The New UAlbany Full-Time MBA

The expanded and enriched UAlbany MBA program starts this fall 2015. Students will have the opportunity to choose from six concentrations. Cyber security, marketing, finance and entrepreneurship have been added to the current offerings in information technology management and human resource information systems.

Associate Dean Hany Shawky, who spent the last two years leading the development of the new program, said, “We wanted to provide a more complete menu of MBA concentrations. The goal is to enhance program quality and attract exceptional students.” He noted that two of our new areas of study, cyber security and entrepreneurship, are particularly exciting in today’s market and are likely to be of interest to many prospective students.

New concentrations build on existing strengths of the School of Business. The marketing concentration will explore services marketing. The existing ITM curriculum will continue to focus on the interaction of management and information technology, while the new cyber security concentration will teach students to manage risk and analyze security incidents. Entrepreneurship will be hands-on and will be overseen by the Standish Professor in Entrepreneurship. (See story on Dr. William Wales.) The finance concentration will prepare students for positions in the investment analysis and valuation of alternative assets such as commodities, hedge funds, private equity, real assets and structured products.

As with the current MBA, the cohort will spend the first year taking core business courses and will delve into their concentrations during the second year. The new two-year 54-credit-hour program incorporates a new class in business analytics and maintains the yearlong field project for which the UAlbany MBA has been known since its inception. In lieu of a field project, students in finance, marketing and entrepreneurship will engage in an applied research thesis.

The new MBA program expands G3, Going Green Globally, the collaborative cornerstone project combining experiential learning and service. Student teams work with local organizations, faculty, local experts and policy makers to develop strategies for environmental sustainability.

The MBA boasts 100 percent job placement for the past three years. To assist placement for new and current concentrations, enhanced efforts to secure summer internships for all students will be implemented. The program will maintain its personal style approach and is expected to grow gradually over the next five years.