High Technology Management Concentration

Northeastern’s Online MBA with a concentration in High Technology Management prepares you to take the lead in the fast-paced business of technology. You can gain the skills necessary to manage the financial, employment, and legal issues involved in the technology industry.

Tap into an expertly designed curriculum that focuses on business, technology, and critical skills

Tap into an expertly designed curriculum that focuses on business, technology, and critical skills

Participate in courses limited to 20 students to develop a closer connection to faculty and peers

Participate in courses limited to 20 students to develop a closer connection to faculty and peers

Study at a top-tier business school with experience built into its DNA

Study at a top-tier business school with experience built into its DNA

Take part in our optional domestic campus residency where you can meet fellow online students on campus

Take part in our optional domestic campus residency where you can meet fellow online students on campus

Take part in our optional domestic campus residency where you can meet fellow online students on campus

Graduate in as few as two years

Online MBA High Technology Management Concentration

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The business of technology moves just as fast as its innovation. Northeastern University’s Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) and its concentration in High Technology Management prepares you to set the pace in this fast-evolving field, giving you the knowledge and skills needed to expertly handle financial, employment, and legal issues.
The constant reinvention of technology brings opportunity in many forms across numerous sectors, such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and cybersecurity. Companies need leaders who can make sense of the complexities associated with new and emerging concepts and lead them to the forefront of their industries. Northeastern’s Online MBA with a Concentration in High Technology Management can provide you with the tools to be that leader.
Along with the core courses, students enrolled in High Technology Management are required to complete the following:

MBA High Technology Management Jobs

Graduates who have earned an online MBA with a concentration in High Technology Management can pursue a wide array of career options. While specific roles, job titles, and salaries will vary depending on experience, education, location, and employer, information technology (IT) managers, market research directors, human resources (HR) managers, and technical program managers can all benefit from the specialized training that high technology management offers.

IT Manager

IT managers keep technology running smoothly. They oversee IT resources and procedures, ensuring efficiency in the use of technology throughout a company. This position can be a prime opportunity for individuals aspiring to senior technology roles to gain valuable work experience.

An IT manager’s median annual salary is around $88,500. Responsibilities include creating and managing IT resources, procedures, and processes, researching new technology for potential adoption, training and supervising employees within IT departments, and maintaining network and data security.

IT Manager Job Description

IT managers develop and maintain company processes and procedures relating to IT and keep abreast of innovations in technology. They also commonly train and supervise employees within the IT department.

IT Manager Salary

PayScale lists the median annual salary for IT managers at approximately $88,500 as of January 2021. IT managers with double-digit years of experience make an estimated median annual salary of $95,000 to $100,000. PayScale also reports that the top 10% of IT managers make a median annual salary of approximately $134,000.

IT Project Manager

Part analyst, part specialist, IT project managers use their leadership and critical-thinking skills to tackle special projects designed to advance a company’s IT capabilities. The role is collaborative and can be an ideal path for individuals interested in using an MBA to transition to a career that engages multiple IT concepts.

An IT project manager’s median annual salary is around $89,000. Responsibilities include developing and executing projects within IT departments, leading IT project teams, evaluating completed projects to assess the need for follow-up, and overseeing collaborations between IT and other departments.

IT Project Manager Job Description

IT project managers create, develop, and execute a wide range of IT-related projects, from software development to network upgrades to data management and cloud computing management. They lead project teams toward set goals, which can occasionally involve collaboration between IT and other departments. After a project’s completion, IT project managers assess the results and plan a follow-up.

IT Project Manager Salary

PayScale reports that the median annual salary for IT project managers is around $89,000 as of January 2021. PayScale also reports that those with at least 10 years of experience in the field earn a median annual salary of more than $100,000. Location can affect the salary; for example, IT project managers in San Francisco earn 20% above the national average.

Market Research Director

Market research directors play a key role in shaping a company’s direction. By using their analytical skills to check the public’s pulse, they can ensure that a company’s outreach effectively matches customer interest. This senior-level position is ideal for those interested in managing data analytics.

A market research director’s median annual salary is around $114,900. Responsibilities include overseeing marketing strategies and teams, conducting analysis to align strategy with market trends and client or customer interests, recommending adjustments and improvements to existing goals, and meeting with internal teams to determine strategic effectiveness.

 

Market Research Director Job Description

Market research directors guide an organization’s marketing strategies, from setting and adjusting goals to managing marketing teams. They also mine data to analyze and interpret customer interests and trends, and then apply that information to align products and services with a target audience. Market research directors also work with other teams in a company to gain further insight into a strategy’s effectiveness.

