M.S. in Management

One of the most critical questions facing modern organizations is how to bridge the communication gap between technically trained people and business decision makers.

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Through courses that cover both sides of this divide—from business analytics and finance to talent management and operations strategy—the M.S. in Management program at the Lally School will prepare you for a transformative career at this critical intersection.

The M.S. in Management, ranked #4 in the United States by the TFE Times’ 2018 Best Masters of Management Program Rankings, is directed for students who want to increase the depth of their understanding of one or more functional areas in business. The program features intensive study for students from a variety of educational backgrounds who would like to enrich their understanding of the fundamentals of business. 

The program is designed for recent graduates and working professionals who want to be able to enter or re-enter the job market with sufficient knowledge of one or more functions to be considered a specialist. 



Curriculum & Courses

This one year, 30-credit program's specific requirements are developed for an individual student or a specialized audience.



Class Hours

Class Hours: Fall 2018Spring 2019

Concentrations & Electives

Lally concentrations and electives offer direct contact with business leaders, industry experts, scientists and engineers. Students have options to choose concentration electives, as well as more electives from other Rensselaer schools.

Business Analytics

The business analytics concentration 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.


The Finance concentration 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 elect two paths: investments or corporate finance.

Management Information Systems

The MIS concentration courses adopt 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 - New Product Development

The Marketing concentration 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

The unique supply chain management concentration focuses on the design and management of supply chains in manufacturing and service industries. Courses like Optimization, Algorithms, and Applications; Networks, Innovation, and Value Creation; and Competitive Advantage and Operations Strategy equip 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

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 choose between two paths: entrepreneurship for start-ups or corporate entrepreneurship.