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Columbia University School of Continuing Education Master of Science Degree The mission of the graduate programs offered by Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education is to provide practical professional education in fields offering substantial opportunities in the metropolitan area. The programs serve the needs of working professionals who seek a rigorous academic experience that is immediately applicable to the contemporary workplace and aim to equip students with the skills necessary to claim positions of increasing professional responsibility throughout their careers. The academic quality of the School of Continuing Education’s graduate programs is monitored by an executive committee drawn from full-time University faculty and through periodic external academic reviews. Professional best practice is ensured by the active and continuing advice of a distinguished advisory board drawn from leaders in each program’s field.


Columbia University Executive Master of Science in Technology Management

Applied Professional Education and Executive Mentoring at a World-Class University

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The M.S. in Technology Management Applied Education for Tomorrow’s Executives

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“Columbia has created a quality program that finally addresses the unique combination of theory and practice vital for implementing and managing technology in today’s complex global economy.”

he Executive Master of Science in Technology Management (EMSTM) is the newest phase of Columbia University’s decades-long leadership in technology education.

Technology touches on every aspect of business today—from the smallest administrative process to the largest service solution—and more and more technologists are finding themselves in positions where they must make technical decisions based on management considerations. Today’s technologists fill increasingly crucial and specialized business functions. The EMSTM program recognizes that today’s technology professionals need a particular brand of business and management training in order to progress to the next level in their careers.

—Dana Deasy EMSTM Advisory Board member and Senior Vice President and CIO, Tyco International, Ltd.

Unlike the typical M.B.A. program, the EMSTM program focuses on the skills, challenges, and tactics that are specifically relevant to professionals who seek to become high-level technology managers. The program trains tomorrow’s technology executives via one-on-one executive mentoring, demanding classroom work, and real-world practice. During the course of their studies, students learn how to think, strategize, plan, and manage as C-level executives and receive feedback on their work from instructors, peers, and professionals in a diverse array of industries.

“Columbia’s professional degree program provides a much needed training ground for tomorrow’s technology executives.”

The program is tailored for experienced technology professionals who seek to become executives in their respective industries. Students incorporate their professional experiences into their coursework, and the master’s project (see page 11) provides a forum for students to demonstrate their ability to create, design, develop, and implement a full-scale technology initiative.

—Jarett Wait EMSTM Advisory Board member and Managing Director, Lehman Brothers

www.ce.columbia.edu/technology for complete program details




Advisory Board

Program Goals

Program Features

The program:  Develops students’ abilities to effectively organize and manage technology staff and to demonstrate the leadership qualities expected of today’s senior executives

Teaching managers to be effective executives is a complex challenge. The EMSTM program meets this challenge by providing:  One-on-one, dedicated mentoring by leading C-level technology executives

 Exposes students to real-world challenges through meaningful interaction with successful technology executives

  course of study adaptable to individual students’ areas of interest, experience, and professional goals  Dedicated professional instructors who are leaders in their fields

 Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become strategic partners within an organization

 Rigorous courses that emphasize real-world problem solving and allow students to bring their workplace challenges into the classroom

 Introduces students to a range of approaches to the strategic and competitive uses of technology

  cohort of career-focused, ambitious, and experienced peers

 Gives students the opportunity to present and defend their proposals and projects to a review board of senior technology executives and other business leaders

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The Advisory Board meets twice yearly with administrators and faculty to discuss the state of the industry and to offer suggestions and recommendations for maintaining and updating the curriculum. Steve Charatz Vice President, Enterprise Operations Center, SONY Corporation of America Kathleen Corbet President, Standard & Poor’s John W. Cummings COO, Global Private Client, Merrill Lynch Dana S. Deasy Senior Vice President and CIO, Tyco International, Ltd. Ken Devine Vice President and CTO, Thirteen/WNET New York Robert Farina CEO, CyberShift, Inc. Peter C. Gerhard Managing Director, Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division, Goldman Sachs Marc D. Grodman, m.d. CEO, Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc.

