Learn to drive growth, productivity, and societal impact through information management and collaboration.

The most critical challenges facing business leaders lie at the intersection of information management and human collaboration. Columbia University’s M.S. in Information and Knowledge Strategy program prepares knowledge practitioners to plan and lead knowledge and information services, improve collaboration and networks, and create innovative knowledge products.

The program combines professional learning for the workplace with Columbia’s recognized academic rigor. The hybrid learning format features interactive course content that allows for extensive virtual and in-person collaboration, and relationship-building with the world’s current and emerging knowledge practitioners at leading global organizations.

"IKNS is a curriculum for our times. We need people now who can develop strategies to manage knowledge; and the need for this skill is only going to grow – and grow exponentially – in the coming years." Bob Libbey
Head of Digital and Social Communications, Pfizer Inc.

IKNS’s approach is original and pragmatic, compressed into an accelerated 16-month interdisciplinary program structured for the working professional. The program is framed by three five-day intensive on-campus residencies. During residencies, students get to know each other and industry leaders face to face —learning with and from one another. This extended community forms a unique bond. In addition, highly interactive virtual coursework offers exceptional learning real time and asynchronously, using a cutting edge collaboration platform.

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Inform knowledge activities with organizational strategy, and vice versa
  • Streamline business processes and decisions
  • Analyze and improve collaboration, social capital and networks
  • Design intranets, search and social media
  • Lead projects and virtual teams
  • Facilitate new technology choices
  • Serve as strategic leader, risk advisor, and change agent
  • Activate tacit knowledge
  • Create innovative knowledge products

IKNS graduates have been employed in positions such as Senior Business Process Analyst, Strategic Marketing Associate, Strategy and Process Improvement Manager, and Senior Consultant across a broad range of industries at leading companies such as Abbott Laboratories, ADP, Comcast, Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer, and SapientNitro. In addition, graduates are developing entrepreneurial ventures focused on “leading with the knowledge advantage.”

Who Should Apply

The Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy is geared toward high-potential individuals who want to expand or branch out from their current roles, or become entrepreneurs of ventures in the knowledge domain.

Our students have a high level of critical and analytical thinking, as well as organizational and writing skills. The program is especially appropriate for individuals who enjoy problem-solving and are enthusiastic about the strategic potential of business-knowledge strategy alignment, collaboration, business analytics, and other core KM disciplines.

Applicants should have two years minimum of relevant work experience as well as a general appreciation for information, collaboration, and the complexity of the work environment.

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