Curriculum

36 points for degree completion Combination of on-campus and online instruction
Executive Master’s Schedule* Fall intake only
16 months to complete  
Executive Seminars
Executive Mentorship Program (one mentor per student)

* Enrollment in this program does not meet the full-time requirements for an F1 student visa.

The Executive M.S. in Technology Management is a 16-month executive format program framed by five multi-day residencies. The curriculum includes required or core courses; elective courses in four areas of focus: C-Level Management, Data Management and Analytics, New Business Ventures, and Entertainment Technology Management; executive seminars; and the Master’s Project. Activities during the residencies connect directly to the other program components. Throughout the program, coursework is supported by a leading-edge online learning platform designed to enhance and extend the face-to-face residency experience. Full participation is critical for degree completion.

Core Courses (Required for all Students)

Required or core courses provide all students, regardless of their backgrounds, with the knowledge and skills technology executives must have to succeed in today’s fast-paced global environment. Through the study of relevant theoretical frameworks, strategies, and tools, students acquire the ability to consider technology challenges from varied perspectives. Case studies help students to apply these theories, strategies, and tools to develop solutions to challenges they face in their own industries and work environments and become highly effective leaders.

Elective Courses

Electives include courses designed expressly for the program’s areas of focus. Students may also select related courses offered at the University that may help them advance their professional and academic interests.

The Mentor-Led Master’s Project

The Master’s Project demonstrates students’ ability to apply their coursework towards a specific technology solution based on the area of focus chosen by the student — usually in the form of a product or service — to a complex, real-world business challenge, objective, or scenario. A unique feature of the M.S. program and this project is the pairing of each student with an executive mentor drawn from the program’s vast network of CIOs and technology executives. Faculty approve students’ proposals for the Master’s Project during the first term of study. By a “draft” process, students are then matched with a mentor, who is interested in the student’s project. Then one-on-one work with the executive mentor over 3 semesters of the program develops and strengthens the idea into a project plan that will ultimately produce a complete and entirely portable professional asset. Master’s Projects are based on real-world business opportunities or challenges and are often centered on a business scenario the student knows firsthand from his or her own professional experience.

Executive Seminars

Over the course of the program, and in partnership with the program’s community of faculty, peers, and industry leaders, students research, develop, test, and refine their Master’s Project solutions over three sequential academic terms, completing three chapters in succession: product or service realization, strategic planning and marketing, and operations management. These online Executive Seminars immerse students in additional knowledge regarding current trends and issues in high-level technology management, taught by multiple instructors, all of whom are industry experts in one of the program’s areas of focus.

After each Executive Seminar, mentors review and discuss the progress of the Master’s Project with the student, offering the opportunity to seek advice about any aspect of the Project, from logistical business concerns to strategies for presentation and defense of the project before a review panel. Every student must “defend” each chapter orally in front of a panel of executives.

Mentor Activities

The mentor approaches and critiques the Master’s Project from the perspective of a seasoned executive, providing business context, identifying practical problems, honing solutions, challenging assumptions, offering guidance and contacts, and managing expectations. Meetings with the mentor simulate the real-world experience of working out complex solutions with a senior colleague.

Online Coursework

Many courses are enhanced through a highly interactive online experience that uses the School’s innovative distance learning platform. Students and faculty communicate through a unique social networking function in ways that extend and enhance the impact of traditional learning experiences. Courses typically include a combination of live events, asynchronous community-driven activities, and self-study. The online component does not substitute for the in-person residencies and coursework.

Residencies

The residency component is an essential part of a student’s development and preparation for a career as an executive. The face-to-face sessions provide group discussions and debates so that students can challenge their own views and benefit from the diversity of ideas put forth by their colleagues. Students are provided access to senior IT executives who present contemporary issues facing the profession. The experience allows students to assess their own views and develop new perspectives on their leadership style. The residencies also offer students the opportunity to network with industry leaders, get to know fellow students from around the world, and build a lifelong network of alumni, mentors, and faculty from the program.

 
This diagram illustrates the program's timeline and sequence of residencies and courses (click to enlarge).
 

The program starts September 8, 2015 with a webcast. In addition, several reading assignments and a one-page paper are due prior to Residency 1.

