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

Beginning in the spring term, students take one course and one virtual lab in each of the three terms. Class sessions include discussions, exercises, workshops, and lectures so students gain the knowledge necessary for technology innovation. In virtual labs, TI:GER students conduct 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 credit hour, 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 6pm to 8.45pm once weekly. Each lab is virtual; 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 many sources including Georgia Tech and Emory laboratories, startups, and global enterprises. Projects focus on product/service innovation or process innovation (or both). 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. Students form their teams and work on projects they select.

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 MGT 6801 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 lab MGT 6821 Innovation Research Methods I (IRM1), which is one credit hour; 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:

  • MGT 6801 Innovation Analysis
  • MGT 6821 Innovation Research Methods I (IRM1)
2nd Term – Fall

In the second term of the TI:GER program, which is a fall term, students take the course MGT 6802 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 lab MGT 6822 Innovation Research Methods II (IRM2), which is one credit hour; 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:

  • MGT 6802 Innovation and Business Model Design
  • MGT 6822 Innovation Research Methods II (IRM2)
3rd Term – Spring

In the third term of the TI:GER program, which is also a spring term, students can take the course MGT 6803 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. In place of, or along with, MGT 6803, students can take the course MGT 6804 New Ventures Practicum, which is also three credit hours; this practicum is a project-based, team-based course. Projects focus on either exploring commercial applications of a Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) technology or accelerating an innovation project sponsored by a startup or a large enterprise. Students in MGT 6804 develop skills with lean-startup methods while learning about breakthrough technologies.

Students also take the lab MGT 6823 Innovation Research Methods III (IRM3), which is one credit hour; this lab supports each team's innovation project by centering on observational methods for fieldwork and provides opportunities for further developing students’ innovation research skill set.

Courses:

  • MGT 6803 Innovation Execution and/or MGT 6804 New Ventures Practicum
  • MGT 6823 Innovation Research Methods III (IRM3)
Optional Summer

MBA students may take an elective course during the summer term, MGT 6805 (also listed as MGT 8803) 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:

  • MGT 6805 (also listed as MGT 8803) Global Technology Innovation Practicum

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

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