MBA student talking with students about her poster project

Master of Business Administration 

Part-Time Weekend MBA

Program of Study

The EMBA program covers critical business concepts in finance, accounting, marketing, operations, organizational behavior and human resources management, management, and information technology, and includes a week-long residency in another country. 

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 how business is practiced in other countries.


Two Electives

Different courses are offered each year, based on student interests. 


Graduate Research Project

Complete a business thesis in finance, information technology, management, or marketing.



For more information contact Don Purdy at 518-956-8381 or


International Business Education

During the summer between your first and second years in the program, you’ll take a week-long, structured international trip with everyone in your cohort. 

This component of the EMBA program exposes 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: Chennai, India; Dublin, Ireland; Munich, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Beijing, China; Prague, Czech Republic; and other cities and countries around the world.

International business


Highest-Value EMBA in New York State

Unlike similar programs at other business schools, the price of this EMBA covers the costs of all of the following:

  • Tuition
  • Campus Parking Decals
  • Administrative Support Services
  • Textbooks and Course Materials
  • Catered Friday Evening Dinners
  • Catered Saturday Afternoon Lunches
  • Snacks and Assorted Hot and Cold Beverages
  • International Travel and Residency Expenses:
    • Airfare
    • Hotel, including breakfast and WiFi
    • Ground transportation
    • Some group meals
Business presentation


Common Questions about the EMBA Program
How much experience do I need to apply for admission?

Part-time executive MBA students are typically mid-career, and have about 5 to 10 years of work experience. However, motivated students with at least three years of work experience may also enter the program.

Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree in business?

You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, but it doesn’t have to be in business. Some students may come into the program having already earned another graduate degree. 

Mostly, your application must demonstrate your ability to reason, analyze, and communicate clearly.

Do EMBA students have similar jobs and career goals?

EMBA students work in a wide variety of roles and industries, and for all types of employers, including major corporations, state and federal government agencies, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. 

However, everyone in the program is motivated to up their level of knowledge and skills to advance their career.

Where do most EMBA students live?

Most students in the executive program cohort live in New York’s Capital Region (Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Rensselaer, and surrounding counties). 

However, students from across New York State and surrounding states also enroll. If you commute from out of town to attend your EMBA classes, you’ll receive special discounted rates at certain local hotels. 


Career Services for Part-Time MBA Students

Most students in the Weekend MBA Program are working toward promotion in their current workplace. Some are earning their master’s to gain the skills they need to start their own business, get a higher-paying job with another company, or move into an entirely new career field. 

The School of Business offers a variety of career services to help you achieve your professional goals. Learn how to update and improve your resume, write a polished cover letter that reflects your education and experience, and practice interviewing so you’re ready for the real thing.

In addition, you can easily connect with a wide variety of recruiters on campus who are hiring for positions with  regional, national, and international consulting firms, corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Business people making a deal

"UAlbany’s Weekend MBA fit perfectly with my busy schedule and allowed me to fulfill my goal of earning an advanced degree. The professors are highly knowledgeable and engaged, and the skills I gained continue to make me a better leader every day. Going through the program with a cohort of peers also deepened my learning experience and gave me a lifelong support system of colleagues and friends. I’m confident that everyone who completes this EMBA will find it as rewarding as I did."

- James Salengo '17 
Executive Director, Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp.

Admissions Requirements

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Not Available
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available
Required Application Materials

Official Transcripts
All Schools Attended

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.


Special Notes

 At least 3 years of full time work experience and a 3.0 GPA

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 communication and  leadership skills in a team or organizational setting.