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Master of Business Administration 

Master of Business Administration

Full-Time Tracks
for Continuing Students

2-Year MBA 1-Year MBA

Part-Time Tracks
for Working Professionals

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Full-Time 2-Year MBA 

If you recently earned your bachelor's degree and want to enhance your knowledge before entering the workplace, or if you have been working and want to make a career change, the Full-Time 2-Year MBA track is the right program for you. 

In addition to learning essential concepts in your first year, you will travel abroad and participate in an international consulting project. During your second year, you will develop leading-edge knowledge and practical skills in your concentration area through hands-on experiences in real business settings.  

Concentration options include cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource information systems, information systems and business analysis, and marketing. 

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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.

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

Additional Information

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 [email protected] or 518-956-8320.

Concentrations
Cybersecurity

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, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). 


Entrepreneurship

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 capita, 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
 

Finance 

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. 


Marketing 

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 innovative 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. 

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. 

MBA with JD Option

Earn your MBA and law degree in less time through UAlbany’s collaborative agreement with Albany Law School. These two respected graduate credentials will prepare you for a successful career as a corporate attorney, legal consultant, business advisor, or academic researcher. 

If you’re a first-year student at Albany Law School with a keen interest in the legal side of business, you’ll benefit by completing the 48-credit hour MBA program offered in collaboration with the University at Albany. 

In this rigorous full-time program, you’ll earn both your Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate in only four years. Since certain electives count toward requirements in each program, you can finish both degrees one year sooner than you would if you earned each consecutively.  


Career Paths 

The School of Business offers a wide variety of career services, and UAlbany MBA graduates with law degrees are frequently recruited by major accounting services firms, private corporations, and government agencies. 

Completing both the JD and MBA programs can significantly increase your lifetime income. Many law firms provide first-year associates holding an MBA/JD with special bonuses and higher second-year salaries. Receiving this education will also prepare you to take on high-profile leadership roles in nonprofits and public service agencies. 


MBA with JD Option Admissions Information 

You’re eligible to apply for admission to the MBA with JD Option program if you earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better and have been admitted to and completed the first year of the JD program at Albany Law School

Other admissions requirements include one letter of recommendation from an Albany Law School instructor, a professional resume, and a personal statement. Your GMAT requirement may be waived if you earned a high score on your LSAT. 

You must apply to and be accepted by both programs. Visit the Albany Law School Juris Doctor Program for curriculum and admissions requirements. 

How to Apply
Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

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


 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as space remains 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.
  • Official GMAT scores*

The GMAT will be waived as a requirement for admission to the MBA full time program until Fall 2023.

Available information for International Applicants.

Special Notes

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.   

Full-Time 1-Year MBA

The accelerated MBA track is the fastest path to your career goals. If you earned your bachelor's degree in Business Administration from an AACSB accredited institution with at least a 3.6 overall GPA and a minimum of a 3.3 GPA in required business courses, you’re eligible for the Full-Time 1-Year MBA track at UAlbany.

You’ll build on fundamental business concepts and conduct career-focused research in your choice of concentration. In addition, you will gain practical skills through hands-on experiences in real business settings.

Concentration options include cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource information systems, information systems and business analysis, and marketing.

Program of Study

Required Courses

  • Global Strategic Management Course
  • Concentration Courses
  • Research Project in your area of concentration
  • Three supporting 600-level business courses outside of your concentration area
  • Field experience course or graduate research project in your area of concentration

Additional Information

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 [email protected] or 518-956-8320.

Concentrations
Cybersecurity

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). 


Entrepreneurship

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
 

Finance

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. 


Marketing 

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 innovative 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.

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. 

How to Apply
Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

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


 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as space remains available.

