The focus of the programme is on understanding digital technologies as the key driver of public and private-sector developments across the world, and how to make sure that digitisation brings about sustainable and green growth and development.

The programme is suitable for those interested in understanding:

  • the heterodox perspectives of economic development processes, i.e. systems of innovation, evolutionary, post-Keynesian and other heterodox perspectives;
  • the dynamics of social and technological innovation and the role of different actors (entrepreneurs, large and small companies, citizens/users, governments) in these dynamics and in steering the directions of innovation;
  • the meaning and management of digital transformations, and its impact on economy, society and government.


The Technology Governance and Digital Transformation MA programme is an interdisciplinary study programme that covers several fields from finance, economics, technology and innovation to governance and public-sector innovation and has a strong focus on case-study- based and practical learning.

It brings together some of the globally most renowned scholars of innovation and governance – Carlota Perez, Erik S. Reinert, Wolfgang Drechsler, Jan A. Kregel, Robert Krimmer and others – who offer students a coherent set of skills for understanding and managing technological changes and digital transformations in technology- and innovation-oriented private- and public-sector organizations as well as in international bodies.

The 2 year (120 ECTS) curriculum comprises the following modules:

  • Entrepreneurship and Technology Management (6 ECTS)
  • Technology, Innovation and Economic Development (18 ECTS)
  • Technology Governance and Digital Transformation (36 ECTS)
  • Internship and Consulting Lab (24 ECTS)
  • Free Choice Courses (6 ECTS)
  • Graduation Thesis (30 ECTS)

Why this speciality?

  • Case-study based teaching and a strong emphasis on internships and practical experiences.
  • Faculty mostly including internationally distinguished and award-winning professors.
  • Complementing standard textbook knowledge, mainstream economics and governance theories with more realistic and relevant perspectives.
  • Site visits to Estonian government offices and companies and guest lectures from leading Estonian and international innovators and visionaries.
  • Minimum stay of one year in Estonia – the second year is dedicated to Internship & Consulting Lab and MA thesis writing, which can both be done from anywhere in the world.

Future career

The programme is designed to develop globally competitive and desired experts in managing technological changes and digital transformations who work for either national governments and international organizations (as innovation policy experts and innovation managers) or for non-profit organizations and in the private sector (as owner-entrepreneurs, technology consultants, innovation managers, analysts). The programme also provides competitive competencies for a continuing academic career as a researcher in academic institutions or pursuing PhD studies.

Career paths of our alumni:

JP Morgan Stanley, Parthenon-EY, EY Innovalue Management Partner GmbH, OECD, Government Office of the Republic of Estonia, E-Estonia Showroom, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Competence Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies, Tallinn City Enterprise Department, Office of the State Minister of Georgia, Czechinvest, Ministry of Finance of Republic of Latvia, Cevea (think- tank), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro etc.

Other potential employers:

  • international organizations (UN, EU);
  • governmental institutions (central banks, ministries dealing with development and digitalization affairs);
  • non-governmental organizations (science and technology parks, development agencies, think-tanks etc.);
  • technology-intensive private companies.

Programme specific requirements

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Online interview

  • Topics covered during the interview:
    • Motivation and interest to study Technology Governance and Digital Transformation.
    • Previous exposure to topics covered in the program and awareness of relevant societal debates.
    • Preliminary vision on MA thesis – potential research topics, methodology, etc.
    • Previous education and work experience and vision of future career.
  • Grading scale: 0-100
  • Good command of the English language is required.

Students for TalTech international study programmes are admitted based on the admission threshold. Online interview will be conducted only to candidates who have passed the preliminary evaluation. The maximum score for the online interview is 100 points. An applicant who receives the minimum of 50 points is admitted.

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Last updated November 16, 2018
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