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Business Administration in Technology Leadership

Business Administration in Technology Leadership

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W263, Seymour Schulich

Discover the MBA program designed for tech leaders of the future.

With a constantly refreshed curriculum and a focus on real-world, experiential learning, the Schulich Tech MBA prepares the next generation of change-makers to win in an era where every company is a tech company.

This 16-month (4-term) full-time program includes guaranteed workplace internships, direct exposure to industry leaders in Toronto’s thriving tech scene, and career support. Students will tackle current technology challenges through case studies, simulations, guest lectures, and a capstone integrated field study project. The Tech MBA Advisory Council guides the curriculum’s continuous innovation, reflecting market challenges and opportunities.

The Tech MBA curriculum includes 37.5 credits of core courses designed to equip students with a common set of capabilities necessary for effective management in the tech sectors.

In addition to foundational core courses, students have the opportunity to complete 6.00 credits of electives, allowing for deeper exploration in a particular area of interest.

In term 3, students will participate in a Venture Studio project where they will learn leading product design, management strategies, and frameworks for high-growth potential technology firms. Students will explore how those strategies and frameworks connect directly to the investments placed by Venture Investors seeking to scale tech firms.

Term 4 includes a Mandatory Graduate Placement. Through the placement experience, students will build upon, practice, and reflect on key learnings and build relevant experiences for their career post-graduation. A minimum of 12 weeks, of full-time work is required to complete this Graduate Placement.

Students are eligible for graduation upon their successful completion of 49.5 credits.

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements are as follows:

  • An undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum B average in the last two full years (or equivalent) of academic work. Three-year cycle undergraduate degrees from institutions that meet the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration may be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate honors degree.
  • 2 to 5 years of work experience in technology firms and/or in technology-enabled roles in non-technology firms is required.
  • Alternate admissions requirement: Graduates with other 3-year degrees may be admitted as well. All graduates with 3-year degrees must possess at least three years of post-graduation work experience in a sector relevant to the program.
  • Proof of English language proficiency if prior studies were not completed in English:
    • o TOEFL (iBT): 100 with a minimum component score of 23 or IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum component score of 6.5.
  • A supplementary application form that shows strong evidence of leadership ability.
  • Two letters of recommendation. It is recommended that one of these is from a professor.
  • A panel interview

Degree Requirements

The program will require students to complete 49.5 credits over four terms of full-time study. The curriculum comprises 15 courses (13 core and 2 electives) that range in credit value from 1.5 to 6.00. Term 1 = 15 credits; Term 2 = 13.5 credits; Term 3 = 12 credits; and Term 4 = 9 credits – for a total of 49.5 credits. All the 13 core courses are being newly designed. The 2 electives will be sourced from the existing pool of course offerings in the Master of Business Analytics and the Master of Management in Artificial
Intelligence programs at Schulich.

The program outcomes will be achieved via a course-based and primarily in-person delivery format. The nature of the coursework varies, depending on the expected learning outcomes for each course. In-person lectures and learning activities will be complemented with synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning opportunities embedded within each course (e.g., live and/or recorded interactive lectures in the flipped classroom format, along with other learning activities that help develop an understanding of course concepts as well as promote teamwork and collaboration). Other learning activities include case analysis and discussion, teamwork exercises, guest speaker presentations, simulations, and outreach to external organizations.

The program makes an explicit commitment to experiential learning. This includes a commitment to devoting 30% of total time to experiential learning initiatives in each course, the development of sustained relationships with practitioners in the classroom, a mandatory workplace internship, and a project designed to add value to real-world clients involving the creation and implementation of a technological solution to a business problem.