School of Business


The School of Business offers the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), Master of Science in Taxation (MST), and Master of Business Administration (MBA) as well as a doctoral program in organizational studies and information science and policy, and a joint degree in nanoscale science and engineering. Other programs include internships, joint research, cross-registration with Albany Law School, 3-2 degrees with virtually all schools on campus, and cooperative programs with Universidad del Salvador Buenos Aires, Argentina. The strongest areas of study are accounting, information technology management, and human resource information systems. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus through a Distinguished Speaker Series, Alumni Speaker Series, Research Speaker Series, and ethics speakers.

Forty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 3 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Economic Analysis
  • Organizational Behavior and Managerial Skills
  • Statistics for Business Decisions
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Decision Systems
  • Presentation Skills

Required courses for the MSA include:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Theory of Financial Accounting I and II
  • Economics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Statistics for Business Decisions
  • Computer Applications
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Income Tax Accounting
  • Introduction to Cost Analysis

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements through work experience and by taking preliminary courses.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 4 semesters; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 6 semesters; maximum, 6 years.

There are 37 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 90% hold a doctorate; there are 33 part-time faculty, of whom 20% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 4; average business class size is 20.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 253; 124 were accepted; 90 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3; average GMAT score was 553. Transfers are not accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by offering minority fellowships and attending recruitment events for minority students.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall only. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $75, 3 letters of recommendation, and a resume. The application deadlines are March 1 for fall entry; November 1, spring; March 1, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is March. Once accepted, students may defer admission for 1 year with notification.

Financial Aid

About 72% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $10,600 annually; maximum $15,000. Stipends and programs are available for minority students in the form of graduate fellowships and assistantships. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. The application deadline is March 1 for fall entry.

Tuition for in-state residents is $296 per credit, or $7100 per year. Nonresidents pay $473 per credit, or $11,340 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $7700; books and supplies, $1020; personal expenses, $4500; and other fees, $1220, for an estimated annual total of $21,500 for in-state residents and $25,780 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available in apartment-style accommodations on campus and off campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Fifty-two percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 65% have had an average of 4 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from New York (81%). Forty-eight percent are women and 16% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 22 to 51. Thirteen percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 10% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 22%, social sciences; 20%, business; 15%, engineering; 15%, math and science; 13%, liberal arts; and 5%, economics. About 2% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 98% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 200 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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