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Future-Proofing with Tech: How the Technology Management Program Curriculum Evolves with a Rapidly Advancing Industry

Change is accelerating. Generative AI is redefining the shape and speed of innovation. Columbia’s Master of Science in Technology Management program prepares technology professionals to future-proof their practice.

Columbia University pioneered the Ivy League’s first Technology Management master’s program 20 years ago to empower professionals to make an economic and social impact in a world of constant change and disruption. We have institutionalized technology’s continuous improvement and deployment philosophy in our curriculum. 

As technology continues to redefine operations, a paradigm shift has occurred. Previously, strategy and policy preceded execution. Today, execution leads, followed by strategy, with policy lagging behind. This evolution underscores technology’s pivotal role as a catalyst for innovation, growth, and risk, and the Technology Management program curriculum has been revised to keep up with industry innovations.   

“Tech leadership demands constant learning and adaptation,” said Dr. Alexis Wichowski, Technology Management’s program director and a professor of practice. “Our newly revised M.S. in Technology Management program now reflects that reality. This program is not just for tech people or business people: It trains future leaders to be equally fluent in both.”

The program prepares students to thrive in these conditions with solid fundamentals in core technology and business principles and also offers continually updated courses that reflect current trends. The revised curriculum is the first of its kind to include an explicit focus on ethical leadership, reflecting the ways in which today’s technology leaders must negotiate not only business and technology decisions but also the application of concepts like “do no harm” in relation to the deployment of new technologies.

With options to study either in person or online with four immersive residencies, the program offers unparalleled insider access to one of the world’s most dynamic and innovative technology capitals. The faculty and program team, composed of industry-leading practitioners including 12x serial entrepreneur Art Chang, global business leader and cybersecurity expert Cristina Dolan, and leading technology and media corporate strategist Stephano Kim, brings real-world experience and expertise to the classroom, equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed and the networks they need to achieve their career goals. 

The program doesn’t just teach theory—it also provides hands-on experiential learning through projects, internships, and networking opportunities. The curriculum constantly evolves to keep pace with the latest developments in technology and business, ensuring that students graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their careers.

With a community of more than 1,000 alumni who have gone on to lead and innovate at companies like Google, Apple, NASA, and more, students will be equipped to adapt and keep pace in an ever-changing technology landscape as they join a global network of peers shaping the future.

About the Program

Columbia University's Master of Science in Technology Management is designed to respond to the urgent need for strategic perspectives, critical thinking, and exceptional communication skills at all levels of the workplace and across all types of organizations.

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