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School of Management

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Academics

The School of Management offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Accounting (MS), Master of Science in Supply Chain and Operations Management (MS), Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS), and Master of Science in Finance (MS) as well as a doctoral program in management with concentrations in accounting, finance, human resources/industrial relations, management science, management systems, managerial economics, marketing, and organization, and a joint degree in in law (JD/MBA), architecture (MArch/MBA), geography (MA/MBA and BA/MBA), public health (MBA/MPH), management (BS/MBA), all areas of engineering (BS/MBA), economics, sociology, computer science (all BA/MBA), medicine (MD/MBA), pharmacy (PharmD/MBA), and social work (MBA/MSW). Other programs include 3-2 degrees with state university colleges at Geneseo and Fredonia and Saint Bonaventure University, foreign exchange with Finland, Germany, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Korea, international internship opportunities in many countries, including Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, and Latvia, and an extensive domestic internship program. The strongest areas of study are accounting, finance, and marketing. The most popular courses are International Financial Management, Investment Management, Financial Policy and Strategy, and Project Management. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The Gerald S. Lippes Speaker Series, a cooperative venture between Law and Management Schools, features speakers on topics of current interest in the finance and legal areas, and the Helen and Oscar Sufrin Endowed Lectureship supports annual lectures in finance, financial economics, and accounting.

Sixty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 30 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Probability and Statistics for Management
  • Financial Analysis and Reporting
  • Behavioral and Organizational Concepts for Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations and Service Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Ethics and Governance
  • Business Communications
  • Management Accounting

Required courses for the MS in Accounting include:

  • Taxation of Business Entities and Their Owners
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Fraud Examination
  • Seminar in Management Accounting
  • Seminar in Financial Accounting
  • Accounting Research Paper
  • Internship

Required courses for the MS in Finance include:

  • Investment Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Financial Policies and Strategies
  • Management of Financial Institutions
  • Electives: Financial Management orFinancial Engineering Tracks

Required courses for the MS in Management Information Systems include:

  • Information Technology or Information Assurance
  • Technology Management and E-business
  • Database Management Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • DSS: Supply Chains and E-Business
  • Supervised Research in MIS
  • Distributed Computing
  • Managing Managerial Processes

Required courses for the MS in Supply Chain and Operations Management include:

  • Modeling Managerial Processes
  • Financial Planning and Evolution
  • Production and Inventory Planning
  • Strategic Quality Management
  • Management Accounting
  • DSS: Supply Chains and E-business
  • Supply Chains and Global Operations
  • Project Management
  • Team Building in Organizations or Communication Skills
  • Integrative project supervised by faculty
  • 1 industrial engineering course

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; maximum, 4 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 3 years; maximum, 5 years.

There are 60 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 95% hold a doctorate; there are 22 part-time faculty, of whom 35% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 45.

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree is required. The GRE may be accepted for MS programs in finance, supply chains, and MIS. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 1058; 584 were accepted; 369 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3; average GMAT score was 595. Transfers are not accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by attendance at regional minority recruiting events.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall only. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $50, 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a second essay. The application deadline is June 1 for fall entry. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is May. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year upon written request, subject to second review.

Financial Aid

Stipends and programs available for minority students include SUNY’s Underrepresented Minority Fellowships. The FAFSA and TAP (New York State residents only) are required. The application deadline is February 15 for fall entry.

Tuition for in-state residents is $296 per credit, or $7100 per year. Nonresidents pay $472 per credit, or $11,340 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $9581; books and supplies, $1534; personal expenses, $3051; and other fees, $1313, for an estimated annual total of $22,579 for in-state residents and $26,819 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing consists of a graduate housing complex and single and double rooms in dormitories. There are many rental units near campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.

Students

Seventy-two percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 85% have had an average of 3 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 (59%). Thirty-three percent are women, 8% are minorities, and 39% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 20 to 62. Thirteen percent enter directly from undergraduate school. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 46%, business; 20%, engineering; 11%, economics; 7%, math and science; 6%, social sciences; and 5%, liberal arts. About 3% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 95% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 295 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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