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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Meet the alumni who provide input on School of Management strategic initiatives and work to broaden and enhance our reputation. 


1970 - The Binghamton University School of Management has grown tremendously over the years. The School of Management was once a department within Binghamton University’s Harpur College. It was known as the Harpur College Department of Business Enterprise and Accounting. In 1970, spurred by a handful of passionate faculty who saw an opportunity to grow and strengthen business education at Binghamton, the separate School of Business was formed.  

1971 - Originally, the School of Business was located on the 10th floor of the library tower on main campus. In 1971, to better accommodate management consistencies across all avenues of industry, the name was changed to the School of Management (SOM).

1987 - Distinguished Professor Emeritus Bernard Bass envisioned establishing a leadership center dedicated to the discovery and verification of leadership research. In 1987 his dream came to fruition with the creation of the Bernard M. and Ruth R. Bass Center for Leadership Studies.

1991 - As the size of the student body rapidly grew, so did the school's curricular offerings. In 1991 the SOM received approval to begin a doctoral program. This milestone marked a turning point as the SOM faculty would now be able to contribute to the body of knowledge being taught to business students around the world. That same year, the SOM became accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). A significant rise in national business school rankings followed suit.

1998 - After moving the school to several locations on campus including its original home in the library tower, the Fine Arts Building, and the basement of the library, the SOM moved to its permanent home in the newly constructed Academic A in 1998.

2020 - 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the SOM. Over the years the SOM's alumni base has grown exponentially. Countless alumni , particularly in the Greater New York City region, have provided invaluable corporate partnerships, educational experiences and employment opportunities for SOM students.

The world has changed in many ways over the SOM's five decades of existence, yet the SOM remains a constant source of innovation and thought leadership. The SOM faculty and staff are committed to helping students become the strategic and ethical business leaders of tomorrow.

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.


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.