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Management of Technology and Innovation

Program Overview

Digital technologies continue to provide disruptive innovation in our organizations and in our society.  The Professional Master’s Diploma in the Management of Technology and Innovation is designed for career professionals who have organizational responsibility for digital technology. Typically, this is the Chief Information Officer (CIO). This graduate program will help executives to improve their Leadership skills and Technology & Innovation Management skills.  In particular, this program should help current CIOs develop a higher capability in managing innovative digital technology as executive leaders within their organizations. 

The Chief Information Officers Association of Canada (CIOCan) represents IT Executives and CIOs in Canada.   CIOCan is a self-managed, not-for-profit community of IT leaders.  CIOCan has endorsed this Ryerson University graduate program and is a partner in delivering this professional education program for its members. 

The program consists of four graduate courses, which are taught by Ryerson professors, with significant contributions from leading industry speakers and current case studies. The final capstone course requires application of taught concepts to address an ‘at work’ business challenge.

Student Profile 

The program is designed to provide mid-career IT executives the knowledge and skills needed to progress to a higher executive level within their organizations or within their industries. The program will help Canadian organizations to become and remain competitive through the use of technology.  This program will be appropriate for executives who are moving from one career to another, require a refresh of skills to prepare them for the next position and are not able to dedicate themselves to a full-time MBA program.  Course credits from this PM Diploma may be eligible for credit towards a Ted Rogers MBA.


The curriculum of the diploma consists of the following graduate level courses:

1. Technology and Organization Strategy

This course examines how strategic leaders transform and position their organizations to exploit technological change for competitive advantage. It provides an understanding of the issues surrounding the formulation and implementation of technology-based strategies, and the framework for managing in a technology-based economy.

2. Innovation and Organization Theory

This course prepares students to manage in turbulent, high technology environments. Students are introduced to theories of innovation, and learn how various ways of organizing and managing people and work can foster or stifle innovation. Students will apply models of innovation and diffusion to analyze industry trends and identify and assess strategic options for individual firms operating in environments of rapid technological change.

3. Global Markets and Technology Trends

This course explores emerging issues (technologies, trends, geopolitical policies etc.) with an emphasis on their potential impact on global enterprise practices. The course also focuses on developing planning models to incorporate environmental scanning and technology forecasting as components of effective strategic planning models.

4. Executive Leadership for CIOs

This course provides advanced leadership skills for IT executives by pairing leadership theory with practical techniques and both individual and group-level interpersonal skills for leaders. Through an application of current leadership theory to practice, students will gain a better understanding of how leaders shape organizational experiences and outcomes, with a particular focus on the challenges faced by those in executive leadership roles.

5. Capstone Course

While topics of special interest will be presented throughout the program, the main thrust of the capstone will be completion of the final diploma project intended to address specific issues/problems in the management of technology and innovation in the workplace.   The topic will be identified at the participant’s organization or one of a number of organizations agreeing to participate in this Ryerson diploma initiative.

Credential: Professional Master's Diploma

Program Type: Graduate (Part-Time)

Program Length: 5 courses

Start Date: Fall 2018


Telephone: (416) 542-5872

Admission Information

  1. Bachelor’s Degree: Completion of a four-year bachelor's degree from a recognized university. Please include all official post-secondary transcripts when submitting your application.
  2. Minimum B Average: A minimum B (73% or above) average in the last two years of university study (including postgraduate university programs).
  3. Comprehensive resume: Minimum of two years full-time post-graduate work experience.
  4. Two Referees: Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.
  5. A Statement of Interest: 500 word statement professional or research interest.
  6. English Language Proficiency Score: Required from all applicants who have degrees from institutions in which English is not the language of instruction or examination.                                                                                                                               Please visit the Graduate Studies website for more information and a list of accepted tests and scores.
Admission Process

At Ryerson, all graduate applications are submitted online. Submitting a complete application package is a two-part process. You can read details about the process on the our graduate site

  1. Submitting your application through OUAC and
  2. Uploading your documents. Please include all post-secondary transcripts with your application.

The system is easy-to-use and saves you time. The online system is mandatory; paper applications mailed to the Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office will not be accepted.


Application Deadlines

The application deadline to begin the program is: 

Domestic:  July 27th, 2018


International:  March 23rd, 2018



Tuition Fees

$9,666.00* domestic 2017-18

$15,506.00* international 2017-18


*Plus ancillary fees for the program. Fees subject to change. 
Please check the Yeates School of Graduate Studies fees page for updates.

Diploma Registration

Participants may be registered in only one Graduate program at any one time.