Become a business leader with a wide range of skills in key areas including critical decision-making, teamwork, data analysis, and computation.
Coursework in business and management emphasizes fundamental skills in finance, marketing, human behavior, computing, information technology, and more. Quantitative analysis skills are strengthened through core courses in strategy, statistics, mathematics, and science.
Choose to specialize in one or more concentrations to gain knowledge in specific areas of business.
The entrepreneurship concentration focuses on the process through which innovative ideas are converted to new products and businesses. These courses will prepare students to think creatively, solve business problems, and convert ideas into solutions for the marketplace. Students also gain planning and project management skills that are useful in start-ups and established firms alike.
The finance concentration provides a strong foundation in the concepts of risk and returns, asset allocation, portfolio management, bond and stock valuation, investment decision-making, capital budgeting, derivatives, and risk management. This concentration offers an excellent opportunity for students to prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst exam.
The management information systems concentration focuses on the use of information technology for value creation in new and established firms. It provides students with the perspectives and skills to understand the role of IT in organizations, identify opportunities for IT-enabled business innovations, and design, develop, and deliver the technology infrastructures that enable firms to effectively use IT for value creation.
The marketing concentration provides students with an understanding of what customers want and how to effectively offer products and services to meet this demand. Marketing activities, including product research and concept testing, are explored. Students learn how businesses need marketing to reach and serve customers in order to successfully achieve their goals or mission.
The supply chain management concentration focuses on the design and management of supply chains in the 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.
Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business and management enter the workforce with relevant experience. All students enrolled in the program complete an internship to enrich the classroom experience and frequently engage with business operators as part of regular coursework.
Lally Management Student Association
Improves the education, quality of life, and performance of Lally students.
Women in Business
Provides a social networking platform for women to improve their professional, social, and personal skills
Epsilon Delta Sigma Management Honor Society
Recognizes significant academic achievement in Lally.
Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
Recognizes and honors top-performing students.
Student Spotlight: Shivani Patel ’22
A business and management major concentrating in business analytics and management information systems, Shivani Patel serves as vice president of the Women in Business club and a student mentor in the Women’s Mentoring Program. Patel and her sister won third place at the eighth annual Stanley M. Grossman Innovators Invitational for Asha, an application they pitched to connect immigrant children with the professionals they need to gain access to critical resources. “I was very excited to represent Rensselaer in this competition, and I am so passionate about the development of this project,” said Patel. In 2021, she was also awarded the Zonta International Foundation Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. The award is given to a maximum of 32 women nationally each year.
The bachelor’s degree in business and management prepares students for:
- Careers with major consulting and tech firms.
- Careers in project management, product management, and finance.
- Graduate studies in MBA programs and other specialized business fields.
Companies that have hired our graduates include Amazon, Boeing, Bloomberg, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Facebook, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, and more. Lally graduates also often launch their own businesses with colleagues they meet across campus disciplines.