The Tuck School of Business is a leading MBA program for students interested in technology and digital careers.
The explosion of the global technology industry has created immense innovation across the entire economy necessitating new ways of thinking about business education. At Tuck, we embrace this transformation and constantly innovate our curricular and co-curricular learning to enable students to thrive in the modern digital economy.
Below you will find an overview of the support Tuck offer students interested in technology and digital career paths, including information on curricular coursework as well as experiential and community-driven learning opportunities available at Tuck.
Tuck Centers With A Focus On Technology
The six Centers at Tuck forge pathways of learning and application for our MBA students. Centers provide a diverse set of experiences, opportunities and engagements both on and off campus through a suite of courses, programs, and offerings with faculty, staff, practitioners, alumni, and community members.
While Tuck hosts six individual centers with specific industry focuses, students are encouraged to collaborate and engage with all centers. By taking advantage of the many cross-center opportunities available to them, students can truly customize their Tuck MBA experience.
“I like being able to take what I’m learning in the classroom and apply it directly to the roles and industries I want to be part of in the future. Every company and industry needs a digital strategy, and the topics we discuss [at the CDS] are a great extension of what I’m learning in the classroom… The CDS has really helped me learn how to think critically about moonshot technologies.”
– Arleen Chien T’21, Product Manager, Conversational Commerce at Walmart
Three particularly relevant centers for students interested in careers in technology are:
Center for Entrepreneurship
The Center for Entrepreneurship supports students with an interest in entrepreneurship and working for early-stage companies after Tuck.
Glassmeyer / McNamee Center for Digital Strategies
The Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies (CDS) at the Tuck School of Business helps leaders better understand the impact of digital technologies on business strategy, enabling them to ask the right questions when faced with critical decisions.
The CDS offers a rich array of learning programs, ranging from guest speakers to Tech 101 workshops to a fellows program for students looking for a much deeper technology exploration while at Tuck.
Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital
CPEVC helps support Tuck students by providing programming and other experiential learning opportunities that enhances both their curricular and co-curricular experience and connects them with the broader community of PE and VC professionals.
Clubs at Tuck
Inclusiveness, camaraderie, participation—these are Tuck traditions. Tuck’s career clubs support students seeking career pathways across a wide range of industries. Career Clubs supporting student interest in technology include:
- Technology Club
- FinTech Club
- Future of Automotive Mobility Club
- Marketing and Brand Management Club
- Data & Analytics Club
- Design Club
Tuck SHIFT Conference
Tuck SHIFT is the annual technology conference and one of the largest student-run events hosted by the Tuck School of Business and attended by students, alumni, and business leaders from around the world.
The conference is an integral part of the tech ecosystem at Tuck and encourages all participants to learn and think critically about the emerging industry trends, global innovations, risks and challenges. Each year, it is an incredible avenue for all the students to get exposure and network with some of the best minds in the industry.
Other Relevant Tuck Conferences
Who Has Hired Tuckies?
All of the top technology firms recruit and hire Tuck students. Below is a list of companies that have hired Tuck students in the last few years. This list is illustrative and by no means comprehensive.
Technology Courses at Tuck
Tuck offers a robust core and elective curriculum which is constantly changing and adding new courses. The following courses are examples of some technology-focused courses offered at Tuck. A complete list of course offerings is available on the Tuck website, broken into the required curriculum and the elective curriculum.
A PM is obsessed with the problem their product tries to solve and works to both define the product’s functional requirements and lead cross-functional teams to develop, launch and improve their product over time. Taught by an experienced former Google product executive, this course aims to provide an introduction to product management in tech and expose students to key product development and growth strategies so they can build, optimize and scale products following graduation.
Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation
Design thinking started as a process to aid product design, but many companies are now using the concepts for broader and more strategic efforts. Top companies are increasingly embracing design thinking as a methodology for cutting through the complexity of operations, confusion about consumer needs, and the inertia of true-and-tried business models.
This is a strategic management course about how organizations can use the methods and processes of design thinking to innovate their strategies, business models, and environments. It is intended to provide an introduction to the application of the tools and techniques of design thinking for the purpose of developing innovative strategies and business models.Â
The course combines theory and practice to provide you with a toolkit for creative thinking and action. It is intended to provide students with a foundation to conduct designing thinking in business development, consulting, and entrepreneurial activities.
AI For Managers
In this course, students will learn about a wide range of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques and how they can be applied to the challenges and opportunities that firms face. AI is delivering impressive results across a growing number of industries and business functions, including marketing, strategy, operations, and finance. A firm’s competitive advantages increasingly rely on its ability to make superior decisions using AI technologies. This in turn requires managers to become conversant with a growing number of AI capabilities in order to assess and oversee the opportunities that AI provides.
Over the past 20 years, the term “ecosystem” has become pervasive in discussions of strategy, both scholarly and applied. Its rise has mirrored an increasing interest and concern with interdependence across organizations and activities. In this course we will develop a ‘Wide Lens’ perspective on the challenges of innovation, with a particular focus on the context of innovation ecosystems.
