Jason Howard shopped around extensively for MBA programs before deciding on Georgia Tech's Executive Master of Science in the Management of Technology (EMSMOT) degree.
"Tech was the only one that offered something completely different," says Howard, who graduated in December 2005. "In a world that's only going to get more and more technical, having a graduate-level degree with the Georgia Tech name on it adds panache to my resume."
Known as the "MBA for the age of technology," the Executive Master's program is designed for rising professionals who want to enhance their skills without disrupting their careers. Over seventeen months, participants gain the skills necessary to manage technology innovation and implementation as well as understand global business issues. The program ends with a nine-day European study tour of Paris, France, and Munich, Germany.
Just after earning his EMSMOT degree, Howard moved from Eastman Kodak Company, where he'd worked as a business manager in digital services, to Recall Corporation. "The degree helped me get the job," says Howard, now director of marketing (North America) for Recall, an Atlanta-based provider of integrated records and document management services with operations on five continents.
"Like every newly minted MBA, I wanted to directly apply what I'd been learning," says Howard, who was eager to use his new change-management and entrepreneurial skills.
Two other members of Howard's EMSMOT class also joined Recall after graduation. Greg Alexander is vice president of sales/marketing for North America, and Aaron Bartels is director of sales operations. "We have a lunch meeting once a week where we go back through and look at the principles we learned in class and figure out how to drive them into the business," Howard says.