MBA, Tech & Innov – Iowa State Univ

Master’s of Business Administration, Technology & Innovation Management

Why an MBA

  • Early on the best case I could make for an MBA was that having a Master’s degree would benefit my career immensely.
  • What I wasn’t told, nor did I factor it into my decision, was that having a business degree from a distinguished school like Central College would mean that the majority of the coursework would be regurgitation of what I’d already learned.
  • What made the degree worth it however were the 1) soft-skill courses like Organization Behavior and Ethical Leadership and Governance, and 2) technical courses like Human-Computer Interaction. Experiencing the soft-skill courses after five years “on the job” made them much more practical and contextual. And the HCI course was the first foray I had into the discipline that I ended up digging into.

Why Iowa State

  • At the time, Iowa State was the only program that had a part-time program with a dedicated space in downtown Des Moines.
  • Iowa State also had the Technology and Innovation Management focus area, which appealed to me.
  • A work colleague of mine entered the ISUMBA program at the same time as me, and I liked the idea of having a classmate to bounce concepts and work off of.

Course List

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Ethical Leadership and Governance
  • Strategic Management, Management Consulting
  • Ecommerce, Information Systems I
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Management Information Systems
  • Financial Accounting
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Financial Analysis and Valuation
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing, Quantitative Business Analysis
  • Business Economics
  • Supply Chain Management