 Position technology strategically to enhance core business performance

Kevin Kessinger Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Citigroup, Inc.

 Understand the financial side of management and technology in the context of a large business enterprise  Anticipate, analyze, and manage emerging technologies

Dennis H. Kraus, m.d. Attending, Head and Neck Surgery, and Director, Speech and Hearing Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

 Understand the best practices for the development and realization of technology products and services

Stephen McDermott COO, ICAP

 Lead decisively and communicate effectively with the top levels of management  Effectively bridge the divide between technologists and non-technologists

Lynn O’Conner Vos CEO, Grey Healthcare Jarett Wait Managing Director, Lehman Brothers




The University and the City

Two Critical Learning Environments

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olumbia’s location in New York City, the worldwide nexus of industry and business, provides EMSTM students with a unique learning environment.

The EMSTM program takes advantage of the high concentration of top-level executives in the area by providing students with a mentoring network that is unmatched in the academic community. Instructors are professionals drawn from the ranks of leading companies in the tri-state area, as well as from Columbia’s Schools of Business and Engineering.

“My leadership ability has definitely been improved by the program—I see evidence of this every day at work. I find myself making quicker and better-informed decisions, find people listening more to what I say, and find that increasing levels of responsibility are being given to me.”

Because the program is designed for working professionals, the variety of industries represented in the New York area allows for a diverse representation of professional backgrounds in the student body and lends breadth and depth to the opinions and perspectives at work in the classroom.

—EMSTM student, class of 2006

www.ce.columbia.edu/technology for complete program details




Work with the Best Learn from:  P  rofessional faculty with extensive industry experience

“The master’s project is an intensely rigorous process where the student takes a proposed concept from justification to realization. The result is a challenging and gratifying real-world experience for both student and mentor.”

 Executive mentors  Guest speakers  Student peers from a variety of fields

Networking opportunities:  Classmates from a broad spectrum of industries

— John Tiglias CIO, Charmer Industries

 Extracurricular events  Technology Leadership Forum (see below)  Additional special lectures and events

The Technology Leadership Forum The Technology Leadership Forum provides a venue for executives, scholars, and students to engage in dialogue about the practical uses of technology in today’s business environment and discuss the state of the industry as a whole.

The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York

Corporate CEOs, CIOs, and IT industry leaders from around the nation are invited to join members of the academic community for quarterly meetings to discuss and report on a variety of topics including:

City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a

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great metropolis. It seeks

 Career opportunities

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 Global implications

student body, to support

 Social issues

research and teaching

 Emerging technologies

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relationships with many countries and regions.

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— from the Mission Statement of Columbia University

Go to www.ce.columbia.edu/technology for information about upcoming forum meetings.




The Executive Mentors

Collaboration with Industry Leaders

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he goal of the EMSTM program is to prepare students for the challenges of technology leadership. Executive mentoring is a unique aspect of the program, providing students with the opportunity to experience firsthand how top-level executives operate and succeed in today’s business world.

“Mentoring has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. It’s a chance to guide a talented technologist through the transition from supervisor to business manager and potentially future CEO. I wish I had this opportunity when I was at the same stage in my career.”

The mentoring approach provides students with opportunities to work one-on-one with accomplished technology executives across various industries. Based on topics approved for master’s projects at the conclusion of the first term, each student is paired with a mentor for the duration of their studies. Industry mentors meet with students on a monthly basis, providing guidance and constructive critiques on their master’s projects. As the project is developed over the course of three consecutive academic terms, mentors develop high-quality and lasting professional relationships with their students. Such relationships are a vital component for developing the executive skills required of successful technology leaders.

— David M. Sturm Vice President, Information Technology, New York Public Library

“The mentor serves as a corporate sponsor who brings fresh, industryoriented perspective to the master’s project. It’s a very unique experience.”

How It Works Beginning in the second academic term, each student is “drafted” by an executive mentor. The focus of the mentor-student relationship is the master’s project, so typically the mentor selects his or her student based on interest in, or experience with, the topic, industry, or challenge proposed in the student’s project.

