Deciding Between an MBA Program and Masters in Technology Management

As business and technology become more intertwined, jobs in the technology management sector are becoming more competitive. In addition to IT expertise, you now also need a foundation in business management. Certifications and advanced degrees are becoming a key differentiator. What degree is right for you… an MBA program or a Masters in Technology Management?

An MBA program is a general business management degree that provides a broad foundation of management and business principles. You can use electives to specialize in a specific area such as project management or IT.

A Masters in Technology Management is tailored to students with professional experience in the IT industry who want to run a division or business of a technology or technology-oriented organization. It provides general business principles such as accounting, finance, change management but all in the context of an IT environment.

See below for more details comparing both the Masters in Technology Management and the MBA program at Mason.

Masters in Technology Management

The Master’s in Technology Management degree at George Mason helps you further your technology leadership career, positioning you to take advantage of opportunities as you sharpen your ability to adapt and excel in an ever rapidly changing business environment.

It has a relevant and focused curriculum, experienced faculty, flexible program design for working professionals, active IT industry and global partnerships, and accomplished students and alumni. It provides students with an executive-level perspective and the right skill portfolio to manage across all business disciplines.

Some of the industries represented by students graduating from Mason’s MS in Technology Management program are information technology, telecom, defense, healthcare, financial services, consulting, and e-commerce. Many graduates of Masters in technology management programs pursue executive level positions such as chief technology officer and chief information officer.

Program Features

  • Curriculum addresses CIO core competencies
  • CIO Certificate
  • Completed in 16 months
  • Classes held on Arlington campus
  • Saturday classes
  • Two tracks: Global Technology Practices and Information Security Management
  • 7-10 day global residency
  • Capstone project
  • Dual degree option with MS in Management of Secure Information Systems

Mason MBA

Located in the metro Washington, D.C., area, George Mason’s MBA Program, prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. It prepares MBA graduates with the skills they need to pursue the careers they want.

Mason’s MBA program is ranked #74 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to students during the MBA program and alumni after graduation.

Program Features

  • Completed in as few as 23 months
  • 9 areas of emphasis
  • Optional Certificate in Business Analytics
  • 7-10 day global residency
  • Classes held on Fairfax or Arlington campuses
  • Evening classes
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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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