An MBA with a specialization in information systems and technology management will hone your technology and business skill sets. Build a strong foundation of traditional business core courses while learning how to identify and manage enabling digital technologies that align with your organization’s goals.
Organizations are continuing to expand their digital environments, and the need for trained professionals with the skills to manage these initiatives is expected to grow by at least 12 percent by 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018). As an early- to mid-career professional, you can start now to build on your current experience as you seek upper-level technology-related roles.
Examples of careers aligned with this degree are chief information officer, chief technology officer, product manager, data scientist, and information systems manager. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for an Information Systems Manager is $142,530. As of May 2018, the median annual wages for information systems managers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
|Finance and insurance||$148,620|
|Computer systems design and related services||$148,540|
|Management of companies and enterprises||$145,160|
With a PMBA and concentration in information systems and technology management, you will be able to:
Determine an organization’s technology needs and propose possible solutions to key stakeholders
Evaluate the costs and benefits of projects and propose project funding to executives
Learn about new technology and how it strategically aligns with organizational needs
Plan and direct the work of other technology professionals
Analyze strategic problems and select the best ways to solve them
Possess key business skills to develop strategic plans to reach the goals of a complex digital organization
Exhibit strong communication skills needed to communicate and coordinate business and technology strategies at all levels
Industry Practicum: BMIS 2999 (new) is a 1.5 credit course with a domestic study experience to engage with executives and network with Pitt alumni, conduct field research, and experience the tech industry culture.
Case Competitions test critical thinking skills and enhance teamwork and interpersonal skills as you work with your colleagues to develop your problem, solution, and presentation.
Consulting Field Projects: Katz School faculty have offered the Consulting Field Project course for more than two decades. This course teaches management consulting as a problem-solving framework, allowing you to apply the analytical tools and concepts you learn at Katz to real-world problems.
The Katz Invitational: This signature case competition, hosted by the Katz MBA Program Office, is multidimensional, designed to test teams' ability to collaborate on different business disciplines.
Management Simulation Capstone ties together everything students learn in their core classes. The capstone course is an applied strategic management and general management course designed to give students a realistic assignment as an executive in a simulated athletic footwear company.