Graduate Admissions

Saunders College seeks students like you who meet our application qualifications which show your high potential to achieve personal and professional success.

Your decision to pursue a graduate business degree is an important decision. Our goal is to make the application process as easy as possible so you can focus on what it takes to make the most of your degree. 

Learn more about how to apply! Start your RIT online application today! You will get a quick admission decision, access our generous financial aid options, and join our global network of Saunders College graduates who experience a 95% outcomes rate

Tip: Start your application today. Skip past any part of the application you are not ready to complete and push “submit.” This will generate a specialized check-list for you to use as you complete all requirements for the application. Current RIT students, alumni, and 4+1 Partner institution students are eligible for an application fee waiver. Please email gradbus@rit.edu to request this waiver if you believe you qualify.

 

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Application Deadlines

Saunders College of Business has rolling admissions which means that you can apply at any time. Your financial aid and admissions scholarships are not processed until after you are accepted to the program. Completed applications submitted after these dates will be considered for the next appropriate academic start-term.

  • August 1st, fall semester
  • December 1st, spring semester
  • April 1st, summer semester

Completing your application

You can submit an online application one year before your intended program starts. RIT students and alums can use their current RIT credentials to “login.” All others will be asked to create a new account. You can apply to up to three programs. Your first-choice program will determine the requirements required to submit before the application is moved forward for department review for admission. Feel free to contact a graduate representative at any time for further assistance.

We recommend that you start your application as soon as possible as you have one full year to complete your application. Only fully completed applications will be reviewed, however by starting your application, you will receive all the important notifications regarding the application process and we will be better able to assist you. A completed application includes the application fee which can be paid after you have submitted all other materials.

Priority status

Although you can apply at any time, we encourage you to complete your application for admission as early as possible as financial aid and scholarship options are determined based on the order in which completed applications are received. In all cases, your scholarship options will be included with your admissions decision.

Start Now, Apply Later!

Non-degree Enrollment

Start today, apply later! This allows qualifying students to take up to two graduate business courses before starting a full application or taking the GMAT or GRE test. Please refer to our Non-degree Enrollment Request Form for details on these requirements, and for details on how to access the form.

Graduate Courses for RIT Undergraduates

Saunders is committed to supporting cross-disciplinary educational opportunities for all students at RIT. In order to maintain the rigor and culture of our Saunders graduate courses, there are specific eligibility requirements for students interested in requesting enrollment into one of our approved courses. Please work with your current academic advisor to complete the Graduate Course Enrollment Request Form. Students must work closely with their Primary Academic Advisors to ensure that they meet all the criteria and understand the academic expectations of a graduate course before enrolling.

Admissions Requirements

Visit RIT application instructions for information on requirements. Below there are admission requirement details that pertain specifically to Saunders College graduate programs. You will also find information on GMAT/GRE Waiver options you may qualify for.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-specific admissions requirements vary for each Saunders College graduate program. These requirements are found on the respective degree program pages.

Undergraduate Degree and GPA

Completion of a bachelor's degree and your undergraduate GPA is required for admission into Saunders Graduate degree program. It is not required that your undergraduate degree is in business or management. Most of our graduate degree programs are designed for individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of our graduate students have undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, design, science, and engineering.

Official Transcripts

Completion of a bachelor's degree and your undergraduate GPA is required for admission into Saunders Graduate degree program. Please review RIT application instructions for specifics on how to submit transcripts.

Tip: Unofficial copies may be uploaded during the application process for the initial admissions review. If accepted, students must submit official copies for the full admissions packet. Copies of courses taken in high school for college credit must also be submitted.

Minimum GPAs and Test Scores

Saunders intentionally does not specify minimum GPAs or test scores as all of your application materials are considered when making admissions decisions.

Personal Statement

Please submit a typed, double-spaced, 2 page statement about why the Saunders graduate program is a good fit for your future career. Include information on what draws you to the Saunders program and how you will leverage your past academic and professional work experience to be an active, engaged and successful student in our college.

Writing Sample Requirement

For the MS in management and MS in technology innovation management & entrepreneurship only, applicants must select 1 of the 3 essay topics below. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, and 2 pages in length.