Required Application Materials
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  • Applicants apply for admission into one of six MBA Concentrations 
    • Cyber Security, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), Information Systems and Business Analytics (ISBA), and Marketing 
    • Preference will be given to those who have focused on the area of proposed concentration in their undergraduate program of study 
  • Transcripts from all schools attended  
    • A 3.6 or higher undergraduate GPA and a minimum grade of B+/3.3 in all required business major courses  
  • Three letters of recommendation 
    • Minimum of two academic references are required 
  • Resume 
  • Statement of goals 
    • The statement is 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. 
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Part-Time Evening MBA 

The UAlbany Part-Time Evening MBA provides busy professionals the flexibility and support required to make it all work. Stay on track with your life – and your career – while securing a future of greater opportunity and advancement. 

You can complete the Evening MBA program in three years by taking graduate business classes just two nights per week. This convenient schedule allows you to keep earning a living while you earn your degree. 

During your last year, you’ll choose electives in various subjects or pursue a prescribed elective in finance, management, marketing, cybersecurity, new venture development, or information systems and business analytics. 

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Program of Study

If you’ve already taken certain business classes, up to ten credits may be waived to help you finish sooner.

First Year

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Economic Analysis
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Human Resources Management
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Advanced Excel
  • Database Management
  • Presentation Skills

Second Year

  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Strategic Management
  • International Business
  • Elective

Third Year

  • Three Electives
  • Research Project
  • Additional Information

    See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

    For more information, please contact Jennifer North at [email protected] or 518-956-8370.

    Elective Tracks

    Marketing 
    Focus on services marketing and learn how to conduct market research and apply consumer behavior concepts to marketing strategy, social media marketing, B2B marketing, and sales management and performance analysis. 

    Two of the following:  

    • Services Marketing 
    • Advanced Concepts in Food Marketing 
    • Digital Marketing 
    • Selected Topics in Marketing  

    Required: Research Project in Marketing 
     

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

    Two of the following:  

    • The Fixed Income Securities Market 
    • Private Equity and Venture Capital 
    • Corporate Financial Problems 

    Required: Finance Research Project 
     

    Management 
    Learn how to influence and lead change management initiatives. 

    Understand the distinct types and methods of organizational change and learn how it can affect employees, functional units and business performance. 

    Two of the following:  

    • Leadership and Managerial Skills 
    • Change Management 
    • Creativity and Entrepreneurship 
       

    Required: Management Research Project 
     

    Information Systems and Business Analytics 
    Gain skills in database management and business intelligence that you can use to support decision making, solve problems and improve business operations. Courses cover common asset management and analytics applications. 

    Two of the following:   

    • Business Dynamics: Simulation Modeling for Decision-Making 
    • Foundations of Data Management and Business Analytics for Managers 
    • Topics in Business Analytics and for Managers 
    • Project Management 

    Required: Information Systems and Business Analytics Research Project 
     

    New Venture Development 
    Want to work for a young company, launch your own business, or provide services for start-ups? Learn how to assess opportunities, write a business plan, create goals and strategies, seek funding and manage new businesses. 

    Two of the following: 

    • Creativity and Entrepreneurship 
    • Private Equity and Venture Capital 
    • Advanced Concepts in Food Marketing 
    • Project Management  

    Required: Management Research Project 
     

    Cybersecurity 
    Help prevent computer network and digital data security breaches by learning how to identify information system vulnerabilities, recognize threats, mitigate risks, respond to incidents and protect data from cyber-attacks.  

    Required: 

    • Information Security Risk Assessment 
    • Introduction to Information and Cybersecurity 
    • Cybersecurity Research Project 
       
    How to Apply
    Admission Deadlines
    • Fall: August 1
    • Spring: December 1
    • Summer: May 1

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as space remains available.

    There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

    Required Application Materials
    • Resume (3 years of post-baccalaureate full-time work experience required)
    • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
    • Official GMAT scores (or equivalent graduate test score. GRE, LSAT, etc.)*
      • Test score waivers available: See note below
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • 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.

    *The GMAT will be waived as a requirement for admission to the MBA Part-Time program for Fall 2022 applicants.

    GMAT Waiver Requirements
    • 3.6+ undergraduate GPA and required 3 years of work experience
    • 3.2+ undergraduate GPA and 5+ years of full-time work experience
    • Non degree study path
      • Apply to the program as a non-degree seeking student
        • Requires Resume and Transcripts only
      • Take 9-12 program credits and achieve a GPA Of 3.3 or better to waive the GMAT on your degree application.

