Mason MS in Technology Management Announces Leading Edge CIO Curriculum Update

Fairfax, Virginia, July 9th, 2012 — The Mason MS in Technology Management program (MSTM) has announced an updated curriculum designed to maintain the program as one of the leading technology management and CIO programs not just in the U.S. but in the world.   The updated curriculum will be implemented beginning in January 2013.

“With a greater focus on emerging technologies and innovation, this updated curriculum is designed to continue to position our Mason technology management graduates at the forefront of industry and technological change and keep them on a continued fast track to enhanced career growth and success,” said Dr. J.P. Auffret, Program Director. “The progression of topics has been purposefully chosen to provide our students with the knowledge and skills considered paramount to leading technology organizations and technology oriented businesses in the 21st century.

The program overall and courses are organized into the learning modules of:

  • Emerging Technologies and Innovation
  • IT Executive Leadership and CIO
  • Business Foundations and Strategy
  • Leading Change and Managing Opportunity
  • Applied Business Planning and Global Perspectives

“We’ve had input from faculty, alumni and industry–along with our International Academy of CIO partners–and believe that the updated curriculum will best serve our MSTM students and their industries as well as provide engaging new opportunities for our active alumni base,” said Auffret.

The updated curriculum offers increased coverage and mapping to the U.S. Government’s twelve CIO Core Competencies: Policy and Organization, Leadership and Management, Policy and Change Management, Information Resources Strategy and Planning, IT Performance Assessment, IT Project and Program Management, Capital Planning and Investment Control, Acquisition, eGovernment, Information Security and Assurance, Enterprise Architecture, and Technology Management and Assessment.

The program will start with two opening short courses that examine the landscape of technologies, technology businesses and their impact on most all industries and government. These courses are HiTech Business Models, and Emerging Technologies and the New CIO.

The MSTM program will continue to include an international residency focusing on CIO leadership and emerging technologies in countries at the leading edge of technological innovation.  Recent classes have had their international residencies in the Asia Pacific area including in Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.  In addition, the MSTM program will continue to have a capstone course in which students develop a business plan for commercializing a product or service based on a new or emerging technology.

MSTM Assistant Program Director Clodagh Bassett said, “We look forward to implementing this new curriculum in January and believe that it will best position our incoming students to join the MSTM program’s 550 alumni in building successful and rewarding technology management careers.”


About the George Mason M.S. in Technology Management Program (MSTM) – Founded in 1998, the George Mason M.S. in Technology Management Program ( has had over 550 MSTM graduates – alumni who are having successful careers as CIOs, corporate and division presidents, entrepreneurs, project and program managers, consultants and technology specialists. The MSTM program is one of the original four U.S. Government CIO University programs and is now one of seven CIO University programs in the U.S    The MSTM program is also a founding partner of the International Academy of CIO ( a global organization fostering the exchange of best practices on CIO and IT executive leadership, CIO Councils and enabling institutions, and CIO related policies.


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Clodagh Bassett

I am the assistant program director of the Master of Science in Technology Management program. In my more than 13 years working with this program, I have seen students grow and mature within the program to achieve their career goals. My goal is to always have a satisfied customer/student.

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