School of Management - Graduate

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Graduate Programs

The School of Management’s graduate programs challenge students to appreciate the complexity of modern organizations, the intricate relationships that exist between organizations and the social frameworks of which they are a part of, and the responsibilities of administration at its broadest levels. Curricular offerings are diverse and prepare students for professional careers, as well as advanced academic work.

Admission

Although it is desired that students have some basic training in economics, accounting or business, and knowledge of the literature and methods of these disciplines, an undergraduate major in one of these areas is not a prerequisite for admission to either of the two major master’s degree programs offered by SOM. Indeed, a broad spectrum of social sciences, sciences and humanities is desirable preparation for advanced work. However, the general requirements for admission to any master's level graduate program at Binghamton University must be satisfied.

To be admitted, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

  • hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from any college or university of recognized standing;
  • achieve an acceptable undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.0.

In support of their applications, students must submit:

  • one official transcript of all previous college work;
  • two letters of recommendation from persons in the field of the academic major at the institution most recently attended (applicants whose academic references go back more than five years may substitute other references if desired);
  • scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Official test scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School.

GMAT registration materials and test center locations can be obtained by visiting http://www.mba.com or calling 1-800-GMAT-NOW. GRE registration materials and tests center locations can be obtained by visiting http://www.ets.org/gre or calling 1-866-473-4373.

All application materials should be submitted online through the Graduate Admissions Office website at: http://www.binghamton.edu/grad-school/admissions/apply/.

Inquiries on the application process should be sent directly to gradsch@binghamton.edu.

Students should submit their completed applications before March 1.

Master of Business Administration

The School of Management's MBA program provides students with a solid foundation in core business principles and is designed around the most important skills needed in today's global market including communication, problem-solving, strategic thinking, leadership and technical competence. It employs a team-based approach to capitalize on the benefits of the diverse academic, work, and cultural experiences of the student body.

The first year of the MBA program is comprised of core courses that provide the base for more specialized study in the second year. These courses include the functional areas of business that equip students 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 the student 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. Communications skills, critical to business success, are also enhanced.

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 and real-world projects and corporate internships. Critical thinking and communication skills are enhanced and tested through the capstone strategic management course that includes a final case competition. The program offers concentrations in the following areas: accounting (for undergraduate accounting majors from a U.S. university), finance, management information systems, marketing, leadership/consulting, or supply chain management. In addition to a concentration, students who take selected quantitative coursework will also have the opportunity to earn a focus in business analytics.

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. The MBA program is accredited by the Association for Management Education, AACSB International.

Academic Preparation for Degree

Any baccalaureate degree with a strong liberal arts component is acceptable preparation for the MBA program. While no previous business coursework is required, well-developed English and computer skills are expected. Students intending to pursue a concentration in finance or supply chain management are required to have sufficient background coursework in calculus prior to beginning the second year of the program.

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MBA Curriculum

First Semester Credits
MGMT 501. Accounting for Managers 4
MGMT 505. Finance for Managers 4
MGMT 503. Statistical Analysis for Managers 4
MGMT 508. Organizational Behavior 4
MGMT 516. Oral and Written Communication 2
MGMT 514. Professional Development 1
TOTAL 19
Second Semester
MGMT 500. Management Information Systems 4
MGMT 502. Managerial Economics 4
MGMT 506. Marketing for Managers 4
MGMT 507. Operations Management 4
TOTAL 16
Third Semester
MGMT 540. Strategic Management 4
Three management electives* 12
TOTAL 16
Fourth Semester
MGMT 530. Ethical & Global Issues in Business 2
Four management electives* 16
TOTAL 18

*Among these seven total electives, one elective must be an interpersonal skills elective and one must be a technology elective

Full-time students are required to participate in an internship, which may by used to fulfill an elective requirement or may be pursued on a not-for-credit basis.

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Part-Time Study

Students may pursue the MBA on a part-time basis. This option is commonly chosen by individuals who are employed full-time. Part-time students are subject to the same requirements as full-time students and are taught by the same faculty. Part-time students are expected to take eight credit hours per semester instead of 16 or 18, a pace that leads to degree completion in approximately four and a half years.

