Business Administration MBA

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Keith Davis

Department Contact

Jenna Lenhardt

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring/Summer
Entrance Exam GMAT or GRE
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 92
PTE Academic 63


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The MBA program requires 48 semester credit hours and consists of 16 courses, 11 of which are devoted to core functional areas, and five are dedicated to concentration areas and electives. An MBA concentration is a sequence of three courses in one discipline, giving you in-depth knowledge in a chosen topic.


Students may choose from a variety of concentrations that best fit their career goals. Popular business disciplines includes finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship. You may choose from a number of joint concentrations offered in partnership with RIT's other colleges. Students may also create a custom concentration using any graduate course offered at RIT (subject to prerequisites and program director review and approval).


Business administration, MBA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
ACCT-603 Accounting for Decision Makers 3
DECS-743 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3
ESCB-705 Economics and Decision Modeling 3
FINC-721 Financial Analysis for Managers 3
MGIS-650 Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Intelligence 3
MGIS-735 Design and Information Systems 3
MGMT-735 Management of Innovation in Products and Services 3
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership  3
MGMT-759 Competitive Strategy 3
MGMT-775 Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics 3
MKTG-761 Marketing Concepts and Commercialization 3
  MBA Electives (concentration courses) 15
Total Semester Credit Hours 48


Choose three of the following:
   ACCT-645    Accounting Information Systems
   ACCT-704    Corporate Financial Accounting I
   ACCT-705    Corporate Financial Accounting II
   ACCT-706    Cost Management
   ACCT-707    Advanced Accounting
   ACCT-708    Auditing and Professional Responsibility
   ACCT-709    Basic Taxation
   ACCT-710    Tax Analysis and Strategy
   ACCT-711    Internal Auditing
   ACCT-738    Information Systems Auditing and Assurance Services
   ACCT-740    Comparative Financial Statement Analysis
   ACCT-741    Cases in Forensic and Fraud Examination
   ACCT-758    Seminar in Accounting*
   ACCT-795    Financial Accounting Theory and Research

* Topics may vary.

Digital marketing
Required courses:
MKTG-722 Internet Marketing: Strategy and Tactics
MKTG-768 Marketing Analytics
Choose one of the following:
   MKTG-758    Seminar in Marketing
   MKTG-762    Strategic Marketing Management
   MKTG-763    Buyer Behavior
   MKTG-773    Database Marketing
   MKTG-778    Commercialization and Marketing of New Products
   MKTG-799    Independent Study in Marketing
   MKTG-7xx    Search Engine Marketing
MGMT-720 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
MGMT-753 Field Experience in Business Consulting
MKTG-776 Product and Brand Management
Environmentally sustainable management
MGMT-710 Managing for Environmental Sustainability
Choose two of the following:
   ECON-810    Economics of Sustainability
   ESHS-720    Environmental Health and Safety Management
   ESHS-725    EHS Accounting and Finance
   ESHS-750    ESH Project Management
   ISEE-785    Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering
   ISEE-786    Lifecycle Assessment
   ISUS-704    Industrial Ecology
   ISUS-710    Sustainable Product Design
   PUBL-751    Energy Policy
   PUBL-810    Technology, Policy and Sustainability
   STSO-750    Sustainable Communities

* Additional electives may be approved upon request.

FINC-725 Securities and Investment Analysis
Choose two of the following:
   FINC-605    Financing New Ventures
   FINC-722    Financial Management II
   FINC-725    Securities and Investment Analysis
   FINC-740    Options and Futures
   FINC-742    Financial Modeling and Analysis
   FINC-758    Seminar in Finance*
   FINC-760    Finance in a Global Environment
   FINC-774    Advanced Derivatives

* Topics may vary.

Innovation management
MGMT-743 Advanced Topics in Technology Management
Choose two of the following:
   BLEG-745    Legal and Ethical Issues in Technology Intensive Environments
   DECS-744    Project Management
   MGMT-720    Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
   MGMT-741    Managing Organizational Change
   MKTG-776    Product and Brand Management
International business
INTB-710 Global Business Opportunities and Threats
Choose any two of following:
   FINC-760    Finance in a Global Environment
   INTB-730    Cross-cultural Management
   INTB-750    Global Marketing Management
   INTB-758    Seminar in Global Business*
   INTB-780    Global Issues and Strategies

* Topics may vary.

Management and leadership
MGMT-741 Managing Organizational Change
Choose two of the following:
   BLEG-745    Legal and Ethical Issues in Technology Intensive Environments
   INTB-730    Cross-cultural Management
   MGMT-710    Managing for Environmental Sustainability
   MGMT-720    Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
   MGMT-750    Human Resource Management
   MGMT-755    Negotiations
   MGMT-756    Power and Influence
   MGMT-758    Seminar in Management*
   MGMT-763    Behavioral Skills for Managers and Professionals
   MGMT-775    Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

* Topics may vary.

