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See the department website - http://saunders.rit.edu/graduate/mba_program.php. The master of business administration 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. Read more
See the department website - http://saunders.rit.edu/graduate/mba_program.php

The master of business administration 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 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.

Plan of study

The MBA program requires 48 credit hours and consists of 16 courses, 11 of which are devoted to core functional areas and five available in concentration areas and as electives.

- Concentrations

An MBA concentration is a sequence of three courses in one discipline, giving you in-depth knowledge in that subject matter. In addition to the program's core courses, at least one area of concentration must be selected to complete the MBA program.

Our most popular MBA concentrations are featured below. Customized concentrations can also be created that leverage graduate courses offered at Saunders, as well as the other RIT colleges, providing a wide array of disciplinary focus areas. While several examples are provided, many possibilities exist. Students may also elect to complete a second concentration, if they choose. A graduate advisor can assist in developing a customized plan of study.

- Accounting

Designed for students planning to enter corporate accounting, this concentration is also an excellent complement to a concentration in finance or management information systems.

- Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurship concentration is designed to enable students to recognize and commercialize attractive business opportunities—either by new independent ventures or by established firms seeking growth or rejuvenation. It involves integrating all functions of business (marketing, innovation, finance, accounting, etc.) within one coordinated value-creating initiative.

The concentration requires an applied entrepreneurial learning experience that may be satisfied through either the Field Experience in Business Consulting (MGMT-753) course or an approved commercialization project. These projects may involve students developing their own businesses or working with RIT incubator companies, local start-up firms, or RIT multidisciplinary commercialization projects.

- Environmentally sustainable management

With a goal of familiarizing students with environmentally sustainable business practices, this concentration is attractive to those with an overall interest in understanding how firms can manage social and political demands for more environmentally sustainable products and operations. It may be of particular interest to those students in industries with a significant environmental impact such as the automotive, chemical, energy, transportation, or agricultural industries, where environmental issues are central to operational and strategic decision making.

- Finance

This concentration is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in finance and allow students to choose courses appropriate for a career in investments or corporate finance. Students interested in investments will acquire advanced skills in securities evaluation and portfolio management. Those interested in corporate finance will acquire advanced skills in budgeting, planning, global financing and operations, and corporate risk management.

- International business

This concentration prepares graduates for today's global business environment. Regardless of size, nearly all enterprises operate globally: sourcing, producing, researching, and marketing worldwide. Suppliers and competitors are not only across the street, they are around the globe. Balancing the needs of local, regional, and national communities--and the benefits attained from global competition and cooperation--requires an understanding of the international dimensions of business. Managers and professionals must be able to think, market, negotiate, and make decisions designed for the diversity, complexity, and dynamism that are the hallmarks of global business.

- Management and leadership

Managers need to combine effective leadership with analytical reasoning. The management and leadership concentration provides students with the leadership skills needed to be successful managers in business, nonprofit, and public organizations. Students develop the essential analytical and decision-making skills for today's rapidly changing world. They learn why change is difficult, when to initiate change, and how to introduce and manage change in the workplace. These courses also prepare students for the demands of managing people and projects.

- Management information systems

This concentration enhances students' understanding of modern information systems. It was designed for students who may not have a background in computers or information systems.

- Marketing

The overall process of entering markets, creating value for customers, and developing profit for the firm are the fundamental challenges for today's marketing manager. Effective marketing must consider the target audience, along with the changing business environment and competitive pressures of technological and global challenges. Additionally, digital media, the Internet, and big data continue to drive the development of our global marketplace. Digital marketing is evolving quickly creating an enormous need to understand the implications of these shifts for strategic initiatives in marketing and advertising.

- Operations management and supply chain management

This concentration focuses on providing the knowledge to assist in developing, and implementing, efficient supplier systems in order to maximize customer value. Supply chain management is focused on the coordination of the associated processes required both within a business, as well as across businesses/suppliers, to deliver products and services - from raw materials to customer delivery. In addition to courses covering project management, quality control, process improvement and supply chain management, additional electives allow students to broaden their knowledge base across other relevant operations and supply chain management functions.

- Product commercialization

This concentration targets students who are interested in developing expertise in managing the marketing-related activities required to move new products and services through preliminary business and development stages to a successful launch. The commercialization of new corporate offerings is increasingly important as product life cycles get shorter.

- Quality and applied statistics

This concentration is for students interested in studying the technical aspect of managing quality (i.e., statistical quality control). Students gain an understanding of the basics of statistical process control, quality improvement, acceptance sampling, and off-line quality control techniques such as the design of experiments.