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Fast-Track Program for Undergraduate Business or Accounting Majors

Students who have earned 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 (AACSB International)-accredited school, may apply to the nine-month fast-track program. This unique program is not for everyone. Students are selected based on their solid foundation in the business essentials. This curriculum option builds on undergraduate coursework and moves the student rapidly into career exploration through the wide variety of electives, internships and professional development seminars. Courses are taught using an integrative approach that allows students to gain a global perspective of the business environment as well as the ethical and social implications of the decision-making process. The program provides the student with solid business fundamentals integrated with leadership, problem solving, communication and team skills. Students tackle real-world problems through corporate internships, projects and case studies.

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Fast-Track Curriculum

First Semester Credits
*MGMT 540. Strategic Management 4
MGMT 516. Oral and Written Communications 2
Three management electives** 12
MGMT 514. Professional Development

1

TOTAL 19
Second Semester
MGMT 530. Global and Ethical Environment 2
Four management electives ** 16
TOTAL 18

*Students that have taken MGMT 411 (Global Strategic Management or its equivalent) may replace MGMT 540 with a graduate SOM elective.

**Among these seven total electives, one elective must be an interpersonal skills elective and one must be a technology elective

The fast-track program requires the completion of 37 credit hours of full-time graduate coursework. Students are generally admitted in the fall semester.

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Transfer Credit

Students may petition to transfer up to eight graduate credits, elective in nature in lieu of comparable MBA course credit, if these credits have not been applied to another degree.

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Course Waiver Policy

Due to the integrative nature of the two-year and fast-track MBA program, SOM has adopted a no-course waiver policy.

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Executive MBA

The Executive MBA program is designed to teach management concepts and skills to individuals who are being asked to assume increasing levels of administrative responsibility. Participants completing the Executive MBA program receive in-depth exposure to all functional areas of management, acquire new business tools and sharpen analytic abilities, view responsibilities in a broader context and better understand the challenges confronting their organizations. The program emphasizes leadership, internationalization and a multidisciplinary perspective.

The Executive MBA program is formatted for busy professionals who cannot leave their careers to participate in a full-time program. The concentrated format of this program is possible because of the high quality of the participants. They move through the program as a cohort, sharing the same educational experiences and working together cooperatively, thereby becoming valuable resources to one another and to their organizations while in the program and throughout their professional careers. Technology is used to enhance both the learning process and to facilitate interaction among the participants. During the second year of the Executive MBA program, participants may choose to pursue a healthcare concentration.

For more information and admission materials to this program and the optional healthcare concentration, consult the Executive MBA listing.

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Master of Science in Accounting

SOM offers a graduate program that leads to the master of science in accounting degree and provides students with academic training that qualifies them for positions in both public- and private-sector accounting. Throughout the curriculum, great effort is made to demonstrate the vital role that accounting plays in the conduct of any enterprise, and accounting is offered as the principal medium of financial measurement, communication and control, both within the enterprise and between the enterprise and the investor. It is also shown to be an indispensable means by which society may measure the performance of various organizations and institutions.

The program has two areas of emphasis: public accounting and management accounting. Thus, in addition to providing students the opportunity to fulfill educational requirements for those interested in careers as Certified Public Accountants, the program is excellent preparation for students interested in certification as management accountants, positions in corporate accounting or working with government agencies such as the Treasury Department, General Accounting Office and Securities and Exchange Commission. Finally, the program is an excellent background for students who plan academic work at the doctoral level.

The MS in accounting program provides broad training and emphasizes conceptual understanding, the mastery of analytical techniques and the rigorous use of logical reasoning. It stresses new approaches in accounting theory and the solution of current professional problems, offering the student the opportunity to understand the roles of related disciplines like behavioral science, economics and management information systems in modern accounting practice. For terminal master's degree students, it offers courses in auditing, taxation and financial and managerial accounting practices. For students ultimately interested in study at the PhD level, it provides a strong theoretical base in the history of accounting thought and the structure of financial accounting theory.

The basic program of 32 graduate credit hours assumes an undergraduate major in accounting from a U.S. AACSB-accredited school and a sound background in management and other complementary disciplines. Students with such a background should be able to complete the program in one year of full-time graduate study, taking 16 credit hours per semester.

