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School of Management

Watson Fast-track MBA

Designed exclusively for Binghamton University undergraduates, the Watson Fast-Track MBA is a combined degree option that allows students to complete their degree in engineering while earning their MBA through one additional year of study.  

For those considering this program, there are several benefits associated with a Binghamton University MBA:
  • Professions in Engineering now require integrated responsibilities between engineering, economics and management.
  • Increase your marketability and earning potential.
  • Save time by earning your MBA in just one year.
  • Pay only one year of graduate tuition.
  • Explore various career tracks through numerous internships, team-based coursework and consulting project courses. 

The Watson Fast-Track MBA option provides a complementary addition to any engineering degree. There is much more to software development than solely technical expertise. The program taught me the importance of forecasting trends, business impact and organizational behavior in the tech industry. As a program manager at Microsoft, I apply my interpersonal, business and technical skills simultaneously each and every day. 

Roseanne Levasseur '15, MBA '16
Program Manager, Microsoft


Our Fast-Track programs are designed to incorporate SOM graduate-level coursework during the final semesters of your undergraduate program. The Watson Fast-Track requires a two-step admissions process: conditional admission to the program in your junior year, and formal admission to the Graduate School during your senior year. All engineering majors are eligible, with the exception of bioengineering.

Conditional Admission to Watson Fast-Track Program

You must apply to the program by the spring of your junior year. If offered conditional admission, you will be able to register for select 'core' MBA courses during your senior year.

When applying, you must submit the following materials to Alesia Wheeler-Wade in the School of Management — SOM Graduate Academic Advising, Academic A, Room-126 (AA-126):

  • Copy of GMAT or GRE scores (typically taken during your junior year)
  • Personal statement describing why you are interested in pursuing the MBA
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendations (these can be from employers, professors or instructors)

Generally, Watson Fast-Track admission requires a minimum GMAT score of 600, along with a 3.0 GPA in order to advance to the MBA program.  

Formal Admission to the Graduate School

During the fall of your senior year (88+ undergraduate credits), you will need to formally apply to the Graduate School. Check with your advisor/department to find out if there are any special deadlines or requirements necessary for accelerated degree program applicants. When applying, choose the "Accelerated Graduate Degree Application for Admission" option through BU Brain .

Learn more about the admissions process to apply for an accelerated degree at the Graduate School.

Course Curriculum: Watson Fast-Track MBA

During your senior year, you are required to complete the following courses: MGMT 501, 502 and 505 (see curriculum and timeline below). These classes will be applied toward fulfilling the technical and/or professional electives necessary to graduate from your undergraduate engineering program. 

Based on the technical components required within our accredited engineering and computer science programs, you will automatically be waived from 12 credit hours of graduate elective coursework, with the possibility of two additional MBA courses: Statistics & Management Information Systems. On completion of your senior year, you will receive your baccalaureate degree, and are officially admitted into the MBA program during your fifth year.

Visit the Watson Advising website, or speak with your academic advisor for any questions regarding your program's curriculum and graduation requirements.










4th Year (Required MBA Courses)
Courses can be completed during the Fall OR Spring Semester

MGMT 501: Accounting
(4 Credits) (FALL)

MGMT 502: Economics
(3 Credits) (SPRING)
MGMT 505: Finance
(4 Credits) (FALL)
MGMT 507: Operations Management
(4 Credits) (Optional - SPRING)*

Total Credits: 15
*(option of taking MGMT 507 during spring of 5th year)
5th Year (Graduate Status)
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MGMT 508: Organizational Behavior
(4 Credits)

MGMT 506: Marketing
(4 Credits)

MGMT 516: Business Communications
(2 Credits)
Elective or MGMT 507: Operations Management
(4 Credits)
(4 Credits)
(4 Credits)
MGMT 540: Strategic Management
(4 Credits)
(4 Credits)
(4 Credits)
Total Credits: 18 Total Credits: 16

If you have questions about the admissions process or MBA academic advising, contact:

Alesia Wheeler-Wade
Assistant Director and Academic Advisor

Last Updated: 6/12/18