The professional studies program is specifically designed to enable the mature learner 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 manangement 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. Communication professionals interested in employment in government offices might choose concentrations in communication and media technologies and public policy to enhance their knowledge of media relations, public relations, government operations, and policy formation. 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.
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 Industrial Design
Information Sciences and Technologies
Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering
Product Development and Design
Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Training, Design and Assessment
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 many 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 for 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.
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.
This course is a supervised, hands-on experience in which students apply the skills and knowledge developed through their individualized plans of study, concluding with oral and written presentations.
|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|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||33|
To be considered for the MS program in professional studies, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
All applicants are urged to discuss their course ideas with a professional studies graduate adviser before submitting a formal application.