Saunders College of Business Rochester Institute of Technology

Saunders College of Business Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY
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8 Departments and Programs
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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. RIT offers a large, internationally-diverse student body.

For 30 years, RIT has been recognized for educational quality and value in "U.S. News & World Report." RIT has traditionally been listed among the top 10 regional universities since the magazine started its annual ranking of colleges in 1983. RIT is again included in the "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

Business Ready, Day One. With a vision to be the first choice for enterprising students and creative enterprises, Saunders College of Business attracts students who possess a curiosity that drives them and who place a premium on entrepreneurial thinking and innovative solutions.

At Saunders, students come first. They get an innovative edge and access to the vast resources in business, technology, and design that can only be found at Rochester Institute of Technology. Graduate students utilize concentrations and electives that allow them to customize their experience through an expansive and powerful offering of RIT graduate courses, business students share classrooms with artists, designers, engineers, and computer scientists. This gives Saunders graduates the ability to differentiate themselves successfully, within a crowded job market.

Plus, with strong corporate connections built through a strong tradition of cooperative education, Saunders delivers an applied curriculum that prepares students to be career-ready upon graduation. The result-a perfect match for employers and a 94% placement rate.


We elevate students to make immediate and enduring contributions to organizations and the world through career-oriented experiences and our teaching and research, which integrate business, technology, and design thinking.

Saunders College of Business is one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Enrolling more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Saunders College works in partnership with RIT's entrepreneurial Venture Creations incubator and #1 ranked Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship to integrate business education with RIT's world-leading technical and creative programs. Saunders College offers seven undergraduate, three MS, two Executive MBA, and five MBA programs where students gain real-world business experiences in the classroom and through co-ops.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Experience a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program unlike any other at Saunders College of Business. Saunders gives you the personalized attention you deserve, while tapping the resources of Rochester Institute of Technology that is #2 in producing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) graduates in the country.

- Full-Time

- Part-Time

- Accelerated 4+1 (one-year option for undergraduate business students)

- Fast Track (one-year option for non-business undergraduate students)

MBA Concentrations

- Accounting

- Entrepreneurship

- Environmentally Sustainable Management

- Finance

- International Business

- Management and Leadership

- Management Information Systems

- Marketing

- Operations and Supply Chain Management

- Product Commercialization

- Quality and Organizational Improvement

- Technology Management

- Communication and Media Technologies

- Health Systems Administration

- Human Resource Development

- Engineering Management

- Public Policy

Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Accounting

In addition to the educational preparation for a career leading to top management, the MBA in Accounting program fulfills the education requirements that allow students to sit for the New York State Certified Public Accountancy exam. The program stresses 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.


Explore our Executive MBA programs designed for working professional with over 7 years managerial experience. Both on-campus and online programs are available, providing the same curriculum featuring an Executive MBA Capstone project and international study trip.

- On Campus

- Online

- Custom Executive Education

Master of Science (MS) in Computational Finance

Delivers the combined strengths of Saunders College of Business and the School of Mathematical Sciences at RIT. The 17-month program is designed for students interested in computational or quantitative finance careers in banking, finance, and a growing number of additional industries. The program addresses a vital and growing career field, reaching beyond banking and finance. The program qualifies international students to apply for a 17-month F-1 OPT STEM Extension to their OPT (Optional Practical Training) period.

Master of Science (MS) in Finance

Designed to prepare students for managerial careers in corporate finance, investment analysis and portfolio management, financial consulting and financial institutions. The analytical, deductive nature of the program creates financial professionals who can adapt to dynamic changes in the deregulated financial industry and its dramatic growth in investment options. Its courses prepare students to sit for the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. Full-time and part-time options available.

Master of Science (MS) in Management

A flexible program that produces leaders who will obtain the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to function effectively at all levels of complex organizations. Students will take core courses in leadership, negotiation, business ethics, and innovation management. Students then choose one of three specialized tracks of study: Global Management and Supply Chain Management, Product and Service Development, or Leadership. A broad array of electives in areas such as: digital marketing, information systems, sustainability, and business intelligence will allow the student to tailor the program to individual needs and interests. The program features a capstone project and culminates with a comprehensive exam or a six-credit graduate project. Full-time and part-time options available.

Master of Science (MS) in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures

Focuses on the entrepreneurial and innovation process, by which inventions or creative new ideas are brought to market. Innovation and entrepreneurship skills are not just for starting new companies. Existing businesses are also recognizing the increasing importance of these enterprising skills as they are critical in remaining competitive in today's ever changing, global marketplace. Either to bring new products from conceptualization to market or identifying and implementing new processes and procedures, graduates of the program will have a unique combination of technical and business expertise relevant to large incumbent firms or new start-up ventures.

Location & Contact

Saunders College of Business

Rochester Institute of Technology

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

Dr. Jacqueline Mozrall


Phone: 585-475-6025

Diane Ellison

Associate Vice President, Graduate Enrollment Services

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

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Business Administration And Management Executive Master of Business Administration (Exec MBA)
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 126
    • 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


51% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 609
    • Accepted 312
    • Acceptance Rate 51
    • Enrolled 152
  • 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 Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT or GRE, minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended)
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 550 paper-based; 79 iBT), IELTS (minimum score 6.5), or PTE

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students283
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students283
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Full-time Percentage75%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian62%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown25%


  • 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