All industries have to leverage technology to survive. “In a dynamic marketplace where tech is king, I believe a Master’s Degree in Technology Management is the new must-have degree for business executives seeking to further their professional development,” said Dr. Arthur Langer, Academic Director of the Master's in Technology Management program at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies.
Here are three reasons to pursue a Technology Management degree:
1. It’s Not Just for Tech Companies
Across 15 industries ranging from manufacturing to energy, a Gartner study states 56% of executives say digital improvements have increased their profits. A Master’s in Technology Management emphasizes the importance of using technology in business for strategic advantage and improved productivity. Graduates often assume positions as CIOs, CEOs, and more. For example, Steve Bandrowczak was named President and COO of Xerox while enrolled in the M.S. in Technology Management program at Columbia University.
2. Programs are Specified to Your Needs
Digital transformation is not a one-size-fits-all process, so programs offer a variety of focus areas like C-Level Management, Cybersecurity and Data Management, and Analytics. For instance, Matthew Smith was a lead architect for a digital transformation initiative at AT&T. He chose a focus in Digital and Business Transformation when he enrolled in Columbia University’s program. Matthew’s responsibilities increased within a month of beginning the program. He later accepted a position with a leading global consulting firm with a pay raise of 35%.
3. Mentors Share Real-World Experience
Students benefit from one-on-one mentorships with top-level executives who have successfully led digital transformations. Matthew Smith was paired with mentor David Widup, a former executive and Principal at N. Allen & Associates, LLC. David helped Matthew gain a better understand about the intersection of business and technology. With every business needing to integrate technology into its operations, expert knowledge in technology can help students learn to stay on top of the high demands.