Drive growth, productivity, and societal impact through information management and collaboration.

Columbia University’s Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) is for individuals who are invested in the strategic potential of information management and collaboration. Graduates go on to become knowledge and analytics leaders, consultants, and entrepreneurs of digital products.

Program Benefits

essential skills in strategy, business analytics, findability, law, entrepreneurship, and change management to plan and lead knowledge and information products and services, improve collaboration and networks, and create innovative knowledge products.

your career as an in-house knowledge practitioner, consultant, or knowledge product entrepreneur in nearly any industry, including financial services, advertising, education, logistics, healthcare, international development, manufacturing, and technology.

your study by choosing electives in social media/mass collaboration, information visualization, change leadership, or knowledge-driven digital product innovation.

your career and academic life over 16 months with online coursework once a weeknight per course, virtual collaboration and discussions, and three five-day residencies on Columbia’s campus in New York City.

with faculty who have held leadership positions in information, knowledge, IT, or law at organizations such as Accenture, Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, NASA, Bain & Company, and The World Bank.

your skills and knowledge through a group capstone project for a leading global for-profit or nonprofit business, such as Motorola Solutions, ConocoPhillips, HSBC, Women’s World Banking, German Aerospace Center, or the World Wildlife Fund.

an elite Ivy League network of your global cohort and more than 250 alumni who have advanced in their careers or responsibilities with their IKNS degree at places like ADP, Hilton Hotels, Pfizer, Publicis, United Nations, USAID, and Thomson Reuters.


Who Are Our Students?


Are Managers or Above


Have Data, Analytics, or Research Roles



Enter With Graduate Degrees


Have Non-Technical Titles


Are Entrepreneurs

The IKNS program is geared toward high-potential individuals who have a general appreciation for information, collaboration, and the complexity of the work environment.

As a Graduate

IKNS graduates have been employed in positions such as Knowledge Manager, Senior Business Process Analyst, Strategic Marketing Associate, Strategy and Process Improvement Manager, and Senior Consultant across a broad range of industries at leading companies including the following. In addition, graduates are developing entrepreneurial ventures focused on “leading with the knowledge advantage.”

New Jobs and Promotions Achieved by Students*


Vice President, KM, ADP

Operations Manager, Amazon

Senior Manager Process Improvement, American Express

Knowledge Management Analyst, Boston Consulting Group

Chief Information Officer, Branca International (Milan, Italy)

Manager Brand Analytics, Brown Forman

Senior Associate - Corporate Strategy, CA technologies

Product Manager - Advanced Data and Analytics, CableVision

Project Specialist, Caesars Entertainment

Director of Records Management, City of New York

Information and Knowledge Strategist, USAID

Senior Consultant, CapGemini

Vice President, CapitalOne

Senior Advisor, Chartis Group

Director of Digital Product Management, Columbia Law School

Associate Director, Operations, Columbia Genome Center

Senior Business Process Analyst, Comcast

Manager, Global Knowledge Services, Cornerstone OnDemand

Associate Director of Advertising Research, Direct TV/AT&T

Research Manager, Discovery Channel

VP, Strategic Unit Head, ECOPETROL (Bogata Colombia)

CIO/Executive Director, Ellucian

Manager, International Data Relations, Foundation Center

Sr. Manager, HR Operations, Gilt

VP, Technology Management and Strategy Group, Goldman Sachs

Global Agency Data Lead, Google

Manager, B2B Marketing & Integrated Insights, Hilton

Chief Information Officer (CIO), Honeywell

Consumer Innovation Strategy Manager, Humana

Vice President, Development Manager, JPMorgan

Analytics Manager, Maxus

Senior Business Analyst, New York Public Library

Advanced Innovation Community Manager, Nike

Senior Technical Manager, OpenSCG/BigSQL

Assistant VP and Technical Manager, Oppenheimer Funds

Delivery Manager, Partners Health

Director Core Process and Technology, Pfizer

Senior Vice President & Director of Search, Publicis

Associate, PwC Strategy&

Vice President, Content & Services, Ralph Lauren

eCommerce Marketing Manager, Scholastic

Global Knowledge Manager, Siegel + Gale/Omnicon

Optimization and Innovation Manager, The Kepler Group

Marketing Manager, Thomson Reuters

Founder and CEO, The Tomboy Shop

Director of Enterprise, Traveler’s insurance

Knowledge Management Analyst, US Post Office Inspector General

KM Officer, World Bank

* List represents a sample of IKNS students’ new jobs and promotions.


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