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Saunders College of Business

Rochester, NY


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Saunders College of Business Rochester Institute of Technology

Saunders College of Business offers 14 undergraduate majors & minors, and 12 graduate degree programs. With a 95% career outcome rate after graduation.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Established in 1829, the Rochester Institute of Technology is a private, coeducational university located in Rochester, New York in the northeastern region of the United States. 

A leader in preparing students for careers in the dynamic global environment, the university has a diverse range of programs from engineering, science, and technology to the arts, business, education, humanities, and social sciences. It consists of 9 colleges that provide career-oriented programs and experiential learning. 

"U.S. News & World Report” has ranked RIT 104th among  national universities and is again included in "Princeton Review's" list of Best Graduate Business Schools and is home to the #1 Student Innovation Center in the nation as ranked by "Best Colleges Online."

Saunders College of Business Overview

Saunders College of Business is one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology. Enrolling more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Saunders College of Business offers 14 undergraduate majors and minors, and 12 graduate degree programs. Business students share classrooms with artists, designers, engineers, and computer scientists and gain access to vast resources in business, technology, and design. 


With strong corporate connections built through an enduring tradition of cooperative education, Saunders delivers an applied curriculum that prepares students to be career-ready upon graduating. Employers value this approach, as evidenced by RIT’s 94% outcome rates across all Saunders programs.


In the 2020 edition of “U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges,” Saunders College of Business is ranked  #1 in Western NY, and #66 nationally for undergraduate business programs.


In 2019, Saunders ranked #8 in the top 25 online MBA programs in a “Princeton Review” list, after earning Top 10 placements the past four years since the inception of the “Princeton Review’s” comprehensive rankings of online MBA programs in 2015.


Saunders College of Business consists of four academic departments:


Finance and Accounting Department

Offers courses in risk management, information systems, taxation, and financial statement analysis.


International Hospitality & Service Innovation Department

Prepares students for roles in operations, strategy development, financial management, and marketing and technology.


Management Department

Prepares students to assume top management processes, decision making, and negotiations.


MIS, Marketing & Digital Business Department

Offers courses in risk management, information systems, taxation, and financial statement analysis.


Academic areas covered within the departments of Saunders College of Business include:


  • Accounting
  • Decision Sciences
  • Digital Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • New Media Marketing

Faculty of Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology

Saunders College of Business faculty members bring a combination of real-world and academic knowledge of business problems to the classroom. A high faculty-to-student ratio allows Saunders to deliver small class sizes. Teaching methods include case studies, seminars, simulations, and independent work. Faculty choose the method most appropriate to the material and their individual styles. Saunders students also have opportunities to work with faculty in advancing research initiatives. 

Research produced by Saunders College of Business

Research is a vital component of Saunders College of Business. Featured research topics include: cybersecurity, digital marketing, strategic leadership, corporate game theory social media and entrepreneurship, fraud and litigation risk, auditing and pricing decisions, financial regulations, stock market trading algorithms, creativity in technology management, corporate social responsibility, social capital and work relationships, leadership, and IT adoption in U.S. healthcare.

Experiential Learning at Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world, annually placing more than 4,500 students in more than 6,200 co-op assignments with more than 2,200 employing organizations. A co-op gives students real-world job experience to help inform future career decisions. Students do not pay tuition while on co-op.


In most cases, co-op at Sanders College of Business begins after students have completed the first two years of their academic program. To fulfill the requirement, co-op students must complete one semester (fall, spring or summer term) of full-time employment (35-to-40 hours a week) or two semesters of part-time employment (15-to-30 hours).

Future Employment for Saunders College of Business graduates

Corporate partnerships at Saunders College of Business allow inputs from industry experts, helping programs stay in-tune to the latest industry trends and employer demands for talent. Partnerships allow employers to tap into the Saunders community, ensuring they find the skills and experience they seek in college graduates.

Saunders College of Business Alumni

Rochester Institute of Technology Business alums are part of a dynamic network of over 24,000 Saunders College of Business alumni and nearly 125,000 RIT alumni that are making an impact around the globe. Notable alumni include:


Mark Laport ‘92

Co-founder, president and CEO, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, one of the largest hospitality companies in North America with hotels in both the US and Canada.


Linda Strutsman ‘94 

Recipient of the “25 Women of Vision” award sponsored by the Information Security Magazine; managing director at The International Information Integrity Institute; formerly senior vice president in Corporate Information Security with Bank of America, and prior to that served as chief information security officer (CISO) at Xerox.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)
Executive Master of Business Administration (Exec MBA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 145
Other Advanced Degrees 1

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GMAT or GRE
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended)

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 2.16%
Black or African American 2.96%
White or Caucasian 40%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 3.5%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 1.62%
Unknown 22.37%


Male (52%)
Female (47%)


Focus of faculty research: Corporate environmental strategy and sustainability, lean manufacturing and environmental performance, entrepreneurship, data analytics, computational finance, technology and information management, marketing and digital marketing
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 105 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY  14623-5608
United States
Contact Dr. Jacqueline Mozrall
Phone: 585-475-6025

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