- Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Social Sciences (Technology Governance and Digital Transformation), (MA)
- Workload: 120 ECTS
- Language of instruction: English
- Duration: 2 years
- Pre-Requisites: Bachelor degree or equivalent. Candidates with a diverse background are welcome, from social sciences, history to engineering and natural sciences. Previous work experience in the public sector and contacts with the field of public administration or economics would be of benefit.
- Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 50 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS. Tuition fee for the whole study period is €3750. 1 tuition fee waiver scholarship available that guarantees free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here.
- Number of places available: 10
The Master’s program in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation leads to a technology-focused graduate degree in the fields of Public Administration, Innovation/Industrial Policy, Development Economics, and E-Governance. The overall purpose of the program is to educate (policy) analysts with interdisciplinary skills to govern, analyse and develop a knowledge-based state and society. Innovation policy and its use in different economic situations has become a very important topic in the world, as the need for people who are knowledgeable in dealing with economic cycles in a new way is increasing.
The program should be attractive for those international students who want to get an understanding of the dynamics of capitalist economies and economic development processes from a rather non-orthodox perspective, i.e. from evolutionary, post-Keynesian and other heterodox economics perspectives.
- Faculty includes internationally distinguished, award-winning professors (Carlota Perez, Erik S. Reinert, Jan A. Kregel, Wolfgang Drechsler, Rainer Kattel, Robert Krimmer);
- Opposed to standard text-book, mainstream economics that is taught in most universities;
- Case-study based teaching and student-friendly study arrangements;
- Site visits and guest lecturers from leading Estonian and international companies;
- Minimum stay in Estonia is one year – the second year is dedicated to internship and MA thesis writing that can be accomplished anywhere.
Future career options
Although the program is designed to educate prospective policy analysts and public servants, it is also ideal for those who see themselves working in the private sector (entrepreneurs, consultants, analysts) or non-governmental organizations. Potential employers could include international organizations, science and technology parks, development agencies, think-tanks, and technology-intensive companies. Furthermore, the program provides the grounds for a continuing academic career by engagement as a researcher in academic institutions or pursuing Ph.D. studies.
Career examples of our alumni: JP Morgan Stanley, Innovalue Management Partner GmbH, Office of the State Minister of Georgia, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Czechinvest, etc.
The MA in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation program is aimed at understanding economic development processes and is taught through the development and evolutionary economics perspectives, which oppose to standard textbook economics, taught at most universities around the world. The program covers various interlinked areas of study, including public administration and the role of the state in economic development, innovation, industries, and finance.
Technology Governance and Digital Transformation is an approach and set of policies undertaken by the public and private sector and social actors to develop a knowledge base, social cohesion, and competitiveness at the same time. So far, both in academic research and in policy advice, these aspects have tended to be separated. The Technology Governance and Digital Transformation program is designed to bridge these gaps. The current crisis has made the Technology Governance and Digital Transformation approach more necessary than ever. Not only are several of the core faculty members among the earliest who predicted the coming of the collapse, but they are all actively engaged in dealing with the crisis now, both nationally and internationally.
Our Master’s program in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation is a technology-focused special graduate degree as a realistic alternative to mainstream economics that could be placed in such areas as innovation policy, industrial policy or development economics. This is the international innovation policy and high-tech program with a solid foundation in history and theory, embedded in an exciting environment that so many students and scholars were always looking for, yet could not find! Our Master’s program in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation is a technology-focused special graduate degree as a realistic alternative to mainstream economics that could be placed in such areas as innovation policy, industrial policy or development economics. This is the international innovation policy and high-tech program with a solid foundation in history and theory, embedded in an exciting environment that so many students and scholars were always looking for, yet could not find!
The program is interesting as an early- or mid-career professional degree for those working in development authorities, private companies and NGOs. Program graduates are working in the following organizations: Morgan Stanley (London), GIZ Private Sector Development Project (Georgia), Office of Prime Minister (Greece), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (Estonia) and various IT companies (Edicy, RM Solutions etc.). Other potential employers include international organizations, governmental institutions, science and technology parks, development agencies, think-tanks, and technology-intensive private companies.
Program specific requirements
Please pay attention as, this program you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
- Prerequisite for this program is a Bachelor’s degree and a good command of English. Main criteria for admission are motivation and interest, general competence and achievements, and professional background. It is assumed that any potential student will have adequate basic knowledge of economics, history, and technology.
- There are no formal requirements for any field of graduation, or for specific test scores that tend to measure how well one takes these tests. Because of its specific focus and trans-disciplinary approach, the MA is equally interesting as a first graduate degree right after undergraduate education, as an additional graduate degree after a less trans-disciplinary one, and as an early- or mid-career professional degree for those working in technology government fields, such as ministries, development and promotion authorities, and private companies and NGOs dealing with the subject matter.
- CV - working experience benefits.
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Last updated December 27, 2017