The Four-Semester Program is designed for students who wish to combine their liberal arts, fine arts, science, or engineering background with business to create a dynamic career track. While no previous business coursework is required, a working knowledge of calculus and well-developed English and computer skills are very beneficial. During the first year, expect to develop the fundamentals of business through the core courses that provide the base for more individualized study in the second year. These courses include the functional areas of business that equip you with the important analytical tools essential for critical decision-making. Students work in task-oriented teams, drawing upon the experience and skills of peers to solve challenging business problems. Effective leadership requires students to see the big picture and to understand how all the functional areas are linked. Additionally, the first year emphasizes the role of managers in today's society by integrating social responsibility, leadership, and cultural sensitivity. Communication skills, critical to business success, are also fine-tuned through the written and oral communications course. Furthermore, the first year focuses on career preparation through the professional development course that includes job search strategies, leadership assessment, development of networking and interviewing skills, and interaction with employer guest speakers. In the second year of the program, students have the opportunity to explore various career tracks through numerous elective course offerings, including cross-disciplinary electives, real-world project courses and corporate internships. Because experiential learning plays an integral part in fulfilling career goals, the school requires every full-time MBA student to obtain an internship during the course of the program. (Internships may be used towards fulfilling an elective course requirement). Although the program provides a generalist perspective, the flexibility of the curriculum allows you to concentrate in one of six career specializations, which include: • Accounting* • Finance • Leadership Studies • Supply Chain Management • Management Information Systems • Marketing In addition to a concentration, students who take selected quantitative coursework will also have the opportunity to earn a focus in business analytics. Please note: Concentrations are optional. The program requires the completion of 69 credit hours of graduate coursework, which may be achieved in two years of study on a full-time, two-semester-per-year basis. Students who possess an undergraduate business or accounting degree within five years of applying to the program, and who have graduated from an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) or an equivalent international institution, may apply to the one-year fast-track program. * Students pursuing a concentration in accounting must possess an undergraduate degree in accounting from a U.S. accounting program.
Binghamton University - SUNY is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The programs in the School of Management are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.