MOT vs. MBA
The Technological Leadership Institute’s world-renowned M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) degree program has been combining technology and business to advance both sectors for nearly three decades. The MOT is a management degree with an emphasis in strategic technological leadership. Often compared to an MBA, the MOT has the following distinctions for technology-based professionals:
- In addition to accounting, finance and marketing, students apply engineering principles to the study of technology forecasting, innovation management, new technology product development and commercialization.
- Students participate in the International Management of Technology Project (IMTP), an intensive two-week trip abroad to both a leading and emerging market, to analyze the cultural, socioeconomic, and political structures as they relate to international business. See our MOT curriculum to learn more about IMTP.
- Each student chooses a significant topic for the MOT capstone project. This work-based research project enables students to directly apply their MOT education at work, providing immediate and long-term benefits to both the student and their employer.
Consider applying early and give yourself the best chance to join TLI's Master programs and be considered for a scholarship!
The priority deadline for admission and scholarship consideration is January 15, 2024. After January 15, 2024, TLI will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. Those who submit their application and have all of their application materials in by the priority deadline of January 15 will receive a decision by March 1, 2024. Those who submit complete applications after the priority deadline will receive a decision within 6 weeks. The final date to apply to our programs is July 15, 2024. Those who require a visa to complete the program are encouraged to apply as early as possible, preferably by the priority date.
Technological Leadership Institute Merit-Based Scholarships
The Technological Leadership Institute has a limited number of merit-based scholarships. These scholarships range from $10,000-$20,000. These scholarships funds are distributed over the course of the two year program. TLI automatically considers applicants for these scholarships based on their program application. Therefore, no special application is required for these scholarships. We encourage candidates to submit their applications for admission by January 15, 2024 for priority consideration for these funds. Applications received after the priority deadline will still be considered for scholarships from TLI, however, those applications submitted by the priority deadline will be given first consideration. If an applicant receives a scholarship, they will be notified via their acceptance letter.
How to Apply
In order to get started, you will need to create an online application. This will be used to submit all required documentation to apply to any of TLI's three degree programs, which are part of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis. The link below will walk you through each section of the application.
The MOT degree program provides a competitive advantage to those seeking increased leadership opportunities in a technology-intensive business environment. Students learn to apply engineering principles to corporate leadership and technology management. Admissions requirements include:
- Relevant professional experience is required for MOT applicants. Most applicants have 5 – 25 years of experience at the time of admission.
- Undergraduate degree
- Tech-based leadership experience or potential
TLI was the first U.S. public university to offer an MOT program. As a differentiating degree for technology leaders from a global top-50 university, the MOT degree has been a career-enhancing credential for its alumni for decades.
Scholarships are available. Learn about requirements and deadlines.
MOT graduates gain the skills necessary to elevate their technology careers. Take a look at the statistics above taken from TLI's 2017 MOT Alumni Survey. READ MORE about how students and alumni are driven to transition into leadership roles within a variety of companies and organizations.
Our executive format allows students to continue to work full time while in school, featuring:
- A cohort-based model which emphasizes collaboration and the sharing of each members' diverse experiences and ideas
- Small class size (maximum of 30 students)
- Classes held one full day per week
- Take classes in-person or remotely
- Program completion in 21 months
Visit our curriculum page to view detailed course information. TLI also offers a graduate minor in Management of Technology for students already enrolled in a University of Minnesota master's degree program.