- Technology management

In a constantly changing environment, the ability of an organization to innovate and renew itself is critical if it is to survive and prosper. Technology managers, who are typically responsible for the innovation and application of new technology, are central to the long-term strategy and success of their companies. To manage these processes well, managers need to understand both business and technological perspectives. Co-op or internship experience in high-technology settings may be helpful to students pursuing a specialty in technology management.

- Customized concentration options

In addition to the above concentrations, MBA students may create a customized three-course concentration utilizing graduate courses from Saunders and other RIT colleges. Some examples are listed below, while additional options may be pursued on a case by case basis. To create a customized concentration the approval of a Saunders College graduate advisor is needed, and course prerequisites may apply.

- Communication and media technologies

Communication, and the technologies for message creation and dissemination, is at the center of dramatic economic, social, and cultural changes occurring as a result of technological development and global connectedness. This concentration, offered by the College of Liberal Arts, prepares students for careers as communication experts in commerce, industry, education, entertainment, government, and the not-for-profit sector.

- Health systems administration

Specifically designed for students employed in the health care environment, this concentration, offered by the College of Applied Science and Technology, introduces up-to-date, industry-relevant content that is continually developed in response to the changing health care environment. All courses in this concentration are offered online.

- Human resource development

The field of human resource development has grown in both size and importance over the last decade, leading to a higher demand for educated and skilled human resource professionals. This concentration, offered by the College of Applied Science and Technology, provides education in training, and career and organizational development.

- Industrial and systems engineering management

Organizations need individuals who possess a blend of technical and business skills, as well as the integrated systems perspective needed to commercialize complex products and services. This concentration, offered by the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, may be significantly interdisciplinary.

- Information technology

Corporations are aware of the cost savings and performance improvement possible when information technology is applied in a systematic manner, improving organizational information flow, employee learning, and business performance. Information technology includes a mixture of computers and multipurpose devices, information media, and communication technology. Students may choose from the following areas of specialization: Web programming/multimedia, software project management, programming, or telecommunications. This concentration is offered by the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

- Print media

Leadership and management in the print media industry require an understanding of the cutting-edge technology and emerging markets to articulate a corporate vision that encompasses new opportunities and directions. This concentration, offered by the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, is designed to provide a solid technical background in cross-media digital workflow processes and a keen understanding of the issues and trends in the print media industry.

- Public policy

Formulating public policy and understanding its impact are critical, whether you work in government, not-for-profit, or the private sector. This concentration, offered by the College of Liberal Arts, gives students the skills to effectively formulate public policy and evaluate its impact, particularly as related to science and technology issues. The courses focus on policy formation, implementation, and analysis.

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See the department website - http://saunders.rit.edu/executive/index.php. The executive MBA is an integrated, 15-month, cohort-based program designed to develop future leaders and general managers in organizations serious about improving customer satisfaction, product quality, and organizational success. Read more
See the department website - http://saunders.rit.edu/executive/index.php

The executive MBA is an integrated, 15-month, cohort-based program designed to develop future leaders and general managers in organizations serious about improving customer satisfaction, product quality, and organizational success.

A team of faculty and executives from all sectors of business and industry designed the program for professionals with substantial career experience. Through the use of practical approaches to improving business results and increasing personal productivity, participants will:

- strengthen their leadership and interactive skills by collaborating with teams of professional peers and faculty;

- develop strategic perspectives consistent with the needs of customers, stockholders, employees, the community, and other organizational stakeholders;

- apply cross-functional approaches to enhance their analytical and decision-making capabilities; and

- obtain a solid foundation in the functional areas of business.

Students must have a minimum of six years of professional work experience. Participants work in teams, studying a curriculum that focuses on developing general management skills with a strategic focus. The program is structured in an interactive fashion, with an emphasis on cross-functional integration.

Plan of study

The program consists of 15 months of alternating weekends (all day Fridays and Saturdays), a one-week on-campus session, and a one-week international study trip.

The curriculum focuses on core business concepts, providing fundamental skills, knowledge, and perspectives in accounting, statistics, leadership, finance, and economics. The program develops skills in cross-functional analysis with an emphasis on strategy, marketing, technology, and international business. Interdisciplinary examples, case analyses, and an applied orientation are key components of the program.

The program features practical experience obtained through capstone consulting projects; ongoing support for career-oriented skills such as career development planning, communications, and team building; the application of a cross-functional business simulation model; and a week-long international business trip.

Additional information

- Sponsorship

Employers sponsoring students must permit candidates to attend scheduled classes, the on-campus session, and the international trip. The program's week-long session occurs in the summer, and the international trip takes place in the student’s final semester. Business owners or individuals may sponsor themselves.

