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Master of Business Administration 

MBA Part-Time Weekend

Program of Study

The Part-Time MBA program 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.


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

 

For more information, contact Don Purdy at 518-956-8381 or dpurdy@albany.edu.

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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.

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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 of 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
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Common Questions about the Part-Time MBA Program
How much experience do I need to apply for admission?

The MBA tailored for executives is best suited for professionals with over eight years of work experience. However, motivated students with at least three-five years of work experience may also apply to the program.

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

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

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

Do MBA students hold similar jobs or have similar career goals?

No. MBA 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 increase their level of knowledge and skills to advance their career.

Where do most MBA program students live?

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

However, working professionals from across New York and surrounding states also enroll. If you commute from out of town, you’ll receive special discounted rates at certain local hotels alternate weekends when classes meet. 

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Career Services

Most students in the Part-Time MBA program are working toward being promoted, finding new career opportunities, increasing their earning potential, or launching a business idea. 

The School of Business offers a variety of career services to help you achieve your professional goals. Receive expert guidance on fine-tuning your resume, optimizing your LinkedIn profile, and being prepared to take advantage of the next step in your career progression.

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"UAlbany’s Part-Time 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 MBA program for executives will find it as rewarding as I did."

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

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Admissions Requirements
Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

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


 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

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

 

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

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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, information technology management, and operations management
  • Analyze and report the impact of change on the strategy of an organization
  • Understand the ethical, sustainability and corporate governance issues faced by managers within functional areas and propose solutions
  • Apply analytic skills to solve business challenges
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective communication and  leadership skills in a team or organizational setting