    To request a waiver, simply include a brief statement in your application.

    Part-Time Weekend MBA 

    Experienced professionals seeking career advancement enroll in UAlbany's Part-Time MBA track tailored explicitly for executives. You will deepen your knowledge of best practices, learn new tools and technologies, and expand your business network. 

    As part of a small cohort of students, you will earn your MBA in just 21 months. Classes are held every other Friday-Saturday in the Executive Education Center, housed in the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, 5 Computer Drive South in Colonie, NY. 

    Note: To enroll in this MBA program, you must commit to attending all weekend classes and participate in the summer international trip. 

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    Program of Study

    The Part-Time MBA track geared for executives covers critical business concepts in finance, accounting, marketing, operations, organizational behavior, human resources management, information technology and strategy. It also includes a week-long visit to another country to examine global business practices. Because this is a cohort-based program, course waivers are usually not permitted.

    Foundation Courses

    • Presentation Skills
    • Accounting for Managers
    • Economic Analysis
    • Quantitative Analysis
    • Organizational Behavior

    Functional Areas of Business

    • Financial Management
    • Operations Management
    • Information Technology Management
    • Human Resources Management
    • Marketing Management

    Integrated Concepts

    • International Business
    • Strategic Management
    • Data Management for Organizational Success

    International Business Trip (Required)

    Travel abroad with your cohort to learn global business practices.

    Electives

    A variety of courses are offered each year, based on student interests and topical business relevance.

    Graduate Research Project

    Complete an applied business research project in one of the core areas of business.

    Additional Information

    See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

    For more information, contact Don Purdy at 518-956-8381 or [email protected].

    International Business Education

    During the summer between your first and second years in the program, you will travel on a week-long, structured international trip with your cohort.  

    The trip will expose you to trade regulations and business practices at work in global commerce, international financial markets, and the exchange of goods and services within one or more nations.  

    Each cohort travels to different destinations, but all visit large cities that directly impact certain regional and global industries and economies. 

    Recent cohorts have traveled to: India, Ireland, Germany, Hungary and China. 

    Value Leading Executive-Level MBA in New York State

    Unlike similar programs at other business schools, our part-time MBA tailored for executives represents an outstanding return on investment. The program fee covers the costs of all the following: 

    • Tuition 
    • Textbooks and course materials 
    • Administrative support services 
    • Catered Friday dinners 
    • Catered Saturday lunches 
    • Snacks and assorted hot and cold beverages 
    • Campus parking 
    • International travel and lodging 
    How to Apply
    Deadlines
    • Fall: August 1
    • Spring: Not Available
    • Summer: Not Available

    There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

    Required Application Materials
    • Transcripts from all schools attended
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Resume
    • Statement of Goals
      The statement will be one or two pages long. It should discuss what value you will add to your cohort and how you plan to leverage the program in your career progression. It should include a brief description of your field of interest, related background, and career goals.
    • GMAT or Executive Assessment Score*
      A waiver is available when there is evidence of professional accomplishments. Another instance of waiver is when you have earned a bachelor's degree from an AACSB-accredited institution with:
      • a GPA of 3.6 or higher and three years of business experience or
      • a GPA of 3.3 and five years of business experience or
      • a GPA of 3.0 and seven years of business experience or
      • at least ten years of full-time work experience or
      • at least five years of professional experience and a graduate degree from an accredited university or
      • a terminal degree from an accredited university or
      • an LSAT or GRE score equivalent to a GMAT score of 550 or better

    The GMAT will be waived as a requirement for admission to the MBA Part-Time program for Fall 2022 applicants.

    Career Services 

    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, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers). 

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    "[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

    Student Learning Objectives

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

    Full-Time MBA Tracks
    • 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.
    Part-Time MBA Tracks
    • 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 communication and  leadership skills in a team or organizational setting.