Discover your pathway toward tech leadership

The MS in Technology Management & Leadership offers multiple ways for students to earn their degree, with specialized curriculum pathways that tap into and build upon students’ deep technical expertise. Students develop a strong foundation in leadership, management, and finance through 16 credits of core courses, and forge their own path toward becoming a tech leader through specialized pathways such as product management, computer science, or even a flexible pathway with electives from across Tufts University.

Core Courses • 16 Credits

Build the foundational skills of management and leadership through a series of core courses that provide you with the best of both worlds – the ability to learn on your own schedule along with opportunities to virtually collaborate and connect through team projects, live class sessions, individualized leadership coaching, and community events.

  • When: Fall and Spring Terms

    Credits: 2 credits

    Location: Online

    Description:

    This course explores elements of technology strategy including portfolio management, development of product and technology roadmaps, new product development, phase gate processes, and the management of product life cycles. The focus is on disruptive, incremental, sustaining, and breakthrough innovations across multiple sectors.

  • When: Fall and Spring Terms

    Credits: 2 credits

    Location: Online

    Description:

    This course is the first on a student’s journey to leading effective teams and organizations. It is aimed at helping students develop themselves as individual leaders by focusing on personal growth and leadership styles.  The course will utilize assessments and other tools to explore leadership styles and techniques for leading with and without authority in a variety of settings.

  • When: Fall and Spring Terms

    Credits: 2 credits

    Location: Online

    Description:

    This course will teach students to develop, analyze, and communicate the financial aspects of a company’s product or service. Students will learn to understand and evaluate the impact of decisions on the financial health and competitiveness of the firm.

  • When: Fall and Spring Terms

    Credits: 2 credits

    Location: Online

    Description:

    This course is a human-centered customer discovery course focused on research, analysis, brainstorming, and ideation methods to inform product and business solutions.

  • *Students must complete EM 201, 202, 203, and 204 before enrolling in EM 205

    Apply your learning by working in a small, virtual team to develop the business plan for a new product or service, supported by a faculty advisor. During this integrated team project, you will participate in weekly seminars to learn best practices in product development. 

    This team project integrates learning from the first four core courses of the MSTML program.  The project focuses on the development of a business plan for a new product or service and is supported by milestones and deliverables. The integrated project is additionally bolstered by seminars on key topics like project management, intellectual property, and marketing.

  • When: Fall and Spring Terms

    Credits: 2 credits

    Location: Online

    Description:

    Within this course, students will learn to:

    • Examine connected complex systems that impact technology projects while taking into account human, political, community, resource, environmental, and social processes.
    • Leverage insights from structural influences to maximize impact and solve problems in increasingly complex and high-tech environments
  • When: Spring Term

    Credits: 2 credits

    Location: Online

    Description:

    The course is designed for those students who aspire to influence strategic decisions of an organization directly or indirectly through analytics-driven insights and imaginative reasoning. Based on a deep understanding of the emerging geo-economic, environmental, geopolitical, technological, and demographic trends, the course will examine how through intelligent use of a full range of analytical techniques including game & option(s) theories, businesses must innovate and implement strategies in the context of a globalized economy.

  • After completing your core courses, you will apply your learning in a project for your current employer or a client organization, supported by a faculty advisor. You'll impress your boss, and your boss's boss, by utilizing what you've learned in the classroom to complete an impactful Capstone Leadership project in your organization — showing exactly what you're capable of achieving. 

    This is an individual, student-led project that demonstrates your business acumen and leadership skills in the real world. The project must be complex and involve risk. The Capstone Leadership Project typically has a 3-6 month duration and can be done with your current employer.

Curriculum Pathways

As an MSTML student, you can pursue pathways in product management, business analytics, computer or data science, or develop your own flexible pathway consisting of courses from across Tufts University. These new pathways combine flexibility with the opportunity for you to build an individualized program that meets your aspirations for a career within your industry. Whatever your job function, the MSTML allows you to discover your own pathway toward leadership.

The 16 credit minimum elective course requirements of this program can be completed through any of the specialized curriculum pathways that tap into and build upon students’ deep technical expertise. All courses taken in these pathways must be graduate level meaning they carry a 100 or 200 level course number.

The below roadmaps show some of your options for electives across different pathways. Depending on your chosen pathway, you may select courses offered through Tufts Gordon Institute or from across Tufts University.

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