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.
|Program Available Online?||Yes|
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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.
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.
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
Business (Marketing, Management, etc.)
Communication and Media Technology
Environmental, Health and Safety Management
Health Systems Administration
Human Resource Development
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Information Sciences and Technologies
Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering
Product Development and Design
Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Workplace Learning and Instruction
Visual Communication Design
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.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|PROF-705||Context and Trends||3|
|Concentration A courses||9|
|Concentration B courses||6|
|Concentration A or elective courses||6|
|Concentration B course||3|
|Concentration B or elective course||3|
|PROF-770||Capstone Proposal Seminar||0|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||33|
To be considered for the MS program in professional studies, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
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