MBA Students

Master of Business Administration 

MBA Full-Time

Program of Study

First Year

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Organizational Behavior and Managerial Skills
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • Operations Management
  • Economic Analysis
  • Managing Information Technology
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Capstone: Global Business Sustainability Project
    Travel to a foreign country and work in teams, collaborate with faculty and industry experts to help solve challenging problems for real clients.

Second Year

During your second year, you acquire both general and technical competencies in a concentration of your choice (see below).

  • Global Strategic Management
  • Concentration courses (see below)
  • Three supporting 600-level business courses outside of your concentration area
  • Field experience course or graduate research project in your area of concentration

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

Our full-time professional staff is available for in-person and phone consultation in the Graduate Student Services Office located in the School of Business. For more information contact Zina M. Lawrence at or 518-956-8320.


MBA Concentrations

Become a professional with the ability to combine business and information security knowledge.

The Cybersecurity concentration trains you to understand the vulnerabilities and exploits in information systems available to cyber attackers. You will learn how to identify organizational vulnerabilities, understand threats, analyze risks, and select controls to mitigate risks. You will also learn how to implement security in organizations, respond when incidents occur, and design systems to prevent cyber-attacks.

Sample employers include: Deloitte, EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).


The MBA concentration in entrepreneurship prepares you to think and behave like an entrepreneur, whether you wish to launch your own new venture, work in a corporation, or establish a nonprofit or social venture.

You will learn how to identify and assess opportunities, write an effective business plan, set goals, implement strategies, seek venture capital, and hire and manage employees as a new business grows.

At UAlbany, you can get involved with Blackstone Launchpad, the start-up incubator Innovate 518 (a partnership between the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Center for Economic Growth), and the Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) program.


Learn how to apply financial concepts to manage investment portfolios and analyze and assess the value of alternative investments in commodities, hedge funds, private equity, real assets, and structured products.

With a concentration in finance, you have the option to complete a resume-building internship along with the required finance research thesis.

Human Resource Information Systems

UAlbany offers the only human resource information systems concentration in the nation that is dually accredited by both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and AACSB. 

This concentration enables you to become a competent and technically skilled human resource manager and teaches you how to use technology to achieve greater business efficiency and increase workforce performance. 

Topics include recruiting, selection, performance management, compensation and benefits, enterprise resource planning, cloud computing, social networking, and human resource information systems and software applications that support recruitment, benefits administration, and employee management.


Sample job titles include: Employee management consultant, benefits specialist, business analyst, compensation analyst, corporate recruiter, human resource generalist, and systems analyst.

Information Systems and Business Analytics

Learn how to improve business operations using application-based analytics and asset management systems, and gain skills in database design, business intelligence, data mining, and big data.

Courses for this concentration cover technical aspects of database management, data visualization, and data mining, and prepare you to use information systems and analytics to support decision making, solve problems, and increase business performance. 

A year-long research project gives you hand-on experience managing expectations, project deadlines, and quality outcomes for a real business.


UAlbany’s marketing concentration prepares you for a leadership career in marketing, sales, communications, public relations, entrepreneurship, or consulting. You will learn about current trends, business tools, and cutting-edge research in the theory and practice of marketing management, services marketing, and applied data analysis. Courses involve a mix of discussions, presentations, and project work, so that you develop a well-rounded skillset, which can be applied in real-world working environments.

MBA Student Internship Opportunities

You can 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 many graduate students complete an internship as part of their program of study.

Career Services for MBA Students

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.

MBA graduates are regularly recruited to work at companies such as General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Northwestern Mutual, Macy's, and Big Four accounting firms (Deloitte, EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers).

"[UAlbany's MBA program] professors want to see you succeed. They care about your goals and aspirations and are willing to give advice to guide you down the path that you have in mind for yourself."

Nadely Agenor ’17, ’19 

Admissions Requirements

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available
Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    One academic reference is required, however two academic references are preferred
  • Resume
  • Statement of Goals
    The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals.
  • GMAT

*Effective immediately, the University at Albany School of Business will waive the GMAT requirement for all applicants seeking Fall 2020 admission into full-time master’s degree programs, including MBA, MS-Accounting, and MS-Digital Forensics/Cyber. All other listed admission criteria remain applicable. An additional requirement for admitted students is that all incoming students must successfully complete pre-semester orientations that cover foundational concepts.


Special Notes

Deadline for all international students is March 1. A GMAT waiver is available for current UAlbany undergraduates, or students graduating from AACSB-accredited institutions, with a GPA of 3.6. In some cases, we will accept GRE or LSAT scores. To request a waiver, simply include a brief statement in your application.

This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.   

Student Learning Objectives

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

Master of Business Administration
  • Students will be able to show comprehension of three to five key concepts from Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, IT Management, and Operations Management.
  • Students will be able to analyze and report the impact of change on the strategy of an organization.
  • Be able to understand the ethical, CSR, sustainability and corporate governance  issues faced by managers within functional areas and propose solutions.
  • Be able to apply analytic skills to the solution of business problems.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of effective leadership in a team or organizational setting.
  • Be able to apply specific IT knowledge by means of a lab project through a paper or presentation.