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The TI:GER® program uniquely integrates transdisciplinary coursework with projects.

Beginning in the spring term and continuing in the fall term, students take one course and one virtual lab. In the second spring term, students take one course. Class sessions include discussions, exercises, workshops, and lectures so students gain the knowledge necessary for technology innovation. In virtual labs, TI:GER students conduct interviews and observational fieldwork to acquire and develop the practical skills essential to success in their innovation projects.

Each course is three credit hours, and each lab is one-and-one-half credit hours, so students earn a total of 12 credit hours in the TI:GER program. All TI:GER courses are MBA electives and count toward the MBA degree. Each course meets from 6:30pm to 9:15pm once weekly. Each lab is virtual (that is, asynchronous online); students fit each weekly lab assignment into their schedules at times convenient to them.

While taking courses, TI:GER students are working on innovation projects. TI:GER projects come from Georgia Tech PhD students and from CDL-Atlanta. Technologies and projects can differ every term. Recent projects include biotech, biomedical, communications technology, health care technology, information technology, materials technology, robotics, sensors, and software.

CDL-Atlanta

TI:GER is the educational program for the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL-Atlanta) at Scheller College. During the first TI:GER course, all students work on PhD projects. In the second and third TI:GER courses, students work primarly on projects from CDL-Atlanta, which is a global milestone-based mentoring program for massively scalable science-based startups. The courses in the TI:GER program prepare MBA and PhD students to work with ventures in CDL-Atlanta.

The TI:GER program has prerequisite courses for MBA students
  • Full-time MBA students automatically take all prerequisites during the fall term.

  • Evening MBA students must ensure they take these two core courses before beginning the TI:GER program: MGT 6000 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 credit hours) and MGT 6500 Analytical Tools for Decisions (1.5 credit hours). Two other core courses that are preferred as prerequisites but allowed as corequisites (during the first term of the TI:GER program) are MGT 6504 Principles of Finance (1.5 credit hours) and MGT 6505 Marketing Management (1.5 credit hours). 

  • There are no prerequisites for PhD students.

TIGER Courses Chart

1st Term: Spring

In the first term of the TI:GER® program, which is a spring term, students take the course Innovation Analysis, which is three credit hours; this course focuses on market analysis, industry analysis, technology analysis, financial analysis, and strategy analysis for each TI:GER team’s innovation project.

Students also take the virtual lab Innovation Research Methods 1 (IRM1), which is one-and-one-half credit hours; this lab presents an overview of qualitative research with a focus on interview methods essential to the fieldwork students conduct to advance the analysis of their innovation project.

Courses:

  • Innovation Analysis
  • Innovation Research Methods 1 (IRM1)
2nd Term: Fall

In the second term of the TI:GER program, which is a fall term, students take the course Innovation and Business Model Design, which is three credit hours; this course focuses on using the analyses from the spring term to inform the design of the business model for the innovation project and then testing the business model. Students also take the virtual lab Innovation Research Methods 2 (IRM2), which is one-and-one-half credit hours; this lab focuses on methods for qualitative data analysis (QDA) and use of NVivo software to accelerate QDA on the TI:GER team’s innovation project as each team continues to conduct fieldwork.

Courses:

  • Innovation and Business Model Design
  • Innovation Research Methods 2 (IRM2)
3rd Term: Spring

In the third term of the TI:GER program, which is also a spring term, students take the course Innovation Execution, which is three credit hours; this course focuses on the launch of an innovation project as a new product or service, as a corporate venture, or as a startup. 

Course:

  • Innovation Execution
Optional Summer

MBA students may take an elective TI:GER course during the summer term, Global Technology Innovation Practicum, which is three credit hours, to explore or develop global opportunities for their innovation project. Note that this course counts as an MBA elective toward the International Business concentration – but not as an elective toward the TI:GER certificate.

Course:

  • Global Technology Innovation Practicum

Apply

Early-decision deadline: June 1st
Final deadline: October 1st

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