Curriculum

- First Year

Team Building and Ethics (August)
Accounting and Organizational Goals
Managerial Accounting
Statistical Analysis for Managers
Leadership
Leadership Development I
Microeconomics and Pricing
Valuation and Capital Budgeting
Financial Planning and Analysis
Power and Influence
Marketing Strategy
Strategic Thinking I
Strategic Thinking II
Business Simulation (summer)
Systems Support for Operations (summer)
Capstone Consulting Project I (summer)
Managing Technology, Innovation and Research (summer)
Leadership Development II (summer)
Managing New Product Commercialization (summer)

- Second Year

International Business
International Study Seminar
International Finance
Executive Leadership
Capstone Consulting Project II

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The Masters of Science degree program in Business Analytics (MS-BA) is designed to meet the rising national and international demand of businesses for professionals who can collect, analyze, and interpret the avalanche of data created in the context of economic activity. Read more

The Masters of Science degree program in Business Analytics (MS-BA) is designed to meet the rising national and international demand of businesses for professionals who can collect, analyze, and interpret the avalanche of data created in the context of economic activity.

This unique program will:

  • Address rising demand for business analysts of various types (e.g., pricing analyst, market analyst, process analyst, UX analyst) whose job entails the analysis of business-related data (e.g., transaction data for products, sentiments expressed by consumers) for the purpose of business decision making.
  • Position graduates in a world that appears increasingly data-centric (that is, more data generated and exponentially so) and data-decentralized (that is, both data collection and analysis is conducted within business units and sub-units rather than at the enterprise level).
  • Train graduates in the robust use of industry standard tools such as R and Python to solve business problems.
  • Train graduates to participate robustly in the entire value chain of business analytics - from strategy formulation to data collection/visualization to analysis and decision making.


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See the department website - http://executivembaonline.rit.edu/. Read more
See the department website - http://executivembaonline.rit.edu/

The online executive MBA is a challenging and demanding program designed to accelerate the careers of mature, high-performance professionals with significant business experience, unlike traditional MBA programs which are geared primarily toward a less experienced audience. The online program, delivered via distance learning, covers the same rigorous curriculum as the on campus EMBA.

The program is ideal for creative, innovative individuals who have gained experience in the workforce. Participants have established careers and are looking for proven and effective methods and strategies to propel them further up the career ladder. Students master executive skills such as strategic and cross–functional thinking and leadership. They learn from knowledgeable and professional instructors and from the successful, motivated, diverse peer group enrolled in the program.

The program encourages students to think outside the box and places a strong emphasis on group networking. Students leave the program with a solid network of influential peers.

Plan of study

This is a 17-month program with all courses completed online. Students can begin the program in the fall or spring semester. The course sequence presented is based on a student who begins their studies in the fall semester.

Curriculum

- First Year

Team Building and Ethics
Accounting and Organizational Goals
Managerial Accounting
Statistical Analysis for Managers
Leadership
Leadership Development I
Microeconomics and Pricing
Valuation and Capital Budgeting
Financial Planning and Analysis
Power and Influence
Marketing Strategy
Macroeconomics
Strategic Thinking I
Strategic Thinking II
Business Simulation
Managing Technology, Innovation and Research
Systems Support for Operations
Capstone Consulting Project I

- Second Year

Managing New Product Commercialization
International Business
International Study Seminar
International Finance
Executive Leadership
Capstone Consulting Project II
Leadership Development II

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See the department website - http://saunders.rit.edu/graduate/ms_management.php. The master of science in management is designed for individuals who have a liberal arts, science, or technology background and who are interested in a career in business management. Read more
See the department website - http://saunders.rit.edu/graduate/ms_management.php

The master of science in management is designed for individuals who have a liberal arts, science, or technology background and who are interested in a career in business management. The 12-month program provides students with a solid foundation in business expertise in one of the following tracks: global management and supply chain management, product and service development, or leadership.

Tracks

- Global management and supply chain management

The global management and supply chain management track prepares students to be effective business leaders in today’s global economy. Course work provides a background in significant aspects of managing and operating a multi-national business, including international competitive strategy, cross-cultural human resource management, global marketing, and global logistics and operation management.

- Product and service development

The product and service development track develops skills needed to manage the technology development process, coordinate R&D and marketing functions of an organization, and capture value from the commercialization process with business model innovation. Career opportunities range from critical analysis positions, technology and new product project manager positions, brand managers, and functional management occupations like CIO, CTO and CEOs of technology start-ups.

- Leadership

The leadership track develops individual leadership styles and skills needed to manage and lead people and leading organizations. It positions students for advancement to an executive-level managerial position.

Students also have the opportunity to customize their program. By using elective courses, students may choose graduate courses in a number of exciting fields across all of RIT's colleges. The program prepares students for leadership positions and careers in management.

- Plan of study

The program consists of 30 semester credit hours, plus a graduate project or comprehensive exam. Students selecting a graduate project should use one of their electives to enroll in MGMT-791 in the spring or summer term.