Market Research Director Salary

PayScale reports that the median annual salary for market research directors is approximately $114,900 as of January 2021. The salary depends on several factors, such as education, experience, and job location. Collectively, the factors build a salary range that, according to PayScale data, goes from around $76,000 for the bottom 10% of earners to around $161,000 for the top 10% of earners.

Human Resources Manager

HR managers handle a company’s personnel. They’re crucial to finding and retaining the right people for the job. The role is ideal for MBA graduates interested in shifting careers to positions that combine technical expertise with administrative capabilities.

A human resources manager’s median annual salary is around $116,700 Responsibilities include overseeing administrative functions, coordinating workforce to optimize talent, advising management on HR issues such as sexual harassment or discrimination, and managing recruitment, interviewing, and hiring procedures.

Human Resources Manager Job Description

HR managers oversee a wide range of a company’s administrative processes. They work with senior-level executives and other departments to oversee key functions, such as executing payroll, implementing benefits programs, and coordinating the workforce. They’re key to the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training procedures. Additionally, they build and develop strategies to retain employees, such as cultivating a positive company culture.

Human Resources Manager Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for HR managers was approximately $116,700 as of May 2019. HR managers in professional, scientific, and technical services earned a median annual salary of $131,300, while those in government roles earned a median annual salary of $102,700.

Technical Program Manager

Technical program managers help realize a company’s program-driven ideas. They handle fundamental technology programs, from development to execution, complementing key technology management positions, such as IT managers and information systems managers. The position can provide the management experience needed for senior-level or executive technology positions.

A technical program manager’s median annual salary is around $125,000. Responsibilities include overseeing technical program features through creation, development, and execution, tracking and fixing technical issues, recommending solutions to escalated program quality issues, and presenting progress on technical program strategies to executives.

Technical Program Manager Job Description

Technical program managers oversee the creation, development, and launch of technology projects, and identify and resolve project issues. Technical program managers commonly communicate with company executives to ensure the efficient strategic development and performance of an organization’s technology programs.

Technical Program Manager Salary

PayScale reports that the median annual salary for technical program managers is roughly $125,000 as of February 2021, with the top 10% earning a median annual salary of around $163,000. Jobs in Silicon Valley tech hubs, such as San Jose, can typically make between 10% and 20% above the national average, according to PayScale data.

Information Systems Manager

Information systems managers handle the nuts and bolts of a company’s technology systems, ensuring that these different parts form a cohesive unit that runs effectively regardless of device. Individuals with experience in positions such as IT manager or IT project manager can be well suited for this high-level position.

An information systems manager’s median annual salary is around $146,300. Responsibilities include analyzing information systems to identify needs and recommend solutions, directing installation and maintenance of hardware and software, determining cost estimates of information systems-related projects, and negotiating with vendors to optimize system service.

Information Systems Manager Job Description

Information systems managers analyze components such as hardware, software, and applications to identify and resolve inefficiencies. They also oversee routine maintenance, perform cost estimates of IT projects, and negotiate contracts with vendors that provide equipment and services needed to maintain proper system operations.

Information Systems Manager Salary

The BLS lists the median annual pay for information systems managers at around $146,300 as of May 2019. The specific industry can affect the salary; the BLS reports that those in the information industry earned a median annual salary of around $161,200, while those in the finance and insurance industries earned a median annual salary of around $150,800.

Prepare to Get Ahead in the Industry

Individuals who keep pace with the rapid speed of business technology are valuable commodities for companies striving to remain at the forefront of their industries. Northeastern’s Online MBA with a concentration in High Technology Management can help you cultivate the knowledge and skills that businesses from all industries are seeking. Learn how our curriculum can prepare you to emerge as a leader in a constantly evolving industry.

Sources:
Houston Chronicle, “Primary Responsibilities of a Human Resource Manager”
PayScale, Average Information Technology (IT) Manager Salary
PayScale, Average Marketing Research Director Salary
PayScale, Average Project Manager, Information Technology (IT) Salary
PayScale, Average Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary
TAI, Information Technology Manager
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information Systems Managers
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Human Resources Managers

Graduate Certificates

Northeastern also offers a selection of online graduate certificates in seven relevant business topics. In these focused programs, you’ll take four to five graduate courses and tailor your learning experience to suit your goals. All certificate coursework is designed and taught by the industry-active, expert faculty from the world-class D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Earn an online graduate-level credential in as few as five months, or take up to two years to complete. Upon completion of your graduate certificate program, you may be able to further your business education by applying your credits toward an eligible master’s degree such as Northeastern’s Online MBA or Part-Time MBA.

Graduate certificates are available in:

  • Accounting and Financial Decision Making
  • Business Administration
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Renewal
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management