the talents of faculty from Penn Engineering and the Wharton School (as well as instructors from other academic institutions and industry.)

The program was formally co-sponsored by the Wharton School in 1998.  At that time, the co-sponsorship designation was "grandfathered" to all graduates of the program.  In September, 2010, the Wharton School ended the co-sponsorship relationship. As a co-sponsor of the program, the Wharton School invited graduates of EMTM to become members of the Wharton alumni network and online community; EMTM graduates obtain a lifelong e-mail forwarding address, can register to be included in the Wharton alumni directory and to take part in Wharton alumni clubs and events. For all purposes of identification and records, including transcripts, EMTM students and alumni are affiliated with Penn Engineering.