While the program is primarily aimed at the student with an undergraduate degree in accounting, students with little or no accounting or business background may be admitted. For such students, the program requires the completion of coursework beyond the basic graduate course requirements. Depending on their individual academic backgrounds and/or proficiency in individual core subjects, students may have some or all of these core requirements waived. Normally all core requirements should be completed before the student begins required degree coursework.

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Core Requirements

Principles of Microeconomics

Principles of Macroeconomics

Statistics for Management

Legal Environment of Management I

Legal Environment of Management II

Organizational Behavior

Management Information Systems

Financial Management

Introduction to Marketing

Operations Management

Financial Accounting

Intermediate Accounting Theory I

Intermediate Accounting Theory II

Cost Accounting

Auditing

Taxation of Entities (Corporate Tax)

Competency in the core requirements may be demonstrated in any of the following ways:

  • evaluation of previously completed studies essentially equivalent to one or more courses;
  • achieving a satisfactory grade on a validation examination;
  • completion of a course while enrolled in the MS in accounting program, which is not included in the total graduate requirements for the degree; MS in accounting students are expected to take the graduate equivalents of the background courses.
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Degree Requirements

All students must complete the following graduate courses to qualify for the master of science degree in professional accounting:

Credits

ACCT 540. Financial Accounting Theory

4

ACCT 541. Auditing & Managerial Acct Theory

4

ACCT 573. Individual Tax

4

ACCT 555. Advanced Accounting Theory

4

ACCT 550. Accounting Information Systems

4

MGMT 530. Ethical Issues in Business

2

MGMT 516. Written & Oral Communications

2

2 Graduate electives from School of Management

8

TOTAL

32

Part-Time Study

Similar to the MBA program, the MS in accounting may generally be completed on a part-time basis. Part-time students are expected to take eight credits each semester. Such students require between two and five years to complete degree requirements, depending on their use of summer sessions and course waivers.

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Transfer Credit

Students may petition to transfer up to eight graduate credits, elective in nature, in lieu of comparable SOM graduate course credit, if these credits have not been applied to another degree.

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Master of Science in Accounting with Concentration in Taxation

The tax concentration in the MS in Accounting program at Binghamton University prepares students for careers in taxation. The concentration is a mixture of regular, specialized and integrative tax courses providing both a broad understanding of tax and policy issues as well as a specialized focus on several areas of taxation important to practice.

The concentration consists of 18 credits of courses. The concentration and its specialized and integrative tax courses are available only through application and admission to the concentration. The courses must be taken in a fall/spring sequence. The program consists of regular, specialized and integrative tax courses taught by experts from practice as well as Binghamton faculty. Admission to this one-year program requires students to have an undergraduate degree in accounting from a U.S. accredited program.

In the fall semester, students take the regular individual income tax (4 cr.) course along with three specialized elective courses (2 cr.) taught by experts from the practice community. The topics of the specialized courses are Asset Management Taxation, Financial Accounting Aspects of Income Tax, and Local and State Tax.

In the spring semester, students take an additional specialized (2 cr.) course in International Taxation as well as two integrative courses. Taxation of Entities and Owners (4 cr.) draws on material from all the tax courses (it is assumed that students have taken corporate income taxation in their undergraduate program) to develop tax strategies for business entities and their owners. The Tax Capstone Project (2 cr.) explores tax policy issues and develops skills in performing and presenting tax research on specific situations. In addition, each student prepares and presents a capstone research project on a tax policy issue.

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MS Accounting Tax Concentration Curriculum (pre-requisite: corporate tax)

First Semester Credits
ACCT 540. Financial Acct Theory or ACCT 541. Auditing & Managerial Acct Theory 4
ACCT 573. Individual Tax 4
MGMT 530. Global & Ethical Environments 2
ACCT 583A. Asset Management Tax 2
ACCT 583H. Fin Acct Aspects of Income Tax 2
ACCT 583I. State & Local Tax 2
TOTAL 16
Second Semester
ACCT 540. Financial Acct Theory or ACCT 541. Auditing & Managerial Acct Theory 4
ACCT 555. Advanced Acct. Theory 4
ACCT 583E. Taxation of Business Transactions 4
ACCT 583D. International Tax 2
ACCT 583F. Capstone Project in Taxation 2
TOTAL 16
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New York CPA Educational Requirements

