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|36 points for degree completion||Combination of on-campus and online instruction|
|Executive Master's Schedule*||Fall intake only|
|16 months to complete**|
Executive Mentorship Program (one mentor per student)
*Does not meet full-time requirements for F1 student visa
**Three Residencies. See program diagram below.
The Executive M.S. in Technology Management is a 16-month executive format program framed by five in-person residencies. The program’s New York City cohort travels to Paris for one residency while the Paris cohort travels to New York City for another residency. The curriculum, all of which is taught in English, includes 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 cutting-edge online learning platform designed to enhance and extend the face-to-face residency experience. Full participation is critical for degree completion.
This diagram illustrates the program's timeline and sequence of residencies and courses (click to enlarge).
Core courses ground students theoretically, calling on them to consider from varied perspectives the key issues that technology poses to senior managers, equipping students with the tools they need to be effective managers. Case studies sharpen analytical skills and teach students to develop concrete solutions to challenges drawn from the workplace.
Electives offer students the opportunity to supplement their knowledge with courses designed expressly for the Executive Technology Management program as well as appropriate courses from other schools and departments of the University.
The Master’s Project and Executive Seminars
The Master’s Project demonstrates students’ command of the best practices of executive-level technology management by presenting a technology-based response — usually in the form of a product or service — to a complex, real-world business challenge, objective, or scenario. Ideas are devised for the Master’s Project at the beginning of the program. Then one-on-one work with the executive mentor begins to develop and strengthen the idea into a project plan that will ultimately produce a complete and entirely portable professional asset.
The 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. The project will address the key components of technology management: product realization, strategic planning and marketing, and operations management.
Beginning in the second academic term, executive mentors “draft” students on the basis of their Master’s Projects. Typically, selections are based on his or her interest in, or experience with, the topic, industry, or challenge proposed in the project.
The Master’s Project is supported by three Executive Seminars. During the Seminars, students work together to address difficult technology issues, examine new concepts, and develop and analyze methods for approaching the challenges in their Master’s Projects – central concepts, techniques, and stages of product development. The 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 the review panel.
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 mentors simulate the real-world experience of working out complex solutions with a senior colleague.
The online component of the program is a highly interactive 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 are flexible by design, and 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 residencies offer the opportunity to get to know fellow students from around the world, receive individual coaching from faculty, and network with global leaders in the field. The first four residencies are anchored by core course requirements.
Residency 1: Fall 2014
Students start the program independently in New York and Paris with an intensive 4.5 day residency (Wednesday through Sunday). Instructional hours for Core 1 and Core 2 courses 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, which will involve the active participation of faculty, outside industry experts, selected program mentors, and alumni, may include a visit to a major company, guest speakers, and social events.
Residency 2: Spring 2015
All New York and Paris students gather in Paris at the Columbia Global Centers | Europe for a 4.5 day residency (Thursday through Sunday). Instructional hours for Core 3 and Core 4 courses as well as Seminar 1: Product Realization will begin, again complemented by additional residency activities designed to continue the collaborative process begun during the first residency. Events will allow North American students and European students to meet one another and take part in activities in and out of the classroom.
Residency 3: Summer 2015
During the summer term all New York and Paris students gather on Columbia’s New York City campus for three days (Friday through Sunday) and select two elective courses that focus on areas of specific relevance to their work and career. Students may take these courses on Columbia’s campus or online, depending on which they select. Additionally, students continue to work on their Master’s Projects, complete Seminar 2: Strategic Planning and Marketing, and take part in their Chapter 1 defense.
Residency 4: Fall 2015
Students gather independently in New York and Paris for 4.5 days (Wednesday through Sunday) for their Chapter 2 defense and Seminar 3: Operations Management, 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 Master’s Project.
Residency 5: Final Defense
In this culmination of the program, students gather independently in Paris and New York and take part in a one-day final defense.
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.