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University of Minnesota's Technological Leadership Institute

By Grete Tiemeier posted 05-26-2021 08:00


The Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Minnesota established in 1987 by an endowment from the Honeywell Foundation. The Institute is part of the College of Science and Engineering, which is ranked among the top engineering and science schools in the country, and sits at the intersection of technology and business leadership. 

TLI’s mission is to develop local and global leaders for technology-intensive enterprises through its three Master of Science degree programs:

TLI's academic programs are designed for fulltime employed professionals and are intentionally kept small and highly selective in order to ensure the highest quality student body and personal attention from faculty. All TLI degree offerings are tailored to empower professionals by:

  • Focusing on leadership in technology-based environments
  • Teaching technical professionals to analyze existing and emerging technologies
  • Leveraging interdisciplinary faculty with real-world experience
  • Bridging the gap between technology and business with applied learning

Thought leadership in technology and continuing education for working leaders is another core driver for TLI.  These goals are addressed through the popular Technically Speaking series, custom short courses and targeted corporate training, and hosting of conferences and events. 

TLI students and graduates are at the core of the Institute's success. The outstanding contributions they make to technology innovation within the program and post-graduation impact all aspects of high-tech industries.

 The professionals who enroll in our degree programs continue to be among the best of the best, as are the TLI faculty members and industry-leading experts that teach in our programs. Our instructors, many who are actively working in their respective industries, bring real-time, real-world, leadership experience directly to the classroom. The small cohort model allows students to build meaningful relationships with both the faculty and their classmates, developing a strong network of industry-leading professionals as they move forward in their career.