Full-Time MBA Program Overview

University at Albany’s School of Business offers the Full-Time MBA program for college graduates who seek an understanding of and entrée into the world of business. If you recently earned your baccalaureate degree and want to continue your studies and enhance your knowledge before entering the workplace, or have been in the workplace and want to make a career change, this is the right MBA program for you.

As a full-time MBA student, you will:
  • Enjoy the benefits of study with a small cohort of students, with small class sizes and close working relationships between students and faculty.
  • Receive plenty of guidance and individualized attention from the program director, a guidance counselor, your professors, and our career services staff.
  • Gain a well-rounded foundation in the essential competencies of business administration: finance, accounting, marketing, operations, human resource management, information technology, and business ethics.  
  • Work closely with committed faculty who are deeply involved in groundbreaking research and in the trade societies in their fields.
  • Experience G3: Going Green Globally, where you will team with experienced executives and UAlbany faculty to generate sustainability-themed solutions for the global business environment
  • Have access to our vital global network of alumni and business partners for internships, special projects, and job placement.
  • Earn a degree from one of only three universities in New York, and only 260 in the world, to hold dual AACSB accreditation. Our MBA programs are also consistently top-ranked by The Princeton Review.

You will graduate ready to build an exciting career in the fast-changing global business market.


Full-time MBA students can also choose to undertake one of six concentrations:

  • Cyber Security. Companies  are dependent on information and communication technologies to drive critical  business functions as well as to get connected with their customers, employees,  and partners. While the Internet has provided global connectivity to firms, it  has exposed them to external threats The Cyber Security concentration is  designed to train the next generation of professionals to understand the  vulnerabilities in information systems available to cyber attackers, analyze  risks, and select controls to mitigate risks.
  • Entrepreneurship. Can you learn to think and behave like an entrepreneur?  Whether you want to launch your own venture, or work for an entrepreneurial firm, in this concentration you will develop the entrepreneurial mindset vital for the transition to entrepreneurship throughout the course of your career.
  • Finance. Over the past decade, alternative financial investments have entered the mainstream. The UAlbany MBA concentration in Finance prepares students for positions in alternative investment analysis of commodities, hedge funds, private equity, real assets and structures product. With our rigorous training in financial theory and case assignments, the Finance concentration is designed to give students the tools to become leading participants in the modern world of Finance.
  • Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS). One of the biggest challenges facing companies today is sourcing, developing, and managing human capital -- the lifeblood of the future of every enterprise. The courses required for our HRIS concentration place special emphasis on the information systems and is a specialty at the heart of all programs in University at Albany’s School of Business. Training in HRIS will equip you to assume key roles in this vital field. For more information, you can contact the MBA-HRIS Program Director, Professor Richard Johnson by calling (518) 956-8371.
  • Information Systems Business Analytics.  While every MBA student at the University at Albany School of Business gains a thorough understanding of the role of information systems in the successful enterprise, students can also choose to take more high-level courses to graduate with a concentration in Information Technology Management (ITM). The combination of business administration and ITM training prepares students to assume essential roles in their companies.
  • Marketing. The UAlbany MBA Marketing concentration offers a focus on service marketing that recognizes the distinct differences between service and conventional marketing. According to the Department of Labor, the United States is the largest service economy with over 95% of the job growth between 2008 and 2018 expected to be in the service-producing section. The focus of the Marketing concentration will be to build upon the characteristics of services and emerging trends, and allow students to focus on marketing practices better suited for the service industries.

How to Proceed

The Learn More About links on this page will guide you through the details of our Full-time MBA Program. Learn more about the concentrations available within the program. Get more details by attending an information session. After you’ve looked things over, please visit our Admissions instruction page , for guidance on the process and links to the University at Albany Graduate Admissions website.