Software developer is now the best job in the U.S. according U.S. New & World Report’s 25 Best Jobs for 2018. Software developers average around $102,280 per year and employment opportunities in the field are skyrocketing. By 2026, employment is expected to increase by 24 percent adding 299,500 new jobs to a field that’s already 1.25 million strong.
So, what does all of this mean for today’s MBAs? Endless opportunities for graduates with a technology background—software development and otherwise. The average salary for MBA graduates is already more than $125,000, according to U.S. News. With a tech background, earnings could be even higher.
Thanks to the high demand for technology skills in business, just about every MBA program offers opportunities to load up on technology courses. Students can declare a specialization, focus on a specific area via elective options, choose technology courses through “free” electives, and many other avenues.
To find some of the best tech course offerings, students can look to top MBA programs such as Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, and Tepper. Schools such these have so tech-centric courses to consider, you’ll lose count! Don’t worry. We picked 10 of the most popular options to get you started with your search. Here you go.
Harvard Business School (HBS)
Digital Innovation and Transformation
This course is designed to equip students to confidently help conceive, lead and execute digital innovation initiatives and develop new business models for existing and insurgent organizations. The basic premise of the course is that the digital revolution is rapidly transforming the fundamental nature of many companies in a wide range of industries and executives, entrepreneurs and general managers need to understand the economics, technology paradigms and management practices of innovating in digital-centric businesses to ensure corporate and personal success.
The course is intended for students pursuing business careers in which digital technologies will be critical to the development of new products and services, e.g., entrepreneurial start-ups, consulting and venture capital, and senior positions in marketing, R&D, and strategy. Visits by case protagonists and industry experts will enable students to understand the career options in this rapidly evolving space. -HBS
MIT Sloan School of Management
Integrating eSystems & Global Information Systems
This course addresses strategic, technological, and organizational connectivity issues to support effective and meaningful integration of information and systems. This course is especially relevant to those who wish to effectively exploit information technology and create new business processes and opportunities. –MIT Sloan
IT as an Integrating Force in Manufacturing
This course provides broad coverage of technology concepts and trends underlying current and future developments in information technology, and fundamental principles for the effective use of computer-based information systems. There will be a special emphasis on manufacturing. Information Systems topics that will be covered include networks and distributed computing, including the World Wide Web, hardware and operating systems, software development tools and processes, relational databases, security and cryptography, enterprise applications, B2B, the semantic web and electronic commerce. –MIT Sloan
Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
Human Computer Interaction for Executives
This course provides an overview and introduction to the field of human-computer interaction, with a focus on how it applies to managers, technology executives, and others who will work with HCI professionals. Particular emphasis will be placed on what HCI methods and HCI-trained specialists can bring to design and development teams. The course will provide a hands-on introduction to proven tools and techniques for creating and improving user interfaces, such as Contextual Inquiry, Rapid Prototyping, Heuristic Analysis, and Think-Aloud Usability Testing. Students at the end of the course will have learned how to perform some useful techniques and will have an understanding of systematic procedures for creating usable and useful designs and systems. -Tepper
Mobile and Pervasive Computing Services
This course explores research issues in mobile computing and its close relative, pervasive computing. Many traditional areas of computer science and computer engineering are impacted by the constraints and demands of mobile and pervasive computing. The course will offer significant hands-on experience: students will work in small groups under the guidance of a mentor on a project. Each student will also be required to write one of two documents based on an idea in mobile and pervasive computing: (a) a research proposal. In teams of two, students will present a short (30 minutes) overview of the commercial landscape for one of the topics covered in class. -Tepper
University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
Data Mining for Business Intelligence
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to data mining problems and tools to enhance managerial decision making at all levels of the organization and across business units. We discuss scenarios from a variety of business disciplines, including the use of data mining to support customer relationship management (CRM) decisions, decisions in the entertainment
industry, finance, and professional sports teams. -McCombs
University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
Business of Blogs, Wikis, and Online Social Networks
Business use of social media technologies. Blogs, wikis, online social networks. Readings, forum discussion, case analyses. How technologies engage consumers, market products or services, benefit from open innovation, foster collaboration among employees. -Carlson
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
Information Technology & Corporate Transformation
This course covers the impact and the enabling role of information technologies (IT) in transforming business and work group and individual processes. Topics include gaining competitive advantage through IT applications; identifying high pay-off IT applications, and leading the process of IT-induced change process. -Smith School of Business
Modeling & Designing IT Systems
This course provides a solid foundation in the concepts, processes, tools, and techniques needed in systems development. Topics covered include process and data modeling, requirement analysis, object oriented design, user interface design, ERP and package implementation, and designing for the Web. -Smith School of Business
Security and Control of Information Systems
This course covers the information control risks faced by corporations, techniques for enhancing the security and integrity of corporate information resources, and the auditing and control procedures for corporate information systems. Students will work with actual case studies. -Smith School of Business
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