  • Describe an ethical dilemma you faced and how you resolved it
  • Explain what you have learned from a managerial, leadership, or team experience that was not completely successfully.
  • Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you added value to your organization.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Work Experience

Work experience is not required, except for the Executive MBA program. Many of our students are accepted directly from undergraduate programs. However, if you submit a resume your work experience will be reviewed along with other application materials. Executive MBA applicants should submit a current resume or CV when completing their application.

Recommendation Letters

Saunders does not require recommendation letters, however please feel free to submit recommendation letters if you have them.

International Admissions Requirements

RIT has a large international student population representing over 100 countries offering a wealth of International Student Resources to support you. Please note there are additional requirements for international applicants for you to consider, including I-20 and Four-year undergraduate degree equivalency details. Below is more information specific to applicants to Saunders College programs. 

English-language test scores, TOEFL or IELTS

International applicants must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing Language System (IELTS) as part of their application. The minimum scores required are:

  • Paper-based TOEFL - 580
  • Computer-based TOEFL - 237
  • Internet-based TOEFL - 92
  • IELTS - 7.0

Applicants must have a minimum score of 21 on each of the four components of the Internet-based TOEFL, but the total test score must also be at least 92. Equivalent scores are required for each component of the paper-based TOEFL and the IELTS. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions, or from the countries listed on our Graduate Admissions website.

GMAT and GRE Tests

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is the most widely used assessment for graduate management admissions, and it is required for most graduate degree programs at Saunders. Visit the GMAT Guide to learn about the structure of the GMAT test and useful tips to help prepare.

The GRE may also be taken as a substitute of the GMAT exam, however, we prefer you take the GMAT. The GRE is more focused on writing instead of analytical reasoning. Visit the official GRE website to learn about the structure of the exam.

Please see below for details on these tests including preparation tips, how to schedule your test and applicable GMAT and GRE Waiver options.

Information for GMAT and GRE Tests

Many graduate programs at Saunders require applicants to submit a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) exam score to complete your application. However, some GMAT / GRE Waiver options are available as outlined below. All GMAT / GRE waiver request must follow the submission instructions below. Note: Waiving the GMAT may limit access to certain merit scholarships.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) program only: The graduate admissions committee of Saunders College of Business will consider granting a waiver to the requirement for MBA applicants to submit GMAT or GRE test scores under one of the following conditions:

  1. The applicant has graduated from an undergraduate program at RIT with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or greater.
  2. The applicant is enrolled in an undergraduate program at RIT and has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater over a minimum of 90 credit hours with a minimum of 30 credit hours at RIT with a GPA of 3.25 or greater at RIT.
  3. The applicant has completed a doctorate, professional, or terminal graduate degree program from an AACSB-accredited or equivalent university and maintained a GPA of 3.25 or greater in that graduate program.

In addition, some programs will consider GMAT/GRE waiver based on the applicants' relevant work experience.

MBA-Accounting and MS-Accounting programs only: A GMAT/GRE waiver may be requested if the applicant has six or more years of U.S.-based work experience and are currently in an accounting management-level position.

MS-Business Analytics program only: A GMAT/GRE waiver may be requested if the applicant has six or more years of IT related work experience and is currently in a management-level position.

MS-Global Supply Chain Management and MS-Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship programs only: A GMAT/GRE waiver may be requested if the applicant has six or more years of professional work experience and is currently in a management-level position.

Executive Education: Executive Education program applicants are not required to submit GMAT scores due to minimum work experience requirements and are not required to submit a GMAT / GRE Waiver.

Submitting GMAT / GRE Waiver Requests

If you qualify for one of these waivers you must first submit an online application. Then email gradbus@saunders.rit.edu to submit your GMAT waiver request form.

Final determination of the GMAT/GRE waiver will be at the discretion of each graduate program director.

Several online prep courses available from other institutions. Examples of available recourses can be found at Kaplan Test Prep online, mba.com, Princeton Review, and other websites. Additional resources include the following.

