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Core MBA Curriculum


The Lally MBA provides the foundational material that all accredited programs offer, while emphasizing the manager's approach to technology and innovation. Since innovation is interdisciplinary, so are a number of our core courses:

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Design, Manufacturing and Marketing I and II: A two-semester sequence that teaches the new product development process, from understanding the voice of the customer to designing products, manufacturing systems, financial systems, and market launch.  Learn the fundamentals of marketing, operations, and finance. And, in the process, develop a new business opportunity.

Business Implications of Emerging Technologies: Get an introduction to the latest technologies, in layman’s terms, that any manager interested in innovation management should know. Gain exposure to the national innovation systems of other countries, the skill of interviewing an inventor to be able to assess an opportunity, and how to conduct an assessment of an emerging technology.

Talent Management: Learn to work on teams in dynamic, virtual, and global environments.  This is especially important when technological innovation requires interdisciplinary teams that may or may not be located together. The frameworks, tools, and principles learned in this course are frequently used in the other team-based projects during the MBA program.

Economics and Institutions: This course teaches the structure of our financial system, and how capital is accessed and moved to create a supply of funds for a productive economy.

Accounting for Reporting and Control: Discover the basic vocabulary and set of principles and rules any organization uses to monitor its own financial health.

Information Systems for Management: Analyze the use of information and communications technology to improve a company's performance and achieve organizational goals. Examine information systems in sales, marketing, finance, and operations.

Statistics and Operations Management: Learn how to make decisions on the basis of data that may be available to a manager, and how to make inferences when data are scarce.

Financial Management I: Develop a working understanding of the major investment and financial decisions of a firm. Emphasis is placed upon identifying and solving the problems commonly faced by financial managers.

Strategy, Technology, and Competition: Hone skills in strategy formulation and implementation, and learn frameworks that will provide a sustained competitive advantage in technologically intensive environments.

Practicum in Management: Apply learned skills in a field project in entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, information systems, supply chain management, or any other problem local businesses may be facing. Projects are conducted in collaboration with companies in the Rensselaer Incubator Center, the Technology Park, and the Capital Region.

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