— Joaquin Garcia-Lopez Process Engineer, Ortec International, Inc., and EMSTM student, class of 2006

The master’s project is developed over the course of three terms and is supported by monthly full-day executive seminars (see page 11), where students work together in groups to address difficult technology issues, examine new concepts, and develop methods for approaching challenges in their projects. After each executive seminar, students arrange meetings with their mentors, usually at the mentors’ offices, to review and discuss the progress of their projects. During these meetings, students have the opportunity to seek advice about any aspect of their projects, from logistical business concerns to presentation and defense. The mentor approaches and critiques the master’s project from the perspective of a seasoned executive, providing business context, identifying practical problems, honing solutions, challenging assumptions, offering guidance, and managing expectations. Mentorstudent meetings simulate the real-world experience of working out solutions with a senior colleague.

www.ce.columbia.edu/technology for complete and up-to-date executive mentor roster and biographies




What Mentors Say

A Unique Opportunity

“It’s fair to say that I’ve gotten even more out of my experience as a mentor than I’ve put in. I’ve found that my fellow mentors take the responsibility seriously, and consider it a privilege to serve. I also took personal pride in the success of my student, and feel that I did contribute in some way to his achievement.”

 Develop a mentoring relationship with a toplevel executive over the course of three terms.  Receive regular feedback from a practicing professional.  Gain firsthand knowledge of the practices, habits, experiences, and values of a successful executive.

— Chris Ferreri Managing Director, ICAP

“I wish I’d had something like this in the M.B.A. program I went through. No classroom-based projects will give a student the kind of experience that working with real-world, seasoned CIO mentors can.”

An Exclusive Network Columbia’s EMSTM program has developed an exclusive network of mentors in diverse fields who are eager to work one-on-one with students in the program. A selection of the current mentor roster is below; complete and up-to-date listings and biographies can be found on the Web.

— Steven Peltzman CIO, Museum of Modern Art

“The mentoring process is valuable to both parties. The student receives help from the mentor’s experience and the mentor receives help from the student’s questions, ideas, and fresh approach. I find it to be a true win-win experience.”

Sandra Alayo, Vice President, Information Technology, Safe Horizons Larry Bonfante CIO, United States Tennis Association

— Bob Roth CIO, NAFTA, Sandvik, North America

Judy Campbell Senior Vice President and CIO, New York Life Insurance

“It’s a terrific approach to learning. I can share my experience and in return get a firsthand view of today’s master’s-level education process.”

Tom Clarke CEO, TheStreet.com Dana Deasy Senior Vice President and CIO, Tyco International, Ltd.

— Ed Toben Vice President and CIO, Colgate-Palmolive

Sarah Diamond Global Leader, Financial Markets, IBM

“It’s very rewarding seeing the person you’re working with grow as a professional and improve their skills”

Charles C. Emery, Jr. CIO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

— Larry Bonfante CIO, United States Tennis Association

Robert James Vice President and CIO, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

“The EMSTM program provided me the opportunity to re-engage with high-energy students, create friendships, and provide networking opportunities to members of the program. I have grown as much as I hope my student has.”

Beatrice Leon CIO, Pernod Ricard Jim Noble Vice President and CIO, Altria

— Mark Mooney Senior Vice President and CIO, McGraw Hill Education

Atefeh Riazi Senior Partner and CIO, Ogilvy & Mather Ed Toben Vice President and CIO, Colgate-Palmolive David Ulmer CTO, Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc. Trish Wilkerson Senior Vice President, Alliance Capital



“We believe that executive mentoring is the most effective way to develop the skills required to manage complex technology initiatives in the twenty-first century.” — Dennis Green Director, EMSTM Program


The Classroom

The Practice of Executive Management

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he EMSTM program emphasizes case study and applied learning. EMSTM students are expected to engage intensively with the coursework and each other in the classroom. Rigorous critical thinking, respectful and challenging dialogue, and collaborative problem solving are at the heart of the curriculum.

