Darden MBA - Industry Focus Electives - Technology


Technology has broad applications and plays a defining role in a variety of industries. At Darden, technology is embedded in all course categories.

Regardless of role, tech firms and tech-oriented positions expect a working level of technical literacy. Certain concepts—such as design thinking, agile development, and product-market fit—are widespread in the tech world. The following electives include substantial components of tech literacy or specific skill sets the tech sector values.

Tech Literacy Courses 

  • 7500  Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship in Action (IDEA) (FY-Q4)
  • 7600  Data Visualization and Analytics (FY-Q4, Q1)
  • 8033  Digital Marketing (Q1)
  • 8632  Software Design (Q1)
  • 8636  Digital Product Management (Q1)
  • 8130  Prototyping and Product Development I (Q2)
  • 8496  Data Science in Business (Q2)
  • 8633  Software Development (J TERM)
  • 8757  Pricing Analytics (Q3)
  • 8055  Analytics for Experiments, Forecasts and Growth (Q3)
  • 8640  Digital Capstone (Q3)
  • 8459  Innovation and Design Experience (3 cr.) (Q3, Q4)
  • 8180  Hot Topics in Analytics (Q4)
  • 8763  Gales of Creative Destruction (Q4)

Please note: courses are subject to change each year. Consult the course directory for the most up-to-date course offerings.

Download the Tech Sector Elective Career Guide

  • Clubs & Events

    Darden Technology Club (DTC) 

    The Darden Technology Club (DTC) is an industry-oriented club dedicated to connecting members to opportunities at tech companies, providing industry knowledge from thought leaders, offering hands on skills training and providing mentorship and recruiting support.


    Technology Industry Immersion Panel  

    DTC and The Career Center sponsor a Technology Industry Immersion Panel for all Darden students.

  • Career Path: Technology

    Visit Darden's Career Path: Technology page for additional information and resources.

Technology Faculty

Raul Chao

Raul Chao

Oliver Wight Associate Professor of Business Administration

Alex Cowan

Alex Cowan

Academic General Faculty

“Darden has prepared me well for my career in General Management. I have been able to leverage the enterprise perspective that Darden teaches you, the unique ability to make decisions taking into consideration all aspects of a business (Operations, Strategy, Finance, etc.). Darden's General Management focus and leveraging the case study method has made me feel much better prepared as I start my career at Danaher.”

Amanda Gingras
MBA ’12

“My job involves a lot of operational consulting and looks at issues that affect the broader company. Darden trained me to think about broader issues than just the central figures in the business cases we studied. The case study method prepares you to be a great general manager, helps you think about multiple issues that affect the central problem you are trying to solve, and teaches you to be a good people manager.”

Jason Sinnarajah
MBA ’07

“Darden prepared me for a career in technology in the bay area by giving me 1) the confidence to communicate effectively in a team setting through its case study curriculum, 2) a network of strong and close-knit alumni in the bay area who have been a great deal of support, and 3) extensive career guidance and interview preparation through its career office. Special callout to Marty Speight here, who coached me brilliantly!”

Subha Shetty
MBA ’06