Albany Law & RPI's Lally School Announce Joint Master Degree Programs

Albany Law and RPI Announce Joint Programs

2/27/2007 | Facebook|Twitter|Email
Date: 02/27/2007

Albany Law's MS in Legal Studies -- Concentration in Technology Transfer and Lally School 's MS in the Commercialization of Technology will launch Fall 2007

Albany Law School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announced today that the two institutions of higher learning will jointly begin offering two new and truly innovative, market-driven Master Degree programs in the fall of 2007.  The collaboration is the first between the two schools located in the heart of New York's Tech Valley corridor, and is unique in the rapidly emerging field of technology transfer study.

Albany Law School's Master of Science in Legal Studies with a Concentration in Technology Transfer, and Rensselaer's Master of Science in Commercialization of Technology will both begin in the fall of 2007.  Participants cite the Albany Law - Rensselaer collaboration as a prime example of how higher education programs in New York's Tech Valley can come together in a highly efficient manner, drawing on their respective strengths to meet rapidly emerging regional and national needs in the area of technology transfer.

"This collaboration was forged between our two institutions due to the rapid proliferation of new technologies, patents and start-up enterprises in the Capital Region, and the critical need to help professionals in the field facilitate the quality of technology transfer in the region," said David Gautschi, Dean of Rensselaer's Lally School of Management & Technology.  "This is a great opportunity for two of the Capital Region's leading higher education institutions to come together to work as a team in a way that addresses the real world needs of our students and faculty, local businesses, and Tech Valley as a whole," added Gautschi.

"By collaborating, our two schools can enhance the educational opportunities as well as the quality of technology transfer in the region," said Thomas Guernsey, Dean and President of Albany Law School. "It makes both perfect business and educational sense that our two world class institutions focused on complementary but rapidly converging disciplines work together to offer the type of specialized, interdisciplinary, technology-based degrees that the market is clamoring for. We believe no other school in the country offers a degree like this. I need to thank State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno for providing the funding and foresight to develop our technology transfer program."

Introduced in the fall of 2007, Albany Law's M.S. in Legal Studies - Concentration in Technology Transfer will include legal courses such as Trademarks, Contracts, Patents and Licensing as well as business courses from Rensselaer's Lally School of Management such as Valuation of Technology, Fundamentals of Technology Marketing, and Tax Aspects of Technology Transfer.  Information on enrollment can be found at

Also being introduced in the fall of 2007 is Rensselaer's Lally School of Management & Technology's Master of Science in Commercialization of Technology.  Students will come mainly from Rensselaer undergraduate programs in Management, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, Architecture, Computer Science, Product Design and Innovation, and Cognitive Psychology.  The students will have training in Management as well as selected technologies from these disciplines, and will go on to learn these subjects at a graduate level so that they are prepared to bring leading edge technologies to market. Upon completion of at least 30 credits of graduate courses, students will then choose to either 1) take their new technology to market as start-up entrepreneurs, 2) pursue Albany Law's M.S. degree in Legal Studies - Concentration in Technology Transfer or 3) work for 18 months in a technology-related industry then return to Rensselaer for another year to earn an MBA. More information on enrollment can be found at