Kellogg Launches MBAi, a New Joint Degree in Business, Tech

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Today’s world requires leaders who can spearhead strategic innovation while understanding the technological complexities that enable it.  To that end, Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University have launched MBAi, a new joint degree in business and technology management.

According to Kellogg School Dean Francesca Cornelli, “The MBAi was designed to produce leaders that will tackle the evolving, nuanced business challenges in technology.” This accelerated, five-quarter program will prepare students to meet that vital global need.

Who are the Target Candidates for the MBAi Program?

The program is ideal for students with substantial technology work or academic experience. Its focused curriculum covers machine learning, robotics, computational thinking for business, and introductions to the frontiers of science and technology. At the same time, students will study how data science and artificial intelligence drive innovation.

The MBAi program also includes an experiential summer quarter. This component allows students to gain work experience and engage with industry leaders while continuing to take classes.

Additionally, students will complete a full-time, 10-week summer internship, plus take two academic credits during the evening and weekends. The quarter concludes with an intensive immersion experience in San Francisco. Here, students will engage in on-site company visits, industry networking events, and case competitions.

McCormick Dean Julio M. Ottino said the new program will prepare students “to lead teams that are heavy in technology capabilities and guided by strategies rooted in business needs and return on investment.”

“While AI and analytics hold tremendous promise, most firms continue to struggle with delivering and scaling successful business outcomes,” said Eric Anderson, Hartmarx Professor of Marketing at Kellogg and director of the MBAi program. The challenge remains, according to Anderson, a business problem.

Application Deadlines for the MBAi’s Inaugural Class

  • Round 1: October 21, 2020
  • Round 2: January 6, 2021
  • Round 3: April 7, 2021

For more information about the MBAi program, visit the Kellogg School of Management.

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