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For MBA applicants looking to go all in on tech, IE Business School might have
just the thing. The school announced
this week that it’s launching a Tech MBA,
which it describes as “the first Tech MBA in Europe.”
The program will take one year to complete, and students
have three tracks of specialization to choose from: data analytics and
artificial intelligence, digital finance, and digital transformation.
The year of study is broken up into four periods. The first
two periods include a series of core courses in tech- and business-related
topics, ranging from data analytics to economics and cybersecurity to
The third period is
specialized by track, and the fourth period is for electives, possibly
including exchanges with other schools.
Simultaneous to the first- and second-period classes,
students attend a variety of forums and workshops as well as an ongoing
transformational leadership module. The third period features learning trips
and the fourth a capstone project.
IE says the Tech MBA is focused on three essential areas,
which it refers to as “business management, technology immersion, and
According to IE’s vice dean, Jose Esteves, the new Tech MBA
“will provide managers with strong leadership capacity and a deep knowledge of
the tech industry.”
that students will emerge from the program able to “navigate the current and
future technological environment from a global corporate perspective.”
The program will enroll two cohorts each year, in September
and January. IE is specifically seeking applicants who already have
undergraduate STEM degrees and who are looking to supplement those degrees with
a tech-focused graduate business education.
IE does note, however, that it might make a few exceptions
on the STEM degree requirement in cases where applicants have majors like
economics and can demonstrate they did STEM coursework.
Tech MBA applicants are also expected to have at least three
years of work experience, with five years recommended.
The third application
requirement listed by IE is a little more nebulous: students should have a
“demonstrable passion for technology” and “an understanding of the tech
That’s where applicants have to consider more subjectively
whether their profiles are a good match for a Tech MBA and whether a Tech MBA
specifically is the best way to further their career goals.
We can help you weigh these questions and give you feedback
on how to emphasize your strengths as an applicant to programs like IE’s that
will set you up for a career in tech. Just contact us to ask for a free MBA application
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