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

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In addition, the MBA 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 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.

MBA students must choose 12-credits of electives (four courses). You may choose any of the courses below. Alternatively you may choose one or more electives from other Rensselaer schools. Students are encouraged to contact the faculty advisor listed with each area for more information and guidance.

A concentration consists of four courses. Students who want a specific concentration use their electives to fulfill its course requirements. Course descriptions can be found in the online catalog.

Note: Concentration course options may change due to scheduling constraints and/or faculty availability.

Business Analytics

MBA Business Analytics
MBA Business AnalyticsPlan of Study

The business analytics concentration, like a major, focuses on using information to develop business insights and influence decision-making in organizations. This 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 in data and model driven decision-making in domains such as marketing, supply chain management, healthcare, and finance.

ISYE 6180 – Knowledge Discovery with Data Mining
ISYE 6870 – Introduction to Neural Networks
ISYE 6xxx – Optimization, Algorithms, and Applications
MGMT 6720 – Internet Marketing
MGMT 69xx – Technology Fundamentals for Business Analytics (required for concentration)

Contact: Professor T. Ravichandran | 518.276.2035 | ravit@rpi.edu

 

Finance

MBA Finance
MBA FinancePlan of Study

The Finance elective set prepares students for a career path in corporate finance and for careers in financial services. The special finance challenges in high-tech industries are explored as well as the impact of technology on financial markets and the financial manager in modern corporations. Students following the finance concentration may elect two paths: investments or corporate finance. The investments option focuses on financial markets and securities, including stocks, bonds, and derivatives.  Students taking this option learn about decision making such as portfolio choices, making markets in securities and analyzing non-standard forms of investments.  The corporate finance option should be pursued by students who are interested in working and making decisions within firms.  This option deals with financing and investment (real and financial) decisions within business entities such as corporations, sole proprietorship, partnerships or a limited liability corporation.

All students in the finance concentration must take:
MGMT 6430 - Financial Statement Analysis

Investments Option

Students wishing to pursue the investments path can elect three (3) courses from the following list:
MGMT 6240 – Financial Trading and Investing
MGMT 6370 – Options, Futures, and Derivatives Markets
MGMT 6410 – Investments I
MGMT 6961 – Investments II

Corporate Finance Option

Students wishing to pursue the corporate finance option can elect three (3) courses from the following list:
MGMT 6030 – Financial Management II
MGMT 6360 – International Finance
MGMT 6370 – Options, Futures, and Derivatives Markets
MGMT 6380 – Advanced Corporate Finance

Contact: Professor Bill Francis | 518.276.3908 | francb@rpi.edu

 

Management Information Systems

MBA MIS
MBA MISPlan of Study

The MIS concentration, like a major, focuses on the use of information technology for value creation in new and established firms. This concentration equips students with the perspectives and skills to understand the role of IT in organizations, to identify opportunities for IT-enabled business innovations, and to design, develop, and deliver the technology infrastructures that enable firms to effectively use IT for value creation.

The MIS concentration courses adopt an interdisciplinary approach that integrates technical concepts with business 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. They also develop critical proficiency in areas such as project management and team-based development.

MGMT 4170 – Data Resource Management
MGMT 6080 – Networks, Innovation, and Value Creation
MGMT 6170 – Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
MGMT 6720 – Internet Marketing
MGMT 6XXX – Enterprise IT Integration
MGMT 6XXX – IT Project Management

Contact: Professor T. Ravichandran | 518.276.2035 | ravit@rpi.edu

 

Marketing - New Product Development

MBA Marketing - New Product Development
MBA Marketing - New Product DevelopmentPlan of Study

This elective set is available to students interested in a career path in new product development or in marketing and product management, and is geared toward the special challenges associated with developing and marketing high-tech products.  Students focus their attention on understanding the links between a product's design and the manufacturing and selling/marketing efforts necessary for achieving successful product/market development, commercialization, and management throughout the life cycle.

Students are required to choose four (4) of the following courses:
MGMT 4460 – Consumer Behavior and Product Design
MGMT 6530 – Making Business Happen
MGMT 6540 – Marketing Communications and Branding Strategy
MGMT 6550 – Marketing Research
MGMT 6580 – Marketing High-Tech Products
MGMT 6590 – Commercializing Advanced Technologies
MGMT 6600 – R&D Management
MGMT 6690 – Negotiations
MGMT 6720 – Internet Marketing

Contact: Professor T. Ravichandran | 518.276.2035 | ravit@rpi.edu

 

Supply Chain Management

MBA Supply Chain Management
MBA Supply Chain ManagementPlan of Study

The supply chain management concentration, like a major, focuses on the design and management of supply chains in manufacturing and service industries. This concentration equips students with the 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.

ISYE 6xxx – Optimization, Algorithms, and Applications
ISYE 6600 – Design of Manufacturing System Supply Chains
MGMT 4100 – Quantitative Methods for Business
MGMT 6xxx – Enterprise IT Integration
MGMT 6080 – Networks, Innovation, and Value Creation
MGMT 6490 – Competitive Advantage and Operations Strategy

Contact: Professor T. Ravichandran | 518.276.2035 | ravit@rpi.edu

 

Technological Entrepreneurship

MBA Technological Entrepreneurship
MBA Technological EntrepreneurshipPlan of Study

The technological entrepreneurship elective set has been developed for students who have an interest in new venture creation in start-ups and established firms.

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:
MGMT 6620 – Principles of Technological Entrepreneurship
MGMT 6640 – Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Start-Up Option

Then, students wishing to pursue the start up path can elect two (2) courses from the following list:
MGMT 6260 – Entrepreneurial Finance
MGMT 6590 – Commercializing Advanced Technologies
MGMT 6630 – Starting Up A New Venture
MGMT 6670 – Practicum in Technological Entrepreneurship
MGMT 6810 – Management of Technical Projects
MGMT 69xx – Social Entrepreneurship

Corporate Entrepreneurship Option

Students wishing to pursue the corporate entrepreneurship option can elect two (2) courses from the following list:
MGMT 6530 – Making Business Happen
MGMT 6580 – Marketing High-Tech Products
MGMT 6590 – Commercializing Advanced Technologies
MGMT 6600 – Research and Development Management
MGMT 6700 – Corporate Entrepreneurship
MGMT 6810 – Management of Technical Projects
MGMT 69xx – Social Entrepreneurship
MGMT 7070 – Managing on the Edge

Contact: Professor Lois Peters | 518.276.2977 | peterl@rpi.edu

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