“I took the work I had done for the [organizational behavior] class and showed it to my management at work. It was very well received and prompted some discussions that never would have happened otherwise. This is just one of several examples I can think of where class exercises became easy wins in my everyday working life.”

The coursework in the program exposes students to the business practices and strategies necessary for the completion of the master’s project. Casebased discussions focused on real-life technology management challenges often determine the trajectory for projects. Small class size makes for lively and in-depth discussion. Students frequently bring in challenges from their own professional lives, and the analysis and solutions developed one evening in the classroom might well be implemented the next day in the workplace. As often as possible, classroom learning is based on and tested in the professional world. Theoretical solutions are examined and tested via practical applications, and the feedback of experienced faculty members, executive mentors, and fellow students ensures that coursework remains rooted in the working world.

—Robert Quigley Manager of Technology, Standard & Poor’s, and EMSTM student, class of 2006

www.ce.columbia.edu/technology for current course offering and detailed descriptions




Guest Speakers Instructors regularly invite fellow industry leaders into the classroom to share their knowledge of best practices and to illuminate current issues or trends in business and technology. Guest speakers present students with unique opportunities to expand their perspectives and knowledge beyond their coursework and to widen their network of top-level contacts.

“Where else am I going to meet the CIO of a Fortune 500 company and be able to ask him how he got to be the leader of a multimilliondollar business?”

Recent guest speakers include: Eric Mueller First Vice President Merrill Lynch, Strategic Planning Group Simon Moss CEO Mantas

— EMSTM student, class of 2006

Pat O’Connell CIO ING North America (ret., 2001) Beatrice Leon CIO Pernod Ricard

“I aim to leverage the professional experience of each student in the classroom. I present frameworks as reference points for analyzing situations, incorporate case studies to elucidate real-world business, and encourage vigorous debate as we collectively share knowledge. On the whole, my class is fast-paced, action-oriented, and focused on critical thinking and decision making.”

Steve McMillan Vice President, IT Services Americas IBM Corporation Joram Borenstein Director of Marketing Unicorn Solutions

— David Tamburri Lecturer, EMSTM program, and President and COO, Onward Healthcare, Inc.




The Curriculum

Rigorous Applied Academics The Core

Degree candidates must fulfill the following course requirements totaling 36 credits:

The core courses provide students with theoretical grounding and a shared body of essential knowledge. These courses call on students to consider from varied perspectives the key issues that technology poses to senior managers. Case studies sharpen analytical skills and teach students to develop concrete solutions to challenges drawn from the workplace.

Six core courses (3 points each) Two electives (3 points each) 

Corporate Finance for the Technology Manager Case-based consideration of the central concepts of corporate finance. The validity of analytic tools is tested on issues such as highly leveraged transactions, hybrid securities, mergers and acquisitions.

Three Executive Seminars (4 points each)

Technology in the Business Environment Examination of technology as a crucial aspect of the operation of most businesses. Topics include the structuring and planning of technology projects and investments, and the analysis of financial returns and their impact on the productivity of the organization. Behavioral Challenges in Technology Management In-depth study of the intricacies of directing technical personnel and management teams in a fast-paced and evolving business environment. IT and Operations Management Examination of the role information technology plays in the daily operations and performance of an organization. How computer integration can benefit the manufacturing and service industries; how IT enhances the performance of operations managers. Managing Emerging Technologies How emerging technologies evolve, how to identify them, and the effect international, political, social, economic, and cultural forces have on them. Topics include forecasting methodologies, measuring customer trends, and creating an organizational culture for sustained innovation. Technology and the Law An examination of the legal issues and challenges confronting today’s technology executives. Copyright, patent infringement, outsourcing contracts, electronic commerce law, intellectual property, and methods of establishing and monitoring legal policies as they relate to the use and security of current and emerging technologies.

www.ce.columbia.edu/technology for current course offering and detailed descriptions

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The Master’s Project The master’s project shows demonstrable evidence that an EMSTM student has mastered the best practices of technology management. The project culminates in a coherent presentation of a fully developed, practical technological solution or improvement, usually in the form of a product or service, as applied to an actual business scenario.

