Jul 17, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025 
Rensselaer Catalog 2024-2025

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

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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.  The four electives can be customized to complete one of the following tracks: business analytics, finance, information systems, marketing, supply chain management, or technological entrepreneurship.

Another pathway is the MBA with a life sciences entrepreneurship concentration, a 46-credit program. This coursework leads to a pathway of four advanced core courses. This framework will provide the student with in-depth knowledge and expertise to become a leader in the industry.

Throughout 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”.

Outcomes of the Graduate Curriculum

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • communicate effectively in written form.
  • communicate effectively in verbal form (e.g. presentations).
  • communicate effectively in teams.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the importance of behaving ethically in business.
  • demonstrate knowledge of how to manage in a global environment.
  • demonstrate ability to utilize strong analytical skills.
  • demonstrate knowledge managing 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


Required Professional Development and Career Workshops


MBA Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Concentration


12 credits

Chose from the evolving list of the courses below. A track consists of a 12-credit group of related courses in the specified discipline. Tracks aid students in developing a depth of expertise and marketing themselves to employers. Students not wishing to pursue a track may choose 12 credits from any of the available elective offerings.

Business Analytics

Required course:


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 tracks below. Students may elect instead to draw from both tracks if that suits their academic and career objectives.

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. Students may elect instead to draw from both tracks if that suits their academic and career objectives.

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