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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.

This table shows the sequence of the three courses – Innovation Analysis, Innovation and Business Model Design, and Innovation Execution – and the two virtual labs – Innovation Research Methods 1 and Innovation Research Methods 2 – by academic term.

TIGER Courses Chart

Each course is three credit hours, and each virtual 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 complete each weekly lab assignment at times convenient for them.

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 for success in their innovation projects.

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.


TI:GER is the educational program for the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL-Atlanta), which is a global milestone-based mentoring program for massively-scalable science-based startups. CDL-Atlanta is directed and operated from the Strategy and Innovation academic area at Scheller College. The curriculum in the TI:GER program prepares MBA and PhD students to work with CDL-Atlanta startups.

During the first TI:GER course, all students work on PhD-student or MBA-student projects. In the second and third TI:GER courses, students work primarily on projects from CDL-Atlanta.

The TI:GER program has prerequisite courses for MBA students
  • Full-time MBA students automatically take all prerequisites during the fall term (i.e., their first term at Scheller College).
  • Evening MBA students must ensure they take these two core courses before beginning the TI:GER program: MGT 6000 Financial and Managerial Accounting (three credit hours) and MGT 6500 Analytical Tools for Decisions (1.5 credit hours). Two other core courses that are preferred as prerequisites for Innovation Analysis and required as prerequisites for Innovation and Business Model Design are MGT 6504 Principles of Finance (1.5 credit hours) and MGT 6505 Marketing Management (1.5 credit hours).
The TI:GER program has prerequisite educational modules for PhD students and PhD candidates
  • After admission to the TI:GER program and before the start of the first course, PhD students must take and pass online, asynchronous, preparatory educational modules on a selection of important business fundamentals, such as marketing and finance. All the prerequisite educational modules are free. They carry no course credit. All modules together take less than 20 hours to complete. Earning a passing score on all modules is necessary to register for TI:GER courses. After admission to the TI:GER program, PhD students receive more information on the prerequisite modules.
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 innovation projects. Students also take the virtual lab Innovation Research Methods 1 (IRM1), which is 1.5 credit hours; this lab presents an overview of qualitative research focusing on interview methods essential to the fieldwork students conduct to advance the analysis of their innovation project.


  • 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 and validation of the business model for the innovation project. Students also take the virtual lab Innovation Research Methods 2 (IRM2), which is 1.5 credit hours; this lab focuses on methods for observational fieldwork, qualitative data analysis (QDA), and use of NVivo software for QDA.


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

In the third term of the TI:GER program, which is a spring term, students take the course Innovation Execution, which is three credit hours; this course focuses on the execution of an innovation project with a CDL venture. This course also provides discussions with numerous industry experts on the practices necessary to launching an innovation project as a new product or service, as a corporate venture, or as a startup.


  • Innovation Execution


Application deadline: October 1st

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