To fulfill the education requirement for licensure, you must complete:

  • an accounting program registered by the Department as licensure-qualifying, or
  • an accounting program that is accredited by an accrediting body accepted by the Department. Currently the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is accepted. Receipt of a Master's degree in accounting from such a program will be deemed as meeting New York's 150 semester hour education requirements, or
  • a program determined by the Department, after review of your official transcripts, to be equivalent to a registered program, or
  • 15 years of public accounting experience acceptable to the State Board for Public Accountancy.
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Option 1

A bachelor’s or higher degree from a program that is registered by the Department as meeting New York's 150 semester hour education requirements; or a master's degree in accounting from an AACSB accredited accounting program; or a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university and completion of 150 semester hours in the following content areas, including the following:

  • 33 semester hours in accounting with at least one course in each of the following areas:
    • financial accounting and reporting
    • cost or managerial accounting
    • taxation
    • auditing and attestation services
  • 36 semester hours in general business electives and
  • The curriculum must also include, either as stand alone courses or integrated into other courses, the study of business or accounting communications, ethics and professional responsibility, and accounting research.

Effective August 2009, those desiring to qualify for CPA licensing in New York state must complete the 150-credit-hour requirements.

New York will allow applicants who are required to meet the 150 semester hour education requirements for licensure to sit for the exam when they have completed 120 semester hours of course work, including one course in each of the four required accounting content areas: financial accounting and reporting; cost or management accounting, taxation; and auditing. The license, however, will not be issued until the applicant has met New York's 150 semester hour requirements.

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Option 2

Fifteen years of experience acceptable to the State Board for Public Accountancy may be substituted for education for admission to the examination and licensure. This experience must be earned under the direct supervision of a U.S. certified public accountant (CPA) or a New York State public accountant (PA).

Complete information on NYS CPA license requirements may be obtained via the New York State Office of the Professions http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/cpa/cpalic.htm.

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Doctoral Program in Management

The School of Management currently offers the opportunity for doctoral students to pursue concentrations in accounting, finance, marketing and organizational behavior. Specializations in other areas of management may also be designed based on student interests and capabilities.

Doctoral students are required to develop a broad understanding of the various functional areas of management and their interrelationships. The program emphasizes the development of research skills based on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative approaches drawing on multiple disciplines and philosophies of science.

The doctor of philosophy program in management provides students with a foundation in theory and research skills and prepares them for careers in teaching, research and/or consulting in college and university, business or government settings.

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Program of Study

A total of 90 credit hours is required for students entering from an undergraduate program. An advisory committee works with each new doctoral student to determine the course sequence, review performance and evaluate progress.

Students entering with an MBA degree are expected to complete these courses and credit hours toward the PhD degree:

Credit Hours

Advanced quantitative/research methods

16

Core courses in concentration area

16

Specialization courses

8

Pedagogy courses, Proseminar

8

The MBA program is 69 credits, and PhD courses may be taken as electives toward the MBA degree by students earning both degrees. Previous coursework may result in waiving MBA foundation courses. After completing coursework requirements, students must pass a comprehensive examination and successfully defend a dissertation proposal and dissertation. Students entering doctoral studies with an MBA or equivalent degree may expect to complete the program in four to five years, depending on background.

Beyond coursework, doctoral students are expected to satisfy the following requirements for candidacy:

  • maintain an active research program;
  • satisfy the University's residency requirement by completing 24 credit hours in an academic year;
  • establish proficiency in computer applications (such as SPSS-X, C++ and SAS) and programming languages;
  • attend seminars for doctoral students, in which research and current literature is discussed, and give presentations of their own research;
  • develop expertise in teaching; generally, this is accomplished by teaching each year and attending pedagogy sessions;
  • satisfactorily complete the written and oral comprehensive examination. Students must obtain permission to take the examination from their advisory committee and the program director. The three-part written examination assesses student's research and statistical skills, understanding of theory and research applicable to their particular track, and knowledge in their area of specialization/concentration. The oral examination is taken after the written test is passed;
  • write and defend an acceptable dissertation.

The program is more completely described in the doctoral program brochure and Procedural Handbook for Doctoral Work in Management, which may be obtained from SOM.

