Apr 18, 2021  
Rensselaer Catalog 2012-2013 
Rensselaer Catalog 2012-2013 [Archived Catalog]

Master of Business Administration

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The MBA is the Lally School’s premier program and offers students both depth and breadth in management education with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. The focus on “innovation” is concerned with organizational, financial, and technological innovation, while the emphasis on “entrepreneurship” involves both individually-driven new start-ups and the launch of new businesses within larger corporations.

The curriculum provides a strong grounding in managerial fundamentals while highlighting the strategic role that technology plays in enhancing business performance and creating sustainable competitive advantage. 

In addition, it includes a non-pay community service (Practicum) course in the Spring semester in which students use training in service and process innovation to help solve local community problems.  Individual faculty will supervise teams of students who work with local agencies and small business start-ups.  Projects come from faculty in conjunction with local organizations, agencies and businesses.

If they choose, students can complete the 45-credit hour MBA in one year from September to August.  The MBA includes 11 required courses (33 CREDITS) and four electives (12 CREDITS) for a total of 45 credits.  Students who would like more depth in a concentration have the option to stay for a fourth semester (60 CREDITS).

The infusion of innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit begins prior to the start of official classes with a special week-long orientation program called “Heroes, Leaders, and Innovators.” The program immerses new students in the examination of the key characteristics of successful business leaders; the experience and behaviors of these leaders from both inside and outside of the business world is done through case studies, laboratory simulations, and classroom exchanges.

Throughout the remainder of the MBA curriculum, students are exposed to the cutting-edge methods and strategies that corporations deploy to create and capture value in today’s global economy. The program also provides ample opportunity for professional development by developing such skills in business communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, and team building.


  • Elective


Below are concentrations and relevant courses. A concentration consists of four elective courses. The concentrations and courses are suggested for students who are interested in these areas:

Business Analytics

  •  ISYE 6961 - Optimization Algorithms and Applications Credit Hours: 3

Technological Entrepreneurship

Students following the technological entrepreneurship concentration may elect two paths: entrepreneurship for start ups or corporate entrepreneurship.  The former focuses on founding a brand new business entity, whereas the latter focuses on creating new growth platforms based on technological innovation within established companies. Both require entrepreneurial behavior.

All students in the Technological Entrepreneurship concentration should take:

Start-Up Option

Then, students wishing to pursue the start up path can elect 2 courses from the following list:

Corporate Entrepreneurship Option

Students wishing to pursue the corporate entrepreneurship option can elect 2 courses from the following list:

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