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Bachelor of Science

Business Administration

Program of Study

Core Business and Accounting Courses

  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting Systems for Managerial Decisions
  • Financial Management
  • Information Technologies for Business
  • Statistics
  • Improving Business Performance with Information Technologies
  • Business Law OR Environment of Business
  • Marketing Principles
  • Behavioral Foundations of Management
  • Strategic Management

Required Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses

  • Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics
  • Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics
  • Economics (upper-level elective)
  • Calculus
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology
  • Electives as needed or advised

Concentration Courses

Fulfill the requirements for your chosen area of focus. See below for more information.


See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

For more information contact Jason Cotugno at jcotugno@albany.edu or Susan Maloney at smaloney@albany.edu.

Concentrations
Financial Analyst Honors Program

The financial analyst concentration for business administration majors allows you to share an integrated educational experience with a small group of motivated students who have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

This honors program provides you with individual mentorship, rigorous coursework, smaller class seminars, and special activities designed to help you develop a successful career in financial analysis and investment.

As a financial analyst honors student, you will:

 

Sample Job Titles

Financial advisor, investment banking analyst, sales and trading assistant, fixed-income securities trader, risk analyst, securities research associate, portfolio/fund manager, credit analyst. 

 

Sample Employers

Alliance Bernstein; Ayco; Bank of America; Berkshire Bank; Charlotte Russe; Citigroup; Deloitte; Deutsche Bank; Ernst & Young; FactSet; FINRA; Garban Intercapital; Goldman Sachs; Huron Consulting; IBM; JP Morgan; KPMG; Lord Abbett; Macquarie; McGraw-Hill; Momentive Performance Materials; Morgan Stanley; PwC; Siemens; UBS; Walthausen & Co.; and Ziegler.

 

Financial Analyst Honors Program of Study

  • B ACC 313 OR B ACC 312
  • B FIN 380
  • B FIN 400
  • B FIN 410
  • B FIN 436
  • B FIN 485
  • B FIN 490Z

As a financial analyst student, you’ll take your concentration courses in the following order:

Junior Year

Fall: Financial Statement Analysis; Financial Management 
Spring: Investment Valuation and Analysis; Financial Case Problems; Fixed Income Securities Market

Senior Year

Fall: Financial Analysis Seminar and Thesis
Spring: International Financial Management; Derivatives and Risk Management

 

Information Systems and Business Analytics

Discover the ways information technology and data management systems impact organizational strategy and how they can be used to solve business problems.

This concentration area provides you with skills in predictive analytics and teaches you how to develop business and accounting applications using relational database tools and domain-specific programming languages such as Structured Query Language (SQL).

You may either concentrate solely in information systems and business analytics or in one of the combined areas of study listed below.

 

Sample Job Titles 

Data analyst, business intelligence specialist, software application developer, information technology manager, process improvement officer, business systems consultant, quality assurance manager.

 

Information Systems and Business Analytics 

  • B ITM 322
  • B ITM 331
  • B ITM 415Z
  • B ITM 416
  • B ITM 434

Information Systems and Business Analytics and Management 

  • B ITM 322
  • B ITM 331
  • B ITM 415Z
  • B MGT 430
  • Two 400-level management electives

Information Systems and Business Analytics and Marketing

  • B ITM 322
  • B ITM 331
  • B ITM 415Z
  • B MKT 351
  • One 300 or 400-level marketing elective
  • One 400-level marketing elective
Marketing

Concentrating in marketing equips you with the knowledge and skills to better understand, analyze, and manage consumer behavior, customer and business relationships, and firm strategy. You will practice applying tools and strategies used by businesses today to identify potential customers, introduce new products to the market, develop branding and advertising campaigns, and analyze market data. You will also be exposed to emerging trends in marketing analytics, services marketing, and social media and digital marketing. 

You may either concentrate solely in marketing or choose a combined area of study that will complement your career goals.

 

Opportunities for Applied Learning

Marketing instructors often collaborate with local companies to provide you with hands-on experiences such as working on applied projects for course credit. Additionally, you will have opportunities to collaborate with marketing faculty on research projects to gain practical exposure to how marketing research is conducted. Marketing students typically complete at least one internship before graduation.

 

Sample Job Titles 

Customer insights manager, business/marketing data analyst, market researcher, social media strategist, digital marketing manager, retail manager, visual merchandiser, advertising manager, creative designer, brand manager, sales manager, communications director, public relations manager, customer service manager, and fundraising manager..