The Electives Electives provide the opportunity to focus coursework to suit individual career aspirations, professional needs, or personal interests, and to study with leaders in technology management who are pursuing cuttingedge research. The electives open to degree candidates change frequently to reflect new directions in research and technology.

At the outset of the program, each student chooses a real-world business opportunity or challenge and, over the course of three terms, develops a technology-based solution. The majority of EMSTM students choose to study a business scenario they know firsthand from their professional experience.

For the current listing of available electives, please visit the Web. Students who wish to take electives not on the official listing must obtain approval from the Program Director as well as from the school or department offering the course(s) in question.

The Executive Seminars The Executive Seminars are intensive, daylong courses that immerse students in the world of technology management and serve to guide and structure the students’ individual master’s projects. Over the course of three terms, the seminars provide a forum for in-depth study and discussion of the development, analysis, and deployment of technology solutions for business challenges. Each seminar focuses on one of the three key components of technology management—product/ service realization, strategic planning and marketing, and operations management—and each corresponds to a single chapter in the master’s project.

The master’s project is a demanding undertaking and requires significant research and other activities in addition to the Executive Seminars to complete.

Master’s Projects

The program supports the master’s project in two ways:

Examples of topics degree candidates have chosen to pursue:

Executive Mentors Mentors supervise the development of the master’s project on an individual basis, meeting regularly with students to provide feedback and advice as the project progresses. For more information, see page 6.

Seminar faculty are industry experts who carefully structure each class to take advantage of case studies, small group breakouts, and presentations. Upon completion of each Executive Seminar, students must present their developed chapter to a panel of instructors and executives for review and evaluation (see below).

Executive Seminars Intensive Executive Seminars (see information, left), examine the central concepts, techniques, and stages of product development that students must demonstrate in their master’s projects, and provide a forum for testing and group feedback.

Each seminar meets on a designated Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., four times throughout the course of the semester, approximately once a month.

Oral Defense After completing each Executive Seminar, students are required to defend the corresponding master’s project chapter before a review board. Each defense simulates an executive committee experience, with students judged individually on the effectiveness of their presentations and their skill in fielding questions and supporting their proposals.

Fragrance Informatics Application Risk/Control Management System Customized Project Management Office System Brokerage Back-Office System Supply-Chain Management System IT Strategy and Governance Nonprofit Administration Outsourcing Security of Programmable Logic Controllers

The review board is made up of faculty, executive mentors, and advisory board members. Multiple oral defenses over the course of three terms help students to improve their presentation skills and their ability to respond concisely and effectively to challenges from the review board.

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Faculty Affiliations EMSTM faculty have extensive professional experience in a variety of industries. Complete faculty biographies are available on the Web.

The Faculty

Practicing Professionals, Dedicated Teachers

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MSTM faculty are current leaders in the technology and management fields, and include instructors from other schools and departments of the University. Instructors in the program bring professional experience from a variety of industries into the classroom; their collective expertise, connections to a variety of business sectors, and dedication to teaching excellence vastly enrich the student experience. The firsthand knowledge and professional insight of every instructor drive the development of course content and ensure that the program is relevant and responsive to current trends.

Charissa Asbury Columbia Business School Hugh Carty IBS, Software Plus, Xerox Corporation Ronald Lamprecht NBC Universal Cable, America Online, Goldman Sachs Art Langer Corcoran Group, Thirteen/WNET, ICAP, Cybershift, Prudential Insurance, Citibank, Purina Mills, System Software Associates, Global Turnkey Systems, TIAA/Cref, France Telecom Jack McGourty Assessment Alternatives, Tru-Run Corporation Roger Mesznik Columbia Business School

“Many of the instructors work in various industries as technology managers themselves. They provide not only the academic context for the coursework, but add insight from real-world experiences that they have learned in the workplace. The combination of academic and professional exposure helps the student see a good mix of proper form and idealism mixed with gritty, real-life scenarios.”

