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Saunders College of Business Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Rochester, NY
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 40%60%
    student ratio
  • 293
    total students
  • $37,236 | $37,236
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


About RIT

RIT is a nationally respected leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds- and from 50 states and more than 110 countries- have chosen to attend RIT. As a major technical university, RIT offers academic opportunities that extend far beyond science and technology, including more liberal arts courses and faculty than you will find at most liberal arts colleges. With a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences, you'll gain an understanding of both technological developments and the philosophy and ethical issues that go with them. RIT offers a large, internationally-diverse student body.

"U.S. News and World Report" again ranked RIT as one of the top U.S. master's universities and RIT is again included in the "Princeton Review's" list of Best Graduate Business Schools as well as Fiske Guide's list of "Best Value" Universities.

E. Philip Saunders College of Business

The E. Philip Saunders College of Business offers a portfolio of comprehensive, rigorous programs of study preparing students to compete and succeed in this type of business environment. The innovative, multidisciplinary curriculum- embedding an international perspective and current technology throughout- produces graduates able to convert managerial learning into pragmatic business applications.

The Saunders College of Business offers a diverse array of graduate programs available on a full or part-time basis. Graduate students have the flexibility to choose a paid co-operative work situation in order to gain needed experience or to move rapidly to the completion of their M.B.A. or M.S. degree. The College's graduate programs are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier accrediting organization for business schools. Only about one quarter of the institutions granting business degrees have received this accreditation. The College also is an affiliate member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA).

Saunders faculty combine teaching excellence, innovative research, and personalized attention to meet student needs. The College's setting, in a technological university embarked on creative business partnering and entailing joint programs across colleges, opens unique opportunities for all partners- industry leaders, faculty, and students. Staff strive to provide a personal approach and unique experience for all of our students. From advising to career placement, the faculty and staff support students throughout their entire program.

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Master of Science (MS) in Finance

The MS in Finance is designed to prepare students for managerial careers in corporate finance, investment analysis and portfolio management, financial consulting, and financial institutions. Courses that closely parallel the education requirements of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam will prepare students who plan to take this exam.

Master of Science (MS) in Management

The MS in Management is a specialized program designed to provide students with the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to function effectively in a variety of management positions in complex organizations that are impacted by technological change and globalization. After taking several courses in research tools, the program culminates with a 2 course thesis or practicum.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA degree provides students with the capabilities for strategic and critical thinking needed for effective leadership in a global economy where creative management of both people and technology is vital. The curriculum begins with a solid, mainstream grounding in the functional areas of business and combines that foundation with the flexibility that allows students to specialize in one or two areas of expertise. In the classroom, students learn the latest theories and concepts, and how they can be immediately applied to solve problems in the workplace. There are over 20 concentrations available as well as the ability to create customized concentrations. Concentrations include:


-Digital Marketing


-Environmentally Sustainable Management


-Global Information Technology Management

-International Business

-Management and Leadership

-Managing Service Systems


-Marketing Research

-Operations Management

-Product Commercialization

-Quality and Applied Statistics

-Supply Chain Management

-Technology Management

-Industrial & Systems Engineering Management

-Health Systems Administration

-Software Project Management


-Web Programming/Multimedia

-Public Policy

-Communication & Media Technologies

-Human Resources Development

Master of Science (MS) in Innovation Management

The Master of Science degree in Innovation Management prepares students to lead the development and successful introduction of high technology solutions. Students in the program will gain expertise and experience in managing the innovation process: bringing new solutions from concept to widespread use, typically though not necessarily for profit. Entrepreneurial students may focus on innovation in their own businesses, but most projects are done with existing organizations. The program may include courses from other colleges at RIT relevant to the 2 quarter capstone project.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Accounting

Within the educational preparation for a career leading to top management provided by an MBA, the MBA - Accounting program fulfills New York State certified public accountancy (CPA) education requirements while stressing the skills necessary for the design, operation, and control of accounting information systems. The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. The MBA-Accounting program consists of 3 sets of courses: MBA core courses, additional accounting courses, and additional business courses.

Here are the many reasons to consider RIT's Saunders College of Business for graduate study:

- Generous scholarships awarded based on merit.

- Work experience is not required

-Students can start most of our business programs any terms of the school year, and we accept applications for Fall admission any time

-Flexible scheduling options are offered including day and evening classes, full-time and part time study, and an accelerated program

-8,000 on-campus jobs also are available to help you pay for grad school

-Over 20 concentration areas available including Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management and Leadership, and Technology Management

-RIT's partnerships with thousands of businesses draw hundreds of employers to its annual career fairs

-RIT alumni are made up of 1,700 c-level (CEO, CIO, CFO) executives worldwide

-New, high-tech, state-of-the-art facilities

-Internationally-recognized faculty

Location & Contact

Saunders College of Business

Rochester Institute of Technology

104 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5608
United States

Charles Ackley

Graduate Program Director

Phone: 585-475-6916

Diane Ellison

Assistant Vice President

Phone: 585-475-2229
Fax: 585-475-7164

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Executive Master of Business Administration (Exec MBA)
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 190
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


39% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 644
    • Accepted 252
    • Acceptance Rate 39
    • Enrolled 98
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline November 1st October 1st Not Reported
    • Spring deadline February 1st January 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT or GRE
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 580 paper-based; 92 iBT), IELTS (minimum score 7), or PTE (minimum score 63)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$37,236
    • Out-of-state tuition *$37,236
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$250.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students293
    • Female Percentage40%
    • Male Percentage60%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students293
    • Part-time Percentage34%
    • Full-time Percentage66%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian58%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown30%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchInternational business, manufacturing and materials management, management and technology, corporate environmental strategy and management, lean manufacturing and environmental performance, entrepreneurship
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported





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