The Best Business Schools for Information Technology

Posted By SWatts on Jan 1, 2014 |

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The Best Business Schools for Information Technology

MBA programs that combine general management with business information technology are essential for anyone focusing on obtaining a senior IT position or a position as a project manager, information management consultant, or business analyst. This article takes a closer look at three of the most highly rated schools for information systems: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University of Texas-Austin.

Sloan School of Management

The Sloan School of Management at MIT has “technology” in its name, so it makes sense that it ranks consistently as the #1 business school for information systems by U.S. News & World Report. The Sloan curriculum shares the MIT value of giving students the flexibility to customize their courses and program. In the MBA program, this is done by following a specific track or certificate program, selecting any from a wide range of Sloan courses, or completing a dual degree. Within the academic course offering, Sloan provides fourteen IT-centric courses including Generating Business Value from IT and Fundamentals of Digital Business Strategy. Additionally, the MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), founded in 1974, first pioneered the idea of helping executives to manage IT. Today, it continues to serve as an invaluable resource for student use and field-based research relating to the use and management of IT. The center is currently researching topics such as digitization, IT supply and demand,  big data, reuse, and IT innovation.

Tepper School of Business

Tepper at Carnegie-Mellon University embraces the fact that business today runs on a knowledge-based economy, and that the fuel for ensuring its growth is information technology. Tepper offers a specialized Technology Leadership Track in conjunction with the Carnegie-Mellon School of Computer Science. The Technology Leadership Track emphasizes the idea that developing IT products and implementing IT into a business requires more than technical knowledge; instead, it requires dynamic leadership abilities relevant to both general business management and the development of new technologies. In the Technology Leadership Track, students take five required technical courses, as well as the Commercialization and Innovation Strategy mini-course and twelve units of technology or entrepreneurial-centric courses, one of which must be an elective from the School of Computer Science. Students interested in enrolling in the track must have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, MIS or a related field, or have relevant work experience.

McCombs School of Business

The McCombs Schools of Business offers an option for an information management concentration. The Texas MBA Information Management (IM) MBA combines two clear goals: (1) teaching students to leverage IT for value creation in innovative business processes and IT design for customers, and (2) the multi-faceted implications of undergoing IT-centered projects. Combined, these goals create business leaders who view IT through not just a technical lens, but with the vision of a manager with the expertise to effectively put to use a diverse range of resources. Courses include Data Mining for Business Intelligence and Strategic Sourcing.