Instructors are committed to the applied learning model of the program. Each knows what the working world is like, possesses firsthand experience with the kinds of challenges technology management professionals face on a daily basis, and is enthusiastic about sharing this knowledge with fellow professionals. Because they are practicing professionals themselves, faculty have extensive contacts in the field and frequently invite guest speakers to class.

— EMSTM student, class of 2006

Alan Morley Bear Sterns, Alliance Consulting Group, Cap Gemini Douglas Scherer Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Verizon

“Teaching in the EMSTM program is one of the ways I can give back to the industry I’m in. Senior executive management in technology is historically a skill that is underinvested in by employers and, to that end, I enjoy having a positive influence on people’s careers on an individual basis.”

David Tamburri Onward Healthcare, Pinacor, Inc., B. Braun Medical, Inc. John Varricchio Deloitte & Touche

— Alan Morely Lecturer, EMSTM program, and Managing Director, ITG—Compliance Technologies, Bear Stearns

www.ce.columbia.edu/technology for current faculty biographies

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The Students

A Cohort of Professional Peers

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Backgrounds of Current Students

tudents in the EMSTM program are ambitious, motivated mid-career professionals dedicated to fulfilling the demands of a challenging academic schedule alongside their work obligations. EMSTM students have significant executive-level career aspirations and are committed to learning specifically about the growing importance of technology in business and its effective management in the workplace.

A sample of current students shows the professional diversity typical of the program.

Each entering class forms a cohort, with a variety of industries represented in each group. This diversity of professional expertise, paired with a commonly held level of professional experience, provides for a rich network of student-colleagues who build valuable relationships as they work toward their degrees.

Senior Process Engineer Ortec International

In the demanding environment of the classroom, collaboration, discussion, and group projects become opportunities to learn more about technology and management from fellow students.

Program Director, Global IT and Infrastructure IBM Corporation Legal Systems Manager PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Senior Project Manager Oncology Therapeutics Network Systems Analyst/ Senior Programmer Columbia University Director, Internet Marketing and E-Commerce Practices Cognizant Team Lead Manager/ Technical Officer J.P. Morgan Chase

“I definitely will leave the program with a much better understanding of what it takes to lead at the corporate level, as well as how we, as technology managers, can contribute to the success of organizations in the global economy.”

Web Developer Nature Publishing Director, Interactive Media IFC Companies Director, Global IT Strategy and Planning Merck and Company Director of Technology Veronis Suhler Stevenson LLC

—Joaquin Garcia-Lopez Process Engineer, Ortec International, Inc., and EMSTM student, class of 2006

Manager, Collateralized Finance IT Barclays Capital Senior Director, Executive Programs Gartner, Inc. Manager, Eastern U.S. Operations ADVENT Engineering Senior Software Engineer Federal Reserve Bank of New York Senior Consultant Standard & Poor’s Region Project Leader United Parcel Service Senior Vice President, CPG Solutions Computer Horizons Corporation Vice President, Institutional Securities Morgan Stanley Senior Project Manager Bloomberg LP 13


The Campus

A Manhattan Landmark

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Libraries

olumbia offers the unique experience of a true college campus in the heart of New York City. Designed and built a century ago by the renowned architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White, Columbia’s 36-acre campus boasts some of the most beautiful and impressive architecture in the city.

The Columbia University Libraries comprise one of the nation’s largest academic library systems, with holdings of more than 8.6 million volumes. The online University library gateway, LibraryWeb, provides access to a wide variety of research and news databases and indexes.

The campus functions as both an academic village, bustling with graduate and undergraduate students pursuing their studies, and as a relaxing public space. The steps of Low Library were named one of 63 Great American Public Spaces, and serve as a dramatic centerpiece to the campus.

Writing Center The EMSTM program requires students to demonstrate excellent writing skills. Students who need help with a particular assignment, proposal, or other project, as well as those who would benefit from assistance in honing their general writing skills, may take advantage of the services offered by the University’s Writing Center. The center is staffed by graduate students with significant training and classroom experience teaching writing at Columbia.

