Oct 20, 2019  
Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 
Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 [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 technology management. The focus on “innovation” is concerned with business model, product, process, organizational, financial, and technological innovation, in new start-ups and within larger organizations. The focus on technology management means the development and/or adoption of new technologies, processes, and methods for solving business problems, making decisions, and creating business opportunities.

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 consulting experience (Practicum) course in the final semester in which students apply their learning in technology and innovation to help solve a local organization’s problems. Individual faculty supervise teams of students who work with large companies, local agencies, and small business start-ups.

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 is highlighted in a one day seminar called “Heroes, Leaders, and Innovators.” This session exposes new students to the key characteristics, experience, and behaviors of successful business leaders.

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 a professional development workshop series that focuses on skill building in business communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, team building and self-awareness, following a framework of “leadership, followership, and membership in a professional community”. The Professional Development workshop series culminates in a spring break trip to a region of the United States known as a hotbed of technological innovation.

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • communicate effectively in written form.
  • communicate effectively in presentations.
  • communicate effectively in teams.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the importance of behaving ethically.
  • demonstrate knowledge of how to manage in a global environment.
  • utilize strong analytical skills.
  • manage innovation.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the functional area of Accounting.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the functional management area of Talent Management.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the functional area of Economics.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the functional area of Marketing.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the functional area of Operations.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the functional area of Finance.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the functional area of Strategy.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the functional area of Information Technology.


  • Elective

Concentrations in the Master of Business Administration Program

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

Required Course:

  • MGMT 6963 - Technology Fundamentals for Business Analytics Credit Hours: 3

Choose three (3) from the following:


Students can elect one of two options: Investments or Corporate Finance. All students must take MGMT 6430 and then elect three courses from one of the options below.

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:

Corporate Entrepreneurship Option

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

Start-Up Option

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

MBA/M.S. Dual Degree Programs

MBA/M.S. Business Analytics

MBA/M.S. Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics

Second Year Spring

MBA/M.S. Supply Chain Management

MBA/M.S. Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

First Year Fall

First Year Spring

Second Year Spring

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