Optimize organizational decision-making and execution through collaborative leadership.

Columbia University’s Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) is a leadership development program that produces executives who can optimize organizational decision-making and execution by building and energizing high-performing teams capable of tackling the toughest challenges and greatest opportunities organizations face. Our graduates understand business strategy and can leverage their expertise in collaboration and knowledge sharing across silos to help fulfill mission and vision. Their training translates to increased productivity and impact across all industry, nonprofit, and government sectors.

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Core Competencies

Build skills that are immediately applicable to your workplace, including how to:

  • Create and lead high-performing teams
  • Enhance collaboration inside and outside your organization
  • Compete on analytics
  • Leverage strategically important organizational knowledge
    • Accelerate mission-critical knowledge sharing
    • Improve productivity by embedding knowledge in smarter business processes
    • Support your organization’s knowledge-sharing strategy with the right technology
    • Turn knowledge into marketable assets
  • Facilitate effective change management
  • Develop a customer-centric approach to your work
  • Build human networks that provide support, opportunity, and purpose

Program Benefits

essential skills in collaboration, strategy, business analytics, knowledge development, retention and transfer, information governance and security, innovative digital product design, entrepreneurship, and change management to lead knowledge-driven organizations.

a leadership role in all industry, nonprofit, and government sectors.

your study by choosing electives from IKNS or one of the other M.S. programs offered by the School of Professional Studies.

your career and academic life over 16 months with online classes one 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 at global organizations including Accenture, Bain & Company, IBM, NASA, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, and World Bank.

your skills and knowledge through a group capstone project for a leading for-profit or nonprofit organization.

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, American Express, BCG, Google, Hilton Hotels, JPMorgan, Nike, Pfizer, Publicis, Thomson Reuters, United Nations, USAID, and World Bank.


Career Snapshot

Our students and graduates achieve positions such as these:


Operations Manager, Amazon

Senior Manager, Process Reengineering, American Express

Senior Manager, Amgen

Global Knowledge Lead, BCG Digital Ventures

Founder and CEO, The Beauty Marketplace

Executive Director, Business Integration Partners

Senior Manager, HR Operations, Gilt

Head of Performance Data Science, Google

Vice President, Digital Learning Solutions, JPMorganChase

Principal Consultant, McChrystal Group

Global Account Manager, Medidata Solutions

Director of Operations, National Basketball Players Association

Director of Operations, NYC Department of Education

Director Core Process and Technology, Pfizer

Vice President, Content & Services, Ralph Lauren

Founder and CEO, Smart Alto (Y Combinator W17)

Senior Counsel, Digital/Technology, Vanguard

Knowledge Management Officer, World Bank Group


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