Prerequisites: Entering students will have taken introductory coursework in microeconomics, in computer programming and calculus. Students entering with undergraduate degrees must complete the MBA core requirements. Courses for the PhD degree may be taken as MBA elective credits.

Below are several sample schedules for students entering with MBA degrees. As noted above, each student's background and interests are taken into consideration when designing a program of doctoral studies.

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Sample Program for Finance

Advanced Quantitative/Research Methods: ECON 615, 616, 617

Foundation Courses: ECON 500, 502, 611; FIN 581A, 600, 610, and 630

Specialized Courses: Elective ECON courses (as stipulated by the Economics Department for a minor in Economics)

Teaching Pedagogy: MGMT 602

Independent Study/Pre-Dissertation/Dissertation research (as necessary): MGMT 697, 698, 699

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Sample Program for Marketing

Advanced Quantitative/Research Methods: Select from MGMT 503, 600, 601; ECON 615, 616, and 617

Foundation Courses: MGMT 506; MKTG 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, and 605

Specialization Courses: At least two electives in the student's designated minor

Teaching Pedagogy: MGMT 602

Independent Study/Pre-Dissertation/Dissertation research (as necessary): MGMT 697, 698, 699

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Sample Program for Organizational Behavior/Leadership

Advanced Quantitative/Research Methods: MGMT 503, 600, 601; LEAD 604, 605

Foundation Courses: MGMT 508; LEAD 600, 601, 602, and 603

Specialization Courses: Three electives in the students' designated minor

Teaching Pedagogy: MGMT 602

Independent Study/Pre-Dissertation/Dissertation research (as necessary): MGMT 697, 698, 699

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General Degree Requirements

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Master of Business Administration

The degree of master of business administration is awarded if the candidate has:

  • completed at least 69 hours of graduate work for the two-year program or 37 credit hours for the nine-month fast-track program;
  • maintained the equivalent of a B average in courses approved by the program director and presented for the degree;
  • fulfilled all course requirements, with no credit for courses in which a grade equivalent to less than C has been received;
  • been recommended for the degree by the Dean's Office acting on behalf of the faculty of SOM.

A candidate for the MBA degree must complete all requirements for the degree within five years after admission to the school. Exceptions may be made for a part-time student when such exceptions are recommended by the graduate program director in consultation with the dean or his or her appointee.

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Master of Science

The degree of master of science is awarded if the candidate has:

  • completed at least 32 credit hours of graduate coursework;
  • maintained the equivalent of a B average in courses including core requirements approved by the program director and presented for the degree;
  • fulfilled all course requirements, with no credit for graduate courses in which a grade equivalent to less than C has been received;
  • been recommended for the degree by the Dean's Office acting on behalf of the faculty of SOM.

A candidate for the degree of master of science must complete all requirements for the degree within five years after admission to the school. Exceptions may be made for a part-time student when such exceptions are recommended by the graduate program director in consultation with the dean or the dean's appointee.

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Degree Candidacy

Students must notify the Graduate School, by completing a Declaration of Candidacy for a Graduate Degree, of their intention to graduate at the end of a semester. Such notification should be given early in the student's last semester.

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Combined-Degree Programs: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences/School of Management Fast-Track MBA Program

This special program accommodates the needs of a small and select group of Harpur College students. It provides an opportunity for those students to combine efficiently their undergraduate studies with graduate study in SOM. The successful completion of the program results in the award both of the bachelor's and of the MBA degree within a five-year period.

Careful planning at an early date is absolutely necessary for students contemplating entrance into the Harpur/SOM Fast-Track MBA program. Prior to the senior year, the student must complete 94 liberal arts credits, which include Harpur College division, upper-level and writing requirements; departmental major requirements; and general education requirements. At the end of the junior year, the student officially applies for conditional admission to the MBA program. Once admitted, the student takes 35 credit hours of MBA coursework that complete the remaining Harpur degree requirements. The bachelor's degree is then awarded. Provided the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduate coursework taken during the senior year, the student is then officially admitted by the Graduate School and goes on to complete the final year of the MBA program.

To be eligible for admission into this special program, students must possess academic qualifications that allow their conditional admission into the MBA program at the end of their junior year. Students must begin the application procedure early in their junior year by:

  • Sitting for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and
  • Submitting an online MBA application to the University's Graduate School.

