The demand for skilled and experienced leaders who can guide their firms to compete in today’s highly competitive, fast-paced, global, technology-based economy has never been higher.

Columbia University’s Executive M.S. in Technology Management prepares senior technology professionals to develop a strategic mindset, fine-tune their speaking and presentation skills, understand core business functions (such as finance, accounting, and leadership), and ultimately drive enhanced business performance through the use of technology. The program emphasizes the importance of using technology in business for strategic advantage and improved productivity. Graduates typically assume positions as executives at the C-suite level, whether CIO, CTO, CAO, COO, CEO, or CSO.

The executive, cohort-based program is completed over a 16-month period, which combines: five multi-day residences where students engage in intensive study and have the opportunity to network with other students, faculty, and industry leaders; flexible online and interactive learning using Columbia’s unique networked learning platform; and a distinctive educational experience – the pairing of each student with a personal executive mentor from industry. Working closely with their mentors, students complete a three-chapter Master’s Project on a technology product or service.

Students choose between two residency plans, one of which is New York City-based (on Columbia’s main campus in Manhattan), the other of which is predominantly Paris-based (at the Columbia Global Centers | Europe). Students follow the same curriculum with the same faculty in both locations.


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One of the unique ways the program prepares students for the challenges of technology leadership is through extensive, one-on-one, structured mentoring from accomplished technology leaders. Beginning in the second term, each student is matched with a seasoned executive best suited to provide informed, individualized guidance for developing a master’s project idea into a complete, portable asset that can move any career forward.

“Since completing the Executive M.S. in Technology Management program, I have experienced a marked increase in global responsibility. I currently lead a team responsible for delivering critical risk technology initiatives across global banking and markets. The program has instilled a high degree of confidence that is derived from its diverse course offerings, experiences from world-class professors and instructors, as well as from the high-caliber one-on-one mentorship.”Shawn Milligan
SVP, Global Risk Technology, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Who Should Apply

The program provides an intensive graduate education for motivated candidates who have already demonstrated professional accomplishment. The ideal candidate has a minimum of ten years’ experience in professional roles using technology to further business goals, with a résumé demonstrating a strong record of professional achievement and clear leadership potential. Diverse industries and specializations are represented in every incoming class. Students are admitted as part of a cohort that moves through each phase of the program together, learning from each other as much as from faculty, mentors, and guest lecturers.

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