Five Years, Two Degrees.
Maximize your earning potential with an Accelerated 4+1 MBA*
Undergraduate students can get a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in one year after completing an undergraduate degree. This accelerated programs allows select core MBA courses to be waived with a combination of specific undergraduate "B" grade or better completed coursework. Each undergraduate course may not be older than five years upon matriculation into the MBA degree program, and must be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Accelerated 4+1 MBA Pathways
There are two ways to enroll in the 4+1 Accelerated MBA:
First-year students – Outstanding applicants for first-year admission may be offered conditional early acceptance to a master’s degree program as an incoming first-year student.
Current undergraduate students – RIT students currently enrolled in a qualifying undergraduate degree program may apply for admission to a combined accelerated bachelor’s/master’s pathway after their second or third year of study, depending upon their bachelor’s degree program.
Students from RIT who meet the full admissions requirements to the MBA program will receive a minimum 20% scholarship award. Review of Saunders scholarship awards takes place along with department admission decisions.
Scholarship Awards for RIT Honors Students
RIT Honors students applying to Saunders College of Business graduate programs can now qualify for a 50% scholarship and apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver. This applies to all applicants who successfully complete the requirements of the RIT Honors Program upon certification and are accepted into Saunders College. Please see the Saunders Honors page for more details.
Scholarship Awards for Non-RIT and Partner Schools
Any student from each of Saunders’ non-RIT 4+1 partner institutions who meet the full admissions requirements can receive a minimum 35% award. Review of Saunders scholarship awards takes place along with department admission decisions.
Recognized among nations very best business schools
The MBA program at Saunders College is recognized by many national and international rankings. Bloomberg Businessweek's 2021-2022 list of best U.S. business schools with full-time MBA programs ranks Saunders College at #77. The Executive MBA program ranks #9 by U.S. News & World Report for “Best Online MBA Programs” in 2022.
Courses qualifying for waiver review are subject to the following conditions:
B grade or better must be earned in courses reviewed for waivers
May waive up to 6 total core MBA courses
Courses for waivers must be taken within 5 years of matriculating into the MBA program
GMAT Waiver for Saunders College of Business students
Saunders College of Business students applying to the MBA program with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher from all undergraduate courses taken, have the opportunity to request a waiver of their GMAT application requirement. To request a GMAT waiver, first submit an online application (click on “myRIT Portal.) Then email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your GMAT waiver request form which will be sent to the MBA Director for review. Note: Waiving the GMAT may limit access to certain scholarship awards.
Quick Admissions Decisions
For quick admissions decisions, determination for scholarship and financial aid, contacts and additional admissions information, please visit our graduate admissions pages.
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