Full-Time MBA Concentration in Human Resource Information Systems

The University at Albany HRIS specialization is designed to prepare you to be a highly competent manager, technologically savvy HR professional, or HRIS professional. In the University at Albany's trail-blazing MBA HRIS concentration, you will gain cutting edge knowledge on how you can use tools such as enterprise systems, cloud computing, Web 2.0, social networking, and human resource information systems (HRIS) to support and manage your employees.

The UAlbany Difference

There are many factors that make the UAlbany HRIS concentration right for you.

  • The only program of its type. UAlbany has the only MBA specialization in the nation to broadly integrate technology and human resources. Additionally, we are the only HRIS concentration that is dually accredited by both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and AACSB.
  • Gain real world consulting experience. Engage in a real-world, two semester long, consulting project. Previous clients have included large corporations such as General Electric and SAP, start-up firms such as KCO Resources and Tech Valley Connect, and non-profit and governmental agencies such as the State of New York and Living Resources.
  • Exclusive opportunity to work with industry software. Students have a unique opportunity to complete projects on leading-edge, and in-demand software such as SuccessFactor's cloud-based HR software, Employee Central.
  • Work with professors who are leading HRIS experts. Our professors are among the leading experts in the field of HRIS and have written books and reports for the leading HR professional associations and leading academic journals. Classes are small and the professors are dedicated to your success.
  • Networking opportunities with HR leaders. The program offers several opportunities to talk to corporate leaders in human resources and HRIS, and to network with alumni and local business leaders.

Did you know?

  1. UAlbany has the only MBA specialization in the nation to broadly integrate technology into their human resource curriculum.
  2. The UAlbany HRIS specialization combines the best of an MBA with the best of a specialized masters degree in HR.
  3. According to Salary.com and Money Magazine:
    • #4 best job to have in America is a human resource manager
    • HR manager jobs are predicted to grow by nearly 25% in the next five years.
  4. The average starting salary for an HR manager is $62,000.

Job opportunities for graduates with an HRIS concentration?

A concentration in HRIS allows you to take many different types of roles and jobs within organizations. For example, our recent graduates have taken jobs such as:

  • Management Consultant
  • Benefits Specialist
  • Compensation Analyst
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Financial Analyst
  • Human Resource Generalist
  • HR Specialist
  • HR Generalist
  • HRIS Consultant
  • Staff Accountant
  • Systems Analyst


Placement of our graduates is a high priority at the University at Albany. You can receive individual assistance with your job search and can work closely with faculty and alumni to find the right position for you. Using a variety of methods including alumni/corporate events, faculty contacts, and social networking, you will have many opportunities to find a great job upon graduation. Our placement rates regularly exceed 70-80%. Graduates have taken positions at well-respected firms such as:

Accenture FedEx Oracle
AMD General Electric PepsiCo
Baker Tilly GE Energy Petco
Bank of New York Mellon GlobalFoundries PWC
Bausch and Lomb The Golub Corporation SAP America
Black Rock Hasbro SEFCU
Booz Allen Hamilton IBM SkyBridge Capital
Bristol-Myers Squibb Lockheed Martin SuccessFactors
CedarCrestone McGraw-Hill TIAA-CREF
Collaborative Solutions Mercedes-Benz Time Warner Cable
DayNine Consulting Merck & Co Towers Watson
Deloitte Morgan Stanley United Health Group
Dell Computers   Workday


And the HR Industry Keeps Growing!

According to Salary.com and Money Magazine:

  • The 4th best job to have in America is a human resource manager
  • HR manager jobs are predicted to grow by nearly 25% in the next five years.
  • The average starting salary for an HR manager is $62,000.

What are people saying about the HRIS Concentration?

“I would not be where I am today had I not made the decision to concentrate in HRIS at UAlbany. I have not only made huge strides in increasing my salary but have been successful in achieving career goals originally set when entering the program.  This program offers great opportunity for career growth and expansion."

Michelle Dray (2004), Manager, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

“The consulting familiarity, hands-on HRIS experience, human resource knowledge, and change management skills possessed by graduates of the UAlbany HRIS MBA Program make it one of the top schools from which Collaborative Solutions recruits.”

Bob Maller, President & COO, Collaborative Solutions