Build organizational strategy and drive growth, productivity, and impact through information management and collaboration.

Columbia University’s Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy is a program for business leaders across all sectors, designed to help them align business strategy with knowledge strategy, and to design and build information and collaboration products that drive growth and enable success. The program leverages interdisciplinary strategies and draws on a strong network of scholar-practitioners who have defined the knowledge practice field and pioneered its practice.

Upon Graduation

Organizations are looking for leaders who can help them drive profitability, growth, market share, and brand by bridging fragmented information and organizational silos. Graduates will be able to:

  • Craft a knowledge strategy that influences, and is influenced by, the organization’s choices about where it competes, how it wins, and how it sustains competitive advantage.
  • Design knowledge practices or products to solve specific business objectives, such as efficiency, scale, growth, or agility.
  • Build information management (info architecture, analytics program) process practices and technology to meet strategic objectives.
  • Build collaboration (across teams, units, organizations) processes, practices, and technology to meet strategic objectives.
  • Mobilize stakeholders by diagnosing change obstacles and facilitating, managing, and measuring change in the organization’s capabilities and overall operating ecology.
  • Understand key legal issues relating to information governance and collaboration (including security, privacy, intellectual property, compliance, and disposal), and craft a strategy that appropriately balances opportunity and legal risk for knowledge practices and knowledge 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, digital product innovation, UX, change leadership, or analytics management.

your career and academic life over 16 months with online coursework once a weeknight per course, virtual collaboration and discussions, and three four-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.

the Columbia IKNS network of your global cohort and more than 300 alumni who have advanced in their careers or responsibilities with their IKNS degree at places like ADP, BCG, Google, Hilton Hotels, JPMorgan, Nike, 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

As a Graduate

IKNS graduates have been employed in positions such as Senior Vice President & Director of Search, Chief Information Officer, Consumer Innovation Strategy Manager, VP of Content and Services, and Vice President of Knowledge Management 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 Lead, 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

Vice President, CapitalOne

Director of Digital Product Management, Columbia Law School

Manager, Global Knowledge Services, Cornerstone OnDemand

VP, Strategic Unit Head, ECOPETROL (Bogata Colombia)

Advisory Services Manager, EY

Senior 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

Vice President, Development Manager, JPMorgan

Advanced Innovation Community Manager, Nike

Delivery Manager, Partners Health

Director Core Process and Technology, Pfizer

Senior Vice President & Director of Search, Publicis

Vice President, Content & Services, Ralph Lauren

Global Knowledge Manager, Siegel + Gale/Omnicon

Founder and CEO, The Tomboy Shop

Founder and CEO, The Beauty Marketplace

Director of Enterprise, Traveler’s insurance

Information and Knowledge Strategist, USAID

KM Officer, World Bank

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


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