Optimizing organizational outcomes through collaborative leadership.
The most productive organizations are strikingly similar. They make smarter decisions based on better information. They inspire collaborative teams that can execute those decisions effectively. They create cultures of excellence. Columbia University’s Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) develops leaders prepared to guide such organizations. Our graduates master essential skills in collaborative leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship, design, and change management. Their training enables them to optimize organizational decisions and outcomes, which translates to increased productivity and impact at all levels of organizations across all industry, nonprofit, and government sectors.
Coursework is part-time, designed to be completed by working professionals, and can be customized to include up to four elective courses from graduate programs across Columbia University.
Learn more about the program in the Information and Knowledge Strategy Fact Sheet.
At a Glance
In This Master’s Program, You Will...
- Develop essential skills in collaboration, strategy, entrepreneurship, innovative digital product design, change management, and data analytics to lead 21st-Century organizations.
- Understand the future of work and how to lead your organization there.
- Leverage mission-critical data, information, and knowledge to optimize organizational outcomes.
- Learn from an esteemed faculty of scholar-practitioners with backgrounds in psychology, business administration, economics, sustainability, information systems and data science, business intelligence, market research, social media, and UI/UX.
- Learn how to transform organizational knowledge into marketable assets.
- Increase productivity by improving key business processes and knowledge flows.
- Build human networks that provide support, opportunity, and purpose.
- Become a better communicator, problem-solver, teammate, and leader.
Program Features Include…
- An innovative curriculum that combines leading-edge theory and practical techniques relating to core leadership capabilities such as team building and executive-level decision-making.
- An interdisciplinary approach that prepares graduates for leadership positions in for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors.
- Faculty with experience at top global organizations including Accenture, Bain & Company, Google, IBM, NASA, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Oliver Wyman, PMI, and the World Bank.
- A highly supportive educational environment with accessible faculty, personalized feedback and learning options customized to your personal and professional needs, interests, and goals.
- Access to a wide variety of elective courses offered by IKNS and other Columbia University graduate degree programs.
- An in-depth Capstone Project in which students apply their knowledge to help real for-profit and nonprofit organizations achieve better results.
- A diverse cohort and more than 300 IKNS program alumni at organizations like ADP, American Express, BCG, Google, Harvard University Press, Hilton Hotels, JPMorgan, Nike, Pfizer, Publicis, Thomson Reuters, United Nations, USAID, and the World Bank.
- Access to Columbia University’s world-class resources, career guidance, and global alumni network.
On January 21, 2021, the Information and Knowledge Strategy program hosted an event with Arno Boersma, Founder of Island Impact and former Director of the COE for Small Island Developing States of the UNDP, on building networks among the world's small island developing states to create sustainable development solutions. Watch a video of the event above.
Time Commitment and Expectations
This part-time program is designed for senior working professionals who are eager to apply what they learn to their profession for an immediate impact. Our most successful students employ good time-management practices to balance this program with the demands of their professional and personal lives. The coursework requires a firm commitment to weekly engagement in course meetings and assignments.
- Each required course meets online, typically one night per week.
- Elective courses offered by IKNS meet online, typically one night per week. Elective courses offered by other Columbia University graduate degree programs may meet online or in-person and can be elected according to the student’s preference.
- For each course, students should allocate a minimum of 10 to 12 hours per week outside of class times during each term for readings, asynchronous online discussions, collaborative projects, and other assignments.
- Students have the flexibility to customize their schedules to complete the degree in as little as 16 months (four consecutive terms, including summer) or up to three 3 years.
Who Should Apply?
- Leaders and decision-makers hungry to achieve positive change throughout their organizations.
- Mid-career professionals with demonstrated capacity for executive roles who want to develop the leadership skills and presence necessary to achieve their next major professional milestone.
- Experienced executives who seek not only premier credentialing but also exposure to diverse perspectives and leading-edge practices from peers and thought leaders outside their regular networks.
- Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs with the drive and resourcefulness to transform ideas into actions.
- Knowledge management practitioners who want to expand their horizons and enrich their practical experience with a grounding in relevant research.
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