The normal graduate admissions process is followed, although the student, if admitted, does not gain formal entrance into the graduate program for another year. Because of the challenging nature of the program, only highly qualified students are admitted.

Further information about the Harpur/SOM Fast-Track MBA program may be obtained by visiting http://www2.binghamton.edu/som/graduate/mba-ms-programs/fast-track-mba/harpur-fast-track.html or through the School of Management MBA Advising Office.

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Combined-Degree Program: BS, Watson School/MBA, School of Management

Over the past several years, the engineering industry has undergone considerable change. Economic and managerial issues that were previously addressed outside the engineer's domain have been integrated into the engineer's responsibilities. In recognition of the increasing need for the integration of technology and business administration, the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Management have joined together to offer a program that combines the engineering undergraduate degree with a master's degree in business administration. This program provides a dynamic combination, allowing students the opportunity to explore immediate interests while building a solid, long-term career foundation.

The combined-degree program provides Watson undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their BS degree and MBA degree within five years. In order to complete this program, students are required to take four core MBA courses during the junior and/or senior year. Upon completion of the fourth year, students receive their BS degree. In the fifth year, they are officially admitted to the MBA program.

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Specific Program Requirements

  • The student applies to the combined program in the junior year. Typically, admission eligibility requires a minimum GPA of 3.3 and a minimum GMAT score of 600.

  • During the senior year, the student takes three MBA courses (MGMT 501, 502, and 505). These courses are applied toward fulfilling the technical and/or professional elective component of the undergraduate program.

  • At the end of the senior year, the student graduates with the BS degree and is then officially admitted into the MBA program. (In order to advance to the MBA program, the student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the senior year and have a minimum grade of 3.0 in all management coursework.)

  • MBA curriculum: Based upon the technical components of the undergraduate curriculum, students in all programs are automatically waived from 12 credit hours of graduate elective coursework. Additionally, depending on the specific curriculum, students may be waived from MBA core courses due to the higher level of mathematics, science and technical knowledge required within the accredited engineering and computer science majors.

Specific program information may be obtained through the School of Management Advising Office or at http://www2.binghamton.edu/som/graduate/mba-ms-programs/fast-track-mba/watson-fast-track.html.

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General Academic Policies

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Grades

The grading system of the Graduate School is applicable to SOM.

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Withdrawal

Students who withdraw from all courses for which they are registered at the University must follow a formal withdrawal procedure if they wish their record to indicate good standing. Mere absence from class does not constitute due notice of withdrawal. Withdrawals are initiated with the University Registrar's Office. No grades are recorded for students who formally withdraw within the first eight weeks of the semester.

Adds, drops or change of courses are approved through the SOM Advising Office.

Students may add, drop, substitute courses or change credit hours for courses carrying variable credit without penalty within a period of 14 calendar days from the beginning of the semester. After that date, students may make changes only with the approval of the SOM Advising Office and the vice provost and dean of the Graduate School.

Students may withdraw from a course without restrictions through the first two weeks of class without a grade being recorded. From the second week through the eighth week, courses dropped will automatically receive a grade of W. If it becomes necessary for a student to drop a course after the eighth week of classes, submission of a WF (Withdrawn Failing) or a WP (Withdrawn Passing) grade is determined by the instructor (see the grading system of the Graduate School). When dealing with modular courses, deadlines analogous to those specified above are used. For a module taken during the first mini-semester, the fourth week of the semester is the deadline for dropping without academic penalty. For modules held during the second mini-semester, the 12th week of the semester is the deadline.

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Residence Requirement

Regardless of previous graduate experience, the minimum residence requirement for any graduate degree is 24 credits. If a student has interrupted graduate work for more than two semesters, credit for work taken prior to the interruption is reassessed by the school.

Students must be registered during the semester their degree requirements are completed.

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Undergraduate Students Beginning Graduate Programs

Undergraduate students in SOM who have completed all but two courses required for graduation may register for up to eight hours of graduate coursework for graduate credit. After securing consent of the respective faculty member(s), students must receive approval of the graduate program director, the vice provost and dean of the Graduate School on the application form available from the Graduate School. No graduate credit is granted unless this application has been completed. Courses submitted for graduate credit are not counted toward the undergraduate degree.