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Incoming Graduate Students

Congratulations on your acceptance!

Pre-Arrival Information

As you prepare for your arrival at Rensselaer, here are answers to some frequently asked questions, information on what to pack, a pre-arrival checklist, and a link to our events page. As more details become available, they will be shared with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for answers to questions frequently asked by Lally MBA/M.S. graduate students.



  • Confirm your admission status, click here.
  • Pay $500 deposit on your application portal page, click here.
  • International Student VISA process, click here
  • Find housing.
  • Arrange for travel to Troy, New York. The closest airport to Rensselaer is Albany International Airport. 
  • Send your recommenders and mentors a thank-you note and let them know you are attending Lally.
  • Check on cell phone service, banking, and change of address.
  • See the resource section below for prep work on your MBA or M.S. program.
  • Complete required health forms, click here.


Program Specific

M.S. in Business Analytics:

  • In preparation for the M.S. in Business Analytics program, please brush up on your math background, especially Linear Algebra. Find supporting material at: Khan Academy or Coursera
  • R, Python, and SQL will be introduced in the Fall semester, but if you get a head start you can reduce some of the load and focus on other aspects of the courses. Find supporting material at: YouTube and Code School.
  • Excel is still one of the most widely used tools and will be used in our program as well. The “Exploring Microsoft Office/Excel” series from Prentice Hall publishers is great to get you up to speed on Excel basics. For more information: Pearson (books for older Excel versions also exist).
  • Note: If you have a Mac computer please be aware that not all software packages run on Macs, and software versions may have different functionality on PCs and Macs. In our courses we assume people are using a PC. Mac users are expected to adjust to the software used in class.

M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics:

  • In preparation for the M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics program, please brush up on your quantitative background, including multivariate calculus, linear algebra, partial differential equations, numerical analysis, statistics, and probability. For supporting material: websites like Khan Academy or Coursera.

R will be introduced in your financial computation and financial simulation courses, but if you get a head start you can reduce some of the load and focus on other aspects of the courses. Find supporting material at: YouTube and Code School. Meanwhile, Python will be introduced in some selected courses and it is a commonly used program language in the financial industry. It is highly recommended that you get familiar with Python.

  • Excel is still one of the most widely used tools and will be used in our program. The “Exploring Microsoft Office/Excel” series from Prentice Hall publishers is great to get you up to speed on Excel basics. For the most recent version, click here. (Books for older Excel versions also exist.) 
  • QFRA students should have good understanding of economics (both micro and macro-economic), finance, and investments. Economic topics include resource allocation, price determination, monetary and fiscal policy. Finance topics include time value of money, project evaluation, capital structure, corporate governance, and markets for financial assets and the structure of yields. Investment topics include sources of and demand for investment capital, operations of security markets, determination of investment policy, and procedures for analysis of securities. You can read any entry-level economic, finance, and investment books if you have no such background.
  • QFRA students should be excellent in writing, speaking, and presentation skills (in English). YouTube has many free videos about how to improve your English skills. Please use the summer to practice your English as much as you can.


M.S. in Supply Chain Management: 

  • In preparation for the M.S. in Supply Chain Management program, please brush up on your basic statistics and analytical modeling background. You can use websites such as Khan Academy or Coursera to find supporting material on basic statistics. You can brush up the basic operations research you might have done in your undergraduate. 
  • It would also be useful to get oriented towards supply chain management as a profession and the career paths available. Check out the APICS website for this.

M.S. in Technology, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship:

  • In preparation for the M.S. in Technology, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship program, please read about and familiarize yourself with emerging technologies such as CRISPR, AI, robots, nanotechnology, internet of things, neuro-enhancements, genetically modified organisms, designer babies, reproductive technologies, transplants, synthetic biotechnology. Use the popular press like The New York TimesWall Street JournalEconomistFinancial Times, etc., as introductory material. 
  • Additionally, it would be good to consider reading "The Innovators" by Walter Issacson. 



Academic Calendar Fall 2020 – Summer 2021

Steps for Career Success

Maximize your career success at Lally and accomplish the following before you arrive:


Once on campus, be intentional and consistent to reach your career goals at Lally by making time to pursue these opportunities with purpose:

  • Identify the internship and full-time opportunities that you wish to pursue, Be sure to utilize JobLink to find new opportunities, including company events on campus.
  • Attend Career and Professional Development workshops, events and employer information sessions. Meet industry experts via alumni/ae networking opportunities, guest speaker events and career day trips.
  • Join the Lally Mentoring Program to connect yourself with a mentor. Go here to learn more. 
  • Regularly use and check your e-mail address; this is very important so you do not miss an amazing opportunity!
  • Please look for e-mails from Tammy C. Fritze ( and


Lally Summer Webinar Series

The Lally Summer Webinar Series will introduce you to the various student centers that Lally has to offer. These centers of excellence will help you enhance your profiles beyond the classroom. Please register for any or all webinars that interest you here.


Lally MBA and M.S. incoming graduate students are encouraged to register for a two-day graduate school orientation, August 26-27, designed to welcome you to the Lally community. 

International Student Arrivals

Visit the International Services for Students and Scholars website and read the section “Before You Arrive" for useful information to ease your transition to Rensselaer. We suggest that you arrive before August 19, 2019. Below are some important dates:

August 15: Electronic check-in sent via Rensselaer email. Set up your Rensselaer email before mid-August and check it regularly for this information

August 19: International Graduate Student Orientation

August 23: New Graduate Student Orientation

August 26-27: Lally School Graduate Orientation

August 29: Classes begin

Packing List

Lally Graduate Orientation

August 26-27: A two-day orientation that includes an assortment of information sessions, both programmatic and extracurricular, to help you transition smoothly to business school.

Lally Graduate Student Information Form

Each Lally School graduate student is expected to fill out a student information form at the beginning of the program. 

To complete the form, click here. 



Program Curriculum and Hours

Learn more about the academic curriculum and class hours for the Lally graduate programs. During the program-specific orientation session, your program director/adviser will describe program expectations, answer questions about elective selection,  communicate contact information, and provide information on when and how to schedule advising meetings.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Science in Business Analytics (BSAN)

Master of Science in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics (QFRA)

Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (SPCM)

Master of Science in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (TC&E)


Utilize the key resources and guidelines below to help you navigate your graduate student experience.