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National and International Accreditations

National and International Accreditations

RIT Dubai and its individual degree programs are accredited and recognized by various highly respected national and international government ministries and institutions and academic accreditation bodies and publications.

Accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs

RIT Dubai is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs for all its Bachelor and Master Programs.

Academic programs offered at RIT Dubai are the same as those taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology - RIT campus in Rochester, New York. Students can expect the same high-quality education and will earn the same degree as students studying at the RIT campus in Rochester, New York.

The degree you will earn from RIT Dubai is a fully recognized university degree from RIT New York and has the same value as a degree earned by studying there.

Chartered by the New York State Legislature

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Rochester Institute of Technology is chartered by the New York state legislature and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000).

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Accredited by Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)

Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) is the internationally recognized accreditor of engineering programs.

The undergraduate engineering program curricula (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering) at RIT Dubai are accredited by ABET and have been designed to be equivalent to the engineering programs in Rochester, NY.

Accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) is the premier accrediting organization for business schools. Only about one-quarter of institutions granting business degrees have received this accreditation.

Saunders College of Business undergraduate and graduate programs (RIT New York, Dubai, and Croatia) are fully accredited by the AACSB who indicated that the Saunders College of Business is ‘undoubtedly one of the nation's leaders in bringing total quality principles to the university’. These principles emphasize customer satisfaction, work productivity through teaming, and product and service excellence.

Licensed by Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

RIT Dubai is licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the regulatory authority of the Government of Dubai.

RIT Dubai is a proud partner of the National ICT Fund under the ‘Betha’ Scholarship program for Emirati students to study Bachelor and Master Programs.  Emirati Nationals who meet program requirements are invited to apply for the Betha Scholarship for Bachelors in Computing Security, Computing & Information Technologies, Electrical Engineering and Master in Networking and Systems Administration (NSA), Electrical Engineering, City Science.

International Media Recognition and US News Rankings

RIT New York’s reputation as one of the world’s top universities has been acknowledged by leading university guides, industry, and internationally respected publications.

For thirty years, RIT has been recognized for educational quality and value in U.S. News & World Report. RIT has consistently been listed among the top 10 regional universities since the magazine started its annual ranking of colleges in 1983.

RIT is currently in the:

  • List of the Top 100 universities.

  • 39th among top national universities in a national survey of ‘High School Counsellors Top College Picks’.

  • 61st among top engineering programs.

  • Ranked 43rd among best value schools: ‘Great Schools, Great Prices.

  • Saunders College of Business ranked 62nd nationally among the best programs for undergraduate business education.

  • Ranked among 20 universities recognized for excellent co-operative learning and internship programs.

To see the full U.S. News national university rankings, go to national-universities

Here are some of the other listings:

Global Brands Magazine

RIT Dubai has been named by Global Brands Magazine as the Best American University for Engineering in the UAE - 2019!

Princeton Review

  • Listed in 2014 Princeton Review's ‘Best 378 Colleges’ and ‘Best Northeastern Colleges’.

  • RIT’s Saunders College of Business named in Princeton Review’s ‘The Best 296 Business Schools’ in 2013 edition.

  • RIT included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.

  • Listed in 2019 edition of The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.

  • Featured in the 2017 edition of ‘Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom’.

Money Magazine

RIT included in universities ranking by Money magazine ‘711 Best Colleges for Your Money.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018

RIT included in the 2018 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The guide is a selective, subjective and systematic look at over 300 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and the UK aimed at selecting ‘the best and most interesting’.

American Institute for Economic Research

Rochester, N.Y. is ranked as the eighth-best college town in a quantitative ranking released by the American Institute for Economic Research.

The rankings were chosen from an analysis of 222 metropolitan statistical areas with student populations of 15,000 or more and show Rochester as the number 8 mid-sized metropolitan area for college students.

Business Insider

  • RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering ranked among ‘The World's Best Engineering Schools’ in 2012.  Ranked 27th globally overall with rankings based on surveys with technology companies.

  • RIT’s School of Design is ranked 11th among ‘The World’s 25 Best Design Schools’ in a 2012 survey.

Bloomberg Business Week

  • Saunders College of Business undergraduate program at RIT received high standing in the Bloomberg Business Week survey of ‘The Best Undergraduate Business Schools by Specialty’ 2013.

  • The management information systems (MIS) program in Saunders College is considered one of the elite degree specialties in the U.S. ranking at 14 out of 123.

  • Entrepreneurship at Saunders College ranked at 21, Marketing at 26, Corporate Strategy at 32, and International Business at 52.

  • RIT was also listed among the top design schools in the world in Business Week's Best Design Schools survey.

CEO Magazine

The Saunders College of Business at RIT cited in global MBA rankings as part of the online MBA category for three consecutive years (2010-2012).

CEO Magazine says of the tier-one status: "Typically, these schools demonstrate a high level of innovation and thought leadership; class sizes tend to be moderate; senior faculty is used, and the make-up of students is diverse".

The Chronicle of Higher Education

RIT is recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education on the publication's list of ‘Great Colleges to Work For 2012’.  RIT was also recognized as a great workplace by the publication in 2008, 2009, and 2011.

College Sustainability Report Card

Selected RIT as a ‘Campus Sustainability Leader’.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014

  • RIT included 300 of the country's most interesting colleges and universities.

  • One of 21 private universities nationally ranked ‘Best Buy’, based on academic ratings and price.

  • Also rated ‘Best Buy’ in the 2013 edition.

Forbes Magazine

  • Listed in Forbes Magazine as one of America's Best Colleges.

  • Times Higher Education/The Wall Street Journal.

  • The MBA program at Saunders College of Business has been ranked 54th among business colleges and universities around the world (2019).


Top 25 universities to work for in 2013, ranked at 19.  

Global Gaming League

RIT ranked third in the first annual Top Gaming Colleges survey

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

RIT ranked among the country’s best values in private colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2014 edition. RIT ranked 67th on the list of private universities.

Parade Magazine

  • Listed in two categories of the magazine's ‘A-List Colleges’.

  • Top Work/Study Programs.

  • Great Internship Opportunities.

Sierra Club

Recognized as one of America's 100 Greenest Universities


RIT recognized by SuperScholar in its first Smart Choice ranking of online MBA degree programs of 2012. The rankings were designed to help prospective business students make a smart choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their MBA. The Online Executive MBA program offered by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business was awarded the 15th position.

Washington Monthly

Ranked at 24 nationally in the Masters category in 2013.

College Factual (College rankings data provider for USA Today College Guide 2018)

  • Ranked 5th in computer software and application.

  • Ranked 7th in computer and information sciences.

  • Ranked 9th in engineering-related fields.

  • Ranked 10th in management information systems.

Other University-wide Rankings

  • Listed in Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Colleges.

  • Ranked 130th among U.S. colleges in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education World University Rankings.