Technology Leadership MBA Track

As a joint offering of the Tepper School of Business and Carnegie Mellon University’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.

Technologies have become pervasive and fundamental to the operation of modern businesses. 

These technologies are at the core of today’s knowledge-based economy, fueling the development of innovative products, services and business processes. Developing great high-technology products and services, however, requires more than just technical excellence. Technology leaders also need a deep understanding of business fundamentals and of how to integrate novel technologies, business processes and market forces together to create successful products and services.

The Technology Leadership MBA track emphasizes strategic and management issues relevant to the development, application and management of cutting-edge technologies. Utilizing the strengths of Carnegie Mellon University’s top-ranked School of Computer Science and other Carnegie Mellon schools, the track provides students a foundation in technology issues related broadly to hardware and software industries, and also delivers knowledge in financial technology, high-tech health care, mobile applications, the internet of things and robotics.

MBA graduates of this track are exceptionally 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 technology projects.


Who Should Apply

The Technology Leadership track prepares MBA students who aspire to senior positions ranging from product manager and technology consultant to ultimately VP of products, chief technology officer, chief information officer and chief executive officer.

Students enrolling in the track must have an undergraduate degree in computer science or engineering, or have comparable work experience in the high-technology sector.


Technology Leadership MBA Track Courses

MBA students in the Technology Leadership track will take four required courses and must also choose two technology electives and two technology management electives. 

Download an example overview of the Technology Leadership track curriculum (pdf) for more information. Faculty may revise the curriculum and course offerings at any time.


Technology Leadership Capstone Course

Students choosing a track complete their required capstone course within the track.

The Technology Leadership capstone is an opportunity for students to develop key skills for future product managers. Students get to apply in a practical context many of the skills, techniques and methodologies they have been exposed to during the course of the program. Projects will be sourced via corporate partnerships and vary in industry focus from year to year. 


Faculty Coordinator

Timothy Derdenger
Associate Professor of Marketing and Strategy
derdenge@andrew.cmu.edu