STEM-Designated MBA at the Intersection of Business and Technology at RIT

Saunders College of Business’ STEM-designated master of business administration (MBA) resides at the intersection of business and technology. With a background in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), it best prepares students for today’s business environment. Flexible scheduling offering students part-time or full-time options alongside customizable schedules attunes the program to each individual’s professional goals. Classes additionally cover information systems, covering how to collect, store, analyze, and manage huge amounts of data and data analytics, acquiring the skills necessary to work with that data to make intelligent business decisions.

Recognized among the Best MBA Programs of 2023, Abound MBA cites programs that meet “the essential needs of the non-traditional student—accessibility, affordability, acceleration, and advancement.” Also recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek among their Best Business Schools and MBA programs in 2023-24, the Saunders MBA program ranks #37 in diversity and #44 in learning, and #75 overall.

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Flexible scheduling gives students the option of completing the program in the standard two-year curriculum. Undergraduates can opt for an accelerated +1 MBA program, receiving two degrees in five years using specific undergraduate courses to waive select core MBA classes. 

MBA vs. Executive MBA

Mid-to-upper-level professionals that want to hone in on their business skills, and have seven or more year’s experience, may prefer the executive master of business administration (EMBA). This 15-month program completed over four semesters is a cohort-based program, meaning curriculum is taught with a group of peers throughout your time. The program offers two styles of the program, on-campus on alternating Fridays and Saturdays or completely online for 17 months. The Saunders online EMBA is ranked #9 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report MBA Programs 2023, and #34 among the top 50 MBA programs by the Princeton Review 2023.

Leading Faculty Experts

Faculty are thought leaders, publishing their research in the elite academic journals. Research highlights cover sustainability, ethics and algorithmic decision-making systems, accounting conservatism, and qualitative disclosures, and media setting the tone for polluters.

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International students can additionally qualify for a 24-month work extension to their Optional Practical Training (OPT) period, allowing for up to three years of work in the United States. Dedicated advisors are available to help with admissions requirements, including GMAT waivers, application process, and generous scholarships.

Saunders MBA students are encouraged to complete an optional co-operative educational experience. Business co-ops provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your knowledge of business, management, finance, accounting, and related fields in professional settings. Learn more about graduate co-op and how this experience sets you apart on the job market. Typical job titles for program alumni include:

  • Associate Business Analyst 
  • Staff Accountant
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Agency Specialist
  • Cash Management Specialist
  • Customer Analyst
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Valuation Consultant

Read what MBA graduates and students have to say about the program and its rewards.

"Saunders has provided me with a comprehensive education that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to succeed in the job market." - Maggie Dempsey, ‘22 (management information systems), ’24 (MBA), Wegmans Rochester, NY


"I grew up working for my mother and watching what it took to run a successful business. RIT helped me understand those concepts in depth and allowed me to develop relationships that have provided great benefit over the years.” - Chrysa Charno ’09 (MBA), AcuteKids Pediatric Urgent Care, Rochester, New York

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Saunders College of Business

With a 95% career outcomes rate, Saunders is dedicated to delivering relevant, contemporary degrees to meet market demands. Your Team is a group of advisors that can help you from the application process through graduation with insight into our generous financial aid options, GMAT waiver options, curriculum, and career placement. 

With a growing global network of more than 25,000 Saunders College alumni and 136,000 RIT alumni, students can make connections almost anywhere and are encouraged to meet with devoted alumni, dedicated professors, and driven peers. 

Students can study abroad at any of RIT’s four Global Campuses, additional global student exchange partnerships are available, and there are over 100 study abroad locations on every continent. 

Bloomberg Businessweek named Saunders part of their “Best Business Schools” and recognized them among the “Best MBA Programs.” Check out financial aid and scholarship options today to help prepare for future promotions. Apply today to become eligible for these opportunities and become a part of the Saunders community.

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