The School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a 5-year program in accounting (BS/MBA). Other programs include internships for full-time students, work-study programs, and joint research with faculty. The strongest areas of study are human resource management, information systems, accounting, and finance. The most popular courses are Industrial Organization and Psychology, Collective Bargaining, Personnel Management, and Management Information Systems.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 15 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Organizational Management
- Management Information Systems
- International Business
- Managerial Finance
- Marketing Management
- Management Science I
- Management Policy
Required courses for the BS/MBA in accounting include:
- Nonprofit Accounting
- Taxation of Corporations, Estates, and Trusts
- Financial Accounting Theory
- Advanced Auditing
- Managerial Economics
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring up to 6 credits from another graduate program. Foundation courses may be waived under advisement.
Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; part time, 2 years.
There are 18 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 88% hold a doctorate; there are 2 part-time faculty, of whom 50% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 6; average business class size is 18.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.6 and a GMAT score of 450. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 950. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and letters of recommendation. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 51; 42 were accepted; 28 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.1; average GMAT score was 500. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $50, and 2 letters of recommendation. The application deadline is open for fall entry. Students are notified of the admissins decision immediately upon completion of their applications. Check with the school for the latest acceptab;e deadline. Once accepted, students may defer admission.
Stipends and programs available for minority students include SUNY Minority Fellowships. The FAFSA and the school’s own financial statement are required. The application deadline is July 1 for fall entry.
Tuition for in-state residents is $296 per credit, or $7100 per year. Nonresidents pay $473 per credit, or $11,340 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $7600; books and supplies, $600; personal expenses, $2200; and other fees, $250, for an estimated annual total of $17,750 for in-state residents and $21,990 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available in campus dormitories. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Sixty-seven percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 50% have had an average of 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from New York (80%). Thirty-eight percent are women, 7% are minorities, and 20% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 26. Thirty percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 4% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 60%, business; 10%, engineering; 10%, social sciences; 5%, economics; and 5%, liberal arts. About 5% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 85% remain to receive their degree.