Computing technologies have become pervasive and fundamental to the operation of modern businesses. They are at the core of today’s knowledge-based economy, fueling the development of innovative products, services and business processes. Developing great software-intensive products and services, however, requires more than just technical excellence. Technology leaders also need a deep understanding of business fundamentals and of how to weave novel technologies, business processes and market forces together to create successful products and services.
As a joint offering of the Tepper School of Business and Carnegie Mellon's top-ranked School of Computer Science, the Technology Leadership Track emphasizes strategic and management issues relevant to the development and application of cutting-edge software technologies.
There are five required technical courses. In addition to the core technical courses, students must enroll in the “Commercialization and Innovation Strategy” mini course and complete 12 units of technology or entrepreneurial-centric courses, including at least one elective from the School of Computer Science.
Graduates of this track are particularly well prepared to address the complex issues that lie at the intersection of business and technology. They are trained to lead their future organizations in developing and executing technology strategies and managing innovative technology projects. Specifically, the track prepares students who aspire to senior technology positions ranging from Product Manager and Technology Consultant all the way to VP of Products, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Executive Officer.
Students enrolling in the track are expected to have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, MIS (or a related field), or have comparable work experience. If you are interested in the track but unsure whether you have sufficient technical background, please contact the faculty coordinators to discuss your goals and previous experience.
Institute for Software Research
School of Computer Science