You can earn a good salary and have fairly stable job prospects nowadays at an “IT” person with an undergraduate degree. But a technology MBA is an ingredient you’ll often need to become either the chief technology officer, chief information officer, VP of research and development or other division manager in a good-sized company nowadays.
Almost all companies are now heavily dependent on software upgrades, internet strategy and internal communications over the internet. As a result, technology MBA holders have become more and more highly valued for their combination of business and computer smarts.
Strategic & Financial Skills
Technology MBA programs are designed for people who already have an undergraduate degree in computer engineering or a good deal of job experience in the area, and give them an understanding of business fundamentals. The degree will prepare you to help a company manage new technologies, build strategies for how to market and sell tech-based products and services, and build financial cases to prove the value of technology projects. Staff management and leadership skills are also a focus of this type of degree program.
Masters degrees of this time usually take 18 months – 2 years of full time study. In an online learning environment, the length of your study will depend on how many classes you choose to take per semester. A variety of degree specializations are available, depending on your own strengths and interests, including MBA’s in:
- Management and Information Systems
- Security Information Management
- Engineering Technology
- Technology leadership
Beyond creating new software products of developing new websites, a technology MBA will give you a basis in entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and sales skills that can help you move out of a mid-level job in an IT department and move to the top levels of company management.