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



Have Graduate Degrees


Have Technical Titles

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.”

"IKNS is a curriculum for our times. We need people now who can develop strategies to manage knowledge; and the need for this skill is only going to grow – and grow exponentially – in the coming years." Bob Libbey
Head of Digital and Social Communications, Pfizer Inc.

New Jobs and Promotions Achieved by IKNS Students


Assistant Vice President and Technical Manager, OppenheimerFunds

Chief Information Officer, Branca International

Chief Information Officer, Honeywell

Director Core Process and Tech, Pfizer

Director of Enterprise, Travelers Insurance

eCommerce Marketing Manager, Scholastic

Executive Director of Operations and Information Systems, Columbia University

Global Knowledge Manager, Siegel+Gale/Omnicon

Search Manager, Sapient

Senior Associate, Sapient

Senior Associate of Corporate Strategy, CA Technologies

Senior Director, Ralph Lauren Library, Ralph Lauren

Senior Vice President & Director of Search, Publicis

Senior Manager of HR Operations, Gilt Groupe

Senior Manager of Process Improvement, American Express

Vice President, CapitalOne

Vice President, Content & Services, Ralph Lauren

Vice President, Development Manager, JPMorgan Chase

Vice President of Knowledge Management, ADP

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


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