Since 1970, the School of Business at the University at Albany has “the best combination of education quality and value.” Many who attend, having already been undergrads, are familiar with the State University of New York system, and it is well known that the School of Business offers solid academics at an incredibly affordable price. Even though the University at Albany is a larger research institution, the “small size of the school dictates easy accessibility to the administration and instructors,” so “graduate students are treated well here.”The “great professors” of UA really “know their subjects” and are “available outside of class to discuss class and other materials.” Class sizes are small, yet the projects are “challenging but not impossible.” Currently the full-time program offers only two concentration paths: Information Technology Management and Human Resources Information Systems. A few students wish there were options for “a more generalized degree, or more common concentrations like Finance and Marketing,” which “would assist students with ambitions beyond the scope of these concentrations.” Each student takes part in a cornerstone, integrative project at the end of their first year called “G3”; it applies the various functional aspects of business learned throughout the first year to the sustainability issues facing a real organization in today’s competitive, global economy.The school’s administration “provides support to students who need resources for business plan competitions and the like”; students are also easily able to gain experience through internships in the school’s Small Business Development Center, which supports small startup companies, family-owned enterprises, entrepreneurial ventures, among others, by offering free personal counseling in developing strategic business plans, identifying appropriate sources of funding, and providing market research, management information, and financial analysis. Other experience building opportunities can be found through the Center for Institutional Investment Management, which actively promotes institutional investment management research among faculty and students through research grants, travel support, and the acquisition of relevant academic and practitioner databases – not to mention the Center’s dedicated Bloomberg terminal.
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