Master of Business Administration

An MBA that meets the needs of a business world driven by technology, innovation, and sophisticated analysis

A new kind of business leader is needed: One who knows that global challenges require technological solutions, and who can bridge the gap between the lab bench and the market. This new kind of manager not only understands finance, marketing, accounting and operations, but also knows how to translate business necessities to engineers, scientists and technologists in language they understand.

The Lally School MBA will bring new experiences that get students up close and personal with a range of business leaders — from technology executives and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley to business and government leaders in Washington, D.C. Check out this video from the Lally MBA Managing On the Edge Class in Washington, D.C. 

Available in two formats:

  • Traditional two-year, 60-credit MBA experience with summer available for an internship experience. Designed for younger students or mature professionals in technical fields seeking to pivot into management.
  • Accelerated one-year, 45-credit MBA with the same core curriculum as the traditional MBA, with room for four elective courses. This program is designed for experienced professionals who are building their career within their field.

Curriculum & Courses

The Lally MBA combines a classic business foundation with innovative and ever-changing curriculum to produce graduates who meet the needs of growing technology markets and become dynamic industry leaders.

The MBA includes 11 required Core Courses (33 credits) and four Electives (12 credits) for a total of 45 credits. Students who would like more depth in a concentration have the option to stay for a fourth semester (60 credits).

See sample plan of study

Semester 1

  • Heroes, Leaders, and Innovators (non-credit)
  • Professional Development Workshop I (non-credit)
  • Talent Management
  • Statistics for Managerial Decision Making
  • Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing I
  • Economics and Institutions
  • Accounting for Reporting and Control

Semester 2

  • Professional Development Workshop II (non-credit)
  • Financial Management I
  • Information Systems for Management
  • Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing II
  • Elective
  • Elective

Semester 3

  • Professional Development Workshop III (non-credit)
  • Business Implications of Emerging Technologies
  • Practicum in Management
  • Strategy, Technology and Competition
  • Elective
  • Elective

Optional Summer Internship

Optional Semester 4 of Additional Electives

See program length options for Accelerated 1 year MBA

  • 12 months (including the summer term).
  • 17 months (if summer internship is incorporated).
  • Option to slow the pace to four courses per semester to allow for other activities.

See Program Length Options for Traditional 2 Year MBA

  • 22 months (including summer internship; August start, May graduation).
  • 17 months (four continuous semesters including summer; August start, December graduation).

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.