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Graduate Study

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Looking to combine several concentration areas into one customized graduate program?

You can with RIT’s MS Professional Studies program

No GRE or GMAT Required!         Scholarships Available!         Up to six credits awarded for prior work experience (subject to approval)

This is a true Master of Science program that allows you to customize your graduate degree. The program is designed for motivated individuals whose wide-ranging interests are not satisfied by one of our other specialized graduate programs alone. Also, the MS in Professional Studies degree can be completed online or on campus, depending on the concentrations you choose.

Students design two to three areas of concentration with guidance from program advisors and draw from more than 40 of RIT’s graduate programs in designing their individualized course of study.

Common Concentration Areas

Applied & Computational Mathematics
Applied Statistics/Quality
Business (Marketing, Management, etc.)
Color Science
Communication & Media Technology
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Electrical Engineering
Environmental, Health & Safety Management
Facilities Management
Health Systems Administration
Human Resource Development
Imaging Science
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Industrial Design
Information Sciences & Technologies
Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering
Packaging Science
Print Media
Product Development & Design
Project Management
Public Policy
School Psychology
Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Service Management
Software Development
Software Engineering
Telecommunications Engineering
Training, Design & Assessment
Visual Communications Design

Course availability varies based on concentrations selected. All applicants are urged to discuss their plans with the professional studies program adviser before submitting a formal application.

Here are just a few examples of potentially powerful concentration combinations - fashion your own!

Facilities Management & Sustainability - set yourself up to transform a company’s facilities and operations to be more sustainable!
Communication & Media Technology & Public Policy - most government organizations and elected officials have communications officers - you could be one of them.
Information Sciences & Technologies and Training, Design & Assessment - learn to develop computer-based training programs that you can market for yourself or your employer.
Color Science and Print Media - contribute to cutting-edge research in color reproduction and optimization for printing.
School Psychology and Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing - become a specialist in providing psychological services in school settings to individuals who are deaf.
Product Development and Project Management - build on engineering skills to move into leadership positions in your organization.

A typical course sequence looks like this (if pursuing full time):

This program consists of 33 semester credit hours (11 courses) and can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. There is only one required core course that you take at the start of the program - Context and Trends - this course introduces students to interdisciplinary thinking, personal self-assessment, problem solving, goal setting, and research techniques using electronic information resources. Students work toward selecting concentrations and finalizing a plan of study for their graduate program. You select the remaining courses from your concentration areas. A capstone project completes the program.

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PROF-705 Context and Trends 3
  Concentration A course 3
  Concentration B course 3
  Concentration A course 3
  Concentration A course 3
  Concentration B course 3
Second Year
  Concentration A or elective course 3
  Concentration A or elective course 3
  Concentration B course 3
  Concentration B or elective course 3
PROF-775 Capstone Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 33


Here’s what some past MS Professional Studies students have said about the program and RIT’s Center for Multidisciplinary Studies (CMS):

“I loved the fact that I could use the best of several disciplines to advance my career. This type of program gives students a distinct advantage in the workplace because they are able to connect the dots whereas others may be restricted to their area of expertise.”

“Finishing the program with expertise in two concentrations has made me more valuable in the workplace. As the demand for cross-trained employees rises, I feel I am better suited to be successful.”

“I started working directly in my field because of the unique mix of courses I was able to put together in CMS.”

Want to know more?

Contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment
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