Tech companies have become magnets for Online MBA students in recent years, prompting business schools to offer specialist training in technology management and leadership.
Schools teach their students how to manage technology in varied ways. Some Online MBA programs include concentrations in digital leadership or related fields such as data analytics and decision making, which enable students to customize their learning experience. Other Online MBA programs offer an array of elective options in areas such as digital business and technology strategy.
Some schools have centered their entire Online MBA programs around technology, or offer technology management options in the core curriculum, which are sometimes co-designed with employers such as Amazon and Microsoft. Other academic institutions leverage their cross-campus experience and give Online MBA students the chance to study at computer science and software engineering schools to pick up technical skills.
Career outcomes are promising with employers from Apple to Google snapping up students from tech-oriented Online MBA programs to work in product management and other roles.
Online MBA students at London’s Imperial College Business School can access the College’s world-renowned STEM and technology ecosystems and employer networks. Additionally, students can specialize in tech-related fields such as business analytics or innovation. Furthermore, they can take electives in areas such as digital business, clean technology and financial technology. A relatively large proportion of the class, about 12 percent, enters the technology industry each year.View School Profile
Tepper’s Online MBA is STEM-designated, meaning a fair chunk of the curriculum is focused on technology with a heavy emphasis placed on analytics, a discipline that has become key to in virtually all areas of business. The program is designed to prepare students to lead in a world driven by innovation and technology. Moreover, there’s a concentration in business technologies with modules in technology strategy. And, students can take courses at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science and the Software Engineering Institute.View School Profile
The D’Amore-McKim School of Business Online MBA includes a concentration in high technology management, which prepares students to lead the business of technology. They gain skills to manage the financial, employment and legal issues in the technology industry. They can also take modules in entrepreneurial finance and building and leading high performance teams in the virtual world. Some Online MBA students have gone on to work as tech product managers.View School Profile
The W. P. Carey Online MBA offers electives in the Management of Technology and Innovation. Students can further customize their Online MBA by taking a concentration in business data analytics, which provides skills in applied analytics that are valued by employers in the technology industry. The business school attracts employers like Amazon, Adobe and IBM.View School Profile
The Online MBA at Politecnico di Milano’s School of Management in Milan focuses heavily on technology and innovation. The program was designed in partnership with Amazon, Microsoft and Vodafone and emphasizes digital transformation and includes visits to top technology companies in Italy. Students can take a specialization and obtain a certificate in digital business transformation.View School Profile
The ESMT Online MBA program focuses on general management combined with analytics, innovation and digital leadership. The ESMT curriculum includes a selection of elective modules focused on technology and innovation. The business school, based in Berlin, has strong links to the technology sector in the German capital.View School Profile
UNC’s Online MBA offers a concentration in data analytics and decision making, with many students going on to work at the world’s leading technology companies, such as Google, Amazon and Apple. The concentration includes modules in technology strategy and business innovation. The Online MBA is also STEM-designated, meaning the coursework prepares students for today’s data-driven workplaces. The program is ranked number one nationally by US News.View School Profile
The Global Online MBA at Spain’s IE Business School has three key focus areas, including providing students with a digital mindset and preparing them to lead in a technology-driven world. Among the core modules are courses on how to manage people in the digital era, lead a digital transformation, and harness data analytics for better decision making. Among the top employers of graduates are Amazon and Google.View School Profile
The Online MBA from University of Washington Foster School of Business offers courses in related fields such as product management and business analytics, helping students to acquire skills that are widely used in the tech industry by firms such as Google and Amazon. Another course is digital strategies and systems, helping students to hone their digital marketing and communications skills.View School Profile
The Open University in the UK offers an Online MBA with a focus on Technology Management and Technological Innovation. Students explore the processes that underpin technological innovation and the challenges of technology from a strategic management perspective. They will also learn how to apply technology in a wide variety of contexts and sectors.View School Profile