New UB School of Management bachelor’s degree blends tech and business

David Murray talks with four students seated around a computer screen.

David Murray, faculty director for the new BS in Information Technology and Management program, leads a class in the Undergraduate Learning and Community Center. Photo: Tom Wolf

Release Date: March 7, 2019

“This would have been my major if it existed when I was at UB. The new degree will give students the technical and business foundations to excel in key IT roles.”
Stephen Cross, BS ’99, PMBA ’06, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Merchants Insurance Group

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Starting this fall, the University at Buffalo School of Management will offer an innovative Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Management to arm students with the business and technical skills that companies are demanding in the digital age.

The program is one of only a few nationally—and the only undergraduate program in the State University of New York (SUNY) system—with a strong focus on both management competencies and information technology (IT).

The curriculum was designed with input from alumni, recruiters and industry executives, and includes courses in cybersecurity, big data, telecommunications, IT project management, systems analysis and design, and database management.

Students will learn to solve business problems and leverage technology to deliver results for an organization. In addition, they will develop the soft skills to communicate effectively, collaborate productively and lead a team.

“In the School of Management, we continuously evaluate our programs to ensure we’re providing our students with the latest in management knowledge and experiences,” says Paul Tesluk, dean of the UB School of Management. “Our new bachelor’s degree will equip our graduates with the skills to use emerging technologies, analyze data and lead in any industry or area they choose.”

As demand soars for tech-related roles—particularly in software development, computer systems analysis and cybersecurity—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects opportunities in this sector will grow by more than 500,000 jobs by 2026.

“This would have been my major if it existed when I was at UB,” says Stephen Cross, BS ’99, PMBA ’06, vice president and chief information officer at Merchants Insurance Group. “The new degree will give students the technical and business foundations to excel in key IT roles, and provide employers in multiple industries with qualified candidates to fill open systems, testing, security and other analyst positions.”

For more information on the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Technology and Management program, visit mgt.buffalo.edu/bsitm.

Accredited by the prestigious AACSB International, the UB School of Management also offers undergraduate degree programs in business administration and accounting. In addition, this fall, the school will launch three 4+1 combined BS and Master of Science (MS) programs to provide a seamless, time-efficient way for students to earn both degrees. The 4+1 programs lead to a BS and MS in accounting; a BS in business administration and MS in finance; and a BS in business administration and MS in management information systems.

The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit mgt.buffalo.edu.

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