Management information systems
MGIS-720 Information Systems Design and Development
Choose two of the following:
   MGIS-725    Data Management and Analytics
   MGIS-730    Information Technology Project Management
   MGIS-755    Information Technology Strategy and Management
   MGIS-760    Integrated Business Systems
   MGIS-761    Business Process Analysis and Workflow Design
MKTG-762 Strategic Marketing Management
MKTG-763 Buyer Behavior
Choose one of the following:
   MKTG-758    Seminar in Marketing*
   MKTG-768    Marketing Analytics
   MKTG-772    Internet Marketing Strategy and Tactics
   MKTG-773    Database Marketing
   MKTG-778    Commercialization and Marketing of New Products
  MKTG-799    Marketing Independent Study

* Topics may vary.

Product commercialization
MKTG-778 Commercialization and Marketing of New Products
Choose two of the following:
   DECS-744    Project Management
   MGMT-743    Advanced Topics in Technology Management
   MKTG-763    Buyer Behavior
   MKTG-771    Marketing Research Methods
   MKTG-776    Product and Brand Management
Quality and applied statistics
Choose three of the following:
   STAT-611    Statistical Software
   STAT-621    Statistical Quality Control
   STAT-670    Designing Experiment for Process Improvement
   ISEE-682    Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals
   STAT-701    Foundations of Experimental Design
   DECS-745    Quality Control and Improvement
Quality and organizational Improvement
DECS-745 Quality Control and Improvement
MGMT-741 Managing Organizational Change
Choose one of the following:
   DECS-744    Project Management
   DECS-758    Seminar in Decision Sciences*
   ISEE-682    Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals
   MGMT-770    Business Research Methods
   STAT-621    Statistical Quality Control

* Topics may vary.

Supply chain management
DECS-744 Project Management*
ISEE-703 Supply Chain Management
Choose one of the following:
   DECS-745    Quality Control and Improvement
   ISEE-682    Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals
   MGIS-760    Integrated Business Systems
   MGIS-761    Business Process Analysis and Workflow
   MGMT-741    Managing Organizational Change
   MGMT-776    Advanced Topics in Technology Management
   STAT-621    Statistical Quality Control

* Students must successfully complete Project Management (DECS-744) before enrolling in Supply Chain Management (ISEE-703).

Customized concentration options

In addition to the above concentrations, students may complete a three-course concentration from other RIT colleges, with program director approval. MBA students may currently complete concentrations in communication and media technologies, health systems administration, human resource development, engineering management, or public policy.

Additional options may be pursued, but must receive approval from the program director.

Double concentrations

Students may elect to complete two concentrations. No more than one course may be used to fulfill the requirements of both concentrations.

Admission requirements

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

  • Complete a graduate application,
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Have a 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),
  • Submit a personal statement, and
  • Submit a current resume.
  • 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 Testing Language System (IELTS) are 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

Applications are accepted for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students may complete their studies on a full or part-time basis.

For further information about program specific GMAT/GRE waiver opportunities, tips on personal statements, and additional guidance on how to submit a successful application, please visit Saunders College of Business Admissions Requirements.

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.

Additional information

Non-degree course enrollment

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B grade) or better may be eligible to apply to take up to two approved graduate courses before being fully admitted to the MBA Program. Students can complete the required non-degree application through Saunders. Graduate credits earned as a non-degree student may be applied to the student's degree program.

Academic standards

Graduate students must maintain a grade of B (3.0) or better for all courses. Grades of all repeated MBA courses will be counted in the GPA computation. The policy on probation and suspension is explained in the Registration and Degree Requirements section of this bulletin.

Maximum time limit

University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program.


All new students are required to attend an orientation session prior to beginning their studies. Course selection, career planning, program planning, and academic advising are discussed during orientation.

Waiver policy/transfer credit

The MBA normally requires 48 credit hours, however, students may be able to waive some MBA foundation courses. Prior academic preparation must be from an institution accredited by AACSB International or partner institution and the course work must be equivalent to RIT's MBA foundation courses. Prior course work must be completed within the last five years, with a grade of B (3.0) or better. Foundation courses may be waived either outright or through an examination.

A maximum of 9 credit hours may be awarded as transfer credit from other graduate programs. The courses must be relevant to the MBA program, taken within the last five years at an institution accredited by AACSB International, and the student must have earned a grade of B (3.0) or better.

Credits for waiver, transfer, or undergraduate courses are not counted in the GPA computation. Students must request transfer/waiver credit.


The Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services offers individualized career counseling, provides critical job leads, coordinates employers' annual campus recruiting visits, maintains an extensive online job listing, and sponsors two annual career fairs.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education in the MBA program is optional. Co-op experience affords students the opportunity to obtain a paid position for three to six months and gain valuable work experience. Academic credit is not granted, but formal recording of the co-op experience is made on the student's transcript. Students in good academic standing are eligible for co-op after completing the foundation course, and a substantial portion of their concentration courses. They also must attend a series of co-op and career services workshops. RIT does not guarantee co-op placements.


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.

Career Outcomes

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.

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