Center for Career Education Columbia’s Center for Career Education helps students and alumni make informed decisions about career goals and find career opportunities related to their personal and professional objectives. Services are offered to students and graduates on an as-needed basis, now and throughout their careers. Services include career development workshops, résumé help, interview preparation, assistance with career goals, and career and workplace management.

Office of Disabilities The Office of Disability Services surveys and determines the specific needs of students with disabilities and develops and implements programs and policies to meet those needs by enabling these students to achieve their academic and personal potential. The office also facilitates the integration of students with disabilities into all aspects of campus life.

The Columbia ID Card Along with access to campus buildings and libraries, the Columbia ID card grants its holder discounts to arts, cultural, and educational institutions around the city.

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Is the Columbia M.S. Right for You? Things to Consider Before Applying

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he EMSTM program is an intensive graduatelevel education for motivated individuals who are interested in becoming technology executives.

The program is appropriate for working professionals who are able to manage a serious academic commitment (including two evenings a week as well as a number of Saturdays) along with their personal and professional obligations. The coursework is challenging, engaging, and exciting, and the demands can be intense. Successful students will be adept at time management, able to sustain disciplined study habits throughout each term, and capable of thoughtfully covering a substantial amount of course material every week.

“Our students are engaged professionals with at least five years of relevant experience. They have worked with technology, understand its growing importance in all phases of human endeavor, and are especially passionate about applying its benefits strategically within their chosen fields. Successful EMSTM students thrive in a challenging environment that features small classes, a diverse cohort, and individual mentor relationships with top industry executives. They are highly motivated men and women dedicated to building, improving, and applying their knowledge to assume everexpanding management responsibilities.”

The program does not teach technological skills but focuses on matters of technology governance, management, business, finance, and executive leadership. Admission is highly selective. Students must hold a bachelor’s degree and have a minimum of five years of relevant experience.

“This is not a program for people who want to complete credits and ‘just get their degree.’ It is interactive and engaging, and forces you to stretch yourself. Everything in the program is done with the intent of sharpening the students’ decision-making abilities.”

—Dennis Green Director, EMSTM program

—Robert Quigley Manager of Technology, Standard & Poor’s, and EMSTM student, class of 2006

www.ce.columbia.edu/technology for detailed program information

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Time Commitment

Program Length Students who successfully complete the recommended number of courses, including the weekend Executive Seminar requirements, can expect to graduate in four consecutive terms. Core courses are offered every term. Available electives may differ from term to term.

Class Meetings During the academic year, most courses are 14 weeks long, meeting once a week on weekday evenings, usually from 6:10 to 9:10 p.m. The Executive Seminars required in terms two, three, and four meet one Saturday per month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Work Outside of Class Students should be prepared to spend 6 to 10 hours outside of class every week for each course in order to complete assigned readings, work on projects, and participate in meetings with work groups.

Administrative Obligations Students are advised that office hours for the central University administrative offices (bursar, registrar, ID office, etc.) are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended evening hours during registration periods only. Administrative tasks that need to be completed during the term must be handled during normal business hours. Students should plan accordingly.


How to Get More Information www.ce.columbia.edu/technology

Program information: Complete and up-to-date program information is available online, including:  C  urrent instructor list with full biographies  C  omplete course descriptions and current elective offerings  C  urrent mentor list with representative biographies

Admissions information: The application deadline for the fall term is usually in mid-July, and is usually in mid-November for the spring term. Summer admission is not offered. Specific deadlines for the current year are available online: www.ce.columbia.edu/technology. Basic admissions requirements and application instructions may be found in the Application for Admission booklet located in the back pocket of this brochure. Complete admissions information is available online, including:  Admissions requirements  Detailed application procedures  The online application form

For more information, please contact: School of Continuing Education Information Center 303 Lewisohn Hall, Mail Code 4110 2970 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 212-854-9699 ce-info@columbia.edu

www.ce.columbia.edu/technology for the online application and detailed admissions information

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