 

Marketing 

  • B MKT 312
  • B MKT 351
  • One 300- or 400-level marketing elective
  • Two 400-level marketing electives

Marketing and Entrepreneurship

  • B MKT 351
  • B FIN 404
  • B MGT 400
  • B MGT 460
  • One 300- or 400-level marketing course 
  • One 400-level marketing course

Marketing and Finance 

  • B FIN 301
  • B FIN 333
  • B MKT 351
  • B FIN 375
  • One 300 or 400-level marketing elective
  • One 400-level marketing elective

Marketing and Information Systems and Business Analytics 

  • B ITM 322
  • B ITM 331
  • B MKT 351
  • B ITM 415Z
  • One 300 or 400-level marketing elective
  • One 400-level marketing elective

Marketing and Management 

  • B MKT 351
  • B MGT 430
  • One 300 or 400-level marketing elective
  • One 400-level marketing elective
  • Two 400-level management electives
     
Entrepreneurship

Get your startup company off the ground while you’re a still student! Through UAlbany’s Blackstone LaunchPad, you’ll benefit from mentorship and special access to startup resources while you compete for funding and connect with alumni and faculty who can help you achieve your business dreams. 

If you want to focus on entrepreneurship, you can choose from the combined concentration areas listed below.

 

Entrepreneurship and Finance 

  • B FIN 301
  • B FIN 333
  • B FIN 375
  • B FIN 404
  • B MGT 400
  • B MGT 460

Entrepreneurship and Information Systems and Business Analytics 

  • B FIN 404
  • B ITM 322
  • B ITM 331
  • B ITM 415Z
  • B MGT 400
  • B MGT 460

Entrepreneurship and Marketing 

  • B FIN 404
  • B MGT 400
  • B MGT 460
  • B MKT 351
  • One 300 or 400-level course
  • One 400-level course
Management

Learn how to manage teams, measure individual performance, and recruit, compensate, and motivate employees. 

If you want to focus on management, you can select from the combined concentration areas listed below.

Choose a combination that matches your interest in budgeting and fiscal leadership, data mining and predictive modeling, or product development and strategic promotion. 

 

Sample Job Titles 

Project manager, customer service specialist, claims representative, account coordinator, sales manager, program evaluator, regional sales representative.

 

Management and Finance

  • B FIN 301
  • B FIN 333
  • B FIN 375
  • B MGT 430
  • Two 400-level management electives

Management and Information Systems and Business Analytics 

  • B ITM 322
  • B ITM 331
  • B ITM 415Z
  • B MGT 430
  • Two 400-level management electives

Management and Marketing

  • B MGT 430
  • B MKT 351
  • One 300- or 400-level marketing elective
  • One 400-level marketing elective
  • Two 400-level management electives
Finance

Master the fundamentals of corporate financial policy and strategy, financial statement analysis and budgeting, investment management, money and capital markets, stock valuation and analysis, and entrepreneurial finance. 

If you want to focus on finance, you can choose from the combined concentration areas listed below.

 

Sample Job Titles

Investment banking analyst, private wealth manager, financial data associate, fiscal risk manager, insurance representative, loan officer, financial consultant. 

 

    Finance and Information Systems and Business Analytics

    • B FIN 301
    • B FIN 333
    • B FIN 375
    • B ITM 322
    • B ITM 331
    • B ITM 415Z

    Finance and Management 

    • B FIN 301
    • B FIN 333
    • B FIN 375
    • B MGT 430
    • Two 400-level management electives

    Finance and Marketing 

    • B FIN 301
    • B FIN 333
    • B FIN 375
    • B MKT 351
    • One 300 or 400-level marketing elective
    • One 400-level marketing elective
    Internship Opportunities

    Gain practical experience in your area of interest by completing an internship with a local, national, or global organization. The School of Business enjoys strong relationships with employers in and beyond the Capital Region, and most business administration students complete at least one internship as part of their program of study.

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    Career Paths

    The School of Business at the University at Albany maintains close ties with alumni recruiters working for regional, national, and international consulting firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies such as the NYS Office of the Comptroller. 

    To get the job you want, you can take advantage of services and recruitment events available through the business school’s dedicated career center – learn how to write a resume and cover letter, complete mock interviews, and get weekly updates on internship and job opportunities.

