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Management MS degree

Jenna Lenhardt, Assistant Director of Student Services and Outreach
(585) 475-6916, jlenhardt@saunders.rit.edu

Shalini Khazanchi, Department Chair
(585) 475-7126, skhazanchi@saunders.rit.edu

Program overview

The MS in management is designed for students who have a liberal arts, science, or technology background and who have little to no experience in business management. The 9- to 12-month program provides students with a solid foundation in business expertise while offering a specialization in one of the following tracks: global management and supply chain management, product and service development, leadership, or flexible.

Tracks

Global management and supply chain management

The global management and supply chain management track prepares students to be effective business leaders in today’s global economy. Course work provides a background in significant aspects of managing and operating a multi-national business, including international competitive strategy, cross-cultural human resource management, global marketing, and global logistics and operation management.

Product and service development

The product and service development track develops skills needed to manage the technology development process, coordinate R&D and marketing functions of an organization, and capture value from the commercialization process with business model innovation. Career opportunities range from critical analysis positions, technology and new product project manager positions, brand managers, and functional management occupations like CIO, CTO and CEOs of technology start-ups.

Leadership

The leadership track develops individual leadership styles and skills needed to manage and lead people and organizations. It positions students for advancement to an executive-level managerial position.

Students also have the opportunity to customize their program. By using elective courses, students may choose graduate courses in a number of exciting fields across all of RIT's colleges. The program prepares students for leadership positions and careers in management.

Flexible

The flexible track is aimed at professionals with a specific industry and/or technology focus to provide the necessary business skills to become a leader in their desired field. The track gives students the flexibility to take science, technology, and art courses from other RIT colleges, allowing them to manage in specialized industries with a technology-oriented focus.

Plan of study

The program consists of 30 credit hours, which includes a graduate project or comprehensive exam. Students selecting a graduate project should use one of their electives to enroll in Graduate Project (MGMT-791) in the spring or summer term.

Curriculum

Management (global management and supply chain management track), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
MGMT-735 Managing of Innovation in Products and Services 3
MGMT-755 Negotiations 3
INTB-710 Global Business Opportunities and Threats 3
DECS-743 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3
INTB-780 Global Issues and Strategies 3
MGMT-791 Graduate Project or Business Elective† 3
  Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Responsibility* 0
  Track Elective 3
    Business Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

* May be waived if student has already completed an ethics/corporate social responsibility course. 
† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.

Management, MS degree, (leadership track), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
 
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
MGMT-735 Managing of Innovation in Products and Services 3
MGMT-755 Negotiations 3
MGMT-741 Managing Organizational Change 3
MGMT-763 Behavioral Skills for Managers and Professionals 3
MGMT-791 Graduate Project or Business Elective† 3
  Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Responsibility* 0
  Track Elective 3
  Business Elective 3
  Free Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

* May be waived if student has already completed an ethics/corporate social responsibility course.
† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.

Management, MS degree, (product and service development track), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
MGMT-735 Managing of Innovation in Products and Services 3
MGMT-755 Negotiations 3
MGMT-720 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation 3
MGMT-743 Advanced Topics in Technology Management 3
MGMT-791 Graduate Project or Business Elective† 3
  Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Responsibility* 0
  Business Elective 3
  Free Electives 3
  Track Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

* May be waived if student has already completed an ethics/corporate social responsibility course.
† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.

Management, MS degree, (flexible option track), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
MGMT-735 Managing of Innovation in Products and Services 3
MGMT-755 Negotiations 3
  Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Social Responsibility* 0
DECS-744 Project Management 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   MGIS-650    Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Intelligence  
   MGIS-735    Design and Information Systems  
Choose one of the following: 3
   ACCT-603    Accounting for Decision Makers  
   FINC-758    Seminar in Finance  
Choose one of the following: 3
   MGMT-791    Graduate Project  
     Comprehensive Exam, Business Elective  
  Free Electives 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

* May be waived if student has already completed an ethics/corporate social responsibility course.
† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in management, 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 3.5 for GMAT waiver*. 
  • Submit scores from GMAT or GRE (GMAT preferred). Scores cannot be more than five years old.
  • Submit an essay based on one of the following topics: (1) describe an ethical dilemma you have faced and how you resolved it; (2) explain what you have learned from a managerial, leadership, or team experience that was not completely successfully; or (3) describe your greatest professional achievement and how you added value to your organization. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, and two pages in length.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 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.

* The GMAT may be waived if an applicant has a GPA of 3.25 or higher, or they can present evidence of professional work experience of six or more years. Students who cannot submit a GMAT, GRE, or one of the two waiver requirements may be considered for admission on a case-by-case 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 our Saunders College of Business application pages.




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Program overview

The master of science in management is a specialized program designed to provide students with the knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to function effectively in a variety of management positions in complex organizations that are impacted by technological change and globalization. Students choose between two tracks of study: global management or technology management. After taking several courses in research tools, the program culminates with a two-course thesis or practicum. In place of a thesis or practicum, the candidate may successfully pass a comprehensive exam.

Full-time students must begin the program in the fall quarter in order to complete the program in 12 months. Part-time students may enter the program in any quarter.

Curriculum

The program consists of 12 courses, which includes a thesis or practicum.

Management, MS degree, (global management option), typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
 
0113-710 Global Business Environments 4
0113-780 Global Issues and Strategy 4
Choose two of the following courses: 8
   0104-760    Finance in a Global Environment  
   0113-730    Managing in a Global Environment  
   0113-750    Marketing in a Global Environment  
  Research Courses 8
  Breadth of Field Courses 16
  Thesis or Practicum* 8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48

*In place of a thesis, the candidate may complete a comprehensive exam.

Management, MS degree, (technology management option), typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
 
0102-742 Technology Management 4
0102-762 Managing New Process and Product Development 4
Choose two of the following courses: 8
   0102-741    Managing Organizational Change  
   0102-761    Managing Research and Innovation  
   0105-776    Product and Brand Management  
   0106-744    Project Management  
  Research Courses 8
0113-710 Global Business Environments 4
  Breadth of Field Courses† 12
  Thesis or Practicum* 8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48

See graduate adviser before choosing these courses.
* In place of a thesis, the candidate may complete a comprehensive exam.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in management, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (GMAT preferred),
  • Submit a personal statement,
  • Submit a current resume, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 580 (paper-based), or 92 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be 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 and for candidates submitting transcripts from American institutions. For additional information on the IELTS, visit www.ielts.org.

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 quarter for students from the United States, and up to 10 weeks prior for international students applying for student visas.

Additional information

Deferment

Accepted students may 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.