The Binghamton University School of Management (SOM) attracts remarkable students from across the state, country and world.

While there is no typical SOM student, they all want to invest in a world-class education for an incredible value. All of our students are driven by an ambition to be challenged, make connections and find their place in the business world.

An education from the School of Management is second to none. We strive to innovate in business education by continuously adapting to address the needs of our students and industries we serve.

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It wasn’t always known as the Binghamton University School of Management.

It was once a department within Binghamton University’s Harpur College, until a handful of faculty saw an opportunity to strengthen business education at Binghamton by spinning the department into a separate school.

In 1970, they accomplished just that with the establishment of the School of Business, located on the 10th floor of the library tower on campus. The name was changed to its current title a year later to accommodate management consistencies across all avenues of industry, not just business.

As the student body rapidly grew, so did the school. A strong dedication to research led to the establishment of the PhD program in 1991. That same year, the school received accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). A significant rise in national business school rankings followed suit, and the school’s reputation continues to grow.

After moving around campus from its original home in the library tower to the Fine Arts Building to the basement of the library, SOM moved into its permanent home in Academic A in 1998 with the opening of the modern Academic Complex.

Over the years, a strong alumni base in the Greater New York City region has opened doors for invaluable corporate partnerships, educational experiences and employment opportunities for students.

What's next

As the fourth industrial revolution, driven by machine learning and artificial intelligence, continues to impact all industries, the School of Management is fully embracing its mission of developing the next generation of leaders for the new economy.

The work has already begun. Operating under a business-tech model, the curriculum will ensure students have the hard and soft skills needed for the future of business. New required courses give students a deep-dive in programming, data analytics and oral-communication skills.

The school is also offering courses that explore areas in cybersecurity, data mining, business intelligence, accounting information systems, data-driven marketing, digital analytics and social media marketing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and blockchain.

As a significant number of SOM alumni have made their way to Silicon Valley, the school is making critical relationships to ensure it has an impactful presence in tech-related fields. A West Coast Advisory Council has been established, comprised of alumni leaders in the region.

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the School of Management. The world has changed in many ways over its five decades of existence, and will continue to. The School of Management has remained a constant through it all, and will continue to find innovative ways to help students become the strategic and ethical leaders of tomorrow.


The Binghamton University School of Management has been accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, since 1976. AACSB is considered the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Attending an AACSB accredited business school means you are part of a program committed to continuous improvement, strategic managment and innovation, learner success, thought leadership, and societal impact. 

Every five years AACSB conducts a “Continuous Improvement Review” to extend the accreditation of an institution. The process includes a peer review from other accredited business schools in addition to final approval from the Board of Directors.

Employers recognize that graduates of AACSB-accredited schools are some of the most highly skilled, and the SOM is proud to have this distinction.