RIT Launches Online Executive MBA Program This Fall

E. Philip Saunders College of Business partners with online service provider Embanet




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Business professionals who wish to increase their competitive edge and earn a graduate business degree through online education can now log in to Rochester Institute of Technology’s newest virtual classroom opportunity.

RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business has announced a partnership with Toronto-based online service provider Embanet to launch an e-learning Executive MBA program this fall. Classes begin in September, and the 72-week program is identical to the curriculum taught on site—and includes an international trip for students to explore the global influence of business.

According to Saunders Dean Ashok Rao, RIT and faculty of the Saunders College will receive a full range of services and support from Embanet in developing and designing online curriculum, as well as marketing and admissions for the new program.

“Our business school faculty have been impressed with the commitment of Embanet’s instructional team to help translate our demanding EMBA curriculum to an online platform that is innovative, highly interactive and easy to use,” Rao explains. “Embanet’s expertise and resources will allow us to reach highly qualified students across the globe—expanding our reach while maintaining our stringent admission standards.”

Stanley Widrick, director of RIT’s new online EMBA program and professor of marketing and international business in the Saunders College, says the AACSB-accredited Executive MBA will give working executives the flexibility they need to access course content, post discussions and brainstorm with peers at their convenience.

“Our EMBA is designed specifically for busy professionals whose time is valuable,” Widrick says. “It can be accessed at anytime of the day or night from anywhere with an Internet connection.”

As a leading full-service provider of online learning solutions for more than a decade, Embanet offers support for students, faculty and administrators through a dedicated 24/7/365-toll free number, live online chat, e-mail and a self-help “frequently asked questions” support portal.

“Our full-service model is focused on providing integrated services to our esteemed university partners that reflect their equality, standards and culture,” says Stephen Fireng, CEO and president of Embanet. “Rochester Institute of Technology is committed to excellence in serving its students, and as their program partner it is our mission to help them meet that commitment online as well as on-ground.”

Rochester Institute of Technology (www.rit.edu) is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. Nearly 16,500 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs at RIT, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2009 edition of The Best 368 Colleges and in Barron’s Best Buys in Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT as a “Great College to Work For.”

One of eight colleges at RIT, the E. Philip Saunders College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International) and enrolls more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students.

Embanet (www.embanet.com) is an integrated, full service provider of online learning services to postsecondary educational institutions. Embanet safeguards academic integrity and maximizes student enrollment and graduation by providing capital and expertise in program development, marketing and admissions, student services and technology support. With headquarters in Toronto and in the Chicago area, the company partners with universities across North America in offering more than 40 degree programs. For more information, contact Lynne Baker at (847) 404-3462 or lynne@intuscommunications.com.