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Salary and Career Info

Professional Studies MS

RIT’s master’s in professional studies provides you with flexibility and independence to craft an individualized graduate program unique to your interests and career aspirations.

Program skills

The program requires the completion of 33 credit hours and can be completed through full- or part-time study. Students begin their studies with Contexts and Trends, the program’s foundation course. Throughout this course students explore their personal career objectives and research RIT’s portfolio of graduate programs to identify courses that best match their professional and personal goals. Students create two or three concentrations that make up their required course work for the degree program. Each concentration is a selection of courses drawn from existing RIT graduate programs and can range from 9 to 15 credit hours.

Program job titles

Alumni Relations Social Media Coordinator; Executive Director; Formulative Chemist; Lecturer - Software Engineering; Regional Sales Manager; Senior Quality Engineer; Software Engineer; Substitute Teacher; Supervisor Sponsored Programs Accounting

Select program hiring partners

Ball Aerospace; Expedia Group; Radware; Rochester Midland Corporation; Sorenson Communications; Ohio Star Forge Company; New York State Department of Transportation; Law Offices of James D. Doyle; Harvest Hosts; Excellus BlueCross BlueShield; Equifax; Coordinated Care Services Inc; Best Realty, LLC; Andritz


Outcome Rates for Professional Studies MS

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 92.86%
Full-time Graduate Study 7.14%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 92.86%
Full-time Graduate Study 7.14%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.  

Co-op is optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the MS in professional studies.