U.S. News Ranks UAlbany MBA in Top 100

U.S. News and World Report ranks the University at Albany MBA among the top 100 programs in the country. The 2018 ranking places the MBA in the top 20% of AACSB accredited business schools, at #91 among 471 schools in the U.S. 

This comes on the heels of the MBA program expansion. Interim Dean Hany Shawky said, “The excellent efforts of faculty and staff to develop and grow this program are bearing fruit.”

The School of Business has always been ahead of its time, establishing the forward-thinking MBA program in 1974, which introduced information technology management years before PCs existed. The concentration in human resource information systems was added in the 1980s. The school recently added four new concentrations combining high-tech education with real-world experiences, based on established areas of School of Business excellence and career opportunities.

The concentration in cyber security prepares an elite group of next-generation managers capable of intelligently assessing risks and protecting information systems from cyber-attacks. Entrepreneurship meets the needs of students who wish to launch businesses, work in a corporation or establish a nonprofit or social venture. Those who choose the finance concentration find work in positions in alternative investment analysis of commodities, hedge funds, private equity, real assets and structured products. The fastest growing marketing field, service marketing, is the focus of the marketing concentration.

All majors are welcome in the MBA program, a diverse group of students are admitted each year. In fact, 25% of the most recent incoming class hold undergraduate degrees in engineering and the natural sciences and 20% of the class came to us with more than three years of post-baccalaureate work experience. What students have in common is the goal of launching their careers. They succeed. The class of 2016 had 98% job placement rate.

The high placement rate is due in part to the opportunities for career experience built into the program. The capstone program for the first-year, Going Green Globally, or G3 as it is known by students, brings real world experience through an intense exercise in which teams of MBA students work collaboratively on sustainability projects for real clients. The second year offers the MBA Experience, a faculty-guided program in which students gain hands-on skills in their chosen concentration through field projects, research projects and mentorships with regional business leaders.