An MBA in Technology or Information Technology (IT) can be a rewarding step for many students.
Indeed, firms in the technology field, such as behemoths like Amazon, Google, and Facebook, are increasingly hungry for MBA talent to help drive their businesses. To land jobs in these and other companies, an MBA grad may need a unique combination of talents, including management skills and an understanding of complex technology. (See also: the Top 10 Feeder MBA Programs for the Top Tech Companies)
Fortunately, an MBA in Technology can help meet these needs. A specialized MBA in the Technology field might cover a number of topics, perhaps including innovation, analytics, and supply chain management. Many MBA students come from tech-heavy background—such as engineering or IT—and an MBA can often help round out these skills with 'softer' skills such as leadership and negotiation, which are critical for a post-MBA job in tech.
Along those lines, post-MBA careers in technology can take many forms, from an information technology manager at a consulting firm to a director of data management. An MBA can help students interested in this field understand the managerial and strategic implications of technology in business. And increasingly, online businesses like Amazon and Google are hiring MBAs in management positions. Students who want a better understanding the technology itself can pursue hybrid degree options like an MS/MBA.
See the 10 best MBA programs for Technology or Information Technology below.
Smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley, there’s perhaps no business school that’s closer to the headquarters of some of the world’s biggest technology firms. Typically, between one-quarter and one-third of each of Stanford’s MBA classes go into the technology sector.View School Profile
Students with technical backgrounds often gravitate to the MBA program at Mays, which has a technical heritage. Students interested in this career path can choose to do an MBA track in Business Data Analytics, or another relevant option (such as Entrepreneurship or Marketing). Firms like Amazon and Hewlett Packard often recruit from the school; half of the MBA class of 2020 went into technology firms.View School Profile
Some 40 percent of BYU’s MBA class of 2021 went into the technology sector. Hiring companies have included Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, HP, Amazon, Dell, and others in the sector.View School Profile
Although the school does not offer a dedicated MBA specialization in technology, students can opt to pursue relevant courses such as “From Data to Insights” and “Global Information Management.” Over 40 percent of Mannheim’s MBA class of 2021 went into technology or IT roles. The school’s top employers include Amazon, SAP, and Red Hat.View School Profile
Haas’ proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley make it an ideal choice for MBAs looking for jobs in the technology field. The school’s top employers include a range of tech and internet firms, such as Google, eBay, and Adobe. Over 34 percent of the school’s MBA class of 2021 went into the technology field.View School Profile
Tepper offers a robust selection of electives in information technology, as well as an MBA track in “Technology Leadership.” The school's recently-launched campus in Silicon Valley will only solidify ties with the tech industry. In recent years, between 30 and 40 percent of the school’s MBA cohort have gone into the technology industry.View School Profile
Close to Redmond, Washington (the home of Microsoft), Foster is right in the middle of a bustling tech center. With specialized offerings like the “Technology Management” MBA, it’s no surprise that this school tends to send at least half of its MBAs into the technology sector.View School Profile
In recent years, ASU - Carey has become a recruiting destination for tech firms like Amazon, Adobe, IBM, Go Daddy, and others hungry for MBAs. The school offers an MBA concentration in Information Management.View School Profile
Typically, around one-quarter of CEIBS' MBA graduates go into technology. Tech behemoths like Amazon, Microsoft, Intel have snapped up grads in recent years.View School Profile
Information technology is a $70 billion industry in India, and IIM-A students know this: typically, over half of the school’s PGP-X grads go into the sector.View School Profile
Related MBA News
Tech MBAs Help Students Win Big Tech Jobs
Dec 04, 2019
Several business schools have established niche MBAs as demand for technology managers intensifies
MBA Programs for STEM Professionals: On the Rise
Apr 26, 2018
Not only do the courses address a skills gap but give graduates a 36-month US work visa
Tapping Into California’s Tech Hub: More Business Schools Putting Down Roots in Silicon Valley
Mar 16, 2015
As the demand for techies with MBAs increases, more and more business schools are setting up shop in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. But is the market becoming saturated?
The Business of Tech: MBA Programs in Information Technology
Apr 23, 2012
How an MBA program with an IT focus can help tackle emerging needs