GMAT Official website

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program. Once you register for your account, you can schedule your test as well as have access to practice questions and tests that can help you get familiar with the test format and compare schools, for example

GMAT Club

The GMAT Club is a useful website that helps you get access to practice tests, discuss questions and have access to forums in which students can share their GMAT experience, along with their admission process, GMAT online courses reviews and discounts, study plans and more.

Apps

There are many apps available online that could help you prepare for the exam, including free and paid versions. Some examples are Magoosh, Manhattan Prep, GMAT Prep by Ready4 and others, depending on the area you choose to focus (verbal, math or both).

There are several online courses and resources available for students to use. We recommend using the prep resources on the GRE site, and Kaplan Test Prep Online. Additional resources include the following.

GRE Official Website

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most Graduate Schools in the United States. Similarly to the GMAT test, once you register for your account, you can schedule the test and have useful resources to help you prepare, such as practice tests, view your scores and chose the test center that works best for you.

GRE Prep Club

Similar to the GMAT Club, the GRE Prep Club provides useful information for students who are preparing for their exam, such as strategies, practice tests and discussion questions, online courses reviews, success stories and more.

Apps

There are many apps available online that could help you prepare for the exam. Some examples are Magoosh, Varsity Tutors, Manhattan Prep, GRE Prep by Ready4 and others, depending on the area you choose to focus (verbal, math or both).

Schedule your GMAT or GRE test at least three months prior to the application deadline. It takes time for your official score to get to RIT. They could book up quickly!

GMAT: Register online for an upcoming GMAT test, or find a location and testing date close to you on the mba.com website.

GRE: Register online for an upcoming GRE test, or find a test center close to you by using the official GRE website.

What is the GMAT?
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a computer-adaptive standardized test required by graduate business schools. It consists of four main sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Analysis (math), and Verbal Analysis (reading comprehension). The GMAT does not test you on business-related concepts. To learn more about the GMAT, visit the official website at mba.com.

How to submit GMAT Scores to RIT?
RIT's code for ETS reporting is 2760. You may choose any department code. All test scores will be sent to Graduate Enrollment Services in a test score file within 10-14 days regardless of the department code selected.

I have a 4.0 GPA. Do I have to take the GMAT?
Most applicants to Saunders College graduate programs must submit a GMAT score. Saunders College grants GMAT waivers for applicants with a PhD, MD, or JD from a university in the United States. Please review our Saunders College of Business undergraduate GMAT waiver request form for Saunders alumni. Please review our degree specific admissions requirements for details on additional GMAT Waiver options that exist for qualified students of select programs.

Saunders Leadership Fellows Program

The Saunders Leadership Fellows Program, provides a unique opportunity to enhance your education while getting your graduate business degree. All applicants to Saunders graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. The program offers students significant advantages, including:

  • A guaranteed 50% scholarship
  • Dedicated industry mentor
  • Highly-selective, cohort-based learning experience

The Leadership Fellows program will help you gain the knowledge and problem solving skills necessary to succeed in a variety of management positions, to lead complex organizations that are impacted by technological change and globalization. Reach your full potential and advance your career in only 12 months as only RIT can deliver with a strong tradition of combining business and technology.

Application Deadline for Fellowship Consideration: Rolling

Fellowship requirements: To be reviewed for the Fellowship, candidates must complete their graduate application and complete the Saunders Leadership Fellows application survey.

Fellows must meet the following expectations throughout their academic programs.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellowships entail the following requirements. If these are not met, Fellowships may be rescinded.

  • Must be full-time students
  • Will maintain a GPA equal to or greater than 3.00, with no course final grade equal to or lower than C
  • Are expected to, with faculty guidance, fully engage with industry mentors, initiate communications and interactions
  • Will attend all mandatory graduate student activities such as orientation and Fellows presentations
  • Attend regular meetings with Fellows program director and complete all readings and program assignments
  • Are strongly encouraged to fully explore and demonstrate their leadership potential in and outside their academic programs
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When I visited Saunders for the first time, I said to my parents, ‘I belong to this place’.

Carmyn A. Gomez

MBA Professional Accelerated Cross-Functional Experience, BMW Manufacturing Co.
Greenville, South Carolina
’19 BS (supply chain management and international business), ’20 MBA (industrial systems and engineering management)