    Recent alumni surveys indicate that more than 80% of UAlbany business students find employment within five months of graduation. Of these, over 90% report that they’re satisfied with their job. 

     

    Sample Employers

    General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Northwestern Mutual, Macy's, and Big Four accounting firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers).

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    “The School of Business has opened the door to many possibilities, provided me with a broad network of individuals and has provided me with the tools necessary to achieve success in my future career.”

    - Justice Nagovich, ‘19, Concentration: Marketing and Finance

    Getting Admitted to the Undergraduate Major in Business Administration

    Declaring the Business Administration Major

    Most UAlbany students fulfill their general education requirements during their freshman and sophomore years, and then declare their major. 

    Business administration is a competitive major. To be admitted, you need to complete prerequisite core business courses and earn an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher. 

    If you’re transferring to UAlbany, you can apply for admission as a business major as long as you meet all of the academic coursework and GPA requirements.

    Entering the Business Program as a Freshman

    To be part of a select cohort of high-achieving students who move through the business administration program together over four years, you can apply for direct admission. 

    This option is designed for highly qualified students who want to develop peer relationships that support academic excellence and help them achieve their career goals. Learn how to apply for direct admission.

     

    Ernst & Young World of Business 

    If you’re directly admitted to this program, you can sign up to live with other business majors on the same floor in one of the freshman residence halls. As a member of this living and learning community, you’ll get to participate in special career seminars, field trips, and leadership opportunities funded by Ernst & Young.

     

     

    Undergraduate Certificate in Business Analytics

    The certificate in business analytics, with a focus on applied analytics, teaches data extraction and analysis.

    In this program, you will study all aspects of business analytics, including business intelligence and data mining. You will become skilled at creating systems that allow organizations to effectively use data and quantitative models to solve critical business problems and take advantage of new business opportunities. 

    Be empowered with the knowledge and ability to analyze, design and deploy digital systems to extract insights from data through descriptive and predictive analytics, and use those insights to make strategic business decisions, enhance customer value, and increase profitability.


    Required Courses

    • Information Technologies for Business
    • Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions
    • Improving Business Performance with Information Technologies
    • Data Analytics in Business
    • Topics in Business Analytics

    Career Outcomes

    Graduates can expect successful careers in a variety of public and private organizations and government agencies. Large corporations, including the consulting arms of the Big Four accounting firms (EY, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and KPMG), regularly recruit ISBA students.

    Potential job titles:

    • Data Analyst
    • Marketing Analyst
    • Finance Analyst
    • Business Intelligence Analyst
    • Data Engineer
    • Business Analyst
    • IT Support Analyst
    • Software Application Developer

     

    See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

    Student Learning Objectives

    Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

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    • Students will be able to show comprehension of 3-5 key concepts from Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Finance, Accounting, Law, and IT Management. 
    • Students will be able to understand the ethical, sustainability and leadership issues faced by managers within functional areas and propose solutions for managing these issues.
    • Be able to communicate competently in a business environment through effective writing and presentation skills.
    • Students will be able to understand the effects of globalization, multiculturalism, and diversity on company performance, management and employee behavior, and team dynamics/efficacy. 
    • Students will be able to understand the applications of information to business functions and be able to use information technology applications effectively. 
    • Be able to analyze a business problem to arrive at an effective solution.

    Office of Career Services

     

    As a premier business school, The University at Albany School of Business operates its own Career Services Office, geared towards the needs of Business and Accounting undergraduate and graduate students that complement the work of the University-wide Career Development Center.

    We specialize in preparing you to be a competitive force in the work place. As a student you will get a terrific return on your educational investment and receive fulltime and internships opportunities from small and medium-sized firms, as well as Fortune 500 companies.

    If you have questions about the School of Business Office of Career Services, please contact Deirdre Sweeney, Director of Career Services at dsweeney@albany.edu.

    There’s always something happening in career services to add breadth and depth to your job search:

    • Resume and cover letter development and critiques
    • Mock Interviews
    • Networking events with alumni and prospective employers
    • Weekly email updates on job and internship opportunities
    • On Campus Recruiting Program
    • Financial Analyst Career Boot Camp
    • Seminars in dining etiquette, networking, job search strategies, and resume writing
    • Career exploration and assessments

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    Living-Learning Communities

    Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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    Study Abroad

    Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

    Undergraduate Research

    Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

    Explore Minors

    Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

    A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

    Full List of Minors
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    • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
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