As forces such as artificial intelligence and big data reshape modern business, managers and line-of-business leaders are faced with tough decisions about the ethical issues and potential tradeoffs of technology. It’s critical to develop sophisticated and comprehensive competencies for navigating these decisions. Adding ethical analysis to your tool kit will prepare you to lead with agility and confidence through unprecedented challenges—and can distinguish you to potential employers.

The MBA x Information Ethics concentration completely reimagines a traditional MBA concentration through a partnership with Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Your ethics coursework—taught by faculty in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH)—will explore a wealth of issues concerning privacy and digital rights, information security, data collection and storage, information’s impact on the public good, and the ethics of AI and machine learning. You’ll also be provided ethical frameworks across disciplines including public policy, law, and human rights. These topics are taught through the lens of Northeastern’s human-centered approach to technology, which emphasizes social and ethical awareness and a commitment to global justice.

Employers value business leaders with deep expertise who can thrive in an environment of digital convergence and keep their organizations relevant in times of rapid change. This concentration will equip you to perform comprehensive ethical analyses, make informed decisions, and spot potential pitfalls before your customers spot them for you.  

A background in Information ethics is not required. We welcome applicants from all undergraduate degree backgrounds who want to build this valuable leadership skill set.

Programs offering this concentration

Build the tech-focused business expertise employers want—and power your learning with unique experiences, such as our high-impact corporate residency. Choose from 19 in-demand concentrations, including our signature non-business MBA x concentrations.

Build the core skills that prepare you to lead in business—along with advanced financial expertise that gives you unique insight into decision-making. Choose from 19 in-demand concentrations, including our signature non-business MBA x concentrations, and power your learning with unique experiences, such as our high-impact corporate residency.

Prepare to practice law and master core business skills with this accelerated four-year program—and set yourself up for a career where those high-powered worlds intersect.

Additionally offered for LLM/MBA.