Residency 1: Fall 2015

Students start the program at the Columbia campus with an intensive 4.5 day residency (Wednesday through Sunday). Instructional hours for two core courses (IT in the Business Environment and Accounting and Finance for Technology) will begin, complemented by additional residency activities designed to immerse all participants in a collaborative exploration of technology leadership roles and their importance to organizations. Residency activities will involve the active participation of faculty, outside industry experts, selected program mentors, and alumni, and will include sessions at company sites and social events.

Residency 2: Spring 2016

Students gather in New York at the Columbia University Campus for a 4.5 day global residency (Wednesday through Sunday) led by program faculty. The residency includes instructional hours for two core courses (Technology and the Law and Strategic Advocacy for Technology Executives) as well as Seminar 1: Product or Service Realization. The design of the residency allows U.S. students and European students to gather together and take part in activities in and out of the classroom.

Residency 3: Summer 2016

Students complete a 3-day residency at Columbia, spending the first two days on Seminar 2: Strategic Planning and Marketing. During the third day, students have their oral defense for Chapter 1: Product or Service Realization.

Note: During the Summer Term students select two elective courses of specific relevance to their work and/or career interests. Students may take these courses on Columbia’s campus or online.

Residency 4: Fall 2016

Students complete a 4.5 day residency at Columbia (Wednesday through Sunday) The residency includes instructional hours for two core courses (Behavioral Challenges in Technology Management and IT and Operations Management) as well as Seminar 3: Operations Management. Students do their oral defense of Chapter 2: Strategic Planning & Marketing.

Residency 5: Final Defense

Students attend their final oral defense of Chapter 3: Operations Management at the Columbia Campus.

The residency component is an essential part of a student’s development and preparation for a career as an executive. The face-to-face sessions provide group discussions and debates so that students can challenge their own views and benefit from the diversity of ideas put forth by their colleagues. Students are provided access to senior IT executives who present contemporary issues facing the profession. The experience allows students to assess their own views and develop new perspectives on their leadership style. The residencies also offer students the opportunity to network with industry leaders, get to know fellow students from around the world, and build a lifelong network of alumni, mentors, and faculty from the program.

 
This diagram illustrates the program's timeline and sequence of residencies and courses (click to enlarge).
 

The program starts September 8, 2015 with a webcast. In addition, several reading assignments and a one-page paper are due prior to Residency 1.

Residency 1: Fall 2015

Students first meet in person at Columbia Global Centers | Europe in Paris for an intensive 4.5 day residency (Wednesday through Sunday). Instructional hours for two core courses (IT in the Business Environment and Accounting and Finance for Technology) will begin, complemented by additional residency activities designed to immerse all participants in a collaborative exploration of technology leadership roles and their importance to organizations. Residency activities will involve the active participation of faculty, outside industry experts, selected program mentors, and alumni, and will include sessions at company sites and social events.

Residency 2: Spring 2016

Students gather in New York City on the Columbia University campus for a 4.5 day global residency (Wednesday through Sunday). The residency includes instructional hours for two core courses (Technology and the Law and Strategic Advocacy for Technology Executives) as well as Seminar 1: Product or Service Realization. The design of the residency allows U.S. students and European students to gather together and take part in activities in and out of the classroom.

Residency 3: Summer 2016

Students complete a 3-day residency at Columbia Global Centers | Europe, spending the first two days on Seminar 2: Strategic Planning and Marketing. During the third day, students have their oral defense for Chapter 1: Product or Service Realization.

Note: During the Summer Term students select two elective courses of specific relevance to their work and/or career interests. Students may take these courses on Columbia’s campus or online.

Residency 4: Fall 2016

Students complete a 4.5-day residency at Columbia Global Centers | Europe (Wednesday through Sunday), which includes instructional hours for two core courses (Behavioral Challenges in Technology Management and IT and Operations Management) as well as Seminar 3: Operations Management. Students do their oral defense of Chapter 2: Strategic Planning & Marketing.

Residency 5: Final Defense

Students attend their final oral defense of Chapter 3: Operations Management at Columbia Global Centers | Europe.

Program Completion

In order to receive their Executive M.S. degree, students must complete the requirements during the 16 month span of the Executive program, with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better. The 36 point program is composed of eight 3-point courses and three 4-point Executive Seminars.