Business Administration, MBA

Meet the needs of a business world driven by technology, innovation, and sophisticated analysis.

#34 MBA Program in the U.S., TFE Times (2021)
Top 20 MBA Program in New York, University HQ (2021)
$78,333 Average Starting Salary

Program Overview

The MBA program combines a classic business foundation with an innovative and ever-changing curriculum to produce graduates who meet the needs of growing technology markets and become dynamic industry leaders. The program shapes business leaders who understand finance, marketing, accounting, and operations, and also know how to translate business necessities to engineers, scientists, and technologists in a language they understand.

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New Concentration

Life Sciences Entrepreneurship: The new MBA life sciences entrepreneurship (LSE) concentration is designed to facilitate commercialization in New York state by developing entrepreneurs with the mix of skills and expertise needed to successfully grow innovative life science startups into commercially viable enterprises. From the demands of regulatory approval to the time-intensive process of bringing a product or service to market, the program presents unique challenges as well as tremendous opportunities for our MBA students. The MBA LSE concentration is offered in partnership with the Schools of Engineering and Science at Rensselaer and with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. For additional information, view the curriculum or contact Brett Orzechowski, the MBA LSE program coordinator. 

Other Concentrations 

Business Analytics: Focuses on using information to develop business insights and influence decision-making in organizations. This concentration provides a strong foundation in analytical modeling and statistical methods, as well as skills in data management. It provides hands-on experience through industry projects in applying these skills to data and model-driven decision-making in domains such as marketing, supply chain management, healthcare, and finance.

Finance: Prepares students for careers in financial services. The impact of technology on financial markets and the financial manager in modern corporations are explored as well as the special finance challenges in high-tech industries. Students following the finance concentration may follow two paths: investments or corporate finance.

Management Information Systems: Adopts an interdisciplinary approach that integrates business concepts with technical concepts to enable students to develop the knowledge, perspectives, and skills needed for a career in information systems. Students develop the capability to understand business requirements and translate them into technology needs, and the skills to design and implement application systems, databases, and web-based systems.

Marketing: Provides students with the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the links between a product's design and manufacturing and the sales and marketing efforts necessary for achieving successful product development, commercialization, and management.

Supply Chain Management: Focuses on the design and management of supply chains in manufacturing and service industries. The concentration equips students with uniquely advanced perspectives and skills to design supply chains, develop strategies to optimize supply chain operations, and identify opportunities for deploying IT to create effective demand fulfillment capabilities in firms.

Technological Entrepreneurship: Developed for students who have an interest in new venture creation in start-ups and established firms. Students following the technological entrepreneurship concentration may follow two paths: entrepreneurship for start-ups or corporate entrepreneurship.

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Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Utilize strong analytical skills.
  • Manage innovation.
  • Communicate effectively in written form, presentations, and teams.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of:
    • the importance of behaving ethically.
    • how to manage in a global environment.
    • the functional area of accounting, talent management, economics, marketing, operations, finance, strategy, and information technology.

After Graduation

The MBA prepares students for a wide range of interdisciplinary roles in business development, product development, and technology and strategy consulting, as well as sales, marketing, and business leadership.

Companies that have hired our graduates include Ayco Company, Bristol Myers Squibb, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, General Dynamics, IBM, Pratt and Whitney, the U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal, and more.


Lally School of Management
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Pittsburgh Building, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 276-2812

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