Academics

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Today’s global economy is competitive, fast-paced, and technology-based. Add the ever-expanding potential of advanced automation and machine learning (artificial intelligence), and it becomes even more complex... and uncertain. What will the future "face" of the global workforce look like and what will your role be in it?

Technology Management was designed to offer students critical insights into the people, processes, and practices driving our dynamic economy. Drawing upon research and curriculum at the intersection of technology, business, and social science, students at all stages in their academic and professional careers have the opportunity to explore the theory and practice of forming and managing technology-driven enterprises, startup to mature.

Academic Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways

The Undergraduate Certificate program introduces UCSB undergraduate students across academic disciplines to the fundamentals of business, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, and strategy in global, technology-driven companies. The Technology Management Certificate program consists of 16-18 required units. The required courses are a combination of UC Santa Barbara courses and a UCSB Extension course. The program can be completed over the course of junior and senior year. 

Technology Management's New Venture Program and Competition invites innovators across academic backgrounds to immerse themselves in entrepreneurial education and mentorship alongside their core studies and research. Over the course of eight months, students learn to create and launch a startup business. A portion of the teams move on to compete in the New Venture Competition, or "NVC" (which includes the New Venture Fair and New Venture Finals) - UC Santa Barbara’s flagship entrepreneurial experience.

Graduate Pathways

Like the Undergraduate Certificate program, the Graduate Program in Management Practice (GPMP Certificate) introduces students across academic disciplines to the fundamentals of business, finance, management, marketing, and strategy. Graduate-level coursework takes a deeper dive into Business Strategy & Leadership, Innovation & Management, New Venture Marketing & Finance, and offers an option to specialize in start-up or established businesses.

The Master of Technology Management offers motivated, early-career professionals the essential business knowledge and entrepreneurial mindset to successfully lead projects, products, teams within technology-driven firms. The Master of Technology Management is an immersive, one year, STEM-designated program located in beautiful Santa Barbara. Many students go on to work within the thriving local technology sector at such companies as Procore, Apeel Sciences, and Appfolio. Although most students have 1-2 years of business experience prior to entering the program, no business experience is required. 

Technology Management's doctoral program is designed to produce exceptional scholars in technology-related work, technological change, and innovation who will go on to research and teach at top universities across the country and around the world. Our program integrates organizational studies with technology and innovation studies in an interdisciplinary environment that transcends the distinctions between disciplines.  If you come from a technology or scientific background we will teach you about the importance of organizations and social systems. If you have a social science or management background you will learn to understand the role of technology and innovation in shaping organizational action.  

Technology Management's New Venture Program and Competition invites innovators across academic backgrounds to immerse themselves in entrepreneurial education and mentorship alongside their core studies and research. Over the course of eight months, students learn to create and launch a startup business. A portion of the teams move on to compete in the New Venture Competition, or "NVC" (which includes the New Venture Fair and New Venture Finals) - UC Santa Barbara’s flagship entrepreneurial experience.

New Venture Program

Technology Management's New Venture Program and Competition invites innovators across academic backgrounds to immerse themselves in entrepreneurial education and mentorship alongside their core studies and research. Over the course of eight months, students learn to create and launch a startup business. A portion of the teams move on to compete in the New Venture Competition, or "NVC" (which includes the New Venture Fair and New Venture Finals) - UC Santa Barbara’s flagship entrepreneurial experience.

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We are extremely grateful to the Technology Management Program for this incredible experience and opportunity... the mentorship the program provided was invaluable.

New Venture Competition Winning Team

 

Learn more about the New Venture Program and Competition.