|Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota||Minneapolis||Minnesota|
|Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona||Tuscon||Arizona|
|J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University||Atlanta||Georgia|
|Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University,||Evanston||Illinois|
|Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University||New York||New York|
|McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas||Austin||Texas|
|MIT’s Sloan School of Management||Cambridge||Massachusetts|
|Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland||College Park||Maryland|
|Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University||Ithaca||New York|
|Stanford Graduate School of Business at Stanford University||Stanford||California|
|Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania|
|The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania|
In 2013, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an article titled “Elite Grads in Business Flock to Tech: Harvard and Other Elite Schools Look Elsewhere as Finance Loses Its Lustre.” The article mentioned that a “record number of business school graduates are choosing jobs in the technology sector, as interest in finance continues to show marked declines.” This is just one reason why business students today, not just the ones attending elite schools, look for an MBA program that will allow them to focus on various specialties within the Tech sector.
Like health care industry occupations, computer and information technology occupations show tremendous employment and salary growth for the 2012-2022 decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For example, employment growth for information security analysts is 37 percent for the 2012-2022 decade (27,400 jobs), growth for computer systems analysts is 25 percent (127,700 jobs), and growth for database administrators and computer network architects is 15 percent, or 17,900 and 20,900 jobs, respectively.
In just a few years, salaries have increased by several thousand dollars or more. In 2012, mean annual wages were $89,290 for information security analysts, $83,800 for computer systems analysts, $79,120 for database administrators, and $94,000 for computer network architects. According to the latest BLS report, (March 25, 2015), mean annual wages are $91,600 for information security analysts, $87,320 for computer systems analysts, $82,280 for database administrators, and $100,710 for computer network architects.
Besides excellent employment and salary growth, many MBA students choose a technology focus because it offers the opportunity to work in coveted Silicon Valley or other up-and-coming Tech hubs such as Austin, Dallas, Seattle, Chicago, and Miami. Besides a growing number of Tech jobs, these cities attract top talent, eager to start their own Tech companies.
To get in on the action, depending on the school, most MBA students will choose a technology concentration, emphasis, specialization, focus, major or track. Others may choose just the right combination of electives that define the area of study they would like to pursue. Elective examples include:
- Business Intelligence with Data Mining
- Financial Information Systems and Technologies
- Global Sourcing of IT and IT Enabled Services
- Data Management Systems
- Enterprise Computing Environments
- Generating Business Value from IT
- Global Information Systems: Communications and Connectivity Among Information Systems
- Human-Computer Interaction for Technology Executives
- Information Systems Engineering
- Information Technology and Corporate Transformation
- IT Security, Risk Analysis & Business Continuity
- Managing Software Development
- Mobile and Pervasive Computing Services
- Modeling and Designing IT Systems
- Information Technology Project Management
- Security and Privacy of Information and Information Systems
- Strategic Management & Information Systems
- Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation
- Telecommunications Technology and Competitive Strategy
Just a few popular Tech sector MBA concentrations include:
- Entrepreneurship & Innovation (highlights Emerging Technologies)
- Information Technology Management
- Management Information Systems
- Management of Information Technology and Operations
- Managing Innovation and Technology
- Technology Leadership or Technology Management
- Technology and E-Commerce
While technology coursework and concentrations are common among MBA programs, some schools are at the top of their game in this area.
Just a few of the best schools for Tech-bound MBAs are:
- Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
- Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ
- J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
- Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
- Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University, New York, NY
- McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin, TX
- MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Cambridge MA
- Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD
- Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Stanford Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
- Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
- The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
You can also find a variety of top rated Tech MBA programs at most colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area—of course.
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