Credentials: Technology MBA

By Jim Battey, InfoWorld |  Career

The basics

Who offers them: Many top business schools offer MBA programs with technology
specializations. Widely considered to be among the top programs in the United States
are Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate School of Industrial Administration,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, and Northeastern
University's High Technology MBA.

Requirements: Requirements vary, ranging from a postgraduate degree and management
experience for top schools to an undergraduate degree and no work experience for
others. All MBA candidates are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test

Cost: Varies widely; tuition ranges from $1,000 to more than $30,000 per year.
Tuition at public universities tends to be less expensive, and in many cases, in-state
students at public universities receive a significant discount.

Vital statistics: Who has one

Percent of IT professionals with a master's degree

* Senior management: 45.3%

* Middle management: 36.2%

* Staff: 24.7%

Percent of IT professionals whose master's degree is an MBA:

* Senior management: 23.1%

* Middle management: 12.6%

* Staff: 4.0%

What people are saying

"Business will be fundamentally changed by those who have a solid understanding of
the constantly changing technology that helps collect, analyze, disseminate, and use
information. By including IT within the core courses of an MBA program, students get
hands-on experience with the information and tools that enable change."

-- David Blake, dean, Graduate School of Management at the University of
California, Irvine.

Web resources

MBA Explorer --

The Graduate Management Admission Council provides a searchable database of
hundreds of MBA programs, along with information on financing a degree and taking the
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This site features a business school directory, data on what they deem to be the
best schools, and a side-by-side comparison chart of rankings from eight different
business school surveys.


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