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, 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 as well as other courses offered at the University that may help students advance their professional and academic interests.

The Mentor-Led Master’s Project and Executive Seminars

The Master’s Project demonstrates students’ ability to apply their coursework towards a specific technology solution — 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.

Masters 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. 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 solutions over three sequential academic terms, completing three chapters in succession: product realization, strategic planning and marketing, and operations management. The Executive Seminars immerse students in the world of high level technology management, taught by multiple instructors, all of whom are industry experts.

After each Executive Seminar, mentors review and discuss the progress of the 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.


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.

Students choose a residency plan that corresponds best with their professional objectives. One plan is held on Columbia University’s New York City campus. The other plan, predominantly based in Paris, is held at Columbia Global Centers | Europe. In either location, students follow the same curriculum with the same faculty.

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Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 Schedule for Returning Students

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Summer Sessions (May 28-August 9, 2014)

Over the summer term, students select two elective courses that focus on areas of specific relevance to their work and career. Students may take these courses on the Columbia campus or online, depending on which courses they select. Additionally, students will continue to work on their Master's Projects and enroll in Seminar 2, which will meet on campus over the course of three Friday/Saturday combination sessions in June, July, and August.

On-Campus Friday/Saturday sessions for Summer 2014 term

  • June 20-21
  • July 11-12
  • August 8 (Friday)
  • August 9 (Defense #2, individual appointments)

Residency 3: August 2014 (August 21-24)

Students gather at Columbia for a final Thursday through Sunday (ends at 1PM) residency on the Columbia Campus. Instructional hours for Core 5 and Core 6 courses as well as Seminar 3 will begin, again complemented by relevant residency activities designed to continue the collaborative process begun during the first residency and to provide guidance for the completion of the Masters Project.

Thu, Aug 218AM-6PM
Fri, Aug 228AM-6PM
Sat, Aug 238AM-6PM
Sun, Aug 248AM-1PM

On-Campus Friday/Saturday sessions for Fall 2014 term

Sat, Sep 208AM-5PM
Sat, Oct 188AM-5PM
Sat, Nov 88AM-5PM
Fri, Dec 128AM-5PM
Sat, Dec 13Oral Defense #3 by appointment

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.