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In addition to the educational preparation for a career leading to top management, the master of business administration—accounting fulfills the educational requirements that allow students to sit for the New York State Certified Public Accountancy exam. Read more
In addition to the educational preparation for a career leading to top management, the master of business administration—accounting fulfills the educational 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.

Plan of study

Students complete foundation, accounting, and business courses. The program offers two tracks, one for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting and one for students who have an undergraduate degree in a field outside of business, economics, statistics, or accounting.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MBA—accounting program, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,

- Have working knowledge of algebra and statistics,

- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,

- Submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (GMAT preferred for international applicants and those applying for scholarships),

- Submit a personal statement,

- Submit a current resume, and

- Complete a graduate application.

- International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum acceptable score is 7.0. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions. For additional information on the IELTS, visit http://www.ielts.org.

Accepted students can defer enrollment for up to one year. After one year, a new application must be submitted and will be re-evaluated based on the most current admission standards.

Completed applications for admission should be on file in the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services at least four weeks prior to registration for the next academic semester for students from the United States, and up to 10 weeks prior for international students applying for student visas.

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The master of science degree in entrepreneurship and innovative ventures focuses on the entrepreneurial and innovation process, by which inventions or creative new ideas are brought to market. Read more

Program overview

The master of science degree in entrepreneurship and innovative ventures focuses on the entrepreneurial and innovation process, by which inventions or creative new ideas are brought to market. Graduates achieve a unique combination of technical and business expertise that is especially relevant to start-up ventures.

Plan of study

The program requires students to complete 30 credit hours consisting of:
-Six required core courses designed to increase a student’s knowledge of accounting, organizational behavior and leadership, technology management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and product commercialization.
-Two innovation courses that increase student's knowledge of managing the innovation process.
-Two elective courses that provide students with additional background in areas of interest.

Curriculum

Entrepreneurship and innovative ventures, MS degree, typical course sequence:
-Organizational Behavior and Leadership
-Marketing Concepts and Commercialization
-Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
-Legal and Accounting Issues for New Ventures
-Financing New Ventures
-Applied Venture Creation*
Choose two of the following courses:
-Project Management
-Design Theory and Methods Seminar
-Management of Innovation in Products and Services
-Technology Management
-Product and Brand Management
-Commercialization and Marketing of New Products
-Graduate Electives†

* Students enrolled in Applied Venture Creation (MGMT-765) may work on their own project in the course or they may work on a project in conjunction with Venture Creations, RIT's business incubator.
† Graduate electives taken at RIT may be in courses outside the Saunders College.

Other admission requirements

-Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
-Submit a current resume.
-Submit an essay*.
-Complete a graduate application, and submit the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test† (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (GRE scores more than five years old will not be accepted).

* Applicants are required to submit an essay based on one of the following topics: (1) Describe an ethical dilemma you have faced and how you resolved it; (2) Explain what you have learned from a managerial, leadership, or team experience that was not completely successfully; or (3) Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you added value to your organization. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, and two pages in length.
† The GMAT may be waived if an applicant has a GPA of 3.25 or higher, or they can present evidence of professional work experience of six or more years. Students who cannot submit a GMAT, GRE, or one of the two waiver requirements may be considered for admission on a case by case basis.

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See the department website - http://www.rit.edu/cast/servicesystems/service-leadership-innovation. Today’s global economy requires visionary management, a 360-degree view of customers, and breakthrough service strategies. Read more
See the department website - http://www.rit.edu/cast/servicesystems/service-leadership-innovation

Today’s global economy requires visionary management, a 360-degree view of customers, and breakthrough service strategies. Service leadership and innovation is a graduate program that allows those who work in any industry to transform their organization through novel ways of thinking, problem-solving and projecting the future. By learning how to see and capitalize on opportunities that others miss, graduates of the program are positioned to take employees, and themselves, to new levels of success in a constantly changing world.

Plan of study

- Thesis/Capstone/Exam options

All students must complete a thesis, capstone project, or comprehensive exam as a culminating experience, which allows for the demonstration of competencies for theory and application material for the discipline. Students will be informed by the program adviser and/or program faculty as to which option is most appropriate based on career goals and objectives. In the program the default is to complete the comprehensive examination upon completion of required and elective course work. If a student seeks to complete a thesis or capstone project, this alternative strategy is possible if the faculty adviser and department chair agrees with the student in their ability to complete this strategy.

International Students

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing Systems (ILETS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) will be accepted in place of the TOFEL. The absolute minimum score for consideration for admission is 6.5 for the IELTS and 62 for PTE. Upon arrival at RIT, international students may be asked to take an English language proficiency exam. Those who do not meet the minimum standard will be required to take additional English language courses.

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