Professional Studies MS


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu


Department Contact

Peter Boyd
585-475-6320, plbcms@rit.edu


Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever
585-475-5529, mesges@rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam None
Other
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
IELTS 6.5
PTE Academic 58

 

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 professional studies program is specifically designed to enable students to create an individualized plan of graduate study tailored to their personal and professional goals. This degree offers students the opportunity to draw on more than 50 graduate programs in order to gain the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to respond successfully to new and emerging career opportunities.

For example, students interested in integrating sustainability into their career as a facilities manager might combine courses from the sustainability and facility management programs. Educators may be interested in combining courses from the school psychology and secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing programs to improve their knowledge of special learning populations and the social issues students face in today's educational environments. There are a wide range of concentrations that can be created based on each student's professional career aspirations.

The degree also includes a capstone project. This applied, hands-on project is directly related to the student’s individualized plan of study.

The professional studies degree can be completed on campus or online.

Concentration areas

Students create two or three concentrations with courses selected from a wide range of graduate programs at RIT. Some common concentration areas include:

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

Plan of study

The program requires the completion of 33 credit hours and can be completed through full- or part-time study. Students begin their studies with Contexts and Trends (PROF-705), the program’s foundation course. Throughout this course students explore their personal career objectives and research RIT’s portfolio of graduate programs to identify courses that best match their professional and personal goals.

Students create two or three concentrations that make up their required course work for the degree program. Each concentration is a selection of courses drawn from existing RIT graduate programs and can range from 9 to 15 credit hours. Graduate credits earned in other programs may be used in completing a concentration, upon approval.

Credit hours not required to fulfill a concentration area may be used as electives. All elective and transferred graduate courses need to be integrated into the proposed plan of study. With certain concentrations, the degree may be completed entirely through online learning.

Curriculum

Professional studies, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PROF-705 Context and Trends 3
  Concentration A courses 9
  Concentration B courses 6
Second Year
  Concentration A or elective courses 6
  Concentration B course 3
  Concentration B or elective course 3
PROF-770 Capstone Proposal Seminar  0
PROF-775 Capstone Project 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

 

Admission requirements

To be considered for the MS program in professional studies, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application. 
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college. 
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered, but are required to submit standard GRE scores.
  • Submit scores from the GMAT or GRE (GMAT preferred). The GMAT is also preferred for international students and those applying for scholarships.
  • Applicants with undergraduate degrees from foreign universities are required to submit GRE scores.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives and career objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (one from a current or former teacher or academic adviser; one from a current or former supervisor). 
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • All applicants are urged to discuss their course ideas with a professional studies graduate adviser before submitting a formal application.

 


Career Outcomes

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