Marketing in the Network Economy
This course looks at the significant evolution of marketing function in the context of the network economy. Attention focuses on the challenges and opportunities that organizations face in applying traditional marketing skills in the electronic marketplace. Guest speakers and case studies will be used to illustrate the key issues in developing effective marketing and media strategies.
The major objectives of this course are to provide students with (1) an understanding of the role of marketing in the context of the network economy; (2) a sound conceptual and theoretical “tool kit” for analyzing marketing problems faced by organizations in the network economy; and (3) a forum for presenting and defending their recommendations and for critically examining and discussing the recommendations of others.
Digital and Social Media Marketing
Digital platforms, particularly various forms of social media, continue to dramatically change how business is done. These changes are pervasive, and extend beyond changing how companies communicate with customers and how employees communicate with each other.
Digital/social platforms present firms with enormous opportunities for creating and enhancing value for both themselves and customers. How these communications technologies can – and should – be used for strategic value-generating purposes, however, is not straightforward. This course grapples with this challenge, with the primary aim being to help students understand how to unlock the value in digital/social platforms across a variety of business contexts and for several markedly different purposes.
Digital Change Strategies
Digital technologies have changed how companies develop and implement strategies. Managing strategic change is a required key skill of any manager.
In this course, we will explore how successful managers can meet these challenges, and incorporate the ability to anticipate, use, and respond to the impact of digital technologies into their business models.
Students will have the opportunity to explore these ideas in a variety of industry and company size situations, with the focus on how existing companies are transforming and adapting.
Platform Design, Management, and Strategy
Firms such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, SalesForce, and SAP operate as ecosystems in which third parties add value. Platforms are economically important and widely observed in modern economies.
This course will combine rigorous theory with real-world experience to educate students interested in creating, managing, or understanding business platforms. Students will apply learning as they complete projects for platform corporations.
Blockchain, Crypto & DeFi
The main objective of this course is determining how a manager can make “good” financing decisions. In the modern financial era, the financing decision has become more complicated because there is a huge diversity of securities that can be issued. The course will introduce some of the basic securities used to raise capital, examine the thought process behind the choice of one type of financing versus another and identify the manner in which behavioral biases impact the decisions that managers make about capital structure and financing.
Learning Outside the Classroom
Tuck values experiential learning deeply, and requires students to participate in global experiential learning to graduate via a global learning requirement administered by the TuckGO team.
Beyond curricular offerings, other groups, such as the Center for Digital Strategies, develop and administer experiential learning programming aligned to student interests in technology careers.
“The Center for Digital Strategies was the community of curiosity that I came to Tuck for. The alumni and current fellows that I have met through this center have radically enhanced my understanding of the digital technology landscape. From bi-weekly digital drop-ins to the center-sponsored trek to Puerto Rico, CDS consistently delivered learning opportunities that felt real, connected, and engaged.”
– Eva Grant T’22, Corp. Development Rotational Program, Liberty Mutual
First Year Project
The Tuck First-Year Project (FYP) is a required course in which teams of Tuck students apply learning from their entire first year at Tuck to complex, real-world issues of strategic importance for a variety of clients. The FYP is part of the TuckGO suite of experiential and global courses.
Example FYP Project:
Developing a Roadmap for Lime’s Future in Italy
CDS Deep Dive: China’s Technology Ecosystem
The Center for Digital Strategies developed a learning trip to explore the technology ecosystem in mainland China and how it differs from the tech ecosystem in the United States. Students met with executives at leading technology firms in China, such as JD.com, DiDi Chuxing, Ant Financial, and more to learn about their strategies and focus on growth and innovation. Students also immersed in China’s robust digital ecosystem, including using WeChat for a wide variety of activities, from paying for goods and services to booking dinner reservations to purchasing train tickets. The group also engaged with Tuck’s deep alumni network in China and learned about China’s rich cultural history.
Global Insights Expeditions (GIX)
GIXs help students develop cultural awareness, empathy for the thoughts and attitudes of local people, and agility to adapt their behavior to successfully navigate different business environments through structured reflection. Each course begins with classroom sessions on Tuck’s campus. Students then travel with one or two faculty members where they engage with corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, community leaders, government officials, and local people from different walks of life.
Tuck Career Services
Dedicated Tech Career Advisor for Tuck Students
Tuck’s Career Services team provides support to students across a wide array of top industries, including the technology sector. Tuck’s tech recruiting activities are led by Laura Mogilner T’08. Laura brings deep experience across multiple roles and firms in Silicon Valley, including as a Product Manager prior to returning to Tuck as a core member of the Tuck Career Services Team.
A home for collaboration and research, Feldberg Library brings together the schools and interdisciplinary programs of Dartmouth’s West End. The Feldberg team compiles research for career search and interview prep (company profiles, industry overviews, news) in the tech sector. You can access these materials via the link below.