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Professional Studies
Master of Science
School of Individualized Study
Graduate Program Contact School of Individualized Study Advising Team

The professional studies program is specifically designed to assist professionals and students to create a customized plan of study comprised of two or three areas tailored to their educational or career objectives. Our academic advisors play a key role in designing your program and keeping you on track toward its completion.

The degree allows the opportunity to draw on online courses offered in several RIT graduate programs in order to gain the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to respond successfully to new and emerging career opportunities. Online concentration include Applied Statistics, Environmental, Health, and Safety Management, Facilities Management, General Management, Health Systems Administration, Human Resource Development, Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering, Project Management, Service Leadership and Innovation, and Training, Design and Assessment. The degree is completed with a practical, hands-on project directly related to the student’s individualized plan of study.

  • Price

    $993 per credit hour (2016-17 AY)

    $1,035 per credit hour (2017-18 AY)

  • Duration

    33 credit hours required

    A full-time student could finish the program in 2 year, and a part-time student could complete the program in 4 years.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Cyber Security Risk Assessment and Management
    • Systems Engineer
    • Transportation Planner
    • Marketing Coordinator
    • Facility Supervisor
  • Employers
    • Sikorsky Aircraft
    • Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics
    • Corning
    • Wegmans
  • Program Differentiators
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
    • RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
    • We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
    • Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
    • We provide enriched personalized academic advising
    • You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
  • Application Requirements

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.

    To be considered for admission to the master of science in professional studies program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
    • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
    • Submit a current resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation
    • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. RIT accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams. Students must achieve the following minimum scores prior to consideration for admission: 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 58 on the Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE). Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, PTE-Academic, or IELTS exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales

    All applicants are urged to discuss their plans with the professional studies program adviser before submitting a formal application.

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