The Technical Leadership program at Stevens Institute of Technology is an executive education and masters level leadership program* for senior-level engineering and technology professionals that aspire to top technical leadership roles in industry and government – such as Chief Engineer, Chief Architect, or Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The only program of its kind in the United States, it features an innovative curriculum emphasizing the experiential approach and systems thinking for which Stevens is internationally known.
The Technical Leadership program offered by Stevens Institute of Technology provides technology professionals with the skills they need to become technical leaders driving results in complex and dynamic organizations. The program integrates lecture, case study, and simulation of leadership challenges with underlying themes that include ethical awareness, effective communication, technical integrity and personal mentoring.
At Stevens, collaboration meets the classroom. The Stevens Technical Leadership Program is unique in its emphasis, curriculum architecture and experiential approach. The program integrates lecture, case study, and simulation of leadership challenges with underlying themes that include ethical awareness, effective communication, technical integrity and personal mentoring.
The Technical Leadership program’s educational approach is founded on three critical elements, Mentoring, Renowned Faculty and Instructional Approach.
We’ll expect you to keep your mentor informed of what you are doing in the Stevens TL program. Be prepared to bring him or her comments and questions about what you have learned –things you agree with, found interesting, even things you might have learned that you disagree with. Most importantly take advantage of your mentor interactions to learn more about where, when and how you can apply what you are learning. Throughout most of your TL courses you will also encounter “mentorable” assignments that require you to further explore and report on what course concepts mean for your particular role and organization. As an TL participant, you will also be accountable for establishing and pursuing personal development plans. Your Stevens TL faculty will help you work toward your goals, and you will be strongly encouraged to share your plans and goals with your mentors.
Having a mentor, along with sponsorship by a technical director or senior manager, is a precondition for admission to the Stevens TL program. As a high potential individual entering the TL program, you are expected to already have mentors from an existing corporate mentoring programs or be able to obtain a mentor based on a recommendation from your organization’s leadership.
The Technical Leadership Program is delivered in person in a way that is highly compatible with working professionals' schedules. Projects and coursework are presented in dynamic experiential learning ranging from case studies to simulation and are directly tied to participants' current and future job challenges. In addition, participants in the program benefit from significant networking opportunities with peers across diverse companies and domains.
The initial offering begins in September 2011 and will be held in the Stevens Washington DC Location on periodic weekends with collaborative activities between sessions. The Master's degree* is completed in approximately 20 months.
The Technical Leadership Program is modular, and architected into three phases (lenses) that align with a technical leader’s career growth within an organization. These three lenses offer participants an increasingly broader aperture through which to understand and hone their skills as technical leaders. This approach ensures that program participants are exposed to aspects of a technical leadership role that go beyond technology and domain expertise, to include knowing how to enhance business propositions within the context of an enterprise’s culture and strategy.
Communications, Mentoring, Ethics and Technical Integrity are emphasis themes that cut across all three lenses to ensure that fundamental tenets of self-awareness, team-building, and influencing others are pervasive learning threads across the lenses.
Key topics covered within each of the three program phases include:
This program is geared towards technical leaders in various industries who desire to move into top technical leadership roles and responsibilities within their companies. Examples are: Engineers, Technical Experts, Integrated Product Team Leads, Lead Designers, Lead Architects and Systems Engineers.
Upon completion of the entire program, the participants are awarded a Master’s of Engineering in Technical Leadership*.
The duration of the Technical Leadership program is approximately 20 months. Courses are held one weekend per month (all day on a Friday and Saturday, in person at the Stevens Washington DC location). Thread courses are conducted in parallel and include work both inside and outside of the classroom. All courses include collaborative engagements between sessions, such as with projects, mentors, etc. You should plan on committing yourself to approximately one day of work per week in addition to class time.
Admission into the Technical Leadership program at Stevens is highly competitive and only a selected number of senior-level engineering and technology professionals will be accepted for each admissions cycle. The admissions requirements for the Technical Leadership program are:
The program is specifically designed for senior level systems engineering and technology professionals who are looking to develop the skills needed to become technical leaders in complex organizations ranging from Chief Engineer to Executive Engineering and Chief Technical Officer. All applicants must be sponsored by a Technical Director or a Senior Manager and an identified mentor within their company in ordered to be considered for admissions into the program.
Yes. Your Technical Director orSenior Manager and an identified mentor within your company must agree in writing to support you by providing the time to attend scheduled classes and sufficient scheduling flexibility to complete required coursework and collaborative projects.
Applications and all instructions for completing the application are online at www.stevens.edu/TL Applicants can submit applications via one of three ways:
Student and Faculty Care Center
Stevens Institute of Technology
Babbio Center, 5th Floor
Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Applications for the Technical Leadership program are accepted to our office on a rolling basis. Please visit us at stevens.edu/TL to access an application. The initial offering began in September 2011 in the Stevens Washington DC location. The Admissions process for the next cohort is anticipated in early 2013.
The Technical Leadership Program is delivered in person in a way that is highly compatible with working professionals' schedules. The Master’s of Engineering degree in Technical Leadership* will currently only be offered on-site at Stevens Washington, DC location. Courses are delivered on periodic weekends (currently expected to be all day Friday and Saturday sessions) approximately once a month, with collaborative activities between sessions. The Master's degree* is completed in approximately 20 months.
The Master’s in Technical Leadership* consists of 12 courses at the Stevens standard tuition rate plus any books and materials that may be required. The program can be paid for via individual tuition reimbursement programs or organizational sponsorship.
The initial offering of the Stevens Master’s in Engineering in Technical Leadership* is a specially designed curriculum that is already customized. Participants will have flexibility in selecting projects to match personal and organizational objectives. Future offerings are expected in Executive Education format.
All credited courses will currently be taught at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Washington DC Location, and attendance is required. Given the diversity of our students, there is great learning value from face-to-face interaction in the classroom. Collaborative activities between sessions are conducted on your own time.
The Technical Leadership program began with its first group in September 2011.
No. Applicants do not have to take or submit standardized test scores for the Stevens Technical Leadership program. Please see admission requirements.